A virtual cup of coffee with DDIFO Executive Director Ed Shanahan

May 10th, 2013: Fair Franchising, New I-9 Forms, Hall of Fame

Fair Franchising – Maine franchisees from a broad array of companies testified in support of the Small Business Investment Protection Act this week before the Labor, Commerce, Research & Economic Development Committee of the Maine Legislature.  The bill is an outstanding fair franchising piece of legislation that enjoys much support in the Maine Franchisee community…

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Ban on Sale of Large Sugary Drinks Gets Doused

Last year with much fanfare, the City of New York, through its Board of Health, called for a ban on the sale of sugary drinks over 16 ounces, in restaurants, concessions and other eating establishments. Such sale was not banned in supermarkets. Advocates, led by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, claimed that the ban was necessary to…

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Feeling the Squeeze: Franchisees Face Costly State Laws & Regs

Rising health care premiums. Minimum wage increases. Paid sick leave. Bans on large sugary drinks and Styrofoam containers. Running a business has plenty of challenges even before the government gets involved. And get involved they have: federal, state, and local governments are all looking for ways to squeeze more money out of businesses and individuals,…

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Tell it to the Members: CFA Day Forum puts Franchisees on Capitol Hill

From minimum wage to paid sick leave to health care reform, issues debated in legislative arenas this year stand to have a greater impact on small business owners than ever before. More and more small business owners are recognizing the importance of communicating their concerns directly with elected officials—at all levels. Since 2009, franchise owners…

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Section 4205 of the Affordable Care Act: New Menu Labeling Requirements

When it was signed into law on March 23, 2010, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly referred to as Obamacare, mandated that “restaurants and similar retail food establishments with 20 or more locations list calorie content information for standard menu items on restaurant menus and menu boards, including drive-through menu boards. Other nutrient information—total calories,…

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A New Look, a New Focus

DDIFO is your organization and the best line of defense against encroachment on your business. In my role as Executive Director, I have talked with a great many of you about what we do and do not provide. We’ve talked about how to improve the services and representation you get from your DDIFO membership. We…

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A virtual cup of coffee with DDIFO Executive Director Ed Shanahan

May 3rd 2013: Marathon, Fair Franchising, QSR Worker Strike, Member Meetings

During my tenure as Executive Director of the DDIFO, I’ve enjoyed going around the footprint and having a cup of coffee with many DD franchisees.  Time and logistics prevent me from meeting all of you, but technology makes it possible.  Through regular communication with DDIFO members, current and future, I will continue having coffee with…

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