Obama Care Update: More Problems – And an Apology

As the implementation of the Affordable Care Act continues, it appears to be encountering still more problems with its web page and acceptability with the American public – so much so that the administrator of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Kathleen Tavenner, felt compelled to apologize to Congress for the seemingly endless problems…

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An Act amending Title 12 (Commerce and Trade) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, requiring responsible franchise practices; conferring powers and duties upon the Department of Community and Economic Development; and establishing remedies and penalties.

Pennsylvania Fair Franchising House Bill

Amending Title 12 (Commerce and Trade) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, requiring responsible franchise practices; conferring powers and duties upon the Department of Community and Economic Development; and establishing remedies and penalties. Click to download the full Pennsylvania Fair Franchising House Bill

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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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National Conference: Focuses on Issues Impacting Franchisees

When New Jersey Lieutenant  Governor Kim Guadagno walked to the podium at Caesar’s Atlantic City last month, she knew she was facing a friendly room. The men and women – many of whom scurried to find seats as Guadagno’s keynote address began – were all connected to the Dunkin’ system, and they soon learned that Dunkin’…

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“Cops on Rooftops” has become a popular fundraising effort for Special Olympics in several states.

Community Charities Run on Dunkin’ Too

The scope and reach of community programs supported by Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees is as impressive as it is impactful. The Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation, which this summer announced another $205,300 in grants to support organizations in the mid-Atlantic region, has helped to raise more than $1 million for non-profits throughout New York, New…

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DDIFO Magazine - Independent Joe #22 - National Conference Coverage

Independent Joe: October 2013

When Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno walked to the podium at Caesar’s Atlantic City last month, she knew she was facing a friendly room. She has an appreciation for Dunkin’ franchisees—as small business owners who create jobs and pay taxes. And, in a state that is still reeling from Hurricane Sandy, she views them as beacons in the storm. She said thank you because, in her words, “Dunkin’ Donuts saved lives after Sandy.”

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Starbucks has opened its first Teavana Tea Bar

USA Today reported that Starbucks has opened its first Teavana Tea Bar in New York City this week in Upper Manhattan.   And, in an interesting article this week in Seeking Alpha, it was speculated that robotic baristas such as Marley Coffee Automated Stores and Briggo coffee kiosks may present a strong challenge to the future…

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Atlanta Hits The 100 Mark

And speaking of Dunkin’ expansion across the country, one of its bigger emerging markets, Atlanta, Georgia celebrates the opening of its 100th Dunkin Donuts store!  Congratulations to franchisees Stephen Attard and James Laskaris!

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Dunkin’ Donuts are getting into the spirit of the holiday season by adopting a family supported by the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation.

Charitable Efforts Continue

Although we haven’t talked about it over the last few weeks, Dunkin’ franchisees continue their philanthropic efforts in a big way across the country.  Some of the recent efforts include:  Las Vegas Franchisees have begun an  “Adopt-A-Family” effort that will run through the entire Christmas season; NJ Franchisees recently undertook successful efforts to help in…

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Attorney Makes Strong Case For Fair Franchising Laws

Attorney Ron Gardner, partner in the Minnesota based law firm of Dady & Gardner P.A. and a recognized expert in franchise law, makes a solid case for adoption of fair franchising laws across the country in a piece posted on the AAFD website.  Attorney Gardner is the counsel of record for the amicus curiae brief…

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