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Who's going to do it? ...billion-dollar businesses in need of inventors!

Franchising is about perfecting systems

between the franchiser and their franchisees

Carrollton, Texas: This week's story began on the back of a paper napkin around a discussion over breakfast. You can hear them, "We can do this! What we are waiting for? We're not getting any younger." They applied new technologies before anyone else did. Then they were early adopters of the web (and it's now the backbone of their business). This is a story about how high tech meets high touch.

This story begins in 1985 when Gary Salomon saw how a computer was being used to make high-quality signs in hours instead of days. He jumped at the opportunity to build a business offering this service internationally. Today his company, FastSigns, is America’s leading sign company with over 500 locations worldwide.

Gary has been honored time and again for their work in the franchise industry. First, he received the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award and then went on to be recognized by his peers:
» 2005 Franchise Update magazine’s annual STAR
» 2000 Entrepreneur International magazine's Top 200
» 1999 Entrepreneur magazine's #1 Sign Franchise

The first thing we learn from Gary is that you do not have to invent a product to own it. When Gary first saw the technology he is using today, he struck a deal with the inventor; he learned how to use it; and with vision and sweat equity, he now dominates his marketplace.  More...


Inventions stir economies

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The stars of this television show

All the people who appear as the stars of this television show are recommended (1) by their community for their integrity and (2) by their industry for their creativity and courage. Our national sponsors -- from IBM, USPS, Verizon, Microsoft, D&B, Travelers, Business Week, and many others -- have paid for everything.

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Every crisis should stimulate our imaginations, creativity, and motivations.

Entrepreneurs do not wait for somebody else to do it. They just do it themselves. They take on the big challenges and are not afraid that others will think they are stupid, crazy, or simply a fool. It is so much easier to say, "That's impossible" or "That can't be done."

So what are you waiting for? Do you have that special genius?*

The energy crisis? Think about harnessing energy in new ways. Breakthroughs will come.
Clean water crisis? Create pure water from the a simple bonding of hydrogen and oxygen.
Clean air crisis? Work on the first two and this one gets mitigated along the way!
Garbage crisis. Evolve recycling and sanitary landfills as Ecology Mountains for work and play.
Open-space crisis. Create wide connectors over superhighways for wildlife and nature trails.
Global warming. We will do all of the above and global warming will be a thing of the past.
Fanaticism. Grasp a deeper insight into the foundations of religions and the sciences then become an ambassador to the nations. Fanatics, severely limited intellectually, can be redeemed.

There will be more about each of these crises within the section of the website that talks about going from $0 to over $1 Billion in less than a lifetime. More...


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There are always four paths to walk and eight steps to climb:

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Start a Business

He started on his kitchen table and today his business is recognized as one of the world's best industrial design firms. They are driven by their knowledge that every idea and every product can be improved.

Key Question: How do I start a business?"

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Grow a Business

Meet the people who invented the Ping Putter.
John Solheim and his father, Karsten, started this business in their garage when John was in high school. The rest is now history!

Key Question: What is a path for growth?

Buy a Business
She bought the ugly duckling nobody wanted.
The location was losing money, but she nurtured her little Chevrolet dealership to health. Everybody gasped; her duckling had become the most beautiful swan in the country! Read Pamela Rodgers' story... how she failed twice and then came back to win.

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Sell a Business
Biosite medical diagnostic devices save lives
and healthcare dollars. The industry said, "It couldn't be done." Colleagues said, "It's a stupid idea." They pushed forward, got venture money, did an IPO, and were doing over $250M in sales when acquired by a customer (and much larger company).

Learn all eight possible ways to leave your lover!

Key Question: Who is the best buyer?

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