Save BIG and Boost Cash Flow with Cost Segregation

With tax season upon us, Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners might be interested to know about noteworthy tax-saving strategies. Enter: cost segregation which, depending largely on the scope of a franchisee’s holdings and investments, can yield upwards of $1 million in additional tax deductions. DDIFO Members Only Restricted Content.

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Starbucks Customer Sues, Claiming Cursing Outburst a Disability

Sarah Gilbert at WallePop.com that in the second legal challenge to a Starbucks store’s fair treatment last week, a Florida man is suing the Starbucks on Powerline Road west of Boca Raton. Robert Friedman suffers from Tourette’s syndrome, a genetic disorder which is characterized by uncontrollable outbursts, often laced with obscenities. Last year, he was visiting the Starbucks and suffered from such a flare-up; customers said he banged on the wall and shouted curse words.

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Wallet Woes Have Slowed Fast-food Reform

Mary Shedden of the Tampa Tribune writes that Americans love healthier food choices, but if a veggie burger isn’t on the value menu and a double cheeseburger is, guess which one they’re going to choose? That disconnect is the resounding message for restaurants across the country, say market analysts watching the public’s buying habits. Mentally, customers want healthier food, but pocketbooks win out in these tough economic times.

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Carmen Caruso Re-Locates to The Chambers in Chicago

Carmen D. Caruso, a nationally known franchisee trial lawyer and a DDIFO Sponsor, re-locates his practice in “The Chambers” — a dynamic suite of trial lawyers in downtown Chicago who operate on a “lean and mean” platform backed up with the best litigation technology and who prepare their cases for trial in a state-of-the-art mock trial courtroom.

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Political Action Committee Benefits Dunkin’ Donuts Franchise Owners

In 2010, Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners will have the opportunity to get more involved in government relations beginning with the creation of the Dunkin’ Donuts Franchise Owners Massachusetts Political Action Committee (DDFO MassPAC). Created as an independent entity, DDFO MassPAC is completely separate from the DDIFO, but exists to leverage the combined resources of Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners to promote and protect the business interests of that group.

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Dunkin’ Shoots for Game-Changer

Donna Goodison of the Boston Herald writes that Dunkin’ Donuts hopes to convince energy drink consumers to get their daily jolts of caffeine from its iced java. A new ad campaign suggests energy drink fans should “kick the can” and drink freshly brewed Dunkin’ iced coffee instead of “mass-produced” energy drinks.

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Seattle’s Best Coffee Continues to Accelerate Growth with New Franchisees

Seattle’s Best Coffee has seen accelerated growth of its franchise base signing an additional 10 new franchisees. These new franchisees, which plan to open cafes in several states including Calif., Ill., Texas and N.Y., will help grow its current cafe count from more than 550 as the brand expands across the U.S. Seattle’s Best Coffee also continued to update and expand its franchise program offerings to reflect key components that make the brand more attractive to potential franchisees.

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Top 10 States for Foreclosures

There’s no humor in this top 10 list: The states hardest hit by foreclosure. Bankrate.com reports that it’s especially unfunny for homeowners and agents in Nevada, Florida, California and Arizona, who’ve languished in the top four for most of the real estate recession. “Those states had similar scenarios,” says Rick Sharga, senior vice president of RealtyTrac, a California-based firm that tracks U.S. foreclosures. “They all had unsustainably high home prices and had many buyers who really couldn’t afford them — most with toxic mortgages — followed by (downturn-related) unemployment.”

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Starbucks Chief Executive Howard Schultz on Marketing

Howard Schultz is the man who took a three-store coffee-shop chain in a provincial US city and turned it into a global phenomenon. Marketing has never been very high on the agenda for the Starbucks presid­ent, chief exec­utive and chairman, but this is all about to change as the brand gears up to fight growing competition.

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