Massachusetts House Increases Minimum Wage

The Massachusetts House earlier this week passed its own version of a minimum wage increase. The House’s bill increases the state’s minimum wage from the current $8.00 to $10.50 over the next two years!  The bill, believe it or not, is preferable to an earlier version passed by the Senate that would increase the minimum to $11/hour…

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$15/Hour Minimum Wage Rejected

There may be hope for us yet as the liberal bastion of Amherst, Massachusetts, officially voted down a proposal to establish a local minimum wage of $15/hour at its Town Meeting 2 nights ago.  The proposal, initiated by a UMass student, would have cost the town itself (which is home to several colleges in addition…

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Congratulations to D’Alelio Management

DDIFO is delighted to extend our congratulations to D’Alelio Management (founded by DDIFO Hall of Fame Inductee, the late Helen D’Alelio) on the company being named “Business of the Year” by the Medford (Massachusetts) Chamber of Commerce.  Company principals, Mitzi Lawlor and Gary D’Alelio, own 26 Dunkin shops around Massachusetts.

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Minimum Wage Staying in the News

Efforts at the national, state and local levels to increase the minimum wage continue to make news and will likely do so right on through the fall mid-term elections.  There seems to be a concerted effort by the Obama Administration and a bona fide strategy by the democratic party to make ‘income inequality’ an issue…

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DDIFO Northeast Regional Meeting

On March 5, DDIFO will sponsor the Northeast Regional Member Meeting at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel and Conference Center.  This meeting is always one of our most lively meetings and this year, our 25th anniversary year, will be no exception.  We’ll have the quarterly DDIFO Board meeting for starters and then follow that up with…

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2014 Northeast Regional Meeting Program Agenda

Register Now 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM  Quarterly Meeting, DDIFO Board of Directors (All are welcome!) 2:00 – 2:30 PM     Welcome – Ed Shanahan, Executive Director, DDIFO “Re-charting the Organizational Course – For Maximum Impact!” A presentation on the current state of the organization and it future direction.  Mr. Shanahan will speak to some of the…

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Northeast Regional Meeting On March 5

Our Northeast Regional meeting for the DDIFO membership will be held on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel and Conference Center.  We’re in the process of confirming some exceptional speakers and presentations for this meeting and recommend that our Northeast franchise owners be sure to mark the date in their calendars and…

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Competitor News – New England Tea & Coffee Company and Starbucks

New England Tea & Coffee Company was just recently acquired by Reily Foods, the New Orleans based coffee roaster.  The Malden, Mass based company will now operate as a subsidiary of Reily Foods. In a recent survey, Starbucks Coffee was rated the 3rd most googled restaurant in the United States.  Pizza Hut and Domino’s ranked…

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