Stan Furash and Robert Zarco Testifying in front of the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Business, June 29, 2011

Dunkin’ Donuts Franchise Owners Applauds Joint Committee’s Efforts for Fair Franchising Legislation.

Bellingham, MA— The DD Independent Franchise Owners Group (DDIFO), which represents the largest independent association of Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners in the US, is applauding the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Business and its co-Chairs, Senator Sal DiDomenico (D-Everett) and Representative Linda Dorcena Forry (D-Dorchester), for their efforts on behalf of franchise owners throughout the Commonwealth.

On May 4, the Committee announced it will convene a working group to review the issues and concerns surrounding franchise agreements in Massachusetts. For the last year, DDIFO has worked closely with members of the Committee to craft legislation that strengthens the rights of small business owners who enter into agreements with companies that sell franchises. At a June, 2011 hearing before the Committee, DDIFO President Jim Coen testified that even as franchising has flourished over the past 50 years, franchise agreements have become more one-sided – benefiting the franchisors over the franchisees.

“Franchising suffers when franchisors abuse the power granted them in their franchise agreements and wipe out the equity that’s been built and the personal money that’s been invested because they want to take your franchise and sell it to someone else—while the franchisors extracts more revenue for themselves,” said Coen.

According to a 2007 report by the International Franchising Association, Massachusetts franchises employ more than 149,000 workers directly, support another 323,000 jobs indirectly and generate more than $15.8 billion in revenue each year.

DDIFO looks forward to joining the Committee’s working group, and helping design legislation that will further enhance the relationship between franchisors and franchisees, thus enticing franchisees to invest and create more jobs in Massachusetts

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