Chicago Dunkin’ Donuts Owners Support Law Enforcement’s Special Olympics Torch Run; Mrs. Illinois Lisa Sonnenberg and NBA Star Bill Wennington ‘Stake Out’ Chicago

As Chicago customers popped into the Dunkin’ Donuts at 1519 West Madison for their everyday morning fuel on June 1st, they might have looked up and wondered what on Earth Mrs. Illinois Lisa Sonnenberg and Bulls broadcaster and former NBA great Bill Wennington were doing hanging out together up on the roof with a bunch…

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Dunkin’ Donuts Franchisee Deo Braga Earns Chamber Salute

Deo Braga, was honored as Gloucester’s Small Business Man of the Year. Deo left Portugal for the United States in 1981 and embarked upon the American Dream. Starting in the kitchen of a Dunkin’ Donuts in East Boston, the then-20-year-old immigrant quickly baked his way up to position of manager of the Dunkin’ Donuts in Essex, a move which introduced him to Cape Ann, and eventually to Gloucester, where, together with his wife Paula, he would build an entrepreneurial empire estimated today at approximately $20 million and growing.

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Level Playing Field for Small Business Act of 2012 California Fair Franchising Act

On Tuesday, April 17th, the California Judiciary Committee approved AB 2305, the California Franchising Level Playing Field for Small Business Act of 2012, via a 6 to 3 vote. It now passes to the California Assembly Business, Professions and Consumer Protections Committee for a hearing on April 24. After its approval, it will then later go to the full California Assembly and later, to the State Senate for approval, and on to Gov. Jerry Brown for his approval.

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Temporary 504 Loan Refinancing for Eligible Small Business Assets Under the Jobs Act Expires 9-27-2012

From time to time DDIFO is pleased to present Guest Commentary from valued contributors. Guest commentaries feature the views, and opinions of the contributor and are not necessarily the opinions of DDIFO and it’s Board of Directors. The following is information submitted by Barbara Arena, Vice President of Granite State Development Corporation (GSDC) 131 Whitman Street, Hanson, MA 781-294-2244, barbara@granitestatedev.com, www.granitestatedev.com, regarding refinancing opportunities thru the SBA’s Temporary 504 Loan Refinancing Progam.

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Assemblyman Huffman on California’s Fair Franchising Bill

Assemblyman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) speaks with Don Sniegowski from Blue MauMau about the fair franchising bill he introduced a month ago to the state of California, AB 2305, the Level Playing Field for Small Businesses Act. The bill was introduced to various committees of the assembly on Tuesday.

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California, Vermont and Massachusetts Introduce Fair Franchising Bills

It started with Rhode Island three years ago. That was supported by franchisee groups Dunkin’ Donuts Independent Franchise Owners and the Coalition of Franchise Associations. DDIFO last year helped introduce a bill in Massachusetts. That is up for vote this summer. To the industry’s surprise, the Massachusetts bill was copied over to Vermont by a franchisee. And now California has introduced assembly bill 2305, the Level Playing Field for Small Businesses Act.

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Northeast Members Meeting Recounts Success, Looks to Future Challenges

DDIFO members from the Northeast region gathered on March 8 at the Doubletree Hotel in Westborough, Massachusetts, to mark their successes and prepare for tomorrow as they networked with fellow franchisees and DDIFO Sponsors, heard from compelling speakers, and exchanged ideas and concerns. The theme for the DDIFO Spring Northeast Members Meeting—Where Do We Go from Here? Onward & Forward!—conveyed the accomplishments Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners have achieved over the past few years as well as the constant eye franchisees and DDIFO keep on the road ahead.

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