“Cops on Rooftops” has become a popular fundraising effort for Special Olympics in several states.

Community Charities Run on Dunkin’ Too

The scope and reach of community programs supported by Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees is as impressive as it is impactful. The Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation, which this summer announced another $205,300 in grants to support organizations in the mid-Atlantic region, has helped to raise more than $1 million for non-profits throughout New York, New…

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IFA Working Against Fair Franchising In PA

In their recent newsletter, the IFA boasted of having had Matt Haller and Dean Heyl travel to Harrisburg, PA. to begin work against HB 1620, which would provide some balance to the franchisee/franchisor relationship.  They are working to build a coalition against the bill, filed by Representative Peter Daley.  In the newsletter, they allege the…

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Dunkin’ Charitable Efforts

Franchisees in the Greater Philadelphia area last week announced that 25 area students had been named recipients in the 4th annual Dunkin’ Donuts Philadelphia Regional Scholarship Program.  Each student will receive $1,000 scholarship to pursue a full-time undergraduate degree.

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Home Stretch for California Fair Franchising Bill

As you know from our reports over the past few months, a mild version of fair franchising legislation, SB.610 will be heard by the California legislature’s Committee on Business, Professions and Consumer Protection this coming Tuesday, August 13.  A great effort has been undertaken by franchisees and their supporters in the California legislature and we…

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Fair Franchising Surfaces in Pennsylvania

As the inequity of franchise agreements becomes more widely recognized, so too does the effort to introduce balance into the franchise relationship.  You will recall that the California effort is still very much alive – in fact, in less than 2 weeks, SB.610 will be heard by the California legislature’s Committee on Business, Professions and…

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Workers Agitated in Select Cities

Those who derive some pleasure from disrupting American commerce and business seem to have set their sights recently on the QSR industry.  QSRweb.com reported last week (along with a number of outlets) that QSR workers in seven different major cities around the country were planning to protest their wages with coordinated employee walkouts this past…

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A virtual cup of coffee with DDIFO Executive Director Ed Shanahan

July 14th – Enviormental Reform, Energy Saving Grants, Hall of Fame Nominations

North Carolina’s Changing Environment – North Carolina takes a different view of environmental considerations when it comes to rezoning proposals and the jobs it can represent.  Currently, in Charlotte, residents may protest rezoning issues and force a supermajority requirement on the Charlotte City Council.  The legislature however is within one final vote of passing the Create…

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Pennsylvania Shop Has A Legacy of Connecting Its Community

On the wall in Ann Caruso’s family room hangs a pastel of a conservation area in the town where she lives. She loves it not because the colors match the ones in her rug, though that’s nice, too, but because it’s a walk she has taken with her husband and kids many times. It’s the…

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