Franchisees Offer Support for Jersey Shore Recovery

April 24, 2013 Bellingham, MA— Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners from across the system will gather at Caesar’s Atlantic City this fall for the National Meeting of DDIFO, the Dunkin’ Donuts Independent Franchisee Association. It’s the first time the meeting will be held outside of New England and is significant because DDIFO wants to support New Jersey and the Atlantic City business community’s recovery after Hurricane Sandy.

“Atlantic City has always been a boon for New Jersey’s economy but after Sandy this region—and the entire state—took a big hit,” said Ed Shanahan, executive director of DDIFO. “Dunkin’ Donuts has a large presence in New Jersey and we thought holding our National Meeting in Atlantic City was one way to aid the recovery.”

DDIFO represents the largest independent association of Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners in the U.S. The National Meeting brings franchisees together to examine issues that impact their business and get perspective on legal and regulatory trends that affect franchising and quick service restaurants. The DDIFO Hall of Fame Awards & Recognition Dinner—held in conjunction with the National Meeting—celebrates the franchising pioneers who helped shape Dunkin’ Donuts into the iconic, global brand that it is today. The meeting will be held September 16-18 and will include:

  • Welcome Reception
  • Quarterly Meeting of the DDIFO Board of Directors
  • DDIFO Hall of Fame Awards & Recognition Dinner
  • National Meeting Presenters
  • Sponsor Exhibit Hall

A keynote speaker has not yet been selected. Shanahan says DDIFO will be sending invitations in the coming weeks. “We are inviting prominent business and government leaders in New Jersey to attend the meeting and, perhaps, speak to our franchisees. All Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants are independently owned and it is small business men and women like our franchise owner members who drive our economy, create local jobs, pay local taxes and support their local community,” said Shanahan. “And, these are people who want to hear from New Jersey’s leaders on issues that impact small businesses.”

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Matt Ellis
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