5/26/2009

Kim Heinz left a job she'd held for 20 years to start a BounceU franchise in Florida with her husband. "In this economy, the only way we felt we could secure our future was to become our own business owners," she said. BounceU and United Franchise Group are among the franchises generating interest in the industry. "Well-qualified people are getting laid off midcareer, and they decide they want to go into business themselves," said International Franchising Association spokeswoman Alisa Harrison.

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