On The Positive Side Of The Minimum Wage Ledger

As discouraging from the small business perspective as minimum wage news from around the country has been over the last several months, there actually is some good news, albeit limited in scope and reach.  Nonetheless, a few months ago, organized labor and some of their supporters in lower wage positions pushed the city leadership in…

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National DCP Unveils New Initiatives

The United States Postal Service has always been known for making deliveries no matter the weather. In recent years, Fed-Ex and UPS made seven-day-a-week deliveries commonplace. Now, the National DCP wants to transform the delivery system that serves Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners into a 24/7 operation. The program, called route optimization, is one of two…

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New Jersey and Illinois Top Nation in Property Tax Burden

Investment Advisory firm Regent Atlantic this week released a white paper showing that New Jersey, with the highest property tax burden in the nation was losing wealthy residents because of that tax burden, to Pennsylvania and Florida.  That news may not come as a surprise to wealthy residents of the Garden State, but the state’s…

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Florida Voters Don’t Buy It

Notwithstanding this latest change in the mandates of the Affordable Care Act, and the effort to make it seem less onerous than it may be, voters in Florida’s 13th Congressional District elected David Jolly, a staunch opponent of the Affordable Care Act in a March 11 Special Election to fill the seat of the late Representative…

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Competitor News: Taco Bell is in the Breakfast Business and More

We haven’t reported too much of late on our competitors, but there is much to report, so we’ll try to catch you up in this issue . . . Taco Bell has joined the breakfast competition, announcing a few weeks ago that beginning March 27, they will offer a rather extensive breakfast menu from 7AM…

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A Franchisee’s Challenge: Selling more coffee in an emerging market

While the Boston Crème, jelly-filled and glazed ring donuts fly out the door at the Dunkin’ Donuts in St. Joseph, Missouri, cups of fresh brewed coffee are still a slow seller. It’s the ongoing challenge for franchisee Dave Riggs, who opened the restaurant in 2012. “Making Midwest customers more aware of the high quality of…

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Tax Policies and Economic Outlook: How does your state rate?

Why does Utah rank on top in U.S. economic outlook, while Vermont is on the bottom? When you examine the tax policies of the United States, you can draw certain conclusions about how taxes and regulations impact small business owners. According to a recent study from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a pro-business partnership…

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Franchisees In North Carolina and New Jersey

We advised a few weeks ago that there were franchisees with a number of different brands looking to meet with other franchisees in both North Carolina and New Jersey in order to network and possibly discuss issues of mutual interest.  We have heard from several of you interested in participating and wanted to make sure…

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Tampa 2014 Members Meeting Program Agenda

2:00 – 2:30 PM  Registration and Welcome – Ed Shanahan, Executive Director, DDIFO  “An Overview of Issues!” A presentation by the Executive Director of the DD Independent Franchise Owners, Inc. on the status of a number of issues that are relevant to the franchisee community today and in the coming months.  He will also address DDIFO and…

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Attorney Ramy P. Elmasri from Vernis & Bowling

Ramy P. Elmasri, Esq. Biography

Attorney Ramy P. Elmasri  is an expert in Florida employment litigation and professional liability.  With the national firm of Vernis & Bowling since 2012, he is an experienced insurance company claims attorney who oversaw and handled a multitude of cases from inception to their natural resolution as an insurance employee.  As a former insurance company…

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