Wanting his own printing business, Todd Fisher chose a franchise over an independent shop because of his industry's fast-evolving technology.
Gina Reullion transformed her PT practice into a franchise model to avoid the "business headaches" corporate competitors gave her.
Andreana Chryssos wants to sell Philadelphia to her franchise's selection of nutritious fruits and vegetables.
Jesse Keyser jumped into franchising first, before taking little brother (and new college grad) Charles under his wing.
Rahul and Rohit Arora worked at Blimpie restaurants as managers for 10 years before making the move to ownership.
With proceeds from their Kona Ice franchise, Ted and Sandra Andrews of Ohio have raised $190,000 for children's and community organizations in Southeast Ohio.
Howard Berkowitz was drawn to the British Swim School when his own son nearly drowned.
Bob Riesenbach imposed certain requirements on himself to escape his "quiet, introverted side" and find small business success.
"When you show up to a gathering with a party tray, you're the favorite person at the event," says David DuCoin of Philly Pretzel Factory's product.
Native Jordanian Omar Bataineh knows, more than most home-grown Americans, about the value of hard work.
"How awesome is it to be able to sell a product you are passionate about?" Quamisha Nelson says of her Smoothie King franchise.
The Little Gym franchise company now offers active duty military a 50 percent discount off the franchise fee.
Geoff Frischman was attracted to Doc Popcorn for its flexibility in the number of locations he could own and for its business support.
Steve Peterson was drawn to Christian Brothers Automotive's own statement of care, about honesty, integrity and reliability.
Jovanny Galarza has prepared to own a construction business ever since he was a little boy, helping his dad around the house.
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