Independent Joe #41 December 2016/January 2017

If there was one theme that ran throughout the recent DDIFO National Conference held at Foxwoods Resort Casino, it was “Be vigilant.” The theme framed discussions on franchising, government relations, Dunkin’ Brands’ new franchise agreement and the competitive landscape facing QSRs like Dunkin’ Donuts. And while some speakers presented the theme in more desperate terms…

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Experience + Smarts = Successful Expansion

He came in with donuts and came out with tires and mufflers. Not literally, but let’s not quibble over the details. The figurative donuts-for-tires trade happened when Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee Eric Eskander struck up a conversation with a Meineke owner at the DDIFO National Conference two years ago. Eskander wasn’t looking to diversify his portfolio,…

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One vs. Many: Structuring a Multi-Unit Franchise Network

When advising clients on the acquisition of a multi-unit franchise network, we are often posed the age-old question: “Should we own the assets in one entity or multiple entities?” At the risk of sounding too much like a lawyer, the answer to this question is, “It depends.” Each franchisee has a unique set of hot…

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National Conference Speakers Address Key Issues Facing Franchisees

If there was one theme that ran throughout the recent DDIFO National Conference held at Foxwoods Resort Casino, it was “Be vigilant.” The theme framed discussions on franchising, government relations, Dunkin’ Brands’ new franchise agreement and the competitive landscape facing QSRs like Dunkin’ Donuts. And while some speakers presented the theme in more desperate terms…

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Franchisees Share Experiences at the DDIFO National Conference

Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners who attended the 2015 National Conference came to Caesars Palace in Las Vegas with different goals. For some, it was a chance to get away from day-to-day operations and focus on big-picture issues and answers. For others, it was an opportunity to catch up with friends and colleagues, share stories and…

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Upcoming Events

The 2015 Multi-Unit Franchising Conference begins next Tuesday evening at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas with a great lineup of speakers, events and exhibits.  This year’s Chairman of the MUFC is multi-unit Dunkin’ franchisee Rob Branca, who is quoted extensively in a feature article in the latest 1851 Magazine.  We congratulate Rob on his MUFC…

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Upcoming Events

The Coalition of Franchisee Associations, fresh off a very successful CFA Lobby Day Forum in the nation’s capital, will be hosting a free webinar next Friday, April 2 between the hours of 2 – 3 PM on the NLRB ambush election rule, what it requires and what it could mean to you and your business. …

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Upcoming Events

There’s not much time left to sign up for the 2015 CFA Day Forum at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC on March 24 – 25, 2015.  The 2-day event will feature talks by prominent elected officials, Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE) and Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), as well as Congressman…

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Other Events

We would also remind you to sign up for the 2015 CFA Day Forum at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC on March 24 – 25, 2015.  The 2-day event will feature talks by prominent elected officials, Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE) and Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), as well as Congressman…

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