National Members Conference to Focus on Franchisee Investment

When DDIFO members gather at Mohegan Sun for the annual DDIFO National Members Meeting on September 19th & 20th, Dunkin’ Brands will be into its first quarter as a publicly traded company. The pressures of reporting quarterly earnings to Wall Street is likely to impact franchise owners who are already dealing with high commodity costs and price-point competition from McDonald’s.

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New DDIFO Membership Coordinator Thinks National, Acts Local

In May, DDIFO’s new membership coordinator began his efforts to grow membership one franchise owner at a time. With seven years experience managing political campaigns, along with nearly 25 years of work in sales and marketing, Mitch Kates is no stranger to the power of organizing people to work toward a collective goal. “I understand…

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Joan Gould Joins the DDIFO Team

DDIFO President Jim Coen has hired Joan Gould to fill the new position of Sponsor Coordinator. Joan has more than 17 years of experience in sales and marketing as well as a background coordinating promotional events and trade shows. In her new role, she will help grow the Sponsor program and make it more successful.

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Massachusetts Legislature Hears Fair Franchising Bill

On June 29, 2011 members of the Committee on Community Development and Small Businesses— representing the Massachusetts State Senate and House of Representatives—heard testimony on a bill sponsored by Senator Brian Joyce (D-Milton) to amend the General Laws of the Commonwealth to benefit franchisees.

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Little Agreement as State Considers Franchise Rules

Katie Johnston of the Boston Globe reports the state’s franchise industry is coming under scrutiny on Beacon Hill as lawmakers consider two bills that would further regulate franchise agreements and more clearly define the relationship between local franchise owners and their parent companies. The bills, which will be the subject of legislative hearings today, have…

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DDIFO Welcomes New Board Leadership

DD Independent Franchise Owners have a new chairman of the board. Daniel Connelly received the majority in a recent vote of board and roundtable members. Connelly has been a member of the DDIFO board since 2009 and works as Director of Business Development for JCM Franchise Development, LLC

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Dunkin’ Shop Owners Look to Adjust Tip Law

Katie Johnston Chase reported in the Boston Globe that a Legislature hearing is set for last Wednesday on revising the tips law aimed at quick-service Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners are pushing for a change in state law that would allow shift supervisors to share in tip pools with crew members.

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Franchisee Bill of Rights, Input Requested

The Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) which DDIFO is a founding member, which Jim Coen, President of DDIFO as the Vice Chairman of CFA and Co-Chairman of the CFA Fair Franchising Committee with CK Patel of the Asian American Hotels Owners Association (AAHOA). The CFA Fair Franchising Committee has been working with franchisee leaders from multiple franchise systems to develop the Universal Franchisee Bill of Rights.

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