Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc., the parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, announced that it will host a new educational webinar as part of its Diversity in Franchising Initiative in partnership with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
The goal of the initiative, which was announced at the NAACP’s national convention in July, is to increase the number of franchised businesses owned by people of color in both the quick service restaurant sector and across the spectrum of franchise concepts in today’s marketplace.
In support of this objective, Dunkin’ Brands will host a complimentary Franchising 101 webinar on Thursday, November 6, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. (EDT), in collaboration with the International Franchise Association (IFA) Educational Foundation’s Diversity Institute.
This franchising education session, which is open to all individuals interested in learning about the power of franchising, will provide a thorough overview of the industry, franchising business model, resources, and tips to get started.
“Dunkin’ Brands and the NAACP are excited to work with the IFA Educational Foundation to provide African-Americans and other entrepreneurs with a path to business ownership,” says Grant Benson, CFE and vice president of global franchising and business development for Dunkin’ Brands.
“The IFA is always looking to promote diversity and inclusion within franchising through educational programs and cultivating relationships with key partners around the country,” says Miriam Brewer, CFE and senior director of education and diversity. “We fully support Dunkin’ Brands’ and the NAACP’s mission to grow minority presence within the industry, and are thrilled to participate in the Diversity in Franchising’s first ever Franchising 101 Webinar.”
Dunkin’ Brands also recently participated in Economic Development workshops at the NAACP’s annual state conventions in Michigan, Texas, Florida, California, and Georgia. These workshops, sponsored by NAACP’s Economic Department, are designed to provide resources and tools to NAACP members to encourage economic advancement. Dunkin’ Brands’ involvement helped to raise awareness on the benefits of franchising and highlight existing resources that will help qualified candidates overcome information barriers associated with franchising.
“The attendees at our NAACP state conventions in Michigan, Texas, Florida, California, and Georgia have had a firsthand opportunity to learn more about the Diversity in Franchising Initiative and the power of franchising,” says Dedrick Asante-Muhammad, senior director for NAACP Economic Department. “We’re excited to work with Dunkin’ Brands to continue providing educational resources on the business development opportunities within the franchise sector and the role franchising can play in creating community and economic development opportunities in communities of color.”