Who’s Business-Friendly?

Speaking of interesting reports, New York based Development Counsellors International, surveyed 356 executives to determine which cities are most and least “business-friendly”.  Not surprisingly, California and New York retained their positions as the least business-friendly states in the nation from the last time the survey was conducted back in 2011.  On the positive side of…

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More Issues Surface on Obama Care

  Despite the fact it was passed into law over 4 years ago, different issues continue to surface with the Affordable Care Act – some foreseen, some not.  The Business Journal reported this week that over 300,000 individuals are in jeopardy of losing their coverage across the nation for lack of sufficient documentation.  The Centers for Medicare…

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Campus Locations Making the Grade

Three days a week, Virginia Tech freshman Alex Hauser leaves his first class of the day and heads straight to his personal recharge station—the Dunkin’ Donuts located within Owens Hall. “It’s easy to access between classes, the line is never too long, and the workers really put out the orders quickly and efficiently,” he says.…

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On The Positive Side Of The Minimum Wage Ledger

As discouraging from the small business perspective as minimum wage news from around the country has been over the last several months, there actually is some good news, albeit limited in scope and reach.  Nonetheless, a few months ago, organized labor and some of their supporters in lower wage positions pushed the city leadership in…

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National DCP Unveils New Initiatives

The United States Postal Service has always been known for making deliveries no matter the weather. In recent years, Fed-Ex and UPS made seven-day-a-week deliveries commonplace. Now, the National DCP wants to transform the delivery system that serves Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners into a 24/7 operation. The program, called route optimization, is one of two…

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New Jersey and Illinois Top Nation in Property Tax Burden

Investment Advisory firm Regent Atlantic this week released a white paper showing that New Jersey, with the highest property tax burden in the nation was losing wealthy residents because of that tax burden, to Pennsylvania and Florida.  That news may not come as a surprise to wealthy residents of the Garden State, but the state’s…

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Florida Voters Don’t Buy It

Notwithstanding this latest change in the mandates of the Affordable Care Act, and the effort to make it seem less onerous than it may be, voters in Florida’s 13th Congressional District elected David Jolly, a staunch opponent of the Affordable Care Act in a March 11 Special Election to fill the seat of the late Representative…

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Competitor News: Taco Bell is in the Breakfast Business and More

We haven’t reported too much of late on our competitors, but there is much to report, so we’ll try to catch you up in this issue . . . Taco Bell has joined the breakfast competition, announcing a few weeks ago that beginning March 27, they will offer a rather extensive breakfast menu from 7AM…

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A Franchisee’s Challenge: Selling more coffee in an emerging market

While the Boston Crème, jelly-filled and glazed ring donuts fly out the door at the Dunkin’ Donuts in St. Joseph, Missouri, cups of fresh brewed coffee are still a slow seller. It’s the ongoing challenge for franchisee Dave Riggs, who opened the restaurant in 2012. “Making Midwest customers more aware of the high quality of…

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