Many Franchisees Get Nothing for Their Investment

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The breathless marketing around franchise businesses often makes them out to be surefire moneymakers. Case in point: The website, a resource for prospective franchisees, sent an e-mail yesterday advising recipients to “Just Say No to Savings Accounts”—and to consider parking their savings in a “turn-key” franchise business instead.

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