What Have You Done For Me Lately?

It’s been a long journey since the coronavirus pandemic reached our shores back in early 2020. Over the course of those first few months, governments ordered non-essential businesses shut, indoor dining was banned and people who left their homes were told to wear masks (even for a solitary jog). Houses of worship were ordered closed;…

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Momentum Grows For Stronger Oversight of Franchising

You would have to look far and wide to find a franchise owner who does not think the nature of the franchisor/franchisee relationship could be improved. Entrepreneurs buy franchised businesses because they believe it gives them the opportunity to be their own boss, join an established chain and build wealth. But as most everyone knows,…

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Happiness Fuels Growth for Husband and Wife Franchisees

“Happy customers and happy employees. If you have those two things, you can do anything,” says Mark Pesce. With a business degree and 30 years of experience under his belt, the Massachusetts franchisee is no stranger to budgets and balance sheets. But if he had to sum up his business plan in one sentence, that…

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Independent Joe #71 December 2021/January 2022

 It’s been a long journey since the coronavirus pandemic reached our shores back in early 2020. Over the course of those first few months, governments ordered non-essential businesses shut, indoor dining was banned and people who left their homes were told to wear masks (even for a solitary jog). Houses of worship were ordered…

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Vaccine Litigation: Where We’ve Been and Where We Are Going

As most of you know, on Nov. 4, federal workplace safety officials released a mandate-or-test workplace vaccine emergency rule. The Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) developed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) would require all covered employers with 100 or more employees to either mandate employees be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 or require employees…

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Managing Wealth at the Face of Tax Upheaval

The Build Back Better (BBB) Act is a signature piece of legislation that President Joe Biden put forth ahead of his inauguration. In Nov. 2021, the House of Representatives approved the $2 trillion plan that initially included funds for Covid-19 relief, social services, welfare, infrastructure and reducing the effects of climate change. But, Democratic Senator…

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