11/3/2008

When his employer, Delphi Corp., filed for bankruptcy, Bernie Howard switched gears and opened a BrightStar Healthcare franchise. As the economy continues to lose jobs, thousands of people like him are opening franchises. "When you buy a franchise, you are buying a proven system, marketing and advertising that you don't get when you are starting out on your own," the International Franchise Association's Alisa Harrison said.

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