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Franchise businesses will continue to thrive in Maine

  After nearly a year of legislative debate in Maine on LD 1458, the legislature voted last week to reject one of the most harmful pieces of legislation to the franchise industry in recent history. The rejection of this bill marks a continued trend by state legislatures refusing government intrusion into private franchise contracts. These

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Maine Senate Rejects LD 1458’s Minority Report

Today, the Maine Senate voted to strike down LD 1458’s Minority Report by a 24 to 10 vote. This bipartisan decision ensures franchise businesses can continue to operate without unnecessary government intrusion into private contracts, consumers will continue to receive products and services from Maine’s 3,600 franchise businesses and prospective franchisees will be able to

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Dunkin’ Donuts, Dairy Queen set sights on Ellsworth

View original article here. ELLSWORTH, Maine — Two well-known retail food firms have submitted plans to open new locations in Hancock County’s largest municipality. Dairy Queen is looking to build a new “Grill & Chill” restaurant on High Street, and a Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owner is looking to open another store in Ellsworth on a

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Jack Crawford, President of Maine based Ground Round Independent Owners Cooperative, expresses his concerns with LD 1458

March 13, 2014 To:  Maine House of Representatives My name is Jack Crawford, a Franchisor and President of Ground Round Independent Owners Cooperative (IOC), based here in Freeport, Maine.  Over my 33 years of experience in this industry, I have led large and small organizations, independent and franchised, at times as a franchisor, and as

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Bill Buckley, “Franchise owner ‘protections’ will hurt a rare bright spot in today’s economy”

To view the Op-ed please click here. By Bill Buckley, Special to the BDN Posted March 18, 2014, at 2:32 p.m. Everyone knows that changing the rules in the middle of the game is unfair. It punishes those who have been abiding by the rules, but, worse, it discourages others from even joining the game. With the Maine economy

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LD 1458, A Solution in Search of a Problem that does not Exist

  Dear Assemblymembers, On behalf of franchisees, franchisors and Maine-based business organizations including the Maine Restaurant Association, Retail Association of Maine, Maine Innkeepers Association, Maine Association of REALTORS and the Maine Energy Marketers Association, we respectfully urge the legislature to support the bipartisan, bicameral majority report of LD 1458 and to reject the minority report of

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Peter Anastos, Owner & Co-founder of Maine Course Hospitality Group, Expresses his Concerns with LD 1458 in a Letter to the Maine Assembly

March 12, 2014 Maine House of Representatives 2 State House Station Augusta, ME 04333 Members of the House of Representatives: As a hotel franchisee in Freeport, I am writing to urge you to oppose LD 1458, an Act to Enact the Maine Small Business Investment Protection Act due to the negative impact it would have

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Maine Franchise Owners Group Raises More Questions than Answers

In “Support Maine franchise owners with these four basic protections,” (March 11), Ed Wolak states that Iowa outperformed adjacent states in terms of franchise business growth in the period from 2004 to 2007 after passage of an Iowa franchise law. But the data used in this piece actually raises more questions than answers. To fabricate

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Overview – Auto Dealer Laws v. Franchise Laws

View pdf here and infographic here. • The automobile dealership laws have traditionally been treated differently by legislatures because the nature of the automobile dealer industry is very different from the nature of franchises in general. In fact, many states have enacted auto dealership laws which do not apply at all to other types of

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The Facts About Maine LD 1458

By Matt Haller, IFA Since its inception last year, LD 1458, the inaptly named “Maine Small Business Investment Protection Act,” and its proponents have unfortunately misled both the public and legislators. Here’s what the bill would really do if passed: Change The Rules In The Middle of the Game LD 1458 throws existing contracts into

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