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Black-owned franchises earn 2.2 times more than Black-owned independent businesses on average


Companies with stronger ethnic and cultural diversity were 22% more likely to out-perform companies lacking ethnic and cultural diversity


Franchising offers a unique entrepreneurial avenue for under-resourced people of color across the country, with nearly a 26% minority ownership rate as compared to just 17% of non-franchised small businesses


Roadshow Talks Capital and Diversity in Maryland

In August, the Open for Opportunity Roadshow headed to Maryland to visit local business owners and have in-depth conversations on access to capital and today’s workfoce. Starting in Capitol Heights,…

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Sanna Shere, Burger King – California

  Sanna Shere’s father immigrated to the U.S. in 1978 with the dream of owning his own business. She says he came here with only $5 in his pocket hoping…

Meet Sanna Shere

Barbara Elliot, Decorating Den – Georgia

Barbara Elliott was working for one of the largest accounting firms in the U.S. but wanted to try something different. She always had a passion for interior design, so she…

Meet Barbara Elliot

Open for Opportunity Takes on Atlanta

Following a successful trip to South Florida, the Open for Opportunity roadshow headed to metro Atlanta, the franchising capital of the U.S., where more brands are headquartered than any other…

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Azim Saju, HDG Hotels – Ocala, FL

Being a part of the franchise community is deeply personal for Azim Saju. His family came to the United States from Kenya in 1972. While his parents worked hard to…

Meet Azim Saju

Jyoti Sarolia, Ellis Hospitality – Temecula, CA

To Jyoti Sarolia, the American dream was always to own a home. When her family immigrated to America, her parents worked for many years to make this dream a reality.…

Meet Jyoti Sarolia

Ruth Agbaji, Code Wiz – Westford, MA

Ruth Agbaji taught herself to code in Nigeria in the early 1990’s. She wanted an opportunity to escape the violence in her country and coding provided her with this chance.…

Meet Ruth Agbaji