Maine at Bottom of Business Friendly States

Last week, we reported on Forbes’ annual ranking of Best States for Business with Virginia taking the #1 spot.  Well, for the 4th year in a row, the state of Maine has the dubious distinction of being considered the worst state for business in the nation!

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IFA Working Against Fair Franchising In PA

In their recent newsletter, the IFA boasted of having had Matt Haller and Dean Heyl travel to Harrisburg, PA. to begin work against HB 1620, which would provide some balance to the franchisee/franchisor relationship.  They are working to build a coalition against the bill, filed by Representative Peter Daley.  In the newsletter, they allege the…

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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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Starbucks expands La Boulange food offerings

Starbucks completed expansion of their La Boulange food offerings across the country when the new pastry lineup reached Boston and other east coast cities.  The additional items were added to their menu with their acquisition of Bay Bread LLC and its La Boulange bakery brand last year for $100 million.

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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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Paid Sick Leave Push Across New Jersey

Speaking of political issues in New Jersey, there seems to be a concerted effort across many of the Garden States’ cities to advocate for passage of mandatory paid sick leave.  Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop has been aggressively pushing the mandatory leave initiative, but many of the state’s larger cities are pushing hard for its…

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Maine Administration Eyes Eliminating County-based Taxes

Staunchly small government advocate and Maine Governor Paul LePage has his administration thinking outside the box as far as how to shrink government and relieve some of the pressure on Maine’s taxpayers.  They are currently looking at eliminating an array of county-based taxes across the state.

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Richmond DDIFO Meeting Update

Regrettably, the Member Meeting in Richmond that we announced in last week’s Small Regular has been postponed in light of the conflict the meeting poses with Dunkin’s Fall Managers Huddle for the Virginia market on October 9.  We are looking at our facility options and will advise you of new plans as soon as we…

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Thank You for Being a Part of the 2013 National Conference

We want to thank the hundreds of franchise owners who attended the 2013 National Conference in Atlantic City this week – the event was a great success and we are very much appreciative of the support our first national conference outside of New England received from the franchise owners.  Similarly, our thanks go out to…

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