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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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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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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Franchisee Bill of Rights Highlights Need for Fairness

When franchisee association leaders gathered in Washington last month for the 2011 CFA Day Forum, they were witness to an important piece of franchising history. For months leading up to the June 22 meeting, members of the Fair Franchising subcommittee worked to draft a groundbreaking document, the Universal Franchisee Bill of Rights. Before a conference room of approximately 100 people, the document was read publicly for the first time—by none other than Benjamin Franklin.

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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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Bill of Rights for Franchisees Now Ratified

Blue MauMau — Some of America’s largest franchise groups formally ratified a franchisee bill of rights on Friday, June 3. The intent of the document is to spell out a framework of a mutually beneficial relationship between franchisor and franchisee. Hospitality, restaurant, convenience store, automotive services and scores of other sectors that franchise are anticipated to be eventually impacted by these franchising standards.

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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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