Freedom Song Festival 2013 – Sponsored by Dunkin’ Donuts

Freedom Song Festival is being held Sunday, September 8, 2013! All proceeds benefit Veterans Inc.’s Food Service Programs. This year’s event, on the grounds of Independence Hall in Shrewsbury, features: Joshua Tree Dan Gabel and the Abletones The Jukebox Junkies Hero on Hold Nemes The Hip Swayers Dale LePage Learn More by visting the Veterns…

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DDIFO Hall of Fame

2013 Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

The 2013 DDIFO Hall of Fame Committee has completed its deliberations and selected the individuals that comprise the third class to be inducted into the Hall of Fame since its creation in 2011. The 2013 honorees are: Amrit Patel is one of the largest franchise owners in the Midwest and widely respected as a pioneer…

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Just Over 3 Weeks Until National Conference

We are now only 3+ weeks away from the 2013 National Conference at Caesar’s Atlantic City from September 16 – 18.  Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners are encouraged to plan now to attend and be sure to register this week.  DDIFO has an exceptional program planned for attendees, including a “Conversation with Dunkin’ Franchisee Stars” that…

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Independent Joe Magazine – August 2013

The 2013 National Conference and Hall of Fame Awards Gala is shaping up as DDIFO’s best ever as the independent association of Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners meets to explore business issues and examine relevant regulatory and legal trends. Franchisees will be buzzing about higher payroll taxes, soda bans, and paid sick leave.

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What’s Brewing: Paid Sick Leave, Minimum Wage

Every day, franchise owners face the challenges and obstacles of owning a business, and every day, government officials are approving and vetoing legislation that affects those challenges. Independent Joe has been monitoring a number of bills, in several states, as they move through the halls of their state houses. Some of these initiatives were proverbial…

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National Conference in Atlantic City: Why it Matters

It’s been called “The World’s Playground,” “Queen of the Resorts,” “Boardwalk Empire,” and “Monopoly City.” Atlantic City, the iconic seaside resort and undisputed gaming capital of the east coast, is world famous for its magnificent boardwalk, glitzy casinos and storied entertainers that headline this national showplace. But “AC” is indeed “Always Turned On” in other…

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The Boardwalk: A Fabled History and a World-Class Destination

Greetings from Atlantic City!” It’s said that one of the first picture postcards in America was a color view of this fabled seaside resort. In those days, sending a missive from Atlantic City was an enviable coup that boasted of cavorting in the sand, strolling the magnificent boardwalk, and even watching diving horses or human…

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New DCP Chief focused on franchisee profitability

Scott Carter likes to drive. When he was 12 – a time when most kids dream of getting behind the wheel of a race car – Carter was already flying airplanes, following his father’s hobby. But, Carter never considered a career as an airline pilot; he got into supply chain management instead, taking a job…

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Conference Keynote Speaker: Kim Guadagno, New Jersey Lieutenant Governor

Kim Guadagno is not just the first woman to serve as Lieutenant Governor in the state of New Jersey; she is also the first lieutenant governor since the Colonial Era. Originally from Iowa, Guadagno earned a reputation as a corruption fighter during her years as a United States Attorney, Assistant Attorney General and Deputy Director…

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DDIFO National Conference Agenda

Monday, September 16, 2013 • 3:00–4:30 PM National Conference Opens and Meeting of the DDIFO Roundtable • 4:30–6:00 PM Opening Welcome Reception at Mia, Caesar’s Atlantic City – open bar & hors d’oeuvres • Evening Open Tuesday, September 17, 2013 • 8:00 AM Breakfast with Exhibitors, Palladium Ballroom • 8:30–9:30 AM Opening general session • 9:30–11:00 AM “Conversation with Dunkin’ Franchisee Stars!” •…

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