Competitor News

Although they’re going to still be big on making music available, Starbucks this week announced that they are no longer going to be selling CDs (Compact Discs) at their store locations.  Since 1995, the company has been stocking and selling CDs.  With the advent of online music and other technological advances, the CD market has…

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US House Passes Permanent Section 179 Expensing Bill

It was one of the so-called “tax extenders” that have been allowed to expire in each of the past two years, only to be retroactively reinstated.  At long last, the US House has moved the issue forward again and passed legislation that will make the accelerated and bonus depreciation deductions permanent.  The legislation, known as…

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Paid Sick Leave Filed in Congress

It’s been percolating in several state houses and city halls around the country and now, Congress is getting into the Mandatory Sick Leave business.  Last week, sick leave legislation was filed in both the US Senate and the House of Representatives.  Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) filed the so-called Healthy Families Act, which would mandate that…

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Philadelphia Mandates Sick Leave

Although he vetoed sick leave mandates on two occasions in the past, apparently the third time was the charm for Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter who signed the mandate into law last week.  The Philadelphia City Council had passed the sick leave bill, which mandates one hour leave for every 40 hours worked, earlier on February…

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Sick Leave As A Presidential Campaign Issue

Most will remember that President Obama called for adoption of mandatory sick leave for all employees earlier this year in his State of the Union address.  Now, in the wake of Philadelphia passing it into law, and two bills being filed in Congress to mandate it, presumed democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton quickly tweeted out her…

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Zarco Presenting At DDIFO Florida Meeting

Renown franchise attorney Robert Zarco has confirmed as the presenter for the Orlando District meeting on February 26 at the Four Points by Sheraton Orlando Studio City Hotel.  Attorney Zarco, founding partner of Zarco Einhorn Salkowski & Brito, will be presenting on the Affordable Care Act and its ramifications for franchise owners as well as…

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Northeast Regional Member Meeting

Members will also want to plan on attending the Northeast Regional meeting to be held on March 5 at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel and Conference Center in Framingham, Mass.  DDIFO Restaurant Analyst John Gordon will be presenting important Wall Street insights and information on Dunkin’ as well as other major issues in the restaurant space. …

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Senator Susan Collins Completes CFA Lobby Forum Lineup

The Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) has finalized its speaker lineup for the 2015 CFA Day Forum at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC on March 24 – 25, 2015 with the addition of Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), the prime sponsor and driving force behind the “40 Hours is a Full Work Week” bill. …

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Multi-Unit Franchising Conference & DDIFO Discount

We remind you again that the 2015 Multi-Unit Franchising Conference will be held at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas April 8 – 10 and DDIFO members may register for the event at the discounted rate of $495 by using the special discount promo code, BrancaDD15.  Hotel registrations should be made using this unique web link…

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Competitor News

Starbucks announced earlier this week that they will soon be launching a high-end subscription service for “reserve” coffees – at a cost of $288 per year.  This comes on the heels of announcing a few weeks back that they were entering the matchmaking business as well, entering an agreement with Internet dating service Match.com.  Under…

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