Taking Your Employees’ Temperature

At the recent DDIFO meeting in Worcester, MA, Washington D.C. lobbyist Rick Berman of Berman & Co. prompted considerable discussion about what steps owners can take to maintain a union-free shop. The well-known business lobbyist, that 60 Minutes reffered to as as “Dr. Evil,” outlined the progress unions are making in passing the so-called check card legislation in Congress. That legislation, if passed, would make it easier for unions to organize businesses, including restaurants, he said.

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Dunkin’ Franchise Owner Banking on New Partnership

It’s a first for franchise owner Neal Faulkner, as well as for Dunkin’ Brands and Citizens Bank, but it may not be the last: a Citizens Bank branch and ATM has opened inside an existing Dunkin’ Donuts shop. With a heavy emphasis on customer convenience, this partnership represents innovative and ground-breaking thinking on the part of both brands and it just might prove to be a match made in heaven. Both Citizens and Dunkin’ are happy with the early results in terms of increased foot traffic and activity.

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Dunkin’ Franchise Owners in Presidential Spotlight

On October 21, President Barack Obama announced important new steps his Administration is taking to support small businesses. During his speech, the President referred to a few specific small business owners, including Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owner Andy Cabral who was in attendance along with several International Franchise Association (IFA) members and Maria Icaza, also a Dunkin’ franchise owner. Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner and Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Karen Mills flanked the President during the speech, which took place at Metropolitan Archives, a small family-operated records storage company in Landover, Maryland.

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South Asian Dunkin’ Franchisees Unite with DDIFO

Martin Desmarais writes in the IndUS Business Journal that the Midwest Dunkin’ Donuts Franchise Association has always pushed to be a unified voice for its predominantly South Asian members, so when the New England-based DD Independent Franchise Owners Inc. asked the group to join forces in its quest to bring together all the Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees in the United States it jumped at the chance. The Midwest franchise association’s Executive Director Asheesh Seth recently joined the DDIFO’s board in a move that all parties believe will pool the groups’ collective bargaining power.

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One Day Older, $2.3 Billion Poorer

Who loses in the CIT bankruptcy? That’s easy: all of us taxpayers. And who triumphs? Private enterprise in the form of Carl Icahn. Gary Weiss writes in Portfolio.com So how was your weekend? I don’t know about you, but I woke up Monday morning poorer by $2.3 billion.

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McDonald’s Cautions on October sales

Mark Brandau reports in Nation’s Restaurant News that after posting another quarter of positive sales trends and profit growth, McDonald’s Corp. said October could be the month when its momentum finally falters in the face of the U.S. recession.

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Healthful QSR Breakfast Items Wake up Morning Sales

Steve Coomes reports in Nation’s Restaurant News that while quick-service restaurants have made great strides in creating healthful items for dinner and lunch menus, breakfast has been another matter — until now. The slow march of healthful items into the breakfast lineup appears to be quickening, and sleepy morning customers seem to like what they are waking up to. Dunkin Donuts reports that its DDSmart healthful breakfast items rolled out last year are selling very well, and Starbucks says its low-fat, low-calorie baked goods and protein plates, also introduced in 2008, are attracting hungry customers as well.

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Dunkin’ Donuts Introduces New Chicken and Tuna Sandwiches to the Menu in Select Markets

As temperatures begin to cool, Dunkin’ Donuts, America’s all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, today turned up the heat and unveiled a flavorful new lineup of great-tasting chicken and tuna sandwiches. The new sandwiches, available today at participating Dunkin’ Donuts shops in select northeast markets, offer another quick quality menu option to keep busy people running throughout the
afternoon.

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Dunkin Donuts Returns To Chattanooga

Chattanooga.com reports that Dunkin Donuts is back at its location across from Northgate Mall on Highway 153 with a wide pastry assortment and coffee selection. The grand opening and ribbon cutting at the Hixson location will be Nov. 11 at 1 p.m. and the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce will make arrangements for the event. The new 1,800 square foot Dunkin Donuts at 5311 Highway 153 will have a drive-through window and will serve its famous coffee, all-day sandwiches, doughnuts and other baked goods.

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Dunkin’ Donuts Rescues Toys for Tots

The Record reports that after news that a Wall Street sponsor had to forfeit its annual donation to the Toys for Tots holiday train, Dunkin’ Donuts on Monday donated $20,000 to keep the train fueled up with toys for 2009. The money from Dunkin’ Donuts will be used to directly purchase as many as 30,000 toys for this year’s collection and support the Holiday Toy Train’s 2009 run across 12 communities from Binghamton to Albany to Plattsburgh.

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