Thank You for Being a Part of the 2013 National Conference

We want to thank the hundreds of franchise owners who attended the 2013 National Conference in Atlantic City this week – the event was a great success and we are very much appreciative of the support our first national conference outside of New England received from the franchise owners.  Similarly, our thanks go out to…

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Speaking of the ban of polystyrene

A number of towns in Maine have banned the cup as well and this week, a newspaper in Maine reported on the paper cup replacement that Dunkin’ has developed for those communities where Dunkin’s iconic foam cup is banned.  The Kennebec Journal story is here.

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Freedom Song Festival 2013 – Sponsored by Dunkin’ Donuts

Freedom Song Festival is being held Sunday, September 8, 2013! All proceeds benefit Veterans Inc.’s Food Service Programs. This year’s event, on the grounds of Independence Hall in Shrewsbury, features: Joshua Tree Dan Gabel and the Abletones The Jukebox Junkies Hero on Hold Nemes The Hip Swayers Dale LePage Learn More by visting the Veterns…

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What’s Brewing: Paid Sick Leave, Minimum Wage

Every day, franchise owners face the challenges and obstacles of owning a business, and every day, government officials are approving and vetoing legislation that affects those challenges. Independent Joe has been monitoring a number of bills, in several states, as they move through the halls of their state houses. Some of these initiatives were proverbial…

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Foam’s Out in Brookline Shops

In anticipation of the ban on polystyrene ban that will take effect on December 1, 2013, Dunkin’ Donuts shops in Brookline, Massachusetts began using a double-walled paper cup at all 5 Brookline locations.  The Boston Globe and New England Cable News both have stories on the issue.

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Employer Mandate Delayed, But Health Exchanges Start October 1

Although sighs of relief were heard when the Obama Administration delayed implementation of the employer mandate in the Affordable Care Act, members should remember that the mandated state (or federally) run Health Exchanges are still required to be available come October 1, 2013.  The state of Maine just this week released a comparison of small…

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The 40 Hour Work Week

Wouldn’t have thought the notion of a 40-hour work week would be particularly newsworthy, but this past week, the issue was front and center in the weekly Republican Radio Address as US Senator Susan Collins (R – Maine) said that because of Obamacare and the implications of the 30-hour work week threshold, many workers would…

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Fair Franchising Down Under

Members will recall that we’ve reported regularly on efforts to win passage of Fair Franchising legislation in Maine, Massachusetts and California over the past few weeks. (California’s next action is a hearing on August 13 before the Committee on Business and Consumer Protection.)  Well, while our opponents continue the chorus that legislation is not necessary,…

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New York Assesses Employers For Interest Owed to Feds

For the third consecutive year, the state of New York has assessed all employers within the Empire State $12.75 for each employee to pay the interest the state owes the federal government for payment of unemployment benefits.  The state’s unemployment fund has long been bankrupt necessitating the loan from the US Treasury.  In typical government fashion, the…

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