Dunkin’ Franchise Owners Benefit from 2005 Efforts of G-6 Group

Even before the opening bell rang on Wall Street on July 27, 2011 ushering in the company’s initial public offering (IPO), many franchise owners questioned if the agreement—presented in a letter former CEO Jon Luther signed on January 11, 2006 and granting franchise owners the chance to purchase stock in a “family and friends” pool—…

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National Members Conference to Focus on Franchisee Investment

When DDIFO members gather at Mohegan Sun for the annual DDIFO National Members Meeting on September 19th & 20th, Dunkin’ Brands will be into its first quarter as a publicly traded company. The pressures of reporting quarterly earnings to Wall Street is likely to impact franchise owners who are already dealing with high commodity costs and price-point competition from McDonald’s.

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Massachusetts Legislature Hears Fair Franchising Bill

On June 29, 2011 members of the Committee on Community Development and Small Businesses— representing the Massachusetts State Senate and House of Representatives—heard testimony on a bill sponsored by Senator Brian Joyce (D-Milton) to amend the General Laws of the Commonwealth to benefit franchisees.

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Franchisee Bill of Rights Highlights Need for Fairness

When franchisee association leaders gathered in Washington last month for the 2011 CFA Day Forum, they were witness to an important piece of franchising history. For months leading up to the June 22 meeting, members of the Fair Franchising subcommittee worked to draft a groundbreaking document, the Universal Franchisee Bill of Rights. Before a conference room of approximately 100 people, the document was read publicly for the first time—by none other than Benjamin Franklin.

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DDIFO Welcomes New Board Leadership

DD Independent Franchise Owners have a new chairman of the board. Daniel Connelly received the majority in a recent vote of board and roundtable members. Connelly has been a member of the DDIFO board since 2009 and works as Director of Business Development for JCM Franchise Development, LLC

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McCarthy’s Tenure as DDIFO Chairman Marked by Success

Three years ago, DDIFO changed its board structure to better respond to the needs of its membership. Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners would no longer make up the Board of Directors; instead, a board comprised of outside professionals, would manage the direction of DDIFO. Attorney Kevin McCarthy, former vice president of development and operations for Dunkin’…

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New Financing Program to Make Remodels Easier

Thousands of Dunkin’ Donuts franchises are expected to undergo remodels in the next three years. Many operators agreed to remodel stores as a condition of extending their term with Dunkin’ Brands but, in many cases, franchisees have been unable to find attractive lending terms that don’t diminish cash flow.

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Dunkin’ Donuts Franchise Owners Seek Greater Influence in Washington

John Motta has a passion for politics. The Chairman of the new Dunkin’ Donuts Franchise Owners Federal Political Action Committee (DDFO FedPAC) has never run for office, nor does he plan to. Motta operates a 20-store network in New Hampshire and Virginia; he’s been a Dunkin’ franchisee since 1980. But, his passion is quite evident when he talks about the political efforts for which he’s volunteered.

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Commodity Prices Will Impact Your Bottom Line in 2011

Adding to an already tough economy, commodity prices are expected to eat into profits for Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners in 2011. According to the National DCP, commodity prices are especially turbulent, owing not only to bad weather in coffee producing countries; but also to growing speculation of commodities among hedge fund managers and other investors. DDIFO Members Read More…

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