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TEAM EFFORT: Junk King, located in Cranston, offers full-service furniture and appliance removal. From left, Matthew Rodriguez, manager, and owners Jose Martinez and Joel Martinez.

Franchisee: Jose Martinez

Franchisee: Jose Martinez | Junk King | 5 Murad St., Cranston The pitch: Junk King offers full-service furniture and appliance removal, either for recycling...
GIVING BACK: Cristian Dersidan left a nearly 10-year career in the food service industry to operate a couple of Home Instead Inc. franchises, which provide one-on-one in-home care for senior residents, because he wanted to give something back and help people in the community. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Franchisee: Cristian Dersidan

Cristian Dersidan | Home Instead Inc. | Warwick and North Kingstown The pitch: Home Instead Inc. specializes in direct, one-on-one in-home care for senior residents....
TASTE OF HOME: Wooma Cho, owner of the only Rhode Island bb.q Chicken franchise, which originated in Seoul, South Korea, in 1995, has always wanted to open a restaurant that would showcase her native culture.  / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Franchisee: Wooma Cho

The pitch: Bb.q Chicken Brown is a casual, comfortable dining place that will make you forget you left your own house for dinner. It...
METAL CONVENIENCE: Rumen Dimitrov is the owner and manager of the first Metal Supermarkets store in Rhode Island. The store specializes in small-quantity metal distribution with no minimum order size and features more than 8,000 types of metal. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Franchisee: Rumen Dimitrov

Franchisee: Rumen Dimitrov Metal Supermarkets | 177 Chestnut St., Warwick The pitch: Metal Supermarkets is like a convenience store for metal, where more than 8,000 types...
INCREASING NUMBERS: Richard Cromwell now has more than 400 members and a fleet of 70 boats throughout the four Freedom Boat Club franchises he owns in Rhode Island. He is pictured at the Newport club. / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

Franchisee: Richard Cromwell

Richard Cromwell | Freedom Boat Club | Barrington, Newport, Portsmouth and Warwick The pitch: Freedom Boat Club is a members-only boat club in the United...
SWEET TREATS: Bill Hoffman owns two Kilwins locations on Thames Street in Newport. He opened a second location of the ice cream and candy store in May to expand the brand and capture foot traffic the first store was missing. / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

Franchisee: Bill Hoffman

Franchisee: Bill Hoffman Kilwins | 262 and 359 Thames St., Newport The pitch: A traditional-style confectioner offering high-quality chocolate, fudge, ice cream and assorted candy, with...
DOGGY DAY CARE: Dogtopia co-owners David Giardino, left, and Jennifer Giardino, right, say hello to U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Gretchen Evans and her hearing-service dog, Rusty. The business offers dog day care and boarding services with an emphasis on education, exercise and socialization. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Franchisee: Jennifer and David Giardino

Jennifer and David Giardino Dogtopia | 30 Jefferson Blvd., Warwick The pitch: A day care for dogs that prides itself on cleanliness and safety, offering boarding,...
HEALTHY ALTERNATIVE: Owners John Pisaturo and his wife, Aileen, are excited to open the first Saladworks franchise in Rhode Island, located at 75 Fountain St. in Providence. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Franchisee: John Pisaturo and Aileen Soriano-Pisaturo

John Pisaturo and Aileen Soriano-Pisaturo Saladworks | 75 Fountain St., Providence The pitch: Delivery of a custom-built salad in minutes after walking through the door and...
THROWING DOWN: Bryan and Kim Besse, owners of Stumpy’s Hatchet House in Fall River, toss hatchets in one of the business’s eight throwing pits. Kim Besse says the hatchet-throwing entertainment business hosts single participants, parties and corporate events. /PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Franchisee: Kim and Bryan Besse

Kim and Bryan Besse | Stumpy’s Hatchet House | 75 Ferry St., Fall River The pitch: Stumpy’s Hatchet House is a hatchet-throwing entertainment business...
TOP-NOTCH OPERATION: Neha Patel, franchisee owner of the Primrose School in Mansfield, works with a student. Patel says the school has its own operating style and provides a top-notch educational curriculum for children in a nurturing environment. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Franchisee: Neha Patel

Neha Patel | Primrose School | 201 Copeland Drive, Mansfield The pitch: The Primrose School in Mansfield is a premier early learning education center and...

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