NJ Woman uses Proceeds from $45m. Ponzi Scheme to Buy a Dunkin Donuts Franchise

A Montclair, NJ woman surrendered to the FBI yesterday on charges of running a $45 million real estate investment Ponzi scheme, the U.S. Attorney’s office in Manhattan announced. Authorities said Hodgson allegedly spent hundreds of thousands of dollars at casinos in Atlantic City and Las Vegas, and spent more than $700,000 on a Dunkin Donuts franchise in Arizona, according to court papers.

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Innovation Helps Commissaries Achieve Efficiency and Consistency

Long before the first Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owner opened a central kitchen (CML), Belshaw was already established as a leader in the manufacture of donut machines. By the time Bill Rosenberg opened the first Dunkin’ store, Belshaw was already selling its machines internationally. By the mid 1960’s, Belshaw machines were helping franchise owners make donuts in the backs of their stores and when the first CMLs went on line in the late 1990’s, Belshaw was the brand standard. DDIFO members read more….

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A Family That Truly Runs on Dunkin’

Sue Andrade, a franchise operator of eleven Dunkin’ Donuts shops, speaks about how her extended family bought one store thirty five years ago and now has over seven hundred stores. In 1968 Ms. Andrade’s uncle from Portugal “came over [to the U.S.] and opened a store and brought uncles, cousins, brothers, everybody.”

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DDIFO Announces Major Growth in Membership

BELLINGHAM, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The DD Independent Franchise Owners Group, which represents the largest association of Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners in the U.S., has increased its membership by 55% in the last year and now represents over 2300 shops. According to DDIFO President Jim Coen, the increase brings DDIFO closer to its goal of being a nationally recognized organization.

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Access Offers Pay per Performance Marketing Options for Franchise Owners

If Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners are not familiar with how Access Rewards works, they may want to ask their customers. According to Doug Jentzsch, Director of Partnership Marketing for Access, customers who belong to various groups or associations that offer member discount programs are printing coupons for Dunkin’ stores more than any other restaurant or service provider in their database

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