2nd California Dunkin’ Opens in Barstow

Dunkin’ Donuts’ expansion continues with news that the second shop in the Golden State of California opened its doors this past Monday in Barstow, California.  Dunkin’ has been aggressively signing SDAs with franchisees willing to expand their networks throughout California.

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Minimum Wage Increasing in Broad Array of States

We’ve apprised you over months of several states where proposals to increase the minimum wage were being considered.  Our friends in the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) have produced a Government Affairs Update which identifies those states that will increase their mandated minimum between now and July, 2014.  If you own shops in any…

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The minimum wage is increasing in a number of states.

Summary of Minimum Wage Increases

The 2014 federal minimum wage will remain unchanged at $7.25 per hour for non-tipped employees, and $2.13 per hour for tipped employees. However, one state’s minimum wage will increase on December 31, 2013 and eight states have announced their minimum wage will increase on January 1, 2014. Moreover, one state has proposed an increase, effective…

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Dunkin’ Westward Expansion Has One Big Supporter At A Minimum

We’ve seen the regular flow of announcements regarding Dunkin’s expansion across the country and especially its re-entry into California.  The numbers of new store openings targeted for the west coast is impressive to say the least.  In light of the recent coverage highlighting Dunkin’s target of 1,000 new stores in California, it just seemed fitting…

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Wyoming Business

Tax Foundation Puts New York Last For Tax Climate

Washington-based tax research group The Tax Foundation has released its annual State Business Tax Climate Index for 2014.  The report, as reported by the  Albany Business Journal, ranks New York state as being the worst business tax environment in the country.  Wyoming topped the list as the most tax favorable state in the union.  The…

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Governor Signs $10 California Minimum Wage

As was expected, California Governor Jerry Brown this past week signed into law a bill raising the minimum wage in California to $10 per hour by 2016.  Under the new law, the current minimum wage of $8.00 will increase to $9 in July and then to $10, the highest in the nation, in January of…

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IFA In DC For 40 Hour Work Week Bill

We reported months ago how at its 2013 DC Summit in July,  the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) had encouraged the passage of the Forty Hours Is Full Time Act proposed by Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) and others.  Well, the International Franchise Association (IFA) has now joined the fray and at their annual DC Fly-in…

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Forbes Calls Viginia #1

In its annual ranking of Best States for Business 2013, Forbes Magazine has anointed Virgina as the best state in the country within which to do business.  North Dakota, Utah, North Carolina and Colorado rounded out the top five.  The full list in pictures is available here.

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California Approves $10 Minimum Wage

The California legislature passed a bill increasing the state’s minimum wage from the current $8 per hour to $10 by 2016.  The bill is expected to be signed by California’s Governor Jerry Brown, a longtime advocate for the increase.  California is the fourth state to formally increase the minimum wage this year – the others…

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What’s Brewing: Paid Sick Leave, Minimum Wage

Every day, franchise owners face the challenges and obstacles of owning a business, and every day, government officials are approving and vetoing legislation that affects those challenges. Independent Joe has been monitoring a number of bills, in several states, as they move through the halls of their state houses. Some of these initiatives were proverbial…

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