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10:00 AM – 1:00 PM  Quarterly Meeting, DDIFO Board of Directors (All are welcome!)

2:00 – 2:30 PM     Welcome – Ed Shanahan, Executive Director, DDIFO
“Re-charting the Organizational Course – For Maximum Impact!”
A presentation on the current state of the organization and it future direction.  Mr. Shanahan will speak to some of the issues confronting DDIFO currently as well as those he sees on the horizon.

2:30 – 3:45 PM  Attorney Matthew S. Kelley, Manager, Indirect Tax Department, Ernst & Young
 “Hitting the Moving Target – Complying with Obama Care!”
A presentation on the seemingly endless changes, delays and refinement to the Affordable Care Act and how they impact franchisees as s all business owners.  Attorney Matt Kelley is expert in the provisions of the Health Care law, its implementation schedule and its potential to significantly impact the future growth and success of your business.  With the constant drumbeat of changes to health care in America, can you afford not to be up to date on its requirements?            

3:45 – 4:00 Refreshment Break

4:00 – 5:15 PM  Attorney Dan Fields, Employment Law Counsel, Morgan, Brown & Joy LLP
“It’s the New Aspirin, Dude: Medical Marijuana, Employees and the Law!”
The use of medical marijuana has now been legalized in a growing number of states across the country, including all six New England states as well as New Jersey, Delaware and a host of others.  As a legal “medical prescription”, must you allow its use?  What are its implications for you, as an employer and small business owner?  With the use or possession of marijuana still illegal at the federal level, how can you comply when one law says you can and another says you can’t?  You won’t want to miss this discussion of a difficult and evolving body of law that may greatly impact your business!

5:15 – 5:30 PM  Franchisee and DDIFO Leadership
“DDIFO Town Hall Meeting – Airing Your Issues!”
The Town Hall Meeting is an opportunity for you, the members to discuss the issues that most concern you.  Whether it’s government encroachment into you daily business, proximity issues with competing franchisees or the push for fair franchising laws around the country, the Town Hall Meeting is your opportunity to talk with your peers about those issues that concern you most!

5:30 – 7:00 PM  Cocktails, dinner and conclusion
A wrap up of the day’s events and an opportunity for the franchise owners to enjoy cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres with our program sponsors, discuss their valuable products and services and thank them for their support!