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Brian Carter first saw Wheelchair Getaways, a wheelchair-accessible van rental company, advertised in a disabled services directory in 1995. When Carter, who has spina bifida, called the Versailles, Kentucky, company, he realized it offered more than a transportation solution.

"We help disabled individuals who may feel trapped at home by providing them the opportunity for [business ownership]," explains Stewart Gatewood, president of Wheelchair Getaways, which has 31 franchises in the United States and Puerto Rico.

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