Extending the Front Lines of Franchising

These businesses now employ 18 million doing everything from plant care to elderly care, and appeal to financiers and average Janes alike

When most people think of a franchise business, fast food comes to mind. Franchising, however, long ago grew beyond the burger and fried-chicken shops dotting America's landscape. Today franchise concepts span 75 different product and service sectors, including such disparate businesses as auto-repair shops, children's art centers, and fitness clubs. The franchising business model has turned into a major economic engine -- one that's providing increasing opportunity for companies and individual entrepreneurs alike.

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