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Trading the Corporate World for Franchise Ownership

From the corporate world to franchise ownership -- how business owners make the transition.

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Bobby Pancake and Steve Wheat, owners of a Buffalo Wild Wings franchise.

Photography by David Lang

Opening a franchise for the first time is a daunting business for anyone. Add a move halfway across the country, a 70- to 80-hour work schedule with little or no pay, the death of a partner and you have a recipe for franchise disaster.

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