A virtual cup of coffee with DDIFO Executive Director Ed Shanahan

June 8th, 2013 – Fair Franchising, Tax Reform, Swipe Fees

Inequities in Franchise Relationship Are A Global Issue – Over the course of the past few weeks, we’ve reported on efforts to enact “fair franchising” legislation in Maine, California and Massachusetts.  Notwithstanding arguments by the IFA and others that infusing a more equitable balance into the franchise relationship would be devastating, the “land down under” now weighs…

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Feeling the Squeeze: Franchisees Face Costly State Laws & Regs

Rising health care premiums. Minimum wage increases. Paid sick leave. Bans on large sugary drinks and Styrofoam containers. Running a business has plenty of challenges even before the government gets involved. And get involved they have: federal, state, and local governments are all looking for ways to squeeze more money out of businesses and individuals,…

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Plotwatt releases Energy Management Performance Guides specific to Dunkin Donut Operators

January 4, 2013, DURHAM, NC – PlotWatt, the Durham-based technology company that provides energy management solutions to quick serve restaurant (QSR) released new energy management tools optimized for Dunkin’ Donuts in the latest version of its software product. Using patent-pending technology which computes itemized appliance-level energy consumption of all major electrical appliances without attached appliance-level hardware, PlotWatt…

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida Spring Franchise Owners Meeting Agenda

2:00 – 2:45 PM  Welcome:  Ed Shanahan, Executive Director, DDIFO “A New Direction – A New Effectiveness!” 2:45 – 3:30 PM  Attorney David J. Daly, of Daly Cavanaugh along with Attorney and CPA Phillip Howell of Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr & Smith “Bulk Sales Taxes – A Multiple Choice Question?” 3:30 – 4:30 PM  Attorney Russell S. Buhite of Marshall Dennehey…

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Tampa, Florida Spring Franchise Owners Meeting Agenda

2:00 – 2:45 PM  Welcome:  Ed Shanahan, Executive Director, DDIFO “A New Direction – A New Effectiveness!”   2:45 – 3:30 PM  Attorney James Ervin, a partner in the tax department of Holland & Knight “Bulk Sales Taxes – A Multiple Choice Question?” 3:30 – 4:30 PM  Attorney Nathan Adams of the health care department…

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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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Plotwatt to Present to White House and DOE on Green Button Initiatives

DDIFO Sponsor Plotwatt, the Durham based Technology Company that provides energy management solutions to businesses and homeowners throughout the United States, has been invited to present its data, technology innovations, and results to the White House Office of Technology and the Department of Energy as part of the Green Button Initiative. The DOE’s Green Button…

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