We the franchisees of the Dunkin’ System . . .

As a political junkie (and a professional lobbyist for over 30 years), I was listening intently last summer when the major party candidates for president gave their nomination acceptance speeches. Now, as we look ahead to the inauguration of Donald J. Trump as our nation’s 45th President, it’s worth pausing to reflect on something his…

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I’m thankful for…

Growing up, I always loved the fall and the Thanksgiving holiday. It was the first family gathering after the World Series and there would always be some spirited conversations about the winners and the losers. For the longest time, the Chicago Cubs were one of the losers, but that all changed this year. As a…

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Don’t blame unintended consequences

Why is it that so often a mandate is issued from on high, but when the inevitable unintended consequences come to pass, there is shock and dismay at the unfavorable results? In a prior life, I was an advocate/lobbyist for rental housing owners in Massachusetts. At that time, political powers had put strict rent controls…

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From the Executive Director

Since joining DDIFO, I’ve encouraged many to join and strengthen the organization even as they strengthen their own prospects for success. Thankfully, many of them have. Others didn’t recognize the need for an independent franchisee association, telling me, “Relations with the brand are good,” or “We don’t need insurance from the brand.” I’ve preached that…

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Unintended Consequences

Arguably, one of the greatest works in English literature is The Canterbury Tales. This collection of 24 individual stories is presented as a story-telling contest by pilgrims traveling to visit a shrine at Canterbury Cathedral back in the 14th century. In this iconic work, author Geoffrey Chaucer is credited with giving birth to the first…

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Skating in a New Direction

Over the course of the past month or so, we’ve watched three of America’s major sports present All-Star games, where their sport’s premier players are recognized and fans can witness the best of the best competing for all-star bragging rights. Most of these contests fail to live up to the hype, but in one case,…

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A New Year’s Call to Action

After enduring weeks of holiday messages and late-night comedians’ jokes about New Year’s resolutions, now is the time people decide just what they will accomplish in 2016. Jokes about losing weight, getting in shape or giving up bad habits can yield some laughs, but they often don’t result in action. Still, it’s important to look…

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Take Nothing for Granted

For those of you who are not football fans or are perhaps too young to remember Leon Lett and his embarrassment in Super Bowl XXVII (you can Google it for the particulars), the 2015 Track & Field World Championships held this summer in Beijing, China give an updated version of that important life lesson: keep…

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Protection from Winds of Uncertainty

We’re reading a lot about SEIU of late and the “Fight for $15” effort the union is orchestrating across the country. If you ask me, it’s nothing more than a member recruitment undertaking, but it is having significant impact across the economic landscape. The ranks of organized labor in general, and SEIU in particular, have…

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Flawed Thinking Behind the Fight for $15

I was glad to see that most of our Dunkin’ franchise owners made it through another round of “Fight for 15” protests a few weeks ago. We have seen quite the orchestration over the past year by SEIU and their activist friends. Of course, protests are nothing new in our democracy, nor is the willingness…

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