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Balancing Act

The kids may keep them busy, but these franchisees make sure they're hands-on owners.

This story appears in the March 2008 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Ann Hasselberger began working at a Nature's Table Cafe 18 years ago while still in high school, serving soup, sandwiches, wraps and smoothies. There she met her future husband and business partner, Dave, who was then an assistant manager. The pair went on to work at the 's corporate headquarters, where they helped many others open Nature's Table locations before deciding to try their hands at owning one themselves. In 2001, they opened a Nature's Table Cafe in an office building in , , and have since opened three more, including two locations in strip malls in their hometown of St. Cloud, Florida.

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