Thanks to meticulous planning and attention to detail, the first Edible Arrangements store in East Haven, Conn., made a profit in its first year. When the time came to start franchising, founder Tariq Farid started all over with a second store, using it to document step-by-step the process of opening a new location. Again, the planning paid off, with Edible Arrangements racking up more than $19 million in revenue at its 883 stores last year.

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