Whose Business is it Anyway?

Has it ever occurred to you that you don’t actually own your network of Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants? Well, let me clarify that proposition…while you most likely own the assets, such as the coffee pots, menu boards, and Radiant systems, you do not have the unfettered ability to sell your business. Even if you and your…

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Maryland Franchisee Made Dunkin’ His Home Port

There’s an old proverb that says, “Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors” – with the logical corollary being that rough going will surely forge good men of the sea. Such could be said for former Merchant Marine Todd LaLumiere, who after a rocky start and a series of subsequent obstacles along the way, has…

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Steve Catalano: Stepping Up

Steve Catalano knows firsthand that one person can make a difference. Catalano has raised more than $180,000 for Lyme disease research since 2015, after his daughter contracted it. That’s a hefty sum in such a short time. But he started giving back long before it became personal. A Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owner for 27 years, he…

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Independent Joe #45 August/ September 2017

 To paraphrase Paul Revere’s famous warning: “Change is coming! Change is coming!” You know all about it: Dunkin’s menu simplification, aimed at improving the brand’s competitiveness by reducing the number of sandwiches and keeping the focus on beverages. In the Tampa area, franchisee Alex Fernandez gladly rolled out a menu reduction in early August,…

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What’s Brewing: Joint-employer, Overtime rules, Shift scheduling

In with the new and out with the old. This summer small business owners are getting a clearer picture of where the Trump Administration stands on some key issues. The Trump Administration is taking aim at a pair of controversial, Obama-era policies that say could be damaging to the franchising business while also driving up…

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Maine Franchisee Community Gathers for a Good Cause

This June, Dunkin’ franchisees in Maine gathered for their annual fundraiser by the sea. Th is is the 6th year franchisees have hosted the Maine Lobster Bake as a way to raise money for the Joy In Childhood Foundation. On a delightful late spring evening, 130 guests came together at the Black Point Inn in…

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Dunkin’ Foundation Brings Joy to Children and Franchisees

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines joy as “a source or cause of delight.” There is no doubt that the Joy In Childhood Foundation is just such a fountain of delight for youngsters across America and around the world who benefit from the generosity of Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners. Formerly known as The Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins…

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NDCP Expands to Better Serve Members

When it comes to operating a Dunkin’ Donuts franchise, a primary concern is serving your customers what they want when they want it. At National DCP (NDCP), the supply chain management cooperative created to serve the franchisees of Dunkin’ Donuts, job number one is providing products at the lowest sustainable costs, ensuring that orders arrive…

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Protecting Franchisee Equity in California – and Beyond

Editor’s note: This month, Independent Joe offers an updated look at the legal impact from California’s Franchsie Relations Act, which has been covered extensively in this magazine. Franchise attorney Peter Lagarias provides this review of the statutory changes and how they affect Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners. The landmark California Franchise Relations Act (CFRA), which went…

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