Pennsylvania Shop Has A Legacy of Connecting Its Community

On the wall in Ann Caruso’s family room hangs a pastel of a conservation area in the town where she lives. She loves it not because the colors match the ones in her rug, though that’s nice, too, but because it’s a walk she has taken with her husband and kids many times. It’s the…

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Tax Changes for 2013: What it Means for You

Among the many challenges of owning a small business are the year-to-year tax changes that can affect your bottom line and complicate your accounting. And this year was especially anxiety inducing as Congress and the President wrangled over a plethora of expiring tax breaks until the last moments of 2012, leaving individuals and business owners…

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Surviving Sandy

Storm Victims Themselves, Dunkin’ Franchisees Provide Power, Comfort, Food and Drinks to Disaster Area  Laura Donavan of New York City was disappointed when the Starbucks stores in her neighborhood closed due to Hurricane Sandy, which hit the New York area late Oct. 29. Needing her morning cup of coffee, she called her local Dunkin’ Donuts and…

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Glossary of ACA-Related Terms

Affordable Care Act (ACA): The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is also known formally as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and informally as Obamacare or federal health care. President Barack Obama signed the Act into law on March 23, 2010. Together with the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act (enacted by Congress to…

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The Affordable Care Act: Now, It’s Here to Stay

Two years of campaigning and an estimated $3 to $6 billion dollars in spending later, the makeup of the federal government is essentially the same as before the election, and there is little doubt the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, will survive. Small business owners and large employers alike need to start…

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New Laws and Regulations Threaten Franchisee Profitability

DDIFO Working to Leverage Collective Strength to Protect Franchise Owners When this issue went to press, franchisees in New Jersey were looking at a possible 17 percent increase in the state’s minimum wage. In Florida, state regulators are auditing Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees to be sure they are complying with sales tax regulations. And in Illinois,…

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When it Comes to Success, Sean Tuohy Saw it Coming

This is an excerpt from Independent Joe Magazine Issue #15 that will be in your mailbox in the next few days. Franchisee made famous in the story “The Blind Side” will share his Inspirational Story with DDIFO Sean Tuohy always wanted to be his own boss. Today, as the owner of 89 Taco Bell and…

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