Sunny Outlook In Florida As Small Business Upbeat on Future

In the wake of many business groups reporting continuing declines in business confidence across the country, there appeared to be breaks in the clouds from the Sunshine State, where the Tampa Bay Business Journal reported on a survey by the American Express OPEN Small Business Monitor that had 83% of the small business respondents saying…

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Local Government Bans Continue

A few weeks ago, we told you of the Styrofoam ban imposed by the of Brookline, MA.  Not to be outdone on the subject of local bans, it’s reported the Orlando suburb of Winter Park this week voted to ban QSRs from the community’s main business thoroughfare, Park Avenue. Existing stores are grandfathered.

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What’s Brewing: Paid Sick Leave, Minimum Wage

Every day, franchise owners face the challenges and obstacles of owning a business, and every day, government officials are approving and vetoing legislation that affects those challenges. Independent Joe has been monitoring a number of bills, in several states, as they move through the halls of their state houses. Some of these initiatives were proverbial…

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A virtual cup of coffee with DDIFO Executive Director Ed Shanahan

July 14th – Enviormental Reform, Energy Saving Grants, Hall of Fame Nominations

North Carolina’s Changing Environment – North Carolina takes a different view of environmental considerations when it comes to rezoning proposals and the jobs it can represent.  Currently, in Charlotte, residents may protest rezoning issues and force a supermajority requirement on the Charlotte City Council.  The legislature however is within one final vote of passing the Create…

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A virtual cup of coffee with DDIFO Executive Director Ed Shanahan

July 5, 2013 – NYC’s 500th Store, Tip Pooling, CFA Lobby Day

Obama Administration Delays Employer Mandate – Not only big news, but Good News!  The big story of the week was the Obama Administration’s decision to delay the implementation of the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate until 2015 – coincidentally after the 2014 mid-term congressional elections, but whatever their reasons . . .  The delay in…

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A virtual cup of coffee with DDIFO Executive Director Ed Shanahan

June 28, 2013 – NLRB Appointments, Tip Pooling, Employee Payment

Supreme Court To Review NLRB Appointments – President Obama’s “recess appointments” to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which were ultimately declared illegal, continue to make news.  The three appointments, made while the Senate was still in session, were negated by the courts.  Consequently, any decisions (most of which were anti-business) by the NLRB after the…

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Feeling the Squeeze: Franchisees Face Costly State Laws & Regs

Rising health care premiums. Minimum wage increases. Paid sick leave. Bans on large sugary drinks and Styrofoam containers. Running a business has plenty of challenges even before the government gets involved. And get involved they have: federal, state, and local governments are all looking for ways to squeeze more money out of businesses and individuals,…

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida Spring Franchise Owners Meeting Agenda

2:00 – 2:45 PM  Welcome:  Ed Shanahan, Executive Director, DDIFO “A New Direction – A New Effectiveness!” 2:45 – 3:30 PM  Attorney David J. Daly, of Daly Cavanaugh along with Attorney and CPA Phillip Howell of Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr & Smith “Bulk Sales Taxes – A Multiple Choice Question?” 3:30 – 4:30 PM  Attorney Russell S. Buhite of Marshall Dennehey…

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Tampa, Florida Spring Franchise Owners Meeting Agenda

2:00 – 2:45 PM  Welcome:  Ed Shanahan, Executive Director, DDIFO “A New Direction – A New Effectiveness!”   2:45 – 3:30 PM  Attorney James Ervin, a partner in the tax department of Holland & Knight “Bulk Sales Taxes – A Multiple Choice Question?” 3:30 – 4:30 PM  Attorney Nathan Adams of the health care department…

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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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