Troubled Loans Escalate at Citizens Bank

The loan portfolio at Citizens Bank showed broad deterioration in New England during the first quarter, when the bank charged off $451 million in bad loans and set aside another $609 million for anticipated loan losses.

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QSRs Rollout Products with a Twist in Race for Breakfast Sales

The notion that the early bird gets the worm has quick-service operators pursuing profits in the breakfast daypart like never before — and with good reason. Numerous studies have shown a large share of Americans eat nothing more than cold cereal at breakfast, or they bypass the first meal of the day entirely. Given that…

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The ‘Free Choice’ Act Is Anything But

Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter has become a member of the Democratic caucus has given new life to legislation that many thought had been put to rest for this Congress — the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA)

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Former Dunkin’ Brands Exec Joins DDIFO Board

On April 13, Daniel P. Connelly officially joined the DDIFO Board of Directors. Connelly is the director of business development for JCM Franchise Development, a division of Joyal Capital Management, LLC in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Prior to that, he worked for six years as a business development manager for Dunkin’ Brands.

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DD Franchise Owners Celebrate 50th Anniversary

Last week, senior partners Roger Deslauriers and Rick Demers welcomed customers, family members and others to their store on South Main Street in Attleboro for a “ribbon cutting” event to celebrate the family’s 50th year in the Dunkin’ Donuts business

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SBA Institutes Alternative Loan as Part of Stimulus Effort

The Small Business Administration is trying to make it easier for businesses to qualify for loans through its 7(a) Business Loan Program. SBA issued an interim rule May 5 that will allow companies with average after-tax incomes up to $3 million and tangible net worth up to $8.5 million to receive 7(a) loans through September 30, 2010.

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Mediation Creates Winners on Both Sides

From DDIFO Magazine Independent Joe Issue 1 May 2009, by Judy Rakowsky. In 1995 when many major brands were turning away from courtroom battles to resolve problems between franchisors and franchisees, Dunkin’ Donuts’ legal counsel spoke to the brand’s firm embrace of mediation.

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