Franchisees Turn to Capitol Hill for Help Easing Labor Shortage

While the labor shortage has impacted businesses across the board, franchisees know firsthand how the hospitality space is getting hit especially hard. Many workers in hospitality, who lost their jobs during the pandemic, don’t intend to return to work in the industry, according to research from the career site Joblist that examined the second quarter…

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Unions Look to Capitalize on Momentum

At no point since Independent Joe began publishing in 2012 has there been as strong a push to unionize quick-service restaurants as there is today. In the last edition of this magazine, with the cover echoing patriot Paul Revere’s call, “The unions are coming! The unions are coming!” we saw how a nascent effort to…

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Tips to recruit and retain workers

In the face of a historic labor shortage, there are several levers franchisees can pull to help recruit and retain workers. One that may not be top of mind is to communicate their plight to state and federal lawmakers. “They are aware of the labor shortage, but they need specific examples from their constituents,” says…

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Momentum Grows For Stronger Oversight of Franchising

You would have to look far and wide to find a franchise owner who does not think the nature of the franchisor/franchisee relationship could be improved. Entrepreneurs buy franchised businesses because they believe it gives them the opportunity to be their own boss, join an established chain and build wealth. But as most everyone knows,…

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Managing Wealth at the Face of Tax Upheaval

The Build Back Better (BBB) Act is a signature piece of legislation that President Joe Biden put forth ahead of his inauguration. In Nov. 2021, the House of Representatives approved the $2 trillion plan that initially included funds for Covid-19 relief, social services, welfare, infrastructure and reducing the effects of climate change. But, Democratic Senator…

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Helicopter Pilot Brews his Post-Military Career with Dunkin’

For Army veteran George Hart, a second career as a Dunkin’ franchisee began as a joke. “I’m from New Jersey originally, and I grew up on Dunkin’. To me, that’s what coffee tastes like, but when I was in the Army, I couldn’t get a good cup of coffee anywhere,” laughs Hart. “I would joke…

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Restaurants Seeking Subscribers

Customers attracted by savings of money and time We are undoubtedly in a subscription economy. While streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and Spotify are the masters of it, you can also subscribe to dog food, wine, gyms, razors and car washes. And restaurants, of course, have long sought a way into this now $64 billion…

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Costly Time to Do Busine$$?

In 2009, when Joe Biden came to the White House as President Barack Obama’s vice president, the business community responded with a flurry of lobbying activity—seeking to affect legislation on such issues as healthcare reform, financial regulatory reform, cap-and-trade legislation and the 2009 stimulus bill. According to research by the Center for Responsive Politics, more…

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Inspire’s Foray into Ghost Kitchens

Many long-time Dunkin’ franchisees still point to the introduction of the bagel as the rocket fuel that ignited this brand. Others may say it was the relentless commitment to marketing and advertising. For Dunkin’s new owner, Inspire Brands, the next great thing may be created soon at the company’s new Inspire Innovation Center in Atlanta.…

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