Daring and Doughnuts: Immigrant goes from Baker to Business Mogul

Nancy Gaines of Gloucester Times reports that from a start as an immigrant baker in East Boston, Deo Braga has risen to one of Gloucester’s leading business owners, with coffee shops, gas stations, a restaurant, real estate, commercial and personal holdings worth an estimated $20 million, with more on the whiteboard.

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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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Frozen Doughnuts Day in Court

Christine Dobby of the Financial Post reports that Doughnuts are an emotional food for Canadians. When Tim Hortons Inc. made a franchise-wide decision to ditch fresh-baked methods in favour of microwaving pre-cooked baked goods in-store, many people took it hard. Even company co-founder Ron Joyce, who sold the majority of his stake in the company in…

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Dunkin’ Donuts Franchisee fills holes in Southwest Florida

Naplesnews.com reports that Southwest Florida residents will soon have more places to fuel up. Marco Island resident Jim Grifoni owns seven Dunkin’ Donuts in Collier County and part of Lee County and plans to have between three and four new stores operational by the start of the restaurant season. Grifoni bought the development rights to…

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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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Join the Ride

Seacoastonline reports that when Durval Salema’s legs are aching and his body is tired while pedaling his bicycle up steep training hills, he looks down at the photograph of his son Trevor taped to his bike. Seeing this photograph motivates him to continue.

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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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