100 Years Advocating Restaurants

How time flies!  As we’ve told you before, 2014 marks the 25th Anniversary of DDIFO as an organization representing Dunkin’s Independent Franchise Owners and we’re proud of it.  Out in the mid-west though, the Illinois Restaurant Association is celebrating 100 years of advocacy for the restaurant industry in Illinois.  They too will celebrate their history…

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Chicago Adds $1 Million to Business Microlending

Chicago franchisees should check into the city’s program for microlending to assist small businesses.  Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced this week that he was adding $1 Million to the Chicago Microlending Institute for the lending program.  To date, the city reports having helped some 110 small businesses in Chicago with over $900,000.

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Chaos Is Common Thread As ObamaCare Health Exchanges Open

In this the first week when state health exchanges are open for new enrollments, chaos seems to be one of the few consistencies.   The New York state health exchange opened for business on October 1 and then promptly posted a note on their website explaining that the exchange had been overwhelmed, was having log-in issues…

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Workers Agitated in Select Cities

Those who derive some pleasure from disrupting American commerce and business seem to have set their sights recently on the QSR industry.  QSRweb.com reported last week (along with a number of outlets) that QSR workers in seven different major cities around the country were planning to protest their wages with coordinated employee walkouts this past…

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Avon Hardware, et al v. Ace Hardware

The case of Avon Hardware, et al v. Ace Hardware is an Illinois lawsuit that has been appealed to the Illinois Supreme court. The case stems from a disclaimer in the Ace Hardware Franchise Agreement that states that the franchisee couldn’t rely on anything outside the franchise agreement. In considering the purchase of a franchise,…

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New Laws and Regulations Threaten Franchisee Profitability

DDIFO Working to Leverage Collective Strength to Protect Franchise Owners When this issue went to press, franchisees in New Jersey were looking at a possible 17 percent increase in the state’s minimum wage. In Florida, state regulators are auditing Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees to be sure they are complying with sales tax regulations. And in Illinois,…

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Glenview Dunkin’ Donuts ‘Staked out’ by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan to Support Special Olympics

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan spent a recent morning on a Dunkin’ Donuts rooftop in Glenview, IL, along with several police officers. The Dunkin’ Donuts annual “Cops on the Roof” event benefits the Illinois Special Olympic Games, held each June in Normal, IL. The Illinois Dunkin’ Donuts event raised $243,000 to support the annual games.…

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Illinois Dunkin’ Donuts Franchise Owners Host Local Law Enforcement; Raise $243,000 for Illinois Special Olympics

The Illinois Special Olympics Summer Games held this month in Normal, Illinois, received a big boost from Illinois Dunkin’ Donuts stores. Illinois Dunkin’ Donuts’ Cops on the Roof daylong campaign raised $243,000 to support the cause, crushing 2011’s total of $215,000. The Illinois Special Olympics serves more than 21,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and more…

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Chicago Dunkin’ Donuts Owners Support Law Enforcement’s Special Olympics Torch Run; Mrs. Illinois Lisa Sonnenberg and NBA Star Bill Wennington ‘Stake Out’ Chicago

As Chicago customers popped into the Dunkin’ Donuts at 1519 West Madison for their everyday morning fuel on June 1st, they might have looked up and wondered what on Earth Mrs. Illinois Lisa Sonnenberg and Bulls broadcaster and former NBA great Bill Wennington were doing hanging out together up on the roof with a bunch…

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