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Looking for a way to speed up the franchise growth curve? In an aggressive move toward expansion, -based ProForma Inc. is encouraging its franchisees to consider through a research database that connects its franchisees with who are looking to sell or who may be enticed to phase out their businesses over a short time. A distributor of document, multimedia and , ProForma has added a mergers and acquisitions department to keep up with the leads.

"We don't have any company-owned [units], so we aren't buying anyone out ourselves," says Al Miano, chief communications officer. "We're playing matchmaker." ProForma encourages franchisees by doing the research for them, training them on handling acquisitions, and providing the needed to buy other businesses.

The company has facilitated 16 acquisitions since 1997 and is looking to complete at least 80 more in 1998.

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ProForma Inc., (800) 825-1525, http://www.proforma.com

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