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Taking the Plunge

This entrepreneur went from Babies 'N' Bells employee to Babies 'N' Bells operator.

By Devlin Smith

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When her youngest child started going to school full time,Kellie Schatz faced a daunting task: She needed to get a job thatwould bring in extra income and also work around her threechildren's school and sports schedules.

In 2000, Schatz, 36, started working for a Babies 'N'Bells franchisee, helping the homebased entrepreneur with her babyand wedding announcement business. When her boss moved away, Schatzsaw it as the perfect opportunity to have her own business andbought the franchise she had been working in as well as another newfranchise.

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