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201 GREAT IDEAS for Your SMALL BUSINESS, Third Edition by Jane Applegate

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GREAT 36 IDEA: Franchise Your Business Concept

Maybe you've thought about franchising your business? Even if your business is wildly successful, it may not work well as a franchise. For the inside scoop, I turned to Rammy Harwood, a successful entrepreneur who took his first venture, Cosi, a chain of 80 popular sandwich and coffee bars, public in 2000. He went back to business school for an MBA and, after graduating, launched Kidville, a franchise with about 35 outlets in the United States and abroad.

Harwood said everything changed when his partner, Andy Stenzler, and his wife, Shari, had a baby. When Kylie was six months old, Shari took her to a music class for babies. The class met in the dirty basement of a Fred Astaire dance studio. She ...

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