I’m thankful for…

Growing up, I always loved the fall and the Thanksgiving holiday. It was the first family gathering after the World Series and there would always be some spirited conversations about the winners and the losers. For the longest time, the Chicago Cubs were one of the losers, but that all changed this year. As a…

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What’s Brewing: Minimum Wage, Fair Scheduling, Sick Leave, New Mandates

Election Day may have come and gone, but don’t expect big changes soon, especially when it comes to the bottom-line issues that matter most to franchise owners. While the national election is crucial for determining our country’s overall direction, pocketbook issues like the big three of minimum wage hikes, sick leave benefits, and scheduling mandates…

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C-stores Stir Coffee Competition

Mike White, owner of two Dunkin’ Donuts franchises in Kennesaw, Georgia, wasn’t worried when a high-end convenience store, Quick Trip, wanted to move into the same strip mall as one of his restaurants. In fact, he negotiated with the landlord and worked out a win-win plan, where he moved his Dunkin’ into a larger location…

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Appreciation for two outstanding franchisees

Boston radio legend Howie Carr had just wrapped up the live remote of his radio show from the DDIFO National Conference when he found himself in the middle of the cocktail party that preceded the Hall of Fame dinner. Carr, who is known for telling it like it is, whether the topic centers on politics…

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National Conference Speakers Address Key Issues Facing Franchisees

If there was one theme that ran throughout the recent DDIFO National Conference held at Foxwoods Resort Casino, it was “Be vigilant.” The theme framed discussions on franchising, government relations, Dunkin’ Brands’ new franchise agreement and the competitive landscape facing QSRs like Dunkin’ Donuts. And while some speakers presented the theme in more desperate terms…

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Family Legacy Guides Franchise Owner John Motta

John Motta’s childhood memories are soaked with sunshine and soccer balls. Steeped in the bayside community of Bristol, Rhode Island, where the DaMotta family settled (John later shortened his name), was a community of Portuguese immigrants. Soccer was their game and, for John, it became very personal. “My father built the first soccer field in…

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A look on the law: Why elusive franchise legislation is fundamentally important

Franchise legislation can provide fundamental protections for franchisees. Franchise agreements are often non-negotiable and provide few rights for franchisees. The fine print of franchise agreements is by, of, and for the franchisor. Without franchise statutes, franchisees’ rights are usually limited by the terms of the franchise agreement. What can franchise legislation do to overcome the…

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Independent Joe #40 Oct/Nov

If there was one theme that ran throughout the recent DDIFO National Conference held at Foxwoods Resort Casino, it was “Be vigilant.” The theme framed discussions on franchising, government relations, Dunkin’ Brands’ new franchise agreement and the competitive landscape facing QSRs like Dunkin’ Donuts. And while some speakers presented the theme in more desperate terms…

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Court Blocks DOL Overtime Rule!

Federal Judge Amos Mazzant, presiding over the US District Court for the Eastern District in Sherman, Texas this week granted an emergency, nationwide injunction against the implementation of the new overtime regulation from the Department of Labor.  The DOL rule would have more than doubled the salary threshold for payment of overtime (the so-called “white…

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Trump Labor Department Will Take Close Look

The now-enjoined new overtime regulation may not be the only rule with which the Trump administration takes a different view than Obama officials did.  In a video message released on Monday, President-elect Donald Trump said he will “direct the Department of Labor to investigate all abuses of visa programs that undercut the American worker.”  It…

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