For Philadelphia’s Sonny Ho, the Brand Always Comes First

Black, with cream. Or without cream. With sugar, without sugar. “I drink my coffee any way. I drink the mistakes,” laughs Sonny Ho. There are some who say a person’s coffee order reveals a lot about their personality. In the case of Philadelphia franchisee Sonny Ho, it couldn’t be more accurate. Ho built his career…

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Vaccines: Helping Employees Roll Up Their Sleeves

As franchisees address the many employment issues related to the pandemic, the question now is what to do about vaccines. When considering how best to proceed, franchisees must be familiar with the employment law issues that are implicated. We’ve chosen several to highlight here. Vaccination Relaxes Quarantine Mandate Stopping short of eliminating quarantine requirements for…

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Training and Certifying Staff in a COVID World with Always Food Safe

Training new and existing employees is critical to successfully running your operation. Proper training can reduce turnover, improve performance, lower costs and heighten the safety of you staff and customers. With the restrictions of COVID, we are now forced to modify training and find other ways to get staff the necessary and required training. Most…

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An Entrepreneurial Family

As a franchise broker in the San Francisco Bay area, Ellen Hui knows a thing or two about evaluating a good franchise opportunity. She helps potential buyers assess opportunities, get their financial house in order, and understand the big picture of different franchise organizations. She also provides business valuations for retiring franchise owners, helping them…

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DDIFO Joins Other Franchise Associations in Legal Challenge of California’s AB-5 Law

Last year roughly 653,000 businesses left California for greener and more business-friendly pastures. More recently, California voters soundly rejected the Proposition 22 ballot initiative, which would have classified app-based drivers as employees instead of independent contractors. This was a direct response to the hotly contested state law known as AB-5, which attempts to codify the…

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Independent Joe #65 December 2020/January 2021

 There’s a story that many of us in the Association Management profession hear when we first enter the field. It is generally told to underscore the importance of volunteerism and illustrate that associations need to rely on the engagement of their members to ensure their success. It goes like this. There were four people…

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Somebody Will Do It

There’s a story that many of us in the Association Management profession hear when we first enter the field. It is generally told to underscore the importance of volunteerism and illustrate that associations need to rely on the engagement of their members to ensure their success. It goes like this. There were four people named:…

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Franchisee Transactions with Advantage Wealth Solutions: What your CPA Doesn’t Know (or Isn’t Telling You)!

 This presentation covers investment and tax strategies that may allow more of your capital work for you. Content will include reviewing events that might trigger personal and/or corporate tax liabilities, current tax policy and non-product specific solutions meant to mitigate those taxes. Kyle Kadish, the President of Advantage Wealth Solutions, conducts this program along…

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Still Learning After all These Years

Steve Catalano applies lessons learned over three decades in the Dunkin’ system After 30 years in the business, it’s safe to say that Steve Catalano knows a thing or two about donuts and Dunkin’. He started baking donuts at a Mister Donut owned by his father, Frank Catalano, at night while attending Westfield State University,…

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Former Dunkin’ CEO Shares History, Memories and Lessons

New book by Robert Rosenberg, son of the founder, highlights Dunkin’ Donuts’ early growth After a 35-year career devoted to the restaurant industry, it’s only fitting that Robert Rosenberg, describes his new book as “…a buffet.” “There’s something for everyone, from the hopeful entrepreneur, to the company that’s scaling, to the large company with a…

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