DDIFO Announces New Executive Director

Ed Shanahan to take over Franchisee Organization Bellingham, MA – The DD Independent Franchise Owners (DDIFO), which represents the largest independent association of Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners in the US, is pleased to announce the appointment of Edwin Shanahan as the new Executive Director of the organization. Shanahan officially starts on July 30, 2012 and…

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Robert Branca on the Jeff Katz Radio Show Discussing the Tip-Pooling Amendment in MA

This is a must listen! Robert Branca, a Dunkin’ Donut franchisee in Mass, NY, Ohio and Fla, spoke to Jeff Katz a radio talk show host in the Boston area on AM 1200 this morning (7/19/2012) at 8:30 am. They may have gotten his title wrong but he did a great job in explaining how all the good intentions legislators have and many times it is warranted, can lead to momumental problems for small business owners and in the case of the tip-pooling law in Mass. negatively impact lower wage workers and customers.

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Dunkin’ Donuts Franchisee Deo Braga Earns Chamber Salute

Deo Braga, was honored as Gloucester’s Small Business Man of the Year. Deo left Portugal for the United States in 1981 and embarked upon the American Dream. Starting in the kitchen of a Dunkin’ Donuts in East Boston, the then-20-year-old immigrant quickly baked his way up to position of manager of the Dunkin’ Donuts in Essex, a move which introduced him to Cape Ann, and eventually to Gloucester, where, together with his wife Paula, he would build an entrepreneurial empire estimated today at approximately $20 million and growing.

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Fantastic Sams Franchisee Association Prohibited from Using Collective Arbitration

Fantastic Sams is the franchisor of a chain of hair salons. Fantastic Sams licenses rights to its name to regional owners who, in turn, license salon owners to operate the actual salons. In this case, Fantastic Sams brought action against a nonprofit association of regional franchise owners, seeking to stay collective arbitration for declaratory relief against franchisor’s alleged breaches of contract and violations of the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Act. The regional franchise owners’ association formed in order to promote the interests of Fantastic Sams Regional Owners, and its membership consists solely of those regional owners.

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Maintain the Highest Cleaning, Sanitation & Food Safety Standards with Ecolab

DDIFO knows that every Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owner is heavily invested in and takes pride in food and beverage safety and quality. However, factors like employee turnover, foot traffic and multiple language requirements can make it difficult to maintain consistent cleaning and sanitation standards. Enter DDIFO Sponsor Ecolab, a global company that has worked with Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees for 10 years and is eager to expand these relationships to provide the best cleaning and sanitation solutions.

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GOP Pushes Business Tax Cut through Divided House

Republicans rammed an election-year, $46 billion tax cut for most of America’s employers through the House on Thursday, ignoring a White House veto threat in a debate both parties used to show voters how they would bolster the economy.

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Level Playing Field for Small Business Act of 2012 California Fair Franchising Act

On Tuesday, April 17th, the California Judiciary Committee approved AB 2305, the California Franchising Level Playing Field for Small Business Act of 2012, via a 6 to 3 vote. It now passes to the California Assembly Business, Professions and Consumer Protections Committee for a hearing on April 24. After its approval, it will then later go to the full California Assembly and later, to the State Senate for approval, and on to Gov. Jerry Brown for his approval.

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