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Visiting a Franchise Expo

NPR's Laura Sydell reports on a national convention held in Washington, D.C., this week for people who own franchise businesses, or are hoping to. There are more than 750,000 franchises in the United States, but there are no statistics on how many go out of business each year.

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Laura Sydell fell in love with the intimate storytelling qualities of radio, which combined her passion for theatre and writing with her addiction to news. Over her career she has covered politics, arts, media, religion, and entrepreneurship. Currently Sydell is the Digital Culture Correspondent for NPR's All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Weekend Edition, and