McDonald’s October Same-Store Sales up, U.S. Slips

Lisa Baertlein and Jessica Wohl report at ABC News that McDonald’s Corp said sales at established U.S. restaurants fell 0.1 percent in October, as expected, but its stock ticked up 1.5 percent after sales from the rest of the world buoyed overall results. McDonald’s, which has been outperforming its peers, had signaled last month that U.S. October sales would be weak.

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Dunkin’ Donuts Franchisee will Open First in Overland Park

The Kansas City Business Journal reports that Dunkin’ Donuts is coming back to the metro with a new Overland Park location and more to follow. Franchisee Verona Key LLC plans to open its first Kansas City-area Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant Thursday in Overland Park.

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Dunkin’ Donuts Launches Everyday Value Menu in Chicago

As consumer spending continues to tighten this holiday season, Dunkin’ Donuts, America’s all-day everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, today introduced a new limited-time value menu designed to offer quality products at low prices throughout the Chicago market.

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McDonald’s Preparing to Take Breakfast Dollar Menu Nationwide

Mike Hughlett reports in the Chicago Tribune that McDonald’s Corp. appears to be planning to mate its popular dollar menu with its equally popular breakfast menu in a nationwide promotion, and not just in Chicago and a few other markets where it currently exists, according to documents obtained by the Tribune.

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Students to Hold Breakfast at Dunkin’ Donuts for Local Veterans

It was reported in the Register Citizen that to celebrate Veterans Day and to show appreciation for local service members, Northwestern Regional Middle School students have partnered with two Dunkin’ Donuts locations to serve a free breakfast to local veterans on Nov. 11, from 8 to 10 a.m. The idea to honor local veterans came from middle school teacher Krista Brazie. While reflecting on Veterans Day, Brazie enlisted her student council members to come up with a way to thank their local veterans for their service.

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Indy Joe: Is it better to be hands off or a micromanager?

Ask Indy Joe is a new DDIFO feature where you the franchise owner can Ask Indy Joe a question. Today’s Question is: Is it better to be hands off or a micromanager? Today’s Answer is submitted by: Andrew Winig of Imrov Andy. Andy shares his cutting edge teamwork techniques through keynote speeches, interactive training sessions, and individual leadership coaching. Contact him at http://www.improvandy.com or at (781) 646-9543.

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Peace Treaty Brews

Holly Sanders Ware and Josh Kosman report in the NY Post that Dunkin’ Brands is reaching out to angry franchisees they write: Dunkin’ Brands, accused of squeezing profits out of franchisees by suing them, is trying to make friends before it’s too late. Chief Executive Nigel Travis has been quietly meeting with angry franchise leaders in recent weeks, after a spate of unflattering reports about the doughnut chain’s litigious ways, sources with direct knowledge of the meetings saidTravis has told franchisees he is willing to take a fresh look at their contracts and would consider changes that give operators more say over their stores, sources said.

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Royston LLC Products Designed with a Longer Shelf Life in Mind

Frank Callis of Royston, LLC took a big risk while speaking to a group of franchisees at DDIFO’s member meeting in September. The theme of the meeting was cost-cutting and improving the bottom line, and while the speakers who preceded him stayed on point citing several short-term money saving examples, Frank took a different tact. He boldly suggested franchisees take a longer view of their cabinetry purchase and invest more upfront in Royston’s modular metal cabinetry.

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DDIFO Eying Opportunities on Capitol Hill

On February 3-4, 2010 DDIFO Legislative Affairs Coordinator Rob Branca will be in Washington representing the DDIFO at the second annual CFA Day (Coalition of Franchisee Associations). “I’m really looking forward to getting together with other operators from other franchise systems and with our elected officials and their staffs to discuss important legislation,” said Branca. “It’s important that we bring our perspective to these folks and discuss how new laws and reforms will impact our businesses.”

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Massachusetts State Rep Forry Helps Promote Small Business

Considering her personal and professional background, it is no wonder that Massachusetts State Representative Linda Dorcena Forry is a true friend and champion of small business owners. From her beginnings as the daughter of Haitian immigrants through her college career and into her decade-plus career in city and state government, Rep. Forry consistently has demonstrated a passion for education, community and public service.

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