Dunkin’ Shops are Hacker Targets Just Like the Big Stores

eBay is the latest retail business to fall prey to online hacking. Reports say hackers were able to obtain employee credentials in order to access an estimated 145 million passwords and e-mail addresses of eBay sellers and customers. And, while eBay was hacked “in the cloud,” plenty of brick and mortar businesses have also fallen…

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Heartland Ovation Payroll

For more than six years, Heartland Ovation Payroll has provided a comprehensive suite of payroll and HR solutions to Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees. “We began processing payroll through Ovation at the beginning of 2013 and have been very satisfied,” says franchisee and BAC representative Sid Mody. “Our representative, Jim Ferreira, is always reachable and prompt in…

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Exchange Authority (EA)

Exchange Authority (EA) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fidelity Bank and is managed by a team of experts with extensive industry experience. EA has been providing 1031 exchange services to Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners nationwide since 2009. A 1031 exchange (also called a like-kind exchange) is a powerful tool for deferring capital gains taxes…

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My Perspective: Summer Help

Mother Nature played some cruel tricks on us this spring and, for a time, some fellow NJ franchisees and I wanted to drive out to Punxsutawney PA and have a “discussion” with that groundhog Phil. Nevertheless, the warm weather is upon us, schools are letting out for summer and kids are out in force looking…

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Exchange Authority (EA)

Exchange Authority (EA) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fidelity Bank and is managed by a team of experts with extensive industry experience. EA has been providing 1031 exchange services to Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners nationwide since 2009. A 1031 exchange (also called a like-kind exchange) is a powerful tool for deferring capital gains taxes…

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The NBA’s Game: Termination of Franchise Rights and Forced Sale of the Team

The National Basketball Association recently fined Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling $2.5 million dollars and suspended him for life from League activity. This arose from racist remarks Sterling allegedly made in a private taped conversation between him and his girlfriend. The League has taken the extreme step of appointing an interim CEO for the…

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BEWARE OF…FRANCHISOR DISCLAIMERS

Editor’s Note: Last fall, the Coalition of Franchisee Associations, of which DDIFO is a founding member, requested its counsel, Dady & Gardner, P.A., prepare an amicus brief to support a franchise owner in his appeal of a lawsuit against his franchisor. The case, Avon Hardware Company v. Ace Hardware Corporation, questioned the validity of disclaimers franchisors…

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Spring Safety

For many franchisees, especially among those of us in the northeast, spring can’t come fast enough. This winter’s deep freeze and near-record snowfall took a toll on our weekly sales. I am dreading this year’s common area maintenance (CAM) invoices with all of the snow plowing and salting that was required. Now that it’s spring,…

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Independent Joe: April 2014

With thriving Dunkin’ Donuts stores and various awards under his belt, Larry Lemos credits his parents for much of his success. After emigrating from Portugal to Rhode Island in the 1970s, his parents, Antonio and Maria Lemos, worked for a Dunkin’ Donuts in Warwick, Rhode Island. “Joe Batista was the owner and he saw something…

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Reinvention

As a lifelong baseball fan, it was a thrill to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Hank Aaron’s 715th homerun, which broke the longtime record set by the immortal Babe Ruth. 1974 marked Aaron’s 20th season in the big leagues. It was also the year after Major League Baseball introduced the designated hitter (DH) rule in…

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