Tell it to the Members: CFA Day Forum puts Franchisees on Capitol Hill

From minimum wage to paid sick leave to health care reform, issues debated in legislative arenas this year stand to have a greater impact on small business owners than ever before. More and more small business owners are recognizing the importance of communicating their concerns directly with elected officials—at all levels. Since 2009, franchise owners…

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New Laws and Regulations Threaten Franchisee Profitability

DDIFO Working to Leverage Collective Strength to Protect Franchise Owners When this issue went to press, franchisees in New Jersey were looking at a possible 17 percent increase in the state’s minimum wage. In Florida, state regulators are auditing Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees to be sure they are complying with sales tax regulations. And in Illinois,…

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Level Playing Field for Small Business Act of 2012 California Fair Franchising Act

On Tuesday, April 17th, the California Judiciary Committee approved AB 2305, the California Franchising Level Playing Field for Small Business Act of 2012, via a 6 to 3 vote. It now passes to the California Assembly Business, Professions and Consumer Protections Committee for a hearing on April 24. After its approval, it will then later go to the full California Assembly and later, to the State Senate for approval, and on to Gov. Jerry Brown for his approval.

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DDIFO Along With the CFA are Listed Supporters of the Small Business Tax Cut Act

Dunkin’ Donuts Independent Franchise Owners (DDIFO) along with the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) and other franchisee associations have all signed on to support The Small Business Tax Cut Act which was introduced by Majority Leader Eric Cantor. The tax cut bill, if passed, would decrease small business owners’ taxable income and increase bottom lines. Specifically, The Small Business Tax Cut Act would allow franchise owners to deduct 20 percent of their income from taxes, up to 50 percent of their W-2 wages.

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The Fight for ‘Fairness in Franchising’

Jason Daley writes at Entrepreneur Magazine: Imagine owning a small business for 20 years, pouring all your time, money and sweat into achieving a decent cash flow and a little equity. Then imagine getting a contract in the mail stipulating that if you want to continue doing business, you must replace thousands of dollars of perfectly good equipment, adjust suppliers or prices or make a dozen other changes that could destroy your bottom line. And if you don’t sign, you more or less forfeit your life’s work.

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Franchisee Bill of Rights Highlights Need for Fairness

When franchisee association leaders gathered in Washington last month for the 2011 CFA Day Forum, they were witness to an important piece of franchising history. For months leading up to the June 22 meeting, members of the Fair Franchising subcommittee worked to draft a groundbreaking document, the Universal Franchisee Bill of Rights. Before a conference room of approximately 100 people, the document was read publicly for the first time—by none other than Benjamin Franklin.

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Bill of Rights for Franchisees Now Ratified

Blue MauMau — Some of America’s largest franchise groups formally ratified a franchisee bill of rights on Friday, June 3. The intent of the document is to spell out a framework of a mutually beneficial relationship between franchisor and franchisee. Hospitality, restaurant, convenience store, automotive services and scores of other sectors that franchise are anticipated to be eventually impacted by these franchising standards.

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Seismic Shift in Franchisees Seeking Balance

Don Sniegowski of BlueMauMau reports that there is a seismic shift under way in how franchisees approach balance in franchisee/franchisor relationships. It is a multi-pronged strategy headed by the three-year-old Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) that utilizes market forces, collective bargaining and possible legislation.

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