Campus Locations Making the Grade

Three days a week, Virginia Tech freshman Alex Hauser leaves his first class of the day and heads straight to his personal recharge station—the Dunkin’ Donuts located within Owens Hall. “It’s easy to access between classes, the line is never too long, and the workers really put out the orders quickly and efficiently,” he says.…

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New Jersey Advances “Opportunity to Compete” Bill

Perhaps since they had already increased the state’s minimum wage at the beginning of the year, New Jersey legislators are said to be seriously considering another onerous bill that can negatively impact businesses in the Garden State.  S.1484, An Act Concerning Employment Rights of Persons With Criminal Histories, was filed again this session by state…

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National DCP Unveils New Initiatives

The United States Postal Service has always been known for making deliveries no matter the weather. In recent years, Fed-Ex and UPS made seven-day-a-week deliveries commonplace. Now, the National DCP wants to transform the delivery system that serves Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners into a 24/7 operation. The program, called route optimization, is one of two…

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New Jersey Issues Still In Play

Maine has a relatively short legislative session, formally ending it over the next month or two, but not so New Jersey.  As we advised you in last week’s Small Regular, the State Assembly recently advanced A-2354, the Paid Sick Leave Bill, which will require all businesses – regardless of size – to provide between five…

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Upcoming Mid-Atlantic DDIFO Meeting

Time is of the essence for those Mid-Atlantic franchise owners who have yet to register for this coming week’s Mid-Atlantic region meeting coming at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Newark Airport.  The meeting will feature Attorneys Pat McGovern and John Vreerland, both partners in the noted New Jersey firm of Genova, Burns, Giantomasi, Webster speaking…

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Mid-Atlantic Meeting in Newark on April 9

Again, we remind franchise owners in the Mid-Atlantic region of the important meeting coming up on April 9 at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Newark Airport.  The meeting will feature Attorneys Pat McGovern and John Vreerland, both partners in the noted New Jersey firm of Genova, Burns, Giantomasi, Webster speaking on Affordable Care Act implementation…

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New Jersey and Illinois Top Nation in Property Tax Burden

Investment Advisory firm Regent Atlantic this week released a white paper showing that New Jersey, with the highest property tax burden in the nation was losing wealthy residents because of that tax burden, to Pennsylvania and Florida.  That news may not come as a surprise to wealthy residents of the Garden State, but the state’s…

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Upcoming DDIFO Meetings

In light of the growing issues surrounding employment law issues in various states around the footprint, it is timely that DDIFO’s next two meetings will be held in New Jersey and Illinois.  Presentations at both will involve employment issues in the two respective states.  The New Jersey meeting, at the Doubletree Hotel Newark Airport, will…

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Listening to the Community Before You Develop that New Store

It seems many towns are slowly turning back the clocks to recapture the days when everyone knew their neighbors, when block parties and pot luck dinners were the norm and, most importantly, when local stores were locally owned. Perhaps it’s society’s backlash to the proliferation of social media, online shopping and big-box retailing. West Orange, NJ –…

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Franchisees In North Carolina and New Jersey

We advised a few weeks ago that there were franchisees with a number of different brands looking to meet with other franchisees in both North Carolina and New Jersey in order to network and possibly discuss issues of mutual interest.  We have heard from several of you interested in participating and wanted to make sure…

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