If there was one theme that ran throughout the recent DDIFO National Conference held at Foxwoods Resort Casino, it was “Be vigilant.” The theme framed discussions on franchising, government relations, Dunkin’ Brands’ new franchise agreement and the competitive landscape facing QSRs like Dunkin’ Donuts. And while some speakers presented the theme in more desperate terms than others, there was no doubt that franchisees who attended the annual conference returned home with a sense that the franchising industry in general, and their business units in particular, are facing great challenges in the coming new year.