02/29/2012 10:57 am ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Denny's Woman Franchise Owner Makes History

"Never be afraid to ask for help or for what you want. You might just get surprised and you might just get it all ... I did." -- Dawn Lafreeda

Dawn Lafreeda successfully opened her own restaurant at the age of 23 and went on to become one of the top franchisees in U.S. history. The entrepreneur now owns 70 of Denny's restaurants in six states (Texas, Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, Arkansas, and Oklahoma).

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