More Minimum Wage Issues At The State Level

As if Seattle and San Francisco aren’t doing enough to damage an already shaky economy, there are a number of equally egregious and challenging proposals in a host of State Houses across the country and especially on both coasts.  California State Senator Mark Leno has his own minimum wage bill (SB 935) pending in the…

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California Call To Action

Fair franchising issues are still in the mix in the California legislature and members are encouraged to have their California counterparts contact members of the California legislature’s Business, Professions and Consumer Protection Committee and encourage their support of SB. 610.  Members may recall that SB. 610 was withdrawn earlier this year before a vote by…

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Go West, Dunkin’, Go West

A noted California-based brand expert has come out with a very favorable outlook on Dunkin’ Donuts’ ongoing westward expansion, identifying a number of factors which she believes all point to strong growth potential for Dunkin’ in the Golden State.  Denise Lee Yohn, brand expert and author of “What Great Brands Do: The Seven Brand-Building Principles…

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More Issues From The West Coast

Perhaps not as troublesome as the Seattle actions, but equally as negative to the job creation front of small business and on a even faster track is AB1522 pending in the California Assembly.  AB 1522, which was sponsored by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, would require employers to provide up to 24 hours of paid, protected sick…

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GMO Food Labeling Movement at the State Level

The Vermont State Senate by a lopsided 26 – 2 vote this week passed H 112, a bill requiring the labelling of so-called GMOs (genetically modified organisms) that positions the Green Mountain state as potentially the first state in the nation to mandate the extra labeling.  The bill was amended before it cleared the Senate…

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San Diego Dunkin’ Opens With 2 Hour Waits

The first Dunkin’ Donuts shop to open to the public in San Diego opened to wait lines of up to 90 minutes and non-stop satisfied customers as this story and video can attest.  It’s been a couple of weeks since the opening in the lobby of the Embassy Suites Hotel in the downtown, but the…

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McDonalds Sued On Overtime and Other Employee Allegations

Any members who aren’t too worried about whether or how the President’s overtime order should pay special attention to the fact that McDonalds was sued this week by a number of employees in California, Michigan and New York.  The class action lawsuits filed in both federal and state courts claimed that the “Golden Arches” were…

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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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Tax Policies and Economic Outlook: How does your state rate?

Why does Utah rank on top in U.S. economic outlook, while Vermont is on the bottom? When you examine the tax policies of the United States, you can draw certain conclusions about how taxes and regulations impact small business owners. According to a recent study from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a pro-business partnership…

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