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Dairy Divas

Dairy Queen franchise

This story appears in the July 2000 issue of Business Start-Ups magazine.

Forget the millennium. New Year's '99 was much more momentous for Carrie Gross and Debbie Paszyc. After all, January 1, 1999, was the day they became the proud owners of three Augusta, Maine-area Dairy Queens.

Gross, 24, and Paszyc, 26, have a long history with Dairy Queen; both worked part time for one Augusta store when they were 14, continued working there through college and eventually became assistant managers. After earning a business degree from the University of Maine, Farmington, Gross left Dairy Queen to work for an insurance company; Paszyc, who majored in elementary education at the University of Maine, Orono, became a junior high school teacher.

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