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Primo Destinations has developed a model

to bring franchising to the luxury vacation rental market.

By Tim O’Connor

After years of success in the Florida market, Bob Dickhaus wants to turn his model for vacation home rentals into a national brand. The best path to do so, he believes, is through franchising.

Dickhaus is the founder of Primo Destinations, a vacation rental company focused on luxury properties in resort communities.


Window Gang enjoys steady growth in its franchise business in 20 states and 1,600 cities. 

By Kat Zeman

With more than two decades of experience in the franchising business, Tim McCullen believes he’s developed a system for success. He founded Window Gang in 1986 and started franchising about 10 years later. Today, his nationally recognized exterior cleaning company has more than 200 franchises throughout 20 states and in more than 1,600 cities.

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The Human Bean coffee drive-thru is expanding its franchise business.

By Kat Zeman

Dan Hawkins takes life one cup at time. When it comes to coffee, he knows how to espresso himself. There’s Columbian, Costa Rican and even a blend from Tanzania. So many blends, so little time.

As one of the founders of The Human Bean, a Medford, Ore.-based drive-thru coffee franchisor, he believes that coffee and human beings are like two beans in pod.

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Liberty Tax Service CEO John Hewitt believes a happy franchisee makes for happy customers.

By Tim O’Connor

When John Hewitt was developing the first computerized tax preparation software for an Apple computer in the early-1980s he began envisioning the path of his company. He wanted to understand what separated the hugely successful companies – the Walmarts – from their competitors.

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Residential cleaning franchise MaidPro offers franchisees proven systems,

a positive culture and a flexible operation.

By Jim Harris

In the years since MaidPro co-founder and co-owner Richard Sparacio helped start the company, he has learned the many upsides of the residential cleaning industry. When he first entered the industry, though, the idea of starting such a company didn’t seem to be the most exciting franchising opportunity.

“As I talk to people in other businesses about what they do, the advantages of home cleaning as a franchise opportunity become clearer and clearer to me,” he says.

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