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Bread Winners

Sandwich consumption specialists try their hand at selling subs.

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This story appears in the June 2006 issue of Start Up.

Sanjay Patel and Ron Ackerman were 10 years old when they met. Their friendship continued through high school and college, bonded by similar pasts and shared goals for the future. They both dreamed of owning a business and knew they could make it happen--together. In December 2005, after a year of delays incurred by real estate difficulties and hurricane encounters, they opened their Firehouse Subs franchise, a sub shop, in Lauderhill, Florida.

"We had eaten at Firehouse Subs in Gainesville, where we went to school," says Patel. "We just wanted a product that we believed in. This was it."

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