DDIFO Announces 2019 Hall of Fame Honorees

October 28th & 29th, 2019 DDIFO Conference Home For the ninth straight year, DDIFO will recognize those franchisees that have made significant contributions to the brand by inducting them into the DDIFO Hall of Fame. This year’s inductees are Tony Salema, Peter Marcovich and Barkat Gillani. Tony Salema Dunkin’ is a family affair for Tony…

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Growing Up Dunkin’

When you grow up in a family business, it’s easy to envision yourself someday taking over operations. But Misha Goli, whose father owned four Dunkin’ Donuts stores in their hometown of Oklahoma City, didn’t see himself following those footsteps. While he was content to work in the stores while growing up, once he went off…

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Why Changes are Needed in the Franchise Disclosure Rule

The original federal Franchise Rule was issued by the United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in 1979 and since that time has been amended and updated only once in a revised rule that became effective in 2008. The Franchise Rule requires that any prospective franchisee, including the purchaser of an existing franchise unit or an…

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Last week to SAVE!

As we officially wind down the summer months, now is a great time to focus on our professional needs and move our business interests forward with the 2019 DDIFO National Conference. We have extended our special summer pricing by 1 week! Save money and register by Tuesday, September 10th.  Visit the National Conference website today for more information or…

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Independent Joe #57 August/September 2019

 The idea of a Hall of Fame has its roots in Norse Mythology, but it was really brought to fruition with Ludwig I, who was the King of Bavaria, in 1842. He commissioned the building of a memorial called Walhalla to hold plaques and statues honoring great Germans. The Hall of Fame for Great…

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Independent Joe #56 June/July 2019

 Anyone who ever noticed the two clocks hanging side-by-side at a Dunkin’ Donuts­—one showing the time 18 minutes ahead—knew they would get a cup of coffee that hadn’t been sitting around very long. For a company eager to sell more coffee, Dunkin’ always knows customers will return for a cup of coffee that is…

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The Cannabis Equation

Equal parts curiosity and caution are becoming infused into big food and beverage brands This year on April 20, national food brands stepped up their cutesy cannabis promotions—to tie in with what has become an annual pot-lover’s holiday. The numerical designation 420 is slang for the consumption of cannabis. So on the 20th day of…

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Marijuana in the Workplace

The workplace is supposed to be a safe environment to better allow employees to maximize their productivity and their work experience. Surely, one thing that helps motivate employees is how comfortable they are in the workplace or in their working environment. To that end, many employers implement policies to address drug and alcohol use, which,…

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One Week of Joy Creates a Lasting Impact for Thousands

The word “joy” is associated with a feeling of great pleasure and happiness. Many of us experience some kind of joy as we go through our daily lives. But for many who experience hunger or health issues, joy can be an elusive feeling. The Joy in Childhood Foundation (JICF), powered by Dunkin’ and Baskin-Robbins, was…

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Franchising 101 for Federal Lawmakers

Not long after assuming the role of chairman of the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) in January of 2018, long-time Dunkin’ franchisee John Motta said that one of his goals was to make sure the voices of franchisees were heard more clearly on Capitol Hill. “We meet twice a year, we go to Washington, we…

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