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After a Brush With Shark Tank Fame, This Woman Closed Her Business for Her Dream Franchise

A small-business owner took her original plan to Shark Tank before scrapping it and buying a franchise.

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Bianca Bahri grew up in the franchising world. Her parents owned multiple H&R Block units, and her family's community -- Catholic Iraqi immigrants in the Detroit area -- was full of entrepreneurs who had used franchising as a way to get settled in America. "It's all I've ever known," she says. But after she went to business school, she couldn't find a franchise that matched her passions. She's a fitness fanatic, and she wanted to help women who felt uncomfortable working out in front of men. So she decided to strike out on her own.

Chris DeLorenzo
Bianca Bahri in her element.

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