CFA In The News

The Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) continues its work on behalf of franchise owners from an array of different brands across the country under the leadership of Dunkin’ franchisee and CFA Chairman John Motta. Over the past few weeks, an Op-Ed co-authored by Motta along with Alfredo Ortiz, President and CEO of the Job Creators…

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Consumer Trends

According to the latest Survey of Consumers produced by the University of Michigan, consumer sentiment for early February dropped by nearly three whole points to 76.2, the lowest reading since August of last year and down more than 20 points from February of 2020 – which was just before the coronavirus pandemic hit the U.S.…

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Miscellaneous

It was reported a number of weeks ago, but Dunkin’ is still rockin’ it when it comes to the top franchises in the nation. The annual ranking of the top 500 Franchises in the country, from Entrepreneur Magazine, had Dunkin’ locked in at #2, trailing only Taco Bell. Only one other traditional QSR came in…

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Inspire Building Atlanta ‘Ghost Kitchen’

Notwithstanding ongoing development of the Coffee Café Bakery, a $10 million highly automated centralized manufacturing location (CML) in the greater Atlanta area, Inspire Brands is apparently moving forward with development of Alliance Kitchen, a $2.6 million “ghost” kitchen being built in Atlanta. Most noteworthy in this development is perhaps the fact that The Coffee Café…

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SBA Rolling Out Fixes to PPP Round 2

Complaints from various industry groups about the roll-out of the second round of the Paycheck Protection Program may be finally yielding favorable results, as the Small Business Administration (SBA) announced this week it was loosening the reins on participating lending institutions. On Wednesday, in the hope of speeding up the process, the SBA said it…

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Federal Minimum Wage Hike Out, For Now

It would appear that a more than doubling of the existing federal minimum wage from the current $7.25/hour to $15/hour is out of the pending $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill pending in Congress, at least for the time being. In the initial deliberations on the budget resolution (the vehicle by which the Senate will approve…

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Upcoming CFA Legislative Impact Survey

Speaking of the COVID relief bill and the myriad issues legislators are looking to include, the Coalition of Franchisee Associations – chaired by Dunkin’ franchise owner John Motta – has developed a 19-question legislative impact survey that we will be sending out this weekend. It is imperative that as many franchisees as possible complete the…

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Biden Nominates California’s Su for #2 DOL Post

Last week, we reported on the US Senate confirmation hearing for Boston Mayor – Secretary of Labor nominee – Marty Walsh. Well, we now know who has been nominated to serve as his second-in-command, California Labor Secretary Julie Su. She currently heads up the California Department of Labor and Workforce Development and was on the…

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Ways & Means Advances New Unemployment Premium

Another important issue that’s being debated and will have a significant impact on businesses’ ability to rehire the help it will need is the unemployment insurance premium that democrats in Congress are pushing. It’s not back to the $600 mark just yet, but it’s certainly moving in that direction. This week, the US House Ways…

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Oregon Fair Franchising Hearing

With pandemic issues swirling around countless minimum wage ihke proposals, we could almost forget about the need for Fair Franchising Legislation in so many states around the country – but we haven’t forgotten. In fact, the Oregon legislature will hold a public hearing next Wednesday, February 17 – via Zoom, of course – on House…

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