Chicagoland Meeting Signifies Historic Milestone for DDIFO!

After working together for a year, franchise owners from over 375 stores represented by the Midwest Dunkin’ Donuts Franchisee Association (MWDDFA) and the DDIFO met on May 5, 2010 to finalize the details that brings the Midwest group into the DDIFO. DDIFO Members read more….

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How Franchisees Fire Franchisor CEOs and Boards

Don Sniegowski writes at BlueMauMau that Experts say that well organized franchisees can make profound changes in a franchisor’s behavior. Some have even been able to fire wayward CEOs, replace a franchisor’s board of directors, and spearhead a new strategy that lifts store profits and the brand.

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New hires complete new Form W-11 to qualify employers for HIRE Act tax breaks

IRS has released Form W-11, Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act Employee Affidavit. Newly hired, but formerly unemployed, workers must sign this form (or its equivalent) in order for their new employers to qualify for a payroll tax holiday and possibly an up-to-$1,000 credit under the HIRE Act ( P.L. 111-147 ). DDIFO Members read more…

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Squirrel Hill: Not your Grandfather’s Dunkin’ Donuts

Squirrel Hill is a section of Pittsburgh known for its ethnic restaurants, old fashioned grocery stores and trendy boutiques. It is also home to a very different kind of Dunkin’ Donuts shop. Opened less than a year ago, the store is big—over 2,000 square feet—and features a sitting area with bookshelves, a fireplace and flat screen TVs. DDIFO Members read more…

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HIRE Act Aims to Encourage Immediate Hiring with Tax Credits

The President recently signed into law the “Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act of 2010” (the HIRE Act, P. L. 111-47, 03/18/2010). The centerpiece of this Act is a payroll tax holiday and up-to-$1,000 tax credit for businesses that hire unemployed workers. In addition to these new hiring incentives, the HIRE Act also includes a one-year extension of the enhanced small business expensing option under Code Sec. 179 . Both of these provisions are extremely important to many businesses. DDIFO Members read more…

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State of Massachusetts Institutes a Tax Amnesty Program for a Limited Time

The Massachusetts Commissioner of Revenue has established a 2-month amnesty period starting April 1, 2010 until June 1, 2010 applicable for tax periods ending on or before December 31, 2009 that is limited to sales-use taxes, withholding taxes, and certain business tax liabilities. Submitted by Jim Ventriglia, MST, CPA. DDIFO Members Read More…

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Drive Sales with Street Fighter Marketing

The average American is virtually bombarded by more than 2,400 commercial messages a day. With all that “noise,” how can you successfully break through and persuade consumers to spend their hard-earned money in your shops? At the March 4, 2010 DDIFO Members Meeting, Street Fighter Marketing Chief Operating Officer Marc Slutsky shared some of his company’s key strategies and explained that a good street fighter method: DDIFO Members Read More:

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Protect Your Business with Union-Proofing Practices

The U.S. has a long and complex history with labor unions. While union membership peaked at 35.5 percent of the private sector workforce nationally in 1945, as of last year, that figure stood at fewer than eight percent. That doesn’t mean, however, that the threat of union organizing is gone. DDIFO Members Read More:

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March Members Meeting Impresses, Energizes Attendees

Throughout its 20-year history, the DDIFO has always held meetings for its members, giving franchise owners the chance to get together and catch up. But as the organization has grown and evolved so have these meetings, taking on additional relevance and importance.

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