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Friendly Franchising

You know 'em. You trust 'em. Why not start a business with 'em?

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This story appears in the June 2001 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Ah, the lemonade stand-the first beacon of the entrepreneurialspirit, bringing playmates together in pursuit of profits and theAmerican dream. It's a heartwarming memory . . . until youthink of the best friend turned bossy partner that soured thedeal.

For franchisees Pam Chesney, 44, and Jill Kurowski, 39, it'sdifferent. The two friends opened their first Jersey Mike'ssubmarine-sandwich franchise in 1998 in Nashville, Tennessee.They've since added a second location and plan to open a thirdthis fall. Against conventional advice warning against partneringwith friends, they've found business success with theirfriendship. "This is someone you'll have to work withevery day. It's crucial that you really like and trustthem," says Kurowski.

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