Tax Policies and Economic Outlook: How does your state rate?

Why does Utah rank on top in U.S. economic outlook, while Vermont is on the bottom? When you examine the tax policies of the United States, you can draw certain conclusions about how taxes and regulations impact small business owners. According to a recent study from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a pro-business partnership…

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Listening to the Community Before You Develop that New Store

It seems many towns are slowly turning back the clocks to recapture the days when everyone knew their neighbors, when block parties and pot luck dinners were the norm and, most importantly, when local stores were locally owned. Perhaps it’s society’s backlash to the proliferation of social media, online shopping and big-box retailing. West Orange, NJ –…

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Franchisees Could Receive Money from Interchange Fee Settlement

In what was billed as the largest private antitrust settlement in American history, credit card giants Visa and MasterCard have agreed to a $5.7 billion dollar settlement to a class action lawsuit brought by retailers who claimed the companies conspired to fix the interchange fees retailers are charged when customers pay with credit cards. The…

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Sub-Committee Meets Today On New Hampshire Fair Franchising Bill

As we advised you last week, New Hampshire’s House Committee on Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee named a sub-committee to work through HB 1215, the Granite State’s fair franchising initiative.  The working group, chaired by Representative Kermit Williams (D-Wilton), and including Representative Chris Muns (D-Hampton), and Representative Emily Sandblade (R-Manchester) will be meeting today in…

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DDIFO Northeast Regional Meeting

On March 5, DDIFO will sponsor the Northeast Regional Member Meeting at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel and Conference Center.  This meeting is always one of our most lively meetings and this year, our 25th anniversary year, will be no exception.  We’ll have the quarterly DDIFO Board meeting for starters and then follow that up with…

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Maine Legislation To House Floor in Spring

All indications from a timing standpoint seem to suggest that LD1458, Maine’s Small Business Investment Protection Act, reported out of committee for further study, will not reach the House floor for a vote until late March or maybe April.  Trying to predict when a bill will be considered on the floor is always a challenge,…

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“I’m From The Government And I’m Here To Help!”

I believe it was President Ronald Reagan who described this phrase as the scariest 9 words anyone could here, and I think he was right.  We’ve tried to keep you abreast of the long string of changes to the Affordable Care Act implemented by the President unilaterally.  He did it again with the latest change…

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Restaurant Labeling

One would think that the Affordable Care Act would deal with the costs of health care in America, but we know differently and we’re learning with each day exactly how wrong that premise is.  Deep within the 10,000 pages of the ACA is the calorie label clause, which mandates that each restaurant chain with over…

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New Proposed Government Rule

Just to keep those of you who may own CMLs or otherwise transport food products alert, the Food and Drug Administration has issued a proposed new rule for the sanitary transportation of food, that will require certain shippers of food to take steps to prevent contamination during transport.  The proposal would create a host of…

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Other Food News of Note

Maybe they see more “help” coming from Uncle Sam or maybe it’s something else, but Kraft Foods announced this week that they have removed artificial preservatives from their Kraft Single slices of cheese.  The announcement came on the heels of Subway announcing that they were stopping the use of azodicarbonamide, a dough conditioner, in their…

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