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All the Right Moves

These franchisees packed up their homes and their previous careers to pursue small-business success in new cities

This story appears in the July 2011 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

After retiring from Cisco Systems and spending several years working as a private technology consultant in the Denver area, Stan Kramer was ready for a low-tech investment. A friend who had been an angel investor in the quick-serve burrito franchise Qdoba couldn't stop talking about the money he was making from the restaurant. Kramer liked what he was hearing and bought into the concept in 2004.

The problem was, there were no territories left near his home, so he opted to open six stores in and around Portland, Ore.

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