Dunkin Strengthens Boston During Marathon Tragedy

While most of greater Boston was locked down during a massive manhunt for one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, authorities allowed at least one business to remain open to feed first responders: Dunkin’ Donuts. Adjacent to the Watertown Police Department, the town’s Dunkin’ Donuts voluntarily provided free coffee and snacks to state and local…

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Hall of Fame Committee to Select 2013 Inductees

This year, DDIFO will again recognize the pioneers and visionaries who helped build Dunkin’ Donuts into the powerhouse brand it is today. The 2013 Hall of Fame Dinner and Awards Gala will be held on September 17 in conjunction with the DDIFO National Conference at Caesar’s Atlantic City. “It’s so important that we recognize the…

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Chris Prazeres with friends and family at mile 25 of the Boston Marathon. Because of the bombings Chris and thousands of other runners never made it to the finish line 1.2 miles away.

A Different Finish Line for One Determined Runner: Christopher Prazeres’ story

Of all the scenarios that Christopher Prazeres imagined as he toed the starting line for the legendary marathon course, he never dreamed that the world’s oldest annual 26.2-mile race would be tragically interrupted by terrorism. It was a sunny April 15 morning, and Prazeres, a second-generation owner of a network which includes seven stores in…

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Boston Marathon, lost revenue

Near the Finish Line: Franchisee Efharis Alepedis’ Shop Rebounds Quickly

For Efharis Alepedis, there was no indication that the illustrious 117th running of the Boston Marathon was going to be any different this year for her family’s bustling Copley Square store. It’s the busiest day of the year for the shop, which is just a few hundred feet from the famed blue-and-yellow painted finish line.…

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New Franchisee Prepares to Open Nebraska’s First Dunkin’

Bares says he has felt welcomed into the Dunkin’ franchisee community, and that DDIFO has given him the opportunity to connect with  others in the business. Bryce Bares is returning to his home state of Nebraska and he’s bringing Dunkin’ Donuts with him. “Several DDIFO members have told me that there’s never been a better…

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National DCP’s Phoenix Facility to Drive Western Expansion

The new DCP 65,000-square-foot distribution center opened in Phoenix in October and now provides food, paper and equipment supplies to more than 100 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in the southwestern states, according to Kevin Bruce, CEO of National DCP. The Phoenix center is the first located west of the Mississippi and the seventh warehouse in the…

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Pennsylvania Shop Has A Legacy of Connecting Its Community

On the wall in Ann Caruso’s family room hangs a pastel of a conservation area in the town where she lives. She loves it not because the colors match the ones in her rug, though that’s nice, too, but because it’s a walk she has taken with her husband and kids many times. It’s the…

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Tax Changes for 2013: What it Means for You

Among the many challenges of owning a small business are the year-to-year tax changes that can affect your bottom line and complicate your accounting. And this year was especially anxiety inducing as Congress and the President wrangled over a plethora of expiring tax breaks until the last moments of 2012, leaving individuals and business owners…

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Surviving Sandy

Storm Victims Themselves, Dunkin’ Franchisees Provide Power, Comfort, Food and Drinks to Disaster Area  Laura Donavan of New York City was disappointed when the Starbucks stores in her neighborhood closed due to Hurricane Sandy, which hit the New York area late Oct. 29. Needing her morning cup of coffee, she called her local Dunkin’ Donuts and…

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