Tampa 2014 Members Meeting Program Agenda

2:00 – 2:30 PM  Registration and Welcome – Ed Shanahan, Executive Director, DDIFO  “An Overview of Issues!” A presentation by the Executive Director of the DD Independent Franchise Owners, Inc. on the status of a number of issues that are relevant to the franchisee community today and in the coming months.  He will also address DDIFO and…

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Attorney Ramy P. Elmasri from Vernis & Bowling

Ramy P. Elmasri, Esq. Biography

Attorney Ramy P. Elmasri  is an expert in Florida employment litigation and professional liability.  With the national firm of Vernis & Bowling since 2012, he is an experienced insurance company claims attorney who oversaw and handled a multitude of cases from inception to their natural resolution as an insurance employee.  As a former insurance company…

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Tampa Meeting On February 6

DDIFO will host another meeting at the Tampa Airport Marriott on Thursday, February 6.  The announcement email will be sent this week, but members should mark their calendars now and plan to attend this important meeting.

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Tampa Franchise Owners Meeting Scheduled For February 6

DDIFO will be sponsoring its second meeting of the year at the Tampa Airport Marriott on Thursday, February 6.  Details are still being finalized, but we would encourage all Dunkin’ franchisees to mark the date on their calendars.  Details on the meeting will be finalized and sent to all franchise owners soon.

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New Dunkin’ Redesign Rolls Out

When franchisee David McNulty opened the newly redesigned Dunkin’ Donuts on busy North Roosevelt Boulevard in Key West, Fla., he wondered how customers would respond to the brand’s updated look and layout. The former KFC location had been completely gutted and replaced with Dunkin’ Donuts’ sophisticated and mellow “Fresh Brew” makeover. Instead of a grab-and-go…

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Minimum Wage Increasing in Broad Array of States

We’ve apprised you over months of several states where proposals to increase the minimum wage were being considered.  Our friends in the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) have produced a Government Affairs Update which identifies those states that will increase their mandated minimum between now and July, 2014.  If you own shops in any…

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The minimum wage is increasing in a number of states.

Summary of Minimum Wage Increases

The 2014 federal minimum wage will remain unchanged at $7.25 per hour for non-tipped employees, and $2.13 per hour for tipped employees. However, one state’s minimum wage will increase on December 31, 2013 and eight states have announced their minimum wage will increase on January 1, 2014. Moreover, one state has proposed an increase, effective…

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Dunkin’ Donuts are getting into the spirit of the holiday season by adopting a family supported by the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation.

Charitable Efforts Continue

Although we haven’t talked about it over the last few weeks, Dunkin’ franchisees continue their philanthropic efforts in a big way across the country.  Some of the recent efforts include:  Las Vegas Franchisees have begun an  “Adopt-A-Family” effort that will run through the entire Christmas season; NJ Franchisees recently undertook successful efforts to help in…

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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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