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Repair With Care

Provide customers with convenient, on-site service and a cost-effective alternative to purchasing new materials with your new Creative Colors International Inc. upholstery repair and color restoration franchise.

Along with training manuals, videos and a toll-free support number, Creative Colors will provide you with a two-week training course at its headquarters in Tinley Park, Illinois (hotel fee not included). You'll also receive an additional week of training in your protected territory, where consultants from Creative Colors will help you obtain new accounts.

A full-time, homebased business that requires minimal overhead, a Creative Colors franchise costs $17,500, plus $7,000 for supplies and equipment. When you purchase a mobile unit--a white minivan--your total investment will range from $40,000 to $45,000. A 6-percent royalty fee, based on annual gross sales, will be charged after the first 30 days of purchase.

From Creative Colors International Inc., Tinley Park, IL. For information, call (800) 933-2656.

Kiss Your Stamps Goodbye

By Jessica Hale

The Personal Post Office is a sleek, stand-alone, desktop postage meter that can weigh, classify and print up to 10 envelopes per minute. And with its built-in modem, you can refill postage 24 hours a day with a 30-second, toll-free call.

Mail Marketer is a CD-ROM tutorial that will guide you through the process of creating the perfect direct mailing for your business. Once you've created your mailing, send it to Pitney Bowes and let their DirectNet Mailing Service print, fold, insert, address, seal, meter and mail it for you. How's that for full service?

Because of U.S. Postal Service regulations, the Personal Post Office can't be purchased, but it is available for a lease price of $19.75 per month plus the price of postage. Mail Marketer, free when you lease Personal Post Office, can be purchased alone for a suggested retail price of $59.95.

From Pitney Bowes Inc., Stamford, CT. For more information, call (800) 5-PITNEY.

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