Franchisees as Stakeholders: Your Rightful Claim

DDIFO’s first National Members Meeting on September 21 at the Mohegan Sun was chock-full of valuable information for franchise owners, but perhaps the most compelling presentation — The Franchisor In Play: Your Role as a Stakeholder, Not a Spectator — came from attorney Eric Karp. Karp’s message about the role franchise owners need to take in advance of and during a sale of the franchisor resonated strongly with the franchisees in attendance. DDIFO Members Only.

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National Members Meeting Symbolizes Unity, Growth

“United Now … More than Ever”, the overriding theme to DDIFO’s first National Members Meeting, is more than a simple turn of phrase: It is a manifestation of the organization’s progress as well as a call to action. And it reverberated throughout the Cabaret Theater at Mohegan Sun on September 21.

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Direct Capital Streamlines Franchise Financing

After a decade of working with Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins franchise owners, Direct Capital Franchise Group (Direct Capital) is enhancing and expanding its services in ways that aim to ease your access to financing and better meet your needs. Its staff members have the direct experience and knowledge to guide and support you every step of the way, and now, as a DDIFO Sponsor, the firm is even more invested in its relationship with Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees.

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WDFA Gets to Roots of Best Marketing Practices

With its turnkey solutions, experience supporting franchises and grassroots approach, DDIFO Sponsor WDFA Marketing (WDFA) stands apart from the competition. No matter the size of your budget, WDFA can help you make the most of every marketing dollar. The firm’s products and services are designed to meet today’s challenges for immediate sales results and efficient, low-cost production.

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OEM Upgrades & Innovations Keep RFT Customers Up and Running

Since 1989, DDIFO Sponsor R.F. Technologies, Inc. (RFT) has provided the quick-serve restaurant industry with drive-thru systems sales and repair services. To date, the company has handled over four million repairs, ranking it the largest independent service center for drive-thru communication systems in North America.

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DDIFO Approves Mid-Atlantic Franchisee Group and Colitsas as New Board Member

DDIFO has officially approved creating a Local Members Committee for Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners belonging to the Independent Association of Franchise Owners (IAFO) – representing 125 Dunkin’ Donuts stores in New York, New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania. The Board has also voted to add IAFO Executive Director Tom Colitsas as a member of the DDIFO Board.

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DDIFO at the CFA Franchisee Forum in Washington DC July 2010

The Coalition of Franchisee Association held their Capital Hill Forum in Washington DC, July 15th – 17th attracting franchisee leaders from the Meineke, Hardees, Pizza Hut, Burger King, Super Cuts, Buffalo Wild Wings, Subway and Dunkin’ Donuts franchise systems. Watch the slide show.

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Controlling Risk

Let’s face it, running a small business is a risk—and not just in a bad economy. Every day different challenges threaten to undermine a business owner’s efforts or sap his investment. Some risks can be avoided; others, like natural disasters, can’t. Rupali Shah and Storm Wilkins, attorneys with the firm RPS Legal Solutions, LLC in Philadelphia, provide legal advice and representation of their business clients. They also help franchise owners manage risks and prevent little problems from destabilizing a business.

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Franchisor Retaliation: A thing of the past?

The American Heritage Dictionary defines retaliate as, “To return like for like, especially evil for evil.” In life we are taught that one good turn deserves another. In franchising, many believe there is evil lurking when a franchisor decides it does not agree with the words or actions of one of its franchisees. This is especially so when the actions of the franchisor are based on that franchisee’s membership in or leadership of a franchisee association.

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