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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Adrian A. Gaspar & Company

Adrian A. Gaspar & Company is a trusted accounting partner of franchise owners, small businesses and families across New England and beyond. For more than 30 years, the firm of CPAs has performed a full complement of professional accounting services with the singular focus of helping clients succeed. The firm offers convenient bundled service plans,…

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Jarrett Services ATM, Inc.

For more than 15 years, Jarrett for Cash has delivered customized ATM solutions that boost franchisee revenue and increase foot traffic of guests with ready-to-spend cash in hand. Dunkin’-branded ATM terminals are available for placement or purchase. With placement, Jarrett loads the cash and franchisees receive a percentage of the surcharges/transaction fees. When purchasing or…

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Joyal Capital Management

Since 1990, Joyal Capital Management (JCM) and its subsidiary companies have been strategic advisors to Dunkin Donuts franchisees. JCM Franchise Development provides advice on the full range of strategic transactions—from mergers and leveraged buy-outs to refinancing, divestitures and more. The company helps its clients buy and sell more Dunkin’ Donuts locations than anyone else in…

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Time to renovate or remodel your Dunkin Donuts shop?

Time to renovate or remodel your shop?

Depending on where you are in your renovation/remodel cycle, now might be the time to remodel. Senators Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) have introduced a bill to make permanent a 15-year tax depreciation schedule for restaurant improvements and new construction, leasehold improvements and retail improvements. The bill would allow restaurateurs, landlords and other…

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Independent Joe Magazine – June 2013

As we enter into the summer months, we look forward with anticipation to barbeques, sun-filled days, beaches, vacations – and plans to attend the DDIFO National Conference.

For the last few years, the conference was held at the Mohegan Sun Casino and Resort in Uncasville, Connecticut and the speaking outline for the conference was kept under wraps until Labor Day. That all changes this year.

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Ban on Sale of Large Sugary Drinks Gets Doused

Last year with much fanfare, the City of New York, through its Board of Health, called for a ban on the sale of sugary drinks over 16 ounces, in restaurants, concessions and other eating establishments. Such sale was not banned in supermarkets. Advocates, led by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, claimed that the ban was necessary to…

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Feeling the Squeeze: Franchisees Face Costly State Laws & Regs

Rising health care premiums. Minimum wage increases. Paid sick leave. Bans on large sugary drinks and Styrofoam containers. Running a business has plenty of challenges even before the government gets involved. And get involved they have: federal, state, and local governments are all looking for ways to squeeze more money out of businesses and individuals,…

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