Allen Cicchitelli Joins DDIFO Board of Directors

The DD Independent Franchise Owners Group (DDIFO), which represents the largest association of Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners in the US, is pleased to announce the addition of Rhode Island businessman Allen Cicchitelli to the DDIFO Board of Directors.

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Independent Franchisee Associations Grow

Stan Turkel posts at BlueMauMau that Experts estimate that there are 300 to 400 independent organized groups of franchisees, which are increasing. Julie Bennett of Franchise Times reports in the September issue that they range from “giants like the North American Association of Subway Franchisees serving almost 24,000 domestic units and run by a professional staff in Fairfield, Connecticut, to Expetec… an association of 24 franchisees.”

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The Fight for ‘Fairness in Franchising’

Jason Daley writes at Entrepreneur Magazine: Imagine owning a small business for 20 years, pouring all your time, money and sweat into achieving a decent cash flow and a little equity. Then imagine getting a contract in the mail stipulating that if you want to continue doing business, you must replace thousands of dollars of perfectly good equipment, adjust suppliers or prices or make a dozen other changes that could destroy your bottom line. And if you don’t sign, you more or less forfeit your life’s work.

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DDIFO Announces Inaugural Hall of Fame Inductees

On September 19, 2011, DDIFO will officially induct seven people into the new DDIFO Franchise Owners Hall of Fame. DDIFO President Jim Coen says the members of the inaugural class were all pioneers who helped build Dunkin’ Donuts into the esteemed brand it is today.

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BUNN Mourns Loss of Veteran Employee

QSR.com reports that beverage equipment company and DDIFO Sponsor Bunn-O-Matic Corporation is sad to share that Neal Robinson, senior vice president of global projects, passed away Monday.

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DDIFO Announces Franchise Owners Hall of Fame

Nominations for inaugural inductees are now being accepted. As Dunkin’ Donuts was thrust into the spotlight during its recent IPO, the company’s strong history of franchising was also put center stage. As it looks toward further expansion, Dunkin’ Brands is again relying on its roster of experienced, hard working and well-capitalized franchise owners to carry the ball.

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Dunkin’ Franchise Owners Benefit from 2005 Efforts of G-6 Group

Even before the opening bell rang on Wall Street on July 27, 2011 ushering in the company’s initial public offering (IPO), many franchise owners questioned if the agreement—presented in a letter former CEO Jon Luther signed on January 11, 2006 and granting franchise owners the chance to purchase stock in a “family and friends” pool—…

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DDIFO Calls for Franchise Owner Stories

As an independent franchise owner’s association, one of the primary objectives for DDIFO is to share franchisee experiences and best practices. By telling such stories, DDIFO aims to shed light on the wealth of knowledge and successes experienced within its ranks and convey ideas that inspire and spur success for all members. The DDIFO leadership…

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A Confidential Advisory to DDIFO Members!

As we are sure you know by now, Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. has become a publicly traded company (DNKN: NASDAQ). As franchisees, you should be aware of issues that may arise if you elect to buy or sell shares of DNKN, or simply based on your continuing status as a franchisee. DDIFO Membership Required. If you are having trouble logging please send an email to loginhelp@ddifo.org

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Personalized, Hands-on Service Is the Key at Bederson & Company

When it comes to enlisting accounting and financial consulting services, you want to choose a well-established firm that offers a wide range of services and that has a solid background working with franchises. You also want to know that you will be treated as a priority, receiving all of the personalized attention you need and deserve. Look no further than DDIFO Sponsor Bederson & Company, LLP.

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