Franchisees Turn To Faith-Filled Businesses

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From Reuters.com

CHICAGO (Reuters.com) – The economy is down, 401Ks are ravaged, and once-trusted Blue Chip corporations like General Motors are bankrupt. Who can you trust?

For some newly-minted entrepreneurs trying to carve out a niche for themselves in uncertain times, faith-based franchises are providing the answer. With familiar names like Chick-fil-A, ServiceMaster and Christian Brothers, franchise companies with religious underpinnings offer operators with like-minded beliefs proven business models and an added measure of comfort: a familiar set of core spiritual values.

“I thought that was a really positive aspect,” says Rodney Yie, a former public school principal who opened an Office Pride commercial cleaning franchise in the Denver suburb of Centennial, Colorado a little more than a year ago. “Going into it I had absolute faith that it was the direction I should be going.”

Yie, 37, made the shift to business following a 12-year career in education. After deciding to be his own boss, he picked an Office Pride franchise because the prospects rang true for him – low cost of entry, a seemingly recession-proof sector and a corporate culture where operators openly share their Christian beliefs with each other.

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