California Approves $10 Minimum Wage

The California legislature passed a bill increasing the state’s minimum wage from the current $8 per hour to $10 by 2016.  The bill is expected to be signed by California’s Governor Jerry Brown, a longtime advocate for the increase.  California is the fourth state to formally increase the minimum wage this year – the others…

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What’s Brewing: Paid Sick Leave, Minimum Wage

Every day, franchise owners face the challenges and obstacles of owning a business, and every day, government officials are approving and vetoing legislation that affects those challenges. Independent Joe has been monitoring a number of bills, in several states, as they move through the halls of their state houses. Some of these initiatives were proverbial…

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A virtual cup of coffee with DDIFO Executive Director Ed Shanahan

June 14th, 2013 – Franchisee/Franchisor Roles, Criminal Background Checks, Charity Events, Market Conditions

New Delaware Law Clarifies Franchisee/Franchisor Roles – Earlier this week,Delaware Governor Jake Markell signed into law, HB55, legislation that establishes that the franchisee and franchisor relationship is actually one where the franchisee is considered an independent contractor!  The proposal passed both branches of the Delaware legislature unanimously and is similar to a bill that was passed into law in Georgia last…

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Feeling the Squeeze: Franchisees Face Costly State Laws & Regs

Rising health care premiums. Minimum wage increases. Paid sick leave. Bans on large sugary drinks and Styrofoam containers. Running a business has plenty of challenges even before the government gets involved. And get involved they have: federal, state, and local governments are all looking for ways to squeeze more money out of businesses and individuals,…

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A virtual cup of coffee with DDIFO Executive Director Ed Shanahan

May 3rd 2013: Marathon, Fair Franchising, QSR Worker Strike, Member Meetings

During my tenure as Executive Director of the DDIFO, I’ve enjoyed going around the footprint and having a cup of coffee with many DD franchisees.  Time and logistics prevent me from meeting all of you, but technology makes it possible.  Through regular communication with DDIFO members, current and future, I will continue having coffee with…

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Dunkin’ Donuts donates $100K to Boston Marathon fund

Dunkin’ Donuts announced today that it has donated $100,000 to The One Fund Boston to support families of those impacted by Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings. The fund was announced this week by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino. Additionally, Boston-area Dunkin’ franchisees have been and will continue to support emergency workers in…

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Program Aims to Help Children of Active-Duty Servicemen

The Warwick Beacon this week reported that Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees kicked off the second annual fundraiser for Operation Tribute, a non-profit organization that helps provide gifts to children of active-duty servicemen and -women. Now through Dec. 2, customers at Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in Rhode Island and Bristol County, Mass. who donate $1 to Operation Tribute…

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Paramount Restaurant Supply Offers All-in-One Approach to New Store Builds, Remodels

Every Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owner knows that building a new store or doing a remodel is a gargantuan venture with many moving parts. As such, it requires keen management with precise attention to detail. Where can you turn for help managing such a project and rest assured that every detail will be attended to according to your schedule and financial plan? Look no further than DDIFO Sponsor Paramount Restaurant Supply Corp.

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Level Playing Field for Small Business Act of 2012 California Fair Franchising Act

On Tuesday, April 17th, the California Judiciary Committee approved AB 2305, the California Franchising Level Playing Field for Small Business Act of 2012, via a 6 to 3 vote. It now passes to the California Assembly Business, Professions and Consumer Protections Committee for a hearing on April 24. After its approval, it will then later go to the full California Assembly and later, to the State Senate for approval, and on to Gov. Jerry Brown for his approval.

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Dunkin owners to grant $110,000 to Rhode Island and SE Mass. students

Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee group to award over 110 scholarships to Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts high school seniors Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees in Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts are proud to help ease the financial burden of college tuition for local families, as they gear up to award more than 110 scholarships to college-bound high school…

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