Kansas City Star:

When local resident Michele Merhib left her job in corporate America to pursue a more satisfying career, her goal was to create a great working environment for herself, her employees and her customers. She went back to school, became a certified massage therapist and set up shop in Aurora, Colo. Merhib gave little thought to the idea of growing a big business. But then came success, a second location, and soon she was looking for a way to franchise.

Today, Merhib is the founder of Elements Therapeutic Massage, one of the fastest-growing franchises in America with 77 studios across the country. And her great working environment is about to double in size at home as the franchise looks to Colorado to expand even further. Read more.