Homes for Our Troops and the Dunkin’ Brands Community Foundation Host Three-Day Build Brigade to Construct Specially Adapted Home for Army SPC Alex Knapp

Homes for Our Troops and the Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation will host a three-day
Build Brigade beginning today October 30 through November 1 to provide Army SPC David (Alex) Knapp with a brand new specially adapted barrier free home. The Build Brigade will take place at 15625 Downing Street in Macomb Township,

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Obama Asks for SBA Loan Expansion, Franchisees Agree

Don Sniegowski reports at BlueMauMau that President Barack Obama announced plans Wednesday afternoon to shift some of Wall Street’s bailout funds over to community banks in order to spur lending to small businesses, which has slowed to a trickle. With SBA administrator Karen Mills and Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner flanking him, President Obama made several announcements to boost small business.

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Starbucks Settles With Ex-Exec Who Went To Dunkin

Dow Jones Commodities News Select reports that the Starbucks Coffee Co. announced Friday night it had reached a settlement with Paul Twohig, a former executive who ran the company’s retail operations in the U.S. southeast who left to take over as brand operations officer for rival Dunkin’ Donuts parent Dunkin Brands. Starbucks sued Twohig, claiming he had signed a noncompete agreement, according to a report published Oct. 7 in the Boston Business Journal.

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Citizens Runs on Dunkin’

Citizens Bank said Tuesday it was opening its first branch inside a Dunkin’ Brands store. The new operation will be at 815 South Main St. in Bellingham. The branch will offer window teller service as well as private offices for loan applications and other specialized services. The branch will be open seven days a week, while an ATM is also available in the eatery.

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CIT Group Amends Debt Restructuring Offer

The Associated Press reports that CIT Group Inc., a major lender to small and midsize businesses that struggled under mounting losses and tight credit availability, amended its debt restructuring offer to enlist more bondholder support for the plan. The troubled New York-based lender had launched the debt restructuring effort Oct. 1 with the hope that it will trim at least $5.7 billion from its near-term debt. It is also asking bondholders to approve a prepackaged reorganization plan in case it is forced to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

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Trial Date Set in Federal Court for Dunkin’ Donuts Suit

Paul Grimaldi reports in the Providence Journal that a Vermont businessman hopes to ring up perhaps the most important sale of his career in late 2009 when he tries to get a jury to side with him in a prolonged dispute with Dunkin’ Donuts. Irwin Barkan, of Waitsfield, Vt., will return here Dec. 2 as the dispute goes to trial in federal court –– four years after the coffee shop chain and its former franchisee became embroiled in the legal battle.

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National Aquarium in Baltimore, Dunkin Donuts partner on promotion

Rachel Bernstein reports in the Baltimore Business Journal that the National Aquarium in Baltimore and Dunkin’ Donuts have launched a campaign to give customers extra jelly filling. The campaign, called “One Sweet Deal,” gives Dunkin’ Donuts customers a $5 off admission to the aquarium’s jellyfish exhibit. The coupons can be picked up at the more than 100 Dunkin’ Donut locations in Greater Baltimore.

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Dunkin’ Brands Makes Top-Level Marketing Shift

Karlene Lukovitz writes at MediaPost.com that Dunkin’ Brands’ Thursday announcement that it is “strengthening” its senior leadership team by putting veteran retail executive John Costello in the new position of chief global customer and marketing officer also carried the news that Frances Allen, brand marketing officer for Dunkin’ Donuts for two years, has concurrently “decided to step down.”

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Dunkin’ Highlights Pumpkin and Apple Flavors for Fall

Elissa Elan reports in Nation’s Restaurant News that Dunkin’ Donuts debuted its fall menu this week, which includes three new items: a low-fat apple caramel muffin, a spiced apple twist and a pumpkin-coffee flavored Coolatta blended beverage. Returning items to Dunkin’s fall menu include a pumpkin doughnut, a pumpkin muffin, fall-theme Munchkins doughnut hole treats, a Fall Harvest yeast ring doughnut, a pumpkin latte and pumpkin coffee.

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Starbucks’ Via Instant Coffee Goes National

The Puget Sound Business Journal reports that Starbucks Corp. said its Via instant coffee product will be available nationally on Wednesday. And to overcome the negative image of instant coffee, the Seattle coffee giant said it will stage taste competitions between Via and its fresh-brewed coffee next week.

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