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ENTREPRENEUR AT HEART: Matt Rusconi, second from left, franchise owner of Moe’s Southwest Grill in East Providence, with, from left, Remon Gergis, director of operations; Alyssa Hawksley, shift lead; and Gail Brisson, general manager, as the team prepares food.                                                                                     /   PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Franchisee: Matt Rusconi

Matt Rusconi | Moe’s Southwest Grill | East Providence, South Kingstown and WarwickThe Pitch: Moe’s Southwest Grill offers an extensive menu of Mexican food,...
REWARDING WORK: Joe Lomastro, center, franchise owner of Signarama on Post Road in North Kingstown, with Tom Iacobucci, owner of Sears Hometown Store, and Lauren DeAquair, graphic designer.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Franchisee: Joe Lomastro

Joe Lomastro | Signarama | 6855 Post Road, North KingstownThe pitch: Signarama is a full-service sign company, where custom signs, such as banners or...
CUSTOMER-FOCUSED: Adam Rizzo, left, franchise owner of 1-800 Water Damage, with Aaron Belanger, restoration tech. ­Rizzo said the company is customer-service oriented, geared toward meeting customers’ ­expectations.  
 / PBN PHOTO/Michael Salerno

Franchisee: Adam Rizzo

Franchisee: Adam Rizzo | 1-800 Water Damage | 140 Comstock Parkway, No. 9, CranstonThe Pitch: 1-800 Water Damage offers carpet cleaning, fire/smoke restoration, mold...
CAREER CHANGE: Jose and Lyndsey Pachon, co-owners of Nexus Property Management in Fall River. Jose Pachon was previously a professional poker player, but after being unable to increase his income playing poker locally, he began looking for a career change and developed a business relationship with Nexus founder and CEO Nicholas D’Agnillo, who he met through his poker playing.
 / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Franchisees: Jose and Lyndsey Pachon

Franchisee: Jose and Lyndsey PachonNexus Property Management | 251 South Main St., Fall RiverThe pitch: Nexus Property Management, with a corporate office based in...
CAREER CHANGE: Aurelia Donovan, co-owner of the UPS Store on Mendon Road in Cumberland, at the counter with Thomas Nicholson, associate. Donovan opened the store with members of her family after working in the banking industry for several years. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Franchisee: Aurelia and James Donovan, Irene and Scott Schmitt

Aurelia and James Donovan, Irene and Scott Schmitt UPS Store | 2130 Mendon Road, CumberlandThe pitch: The UPS Store handles packing and shipping of packages,...
MOBILE LOCKSMITH: Joe Carreiro, owner of Pop-a-Lock in Westerly, travels all over the state in his mobile locksmith shop replacing keys and repairing locks for customers.
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Franchisee: Joe Carreiro

Joe Carreiro | Pop-a-Lock | WesterlyThe pitch: Pop-a-Lock is a 24-hour mobile locksmith service offering assistance from unlocking vehicle doors to residential and commercial...
FROM AGENT TO OWNER: Richard Zompa is the owner of four RE/MAX locations in Rhode Island. He is pictured at the North Providence office, which he purchased in 1992.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Franchisee: Richard Zompa

Richard Zompa RE/MAX | Cumberland, North Providence, North Smithfield, SmithfieldThe pitch: RE/MAX recruits and retains experienced real estate agents. Each of the agents at Zompa’s...
NEW ADVENTURE: Wanting to venture out on their own, Bud and Karen McCann purchased the Allegra Marketing – Print – Mail location in Providence last year. The commercial printer provides mailing services and promotional items as well as creates signs and banners.
 / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Franchisee: Bud and Karen McCann

Bud and Karen McCann Allegra Marketing – Print – Mail | | 102 Waterman St., ProvidenceThe pitch: Allegra Marketing – Print – Mail is a...
SECOND CAREER: Steve Eddleston, who used to work as a computer engineer, turned his passion for jogging into a second career. He now owns 14 Planet Fitness locations in Rhode Island and Bristol County, Mass.
 / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

Franchisee: Steve Eddleston

Franchisee: Steve Eddleston Planet Fitness | 14 locations in Rhode Island and Bristol County, Mass.The pitch: Planet Fitness offers a workout environment within a “judgment-free...
BEST DECISION: Liliana V. Dolan, owner of Express Employment Professionals in Warwick, worked as an office manager in a Providence law firm before beginning her own staffing agency and then making it national.
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Franchisee: Liliana V. Dolan

Liliana V. Dolan | Express Employment Professionals | 115 Jefferson Blvd., Suite 5, WarwickThe pitch: Express Employment Professionals offers 24-hour service to clients seeking...
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