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Growing Strong

Nothing But Net

According to the latest figures, more than 37 million users are connected to the Internet in North America alone--and half these logged on within the past year. Riding this techno-heavy wave are two innovative franchisors.

First Internet Franchise Corp. in San Clemente, California, offers franchisees the opportunity to become Internet service providers (ISP). With training from the franchisor, franchisees can offer customers local access to the Internet, design and host Web sites, and sell dedicated lines for businesses.

If you're not techno-savvy, not to worry: First Internet manages all the technological aspects so franchisees are free to spend their time marketing the business.

Another company offering Internet franchises is Z Land Inc. in Santa Ana, California. Z Land is not an ISP; rather, it franchises a high-tech Internet product which allows its franchisees to offer local community information and business services on the Internet. Franchisees' Web sites provide everything useful to a community, from Yellow Pages and classifieds to university information. Franchisees also help local businesses create interactive Web pages for online shopping services.

After an intensive four-week training course, Z Land helps franchisees through phone support or in-person visits.

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This article was originally published in the June 1997 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Growing Strong.

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