Great Line-up Grows for 2015 National Conference

With the 2015 DDIFO National Conference just a bit over one month away, we’re excited about the amazing line-up of informative presentations in store for attendees.  A quick look at some of the presentations scheduled: “Conversation with Dunkin’ Franchisees” Rob Branca, Alex Smigelski, Parag Patel, Nicole Hansen and Mike Cavallo “Winning Habits That Make You…

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McDonald’s Project Net Decrease

Countering years of positive growth in their US store count, McDonald’s Corp confirmed this week that they project to close more stores than they’ll open in 2015.  The Golden Arches, which has been going through very rough waters over the past few years projected that they will close 184 US stores this year and only…

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Random Thought

Against the backdrop of anti-business rules and regulations, doesn’t government realize the more restrictions and shackles it places on small business, the more it hurts our economy?  If we delivered our message and did so in unity as one, the powers that be in government would take note.  By way of illustration, in Massachusetts, Walmart…

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Federal Court Validates “Ambush Elections”

US District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson for the District of Columbia validated the NLRB “ambush election” rules in her decision last week on a challenge brought before the DC court by the business community.  Judge Jackson characterized the challenge as a disagreement with “choices made by the agency entrusted by Congress with broad discretion…

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SEC Mandates CEO Pay Disclosure

Publicly traded companies were also on the receiving end of yet another negative ruling out of Washington DC on Wednesday, this time from the Securities and Exchange Commission.  On a 3-2 vote, the SEC adopted a rule mandating that publicly traded companies compute and disclose the ratio of their CEO’s pay to their median worker’s…

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Cuomo Wants Tax Incentives for Business

In what must be one of the more glaring cases of dual political personality, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo this week made quite the splash as he advocated for tax incentives to help attract businesses to New York.  Cuomo made the comments at a new solar panel factory in Buffalo,  that was lured to the…

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How’s That Minimum Wage Working?

In large measure, this push for the $15 minimum wage (orchestrated by SEIU and others in organized labor, began in earnest in Seattle, WA as the city adopted the $15/hour rate back in the spring of 2014, phasing it in over a three year period for those businesses (and franchises) with more than 500 employees…

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“One Toke Over The Line”

As medical and recreational use of marijuana gains more acceptance in states across the country, employers must be diligent in exercising care to comply with employment laws.  Bennett Law Firm advised us this week of a recent decision by the Supreme Court of the state of Colorado that found in favor of the employer.  In…

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Hall of Fame Inductions at the National Conference

There is much excitement building over the induction of the 2015 additions to the DDIFO Hall of Fame – John Cadete and Guido Petrosinelli!  The two franchisees, who’ve each been involved in the Dunkin’ system for over 40 years, will be inducted at the Induction One of the highlights of the DDIFO National Conference each…

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Miscellaneous

QSR released their annual listing of the Top 50 brands in the industry just this week and we were delighted to see Dunkin’ Donuts check in at #7 on the list.  Despite the difficulties they have been experiencing over the past few years, McDonald’s again topped listing.  Tim Horton’s has managed to ostracize both sides…

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