ROC Front Targets Tipped Wage

One Fair Wage, the wholly-owned non-profit political arm of the Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) that is backed (and financed?) by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is now bringing pressure on company stockholders to eliminate tip credits. Through stockholders, including the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica and the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed…

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Registered for CFA Lobby Day Yet?

The Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) Lobby Day Forum, planned for June 22 in Washington DC, offers business leaders like Dunkin’ franchise owners from across the footprint a great opportunity to dig deeper into the issues that most affect your operations – and your bottom line! Why not register now to attend this year’s event…

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Upcoming CFA Events

It’s time to take out your calendars and make sure you’re clear to attend the next CFA Webinar that DDIFO will host on Monday, April 4, 2022. Always a critically important and timely subject, “Encroachment and Cannibalization in Franchising” will begin promptly at 1:00 EDT and will feature preeminent franchisee attorney, Robert Zarco, founding partner…

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Tipped Wage Again Heading to Ballot

Proponents of Initiative 82 in the District of Columbia have submitted 34,000 voter signatures – over 8,000 more than required – to place the ballot initiative on the June primary ballot eliminating the tipped wage in the Nation’s Capital and forcing employers to pay the full DC minimum wage beginning in 2027. Currently, the minimum…

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DC Presence Critical

Reading our comments regularly in Small Regular No Sugar! explaining issues at play in Washington DC and the tremendous impact they can have on small business owners across our country, underscores the need for franchisees and other small business owners to be active in the Nation’s Capital. Since we can’t always get to DC ourselves…

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Help on the Way?

While Congress fiddles and diddles with (hopefully) another Coronavirus relief package, some cities and states are using funds received from the earlier federal relief bills to craft grants to help small businesses recover from the economic effects of the pandemic shutdowns. As one case in point, we noted Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser is launching…

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What’s Brewing: Ad Tax Threats, Property Tax Hikes, Sales Tax

The last five months have been a trying time for Dunkin’ franchise owners and quick-service restaurants across the country. Now operators face a new threat to their bottom lines: cash-hungry city and state governments. Facing huge budget deficits in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic – and the harsh blow it has delivered to the…

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Pandemic Puts Pressure on Urban Locations

On a typical weekday, any Dunkin’ in an urban setting would be bustling: walkers, commuters awaiting public transportation, tourists, and students would populate the register lines while the plan-ahead types would breeze in and out of the mobile pickup station. But since the COVID-19 pandemic first prompted shutdowns across the U.S. in March, urban franchisees…

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DC Rethinks Impact, Rejects Advertising Tax

Just a few weeks ago, the Washington DC City Council seemed hell-bent on balancing its municipal budget on the backs of already suffering businesses, but at long last, common sense has apparently prevailed. The DC Council approved a $16.8 billion budget for FY 2021 this week and in doing so, abandoned a new 3 percent…

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Outside COVID-19, More New Mandates

Although most businessmen and women during the past three months of the coronavirus pandemic have rightly focused on keeping their business operating or how to get their business back in operation when the shutdown ends, some in government have continued to focus their energies on what new dictates they can legislate on others. Washington DC…

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