From Childhood Friends to Franchised Business Partners

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Seth McKennon and JoBen Barkey met each other as children in Peru, living in a town called Pucallpa as their parents worked as missionaries. They've stayed friends over the years and, about a decade ago, decided to go into business together. Today, they are franchisees of seven Soccer Shots territories and six Bar-B-Clean territories. Here's what they've learned.

Name: Seth McKennon and JoBen Barkey

Franchise(s) owned (location): Bar-B-Clean (Three territories in South Orange County, Cal