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Smoothie Operator

With 4 successful stores, this juice enthusiast has all the right moves.

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This story appears in the November 2004 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Sam Osborne had enough courage to join the Air Force during wartime, but the thought of working for someone else had him shaking in his boots. After serving in Desert Storm, Osborne pursued a business management degree from Florida State University while running a successful personal training service on the side. During a training session, one of his clients mentioned that he was putting together a smoothie shop franchise business. Osborne saw his opportunity.

Today, Osborne, 32, owns four Tropical Smoothie Café franchises in the Tallahassee, Florida, area. He's also the Orlando/Gainesville area sales developer, assisting new franchisees and inspiring them with his contagious enthusiasm for the company. "Aside from hitting the Powerball lottery," he says, "I couldn't imagine doing anything else."

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