Maine Fair Franchising Bill Up For Hearing

The Small Business Investment Protection Act, pending in the Maine Legislature since early in 2013, will be discussed in detail at an upcoming meeting of the Labor, Commerce, Research & Economic Development Committee on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at the State Capital in Augusta.  The bill, filed by Rep. Erin Herbig (D-Belfast), is identified as LD1458,…

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Maine Franchise Owners Host Meet & Greet

The Maine Franchise Owners, a new franchisee organization spearheaded by a couple of Dunkin’ franchisees, will host a Franchise Business Day and Legislator Meet & Greet for franchisees of all brands operating in the state of Maine on January 29, 2014.  The event will be held at the Senator Inn in Augusta beginning at 1…

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Maine Fair Franchising Bill Back On For Another Hearing

The Small Business Investment Protection Act, pending in the Maine Legislature since early in 2013, is back on the schedule for another important hearing before the Labor, Commerce, Research & Economic Development Committee on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at the State Capital in Augusta.  The bill, filed by Rep. Erin Herbig (D-Belfast), is identified as…

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Portland Styrofoam Ban Back In Play?

It is also reported that the proposed ban on Styrofoam that was considered then withdrawn earlier this year in Portland, Maine may be back under consideration soon enough as two of the Portland City Councilors who opposed the measure have chosen not to run for re-election.

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Maine at Bottom of Business Friendly States

Last week, we reported on Forbes’ annual ranking of Best States for Business with Virginia taking the #1 spot.  Well, for the 4th year in a row, the state of Maine has the dubious distinction of being considered the worst state for business in the nation!

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Maine Administration Eyes Eliminating County-based Taxes

Staunchly small government advocate and Maine Governor Paul LePage has his administration thinking outside the box as far as how to shrink government and relieve some of the pressure on Maine’s taxpayers.  They are currently looking at eliminating an array of county-based taxes across the state.

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Thank You for Being a Part of the 2013 National Conference

We want to thank the hundreds of franchise owners who attended the 2013 National Conference in Atlantic City this week – the event was a great success and we are very much appreciative of the support our first national conference outside of New England received from the franchise owners.  Similarly, our thanks go out to…

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Speaking of the ban of polystyrene

A number of towns in Maine have banned the cup as well and this week, a newspaper in Maine reported on the paper cup replacement that Dunkin’ has developed for those communities where Dunkin’s iconic foam cup is banned.  The Kennebec Journal story is here.

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Employer Mandate Delayed, But Health Exchanges Start October 1

Although sighs of relief were heard when the Obama Administration delayed implementation of the employer mandate in the Affordable Care Act, members should remember that the mandated state (or federally) run Health Exchanges are still required to be available come October 1, 2013.  The state of Maine just this week released a comparison of small…

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The 40 Hour Work Week

Wouldn’t have thought the notion of a 40-hour work week would be particularly newsworthy, but this past week, the issue was front and center in the weekly Republican Radio Address as US Senator Susan Collins (R – Maine) said that because of Obamacare and the implications of the 30-hour work week threshold, many workers would…

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