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How a Business-School Grad Became a Successful Franchisee

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This story appears in the September 2011 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »
Dan Lundstedt
Dan Lundstedt
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It's not the most common career path for a college grad, so when Dan Lundstedt told friends and family that he planned to clean grout after graduation, he got a few strange looks. But the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign business student was intent on launching a Sir Grout tile-cleaning franchise. So in March 2008, a few months after commencement, he moved to the north side of Chicago and began scrubbing and sealing tile lines. A little more than three years later, he has two vans, four technicians, a sales staff of two and a lot of happy customers.

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