A virtual cup of coffee with DDIFO Executive Director Ed Shanahan

May 3rd 2013: Marathon, Fair Franchising, QSR Worker Strike, Member Meetings

During my tenure as Executive Director of the DDIFO, I’ve enjoyed going around the footprint and having a cup of coffee with many DD franchisees.  Time and logistics prevent me from meeting all of you, but technology makes it possible.  Through regular communication with DDIFO members, current and future, I will continue having coffee with…

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The hand that feeds you

Originally published on February 17th, 2013 in the Boston Globe.  When customers drop change in a coffee shop’s tip jar, they expect the money will go to the employees who made their latte or served their doughnut. But recent court decisions have led to some of those employees being unfairly deprived — a problem the…

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Tax Changes for 2013: What it Means for You

Among the many challenges of owning a small business are the year-to-year tax changes that can affect your bottom line and complicate your accounting. And this year was especially anxiety inducing as Congress and the President wrangled over a plethora of expiring tax breaks until the last moments of 2012, leaving individuals and business owners…

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Hurricane Sandy Should Be A Wake-Up Call for Your Critical Data

For many of us in the Northeast, Sandy was our first taste of massive destruction and outages that businesses in the South and Midwest know too well. Many franchisees lost power for over a week, faced floods, and even saw their stores and homes destroyed. Hopefully all will be rebuilt, equipment will be replaced and…

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Glossary of ACA-Related Terms

Affordable Care Act (ACA): The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is also known formally as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and informally as Obamacare or federal health care. President Barack Obama signed the Act into law on March 23, 2010. Together with the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act (enacted by Congress to…

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The Affordable Care Act: Now, It’s Here to Stay

Two years of campaigning and an estimated $3 to $6 billion dollars in spending later, the makeup of the federal government is essentially the same as before the election, and there is little doubt the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, will survive. Small business owners and large employers alike need to start…

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