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Former New York Times Pressman Worked Out a Strong Career Change in Mid-Life With Retro Fitness

At 38, Warren De Stefano said goodbye to newspapers and hello to a unique gym franchise, helping disabled military veterans along the way.
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This Woman Brought a German Franchise to South Carolina With Wunderbar Results

Jean Brodnax-Martin discovered Vom Fass in Europe and, along with her husband, was quick to become a franchisee when the company expanded to the states.
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Coffee Runs Deep in This Franchisee's Veins. No, Really, It Does.

More than two decades ago, Ross Drever took over the world's first Gloria Jean's Coffees franchise. Its founder, in 1986, was his dad.
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From Anheurser-Busch Sales Rep to Restaurateur, This Man Has Made a Career of Wings and Beer

Long-time franchisee Brent Weaver of North Carolina started out in sales for the beer giant before opening his own East Coast Wings & Grill 12 years ago.
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Why Opening a Kumon Center Was an Educational Experience for Former Teacher

After seeing her daughter's skills improve with Kumon tutoring, this math teacher was inspired to become a franchisee for the company.
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Downsizing, Death, Divorce and Debt Are the 4 'D's' of This Estate-Sales Franchise

Two North Carolina sisters found Blue Moon the perfect solution to their twin passions: treasures and trinkets, and tots -- especially the five they're mothers to.
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How the Printing Biz Was a Better Deal for This U.S. Military Veteran

Greg Kingsbury of Arizona is thriving as a franchisee with Better Deal Printing, a company uniquely positioned to give back to the veteran community.
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How a Love of Travel Took This Man From Drummer to Franchisee

Through Expedia CruiseShipCenters, franchisee Jon Harvill is helping others to experience his passion for new places.
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This Franchisee Doesn't Mind That Her Recruiting Task Never Ends

Tracey Hamilton of Minneapolis recruits hospitality managers. But her best recruits have been her own two daughters.
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Pennsylvania Woman Drops Corporate Career to Open an iDropped Repair Shop

Dawn Heller was drawn to the iDropped franchise because of its quick turn-around time and her own background in technology and business.
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This Franchisee Turned His After-School Job Into a Business

Amol Kohli has been working in the restaurant industry since he was 15. Now, as an adult, he's a restaurant franchisee. Here's how he climbed the ladder.
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The Açaí Berry: Combining Powerhouse Nutrition with Powerhouse Business

Vitality Bowls franchisees David and Irene Tang brought to Indianapolis the açaí bowls they first fell in love with, in Maui.
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Arizona Couple Helps Hundreds Burn Calories at Their 7 Orangetheory Fitness Studios

Travis and Becky Renner have survived the struggles of being both married and business partners in their pursuit to bring a cutting-edge workout program to communities in Arizona and Kansas.
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This Franchisee 'Fell in Love' With Her Product, and Minnesota Is Following Suit

Mary Bigler was a fan of Maui Wowi Hawaiian before she was a franchisee. Today, her enthusiasm has only grown.
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This B2B Franchisee and Former Baseball Manager Believes He Hit One Out of the Park

Bill Papierniak was a minor league general manager in Richmond, Va. Today, the deals he's inking are with Cartridge World.