What’s Brewing: Joint-employer, Overtime rules, Shift scheduling

In with the new and out with the old. This summer small business owners are getting a clearer picture of where the Trump Administration stands on some key issues. The Trump Administration is taking aim at a pair of controversial, Obama-era policies that say could be damaging to the franchising business while also driving up…

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Maine Franchisee Community Gathers for a Good Cause

This June, Dunkin’ franchisees in Maine gathered for their annual fundraiser by the sea. Th is is the 6th year franchisees have hosted the Maine Lobster Bake as a way to raise money for the Joy In Childhood Foundation. On a delightful late spring evening, 130 guests came together at the Black Point Inn in…

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Dunkin’ Foundation Brings Joy to Children and Franchisees

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines joy as “a source or cause of delight.” There is no doubt that the Joy In Childhood Foundation is just such a fountain of delight for youngsters across America and around the world who benefit from the generosity of Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners. Formerly known as The Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins…

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NDCP Expands to Better Serve Members

When it comes to operating a Dunkin’ Donuts franchise, a primary concern is serving your customers what they want when they want it. At National DCP (NDCP), the supply chain management cooperative created to serve the franchisees of Dunkin’ Donuts, job number one is providing products at the lowest sustainable costs, ensuring that orders arrive…

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Independent Joe #44 June/July

For those of you not old enough to remember the old Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts, they enjoyed unparalleled television popularity back in the 1970s and 80s. The show would “roast” a different celebrity each week, featuring a roster of well-known comedians. One of the staples of those shows was the former vaudevillian star Red Buttons,…

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Protecting Franchisee Equity in California – and Beyond

Editor’s note: This month, Independent Joe offers an updated look at the legal impact from California’s Franchsie Relations Act, which has been covered extensively in this magazine. Franchise attorney Peter Lagarias provides this review of the statutory changes and how they affect Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners. The landmark California Franchise Relations Act (CFRA), which went…

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Firehouse Subs CEO to highlight hot topics at DDIFO National Conference

As the chief executive of a growing QSR brand, Don Fox has seen his share of wins and losses. He has overseen the expansion of Firehouse Subs as a successful franchise concept, and stepped up its marketing and advertising as well as its public safety foundation—donating millions to provide life-saving equipment to local public safety…

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Rebuilding the Brand in Rochester

In 2001, Dunkin’ Donut’s barely dotted the landscape of Rochester, New York, with only a few stores in operation. That was the year Luis Ribeiro moved to Rochester with the goal of rejuvenating the brand’s waning presence in the area. “Some stores had closed,” Ribeiro describes of the time. “There was one drive thru in…

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