Independent Joe #35 December/ January

After enduring weeks of holiday messages and late-night comedians’ jokes about New Year’s resolutions, now is the time people decide just what they will accomplish in 2016. Jokes about losing weight, getting in shape or giving up bad habits can yield some laughs, but they often don’t result in action. Still, it’s important to look…

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Military Training Makes this Colonel an Effective Dunkin’ Operator

The transition from serving his country to operating a string of successful Dunkin’ Donuts franchises in the Washington D.C. area may seem like a radical change for retired Army Lieutenant Colonel Jerome Johnson, but apparently it was less of an adjustment than one might imagine. Johnson, who retired from active duty after a 22-year career,…

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California Fair Franchise Celebration

This week the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) will gather in Sacramento for its quarterly Board meeting and to celebrate the signing of the California Franchise Relations Act with a reception on the evening of January 6.  If you would like to attend, contact Misty Chally, Coalition of Franchisee Associations, at 202-416-0270.  We also remind…

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Spending Authorization Ready

As they rush to get to their Christmas vacation, Congress also appears set to pass the other half of the deal – an omnibus spending bill necessary to keep the government operating into the New Year.  With critical legislation such as the Omnibus Spending bill, Congress will often try to attach policy riders to piggy-back…

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16 Week Paid Leave Introduced in DC

In the “frosting on the cake” category, Washington DC Councilman David Grosso this week filed legislation that would mandate up to 16 weeks of paid family leave for all employees in the District of Columbia!  The proposal would require that all non-federal employers pay into a city-managed fund (what could go wrong with that?) that…

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CFA Lobby Day Forum

The Coalition of Franchisee Associations schedules an annual lobbying day in the nation’s capital where franchise owners can meet with their representative and senators to discuss issues of concern to the franchisee community. This year’s CFA Day Forum will be held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington DC on March 24 & 25. The…

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CFA Lobby Day Forum

Speaking of the CFA and the benefits we derive as a member organization (actually a founding member organization) reminds me that it’s not too early to begin planning to attend the CFA Day Forum in Washington DC, March 24 & 25.  The CFA Day Forum is a great opportunity for you to get to the…

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CFA Forms State Congress To Coordinate Efforts

The Washington DC-based Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) recently announced the creation of the CFA State Congress, an undertaking to help identify franchisee leaders in states across the country who would be willing to take a leadership role in helping the franchisee community organize and advocate for more fair franchising rights in states across the…

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21-Cent Debit Swipe Fee Upheld by Federal Appeals Court

 The US Appeals Court for the District of Columbia last week issued a 38 page decision upholding a Federal Reserve 2011 compromise which placed a 21 cent fee on debit swipes.  The fee replaced the previous 44-cent swipe fee and resulted from the 2010 Dodd-Frank Consumer Protection and Wall Street Reform law.

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CFA Day Forum Registration Now Open

The annual CFA Forum and Lobby Day in Washington DC is an excellent opportunity for members to speak with their Senators and Representatives in Congress and advise them of the issues and concerns of the franchising community.  The event will be held on May 6 and 7 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington,…

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