Did you pay your robot tax?

Technology continues racing forward, giving robots more and more human qualities. But some politicians have a uniquely human element they’d like to bestow upon these machines – the obligation to pay taxes. Of course, it’s not the robot responsible for the paying – we’re not quite there yet. But some lawmakers are looking to levy…

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A First for the DDIFO Hall of Fame

The first thing people may have noticed when they walked into the ballroom for this year’s DDIFO Franchisee Owners Hall of Fame luncheon was the Secret Service agents guarding the door. They were joined by members of the Connecticut State Police and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Police Department. The heavy law enforcement presence was in…

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Franchisee Associations: Important and Necessary

When Qdoba franchise owners learned that Jack in the Box, owner of their fast-casual restaurant chain for the past 14 years, was thinking of selling, they banded together. “There’d been talk of forming an association for quite some time, and this was just the last motivator,” says Ron Stokes, chairman of the newly formed Qdoba…

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Eric Trump to Address National Conference

It’s not every day an independent franchisee association can announce the son of the President of the United States will speak at its annual meeting. But with the assistance of a well-known Dunkin’ Donuts family, Eric F. Trump has confirmed he will appear at the 2017 DDIFO National Conference. “This is a wonderful honor for…

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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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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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Why Athletes Love Dunkin’

For former NFL placekicker Kris Brown, knowing how to kick a football hard is just as important as knowing how to “kick butt and work hard,” which is the way he describes his second career as a Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owner. Brown, now 40, played 12 years in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Houston…

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