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Independent Joe: October 2013

When Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno walked to the podium at Caesar’s Atlantic City last month, she knew she was facing a friendly room. She has an appreciation for Dunkin’ franchisees—as small business owners who create jobs and pay taxes. And, in a state that is still reeling from Hurricane Sandy, she views them as beacons in the storm. She said thank you because, in her words, “Dunkin’ Donuts saved lives after Sandy.”

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Starbucks has opened its first Teavana Tea Bar

USA Today reported that Starbucks has opened its first Teavana Tea Bar in New York City this week in Upper Manhattan.   And, in an interesting article this week in Seeking Alpha, it was speculated that robotic baristas such as Marley Coffee Automated Stores and Briggo coffee kiosks may present a strong challenge to the future…

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Dunkin’ Donuts are getting into the spirit of the holiday season by adopting a family supported by the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation.

Charitable Efforts Continue

Although we haven’t talked about it over the last few weeks, Dunkin’ franchisees continue their philanthropic efforts in a big way across the country.  Some of the recent efforts include:  Las Vegas Franchisees have begun an  “Adopt-A-Family” effort that will run through the entire Christmas season; NJ Franchisees recently undertook successful efforts to help in…

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Maryland Releases Health Exchange Numbers From 1st Week

Despite the absence of solid participation numbers being reported by the Obama administration after the first week of open enrollments in the health exchanges, the state of Maryland has bucked the trend and released the week’s activity through their health exchange.  The Maryland health exchange activity was reported in the Baltimore Business Journal.

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Photo by Gary Haber

Baltimore Pushes Small Business Loans

Franchisees in Baltimore may want to check BaltimoreMICRO, a small business lending program being pushed by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.  The program is being touted by municipal officials as a great option for small business owners to avail themselves of loans from $5,000 to $30,000.  The program, open to businesses with less than $1 Million…

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Maine at Bottom of Business Friendly States

Last week, we reported on Forbes’ annual ranking of Best States for Business with Virginia taking the #1 spot.  Well, for the 4th year in a row, the state of Maine has the dubious distinction of being considered the worst state for business in the nation!

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IFA Working Against Fair Franchising In PA

In their recent newsletter, the IFA boasted of having had Matt Haller and Dean Heyl travel to Harrisburg, PA. to begin work against HB 1620, which would provide some balance to the franchisee/franchisor relationship.  They are working to build a coalition against the bill, filed by Representative Peter Daley.  In the newsletter, they allege the…

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Forbes Calls Viginia #1

In its annual ranking of Best States for Business 2013, Forbes Magazine has anointed Virgina as the best state in the country within which to do business.  North Dakota, Utah, North Carolina and Colorado rounded out the top five.  The full list in pictures is available here.

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Paid Sick Leave Push Across New Jersey

Speaking of political issues in New Jersey, there seems to be a concerted effort across many of the Garden States’ cities to advocate for passage of mandatory paid sick leave.  Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop has been aggressively pushing the mandatory leave initiative, but many of the state’s larger cities are pushing hard for its…

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Richmond DDIFO Meeting Update

Regrettably, the Member Meeting in Richmond that we announced in last week’s Small Regular has been postponed in light of the conflict the meeting poses with Dunkin’s Fall Managers Huddle for the Virginia market on October 9.  We are looking at our facility options and will advise you of new plans as soon as we…

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