One day they may have to quit their day jobs. But for now Don DeBolt and his two sons are building up to 12 Sola Salons in the D.C. area, on the side. ‘It's a dream of every father to have a family business,' DeBolt says.
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Remember when no one would hang out with you on the playground in elementary school and you couldn't wait to get home so your dog could make you feel loved? Well, you may now be in a position to return that favor.
Bruce Dean, CEO and co-founder of Black Bear Diner, doesn't believe in grand gestures to grow his restaurant franchise. Rather, he works with people at every level, asking them to think of small steps to create incremental improvement, day in and day out. “It's something I've always believed in,” he says. “How do we take it to the next level?” His is one of 40 insightful responses when Franchise Times set out to learn how the smartest-growing brands in franchising soar above the rest.