Giving Back With Scholarships

On the subject of giving back and helping others, we congratulate longtime DDIFO member Ed Wolak, founder of the Wolak Group which owns some 85 Dunkin’ shops, on the launch of his employee college scholarship program in conjunction with College for America at Southern New Hampshire University.  The new program will offer 25 employees the…

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New Hampshire Fair Franchising Bill Sent to Study Committee

On Wednesday of this week, the New Hampshire House of Representatives Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee voted by a one vote margin to send the proposed New Hampshire Fair Franchising bill (HB 1215) to a study committee, effectively killing the bill for further consideration in the current session.  The final vote was essentially a party…

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Getting To The Meat (House) Of The Issue

As the aforementioned NH Committee on Commerce and Consumer Affairs was voting against protecting the small business investments of franchise owners within the Granite State, The Meat House, a nationally-franchised meat company and butcher shop headquartered in Hampton, NH was shutting all of its company operated stores and leaving it’s franchise owners in New York…

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Sub-Committee Meets Today On New Hampshire Fair Franchising Bill

As we advised you last week, New Hampshire’s House Committee on Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee named a sub-committee to work through HB 1215, the Granite State’s fair franchising initiative.  The working group, chaired by Representative Kermit Williams (D-Wilton), and including Representative Chris Muns (D-Hampton), and Representative Emily Sandblade (R-Manchester) will be meeting today in…

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Sub-Committee Appointed To Refine New Hampshire Fair Franchising Bill

At the conclusion of its public hearing on HB1215, the fair franchising bill pending in the NH House of Representatives, the Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee appointed a sub-committee to work through the issue in greater detail.  The sub committee, chaired by Representative Kermit Williams (D-Wilton), will also include Representative Chris Muns (D-Hampton), and Representative…

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New Hampshire Fair Franchising Issue For February

We would encourage franchisees regardless of the brand concept who have real concerns about the inequity of the franchisor/franchisee relationship, or have suffered losses as a result of the lack of fair franchising protections in New Hampshire to advise us and plan to attend the NH Legislature’s hearing on fair franchising when it is held…

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Fair Franchising Soon To Be Scheduled In New Hampshire

Although we do not yet have a date for any public hearing on the issue, the New Hampshire House of Representatives is expected to soon schedule a public hearing on HB 1215, An Act Related to Franchisee Rights, a version of the fair franchising legislation filed recently in a number of state legislatures.  NH Rep…

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“Charbucks” Beats Starbucks In Appeals Court Decision

A family-owned New Hampshire coffee roaster has prevailed in an 11 year old case of alleged trademark violation.  In Starbucks Corp et al v. Wolfe’s Borough Coffee d/b/a Black Bear Micro Roastery, the New York based 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Starbucks failed to prove that consumers would be confused by a…

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Fair Franchising Filed In New Hampshire

As we advised in last week’s issue, a fair franchising bill has also been filed in the New Hampshire legislature for consideration during the 2014 session.  Although it is not yet available in print or online, we have discussed the bill with its primary sponsor, Representative Patrick Abrami and will be working with him over…

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