Dunkin’ Donuts Launches Everyday Value Menu in Chicago

As consumer spending continues to tighten this holiday season, Dunkin’ Donuts, America’s all-day everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, today introduced a new limited-time value menu designed to offer quality products at low prices throughout the Chicago market.

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Indy Joe: Is it better to be hands off or a micromanager?

Ask Indy Joe is a new DDIFO feature where you the franchise owner can Ask Indy Joe a question. Today’s Question is: Is it better to be hands off or a micromanager? Today’s Answer is submitted by: Andrew Winig of Imrov Andy. Andy shares his cutting edge teamwork techniques through keynote speeches, interactive training sessions, and individual leadership coaching. Contact him at http://www.improvandy.com or at (781) 646-9543.

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Peace Treaty Brews

Holly Sanders Ware and Josh Kosman report in the NY Post that Dunkin’ Brands is reaching out to angry franchisees they write: Dunkin’ Brands, accused of squeezing profits out of franchisees by suing them, is trying to make friends before it’s too late. Chief Executive Nigel Travis has been quietly meeting with angry franchise leaders in recent weeks, after a spate of unflattering reports about the doughnut chain’s litigious ways, sources with direct knowledge of the meetings saidTravis has told franchisees he is willing to take a fresh look at their contracts and would consider changes that give operators more say over their stores, sources said.

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Royston LLC Products Designed with a Longer Shelf Life in Mind

Frank Callis of Royston, LLC took a big risk while speaking to a group of franchisees at DDIFO’s member meeting in September. The theme of the meeting was cost-cutting and improving the bottom line, and while the speakers who preceded him stayed on point citing several short-term money saving examples, Frank took a different tact. He boldly suggested franchisees take a longer view of their cabinetry purchase and invest more upfront in Royston’s modular metal cabinetry.

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DDIFO Eying Opportunities on Capitol Hill

On February 3-4, 2010 DDIFO Legislative Affairs Coordinator Rob Branca will be in Washington representing the DDIFO at the second annual CFA Day (Coalition of Franchisee Associations). “I’m really looking forward to getting together with other operators from other franchise systems and with our elected officials and their staffs to discuss important legislation,” said Branca. “It’s important that we bring our perspective to these folks and discuss how new laws and reforms will impact our businesses.”

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Massachusetts State Rep Forry Helps Promote Small Business

Considering her personal and professional background, it is no wonder that Massachusetts State Representative Linda Dorcena Forry is a true friend and champion of small business owners. From her beginnings as the daughter of Haitian immigrants through her college career and into her decade-plus career in city and state government, Rep. Forry consistently has demonstrated a passion for education, community and public service.

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Taking Your Employees’ Temperature

At the recent DDIFO meeting in Worcester, MA, Washington D.C. lobbyist Rick Berman of Berman & Co. prompted considerable discussion about what steps owners can take to maintain a union-free shop. The well-known business lobbyist, that 60 Minutes reffered to as as “Dr. Evil,” outlined the progress unions are making in passing the so-called check card legislation in Congress. That legislation, if passed, would make it easier for unions to organize businesses, including restaurants, he said.

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Dunkin’ Franchise Owners in Presidential Spotlight

On October 21, President Barack Obama announced important new steps his Administration is taking to support small businesses. During his speech, the President referred to a few specific small business owners, including Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owner Andy Cabral who was in attendance along with several International Franchise Association (IFA) members and Maria Icaza, also a Dunkin’ franchise owner. Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner and Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Karen Mills flanked the President during the speech, which took place at Metropolitan Archives, a small family-operated records storage company in Landover, Maryland.

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South Asian Dunkin’ Franchisees Unite with DDIFO

Martin Desmarais writes in the IndUS Business Journal that the Midwest Dunkin’ Donuts Franchise Association has always pushed to be a unified voice for its predominantly South Asian members, so when the New England-based DD Independent Franchise Owners Inc. asked the group to join forces in its quest to bring together all the Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees in the United States it jumped at the chance. The Midwest franchise association’s Executive Director Asheesh Seth recently joined the DDIFO’s board in a move that all parties believe will pool the groups’ collective bargaining power.

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One Day Older, $2.3 Billion Poorer

Who loses in the CIT bankruptcy? That’s easy: all of us taxpayers. And who triumphs? Private enterprise in the form of Carl Icahn. Gary Weiss writes in Portfolio.com So how was your weekend? I don’t know about you, but I woke up Monday morning poorer by $2.3 billion.

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