27 Million and Counting: Jason Franklin, Sportiqe

Meet Jason Franklin, the founder of Sportiqe, a Tempe, Ariz.-based designer and manufacturer of casual apparel, including officially licensed NBA and NCAA gear.

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Starting your own business is a noble -- not to mention exciting, rewarding and often crazy -- undertaking. The experience is an adventure, to say the least, and no two entrepreneurial paths are exactly the same, whether they result in fame and fortune or just a few hard knocks.

There are an estimated 27 million small businesses in the United States. And 27 Million and Counting is our attempt to capture as many of these unique, only-in-America success stories as we can. The premise is simple -- we give entrepreneurs 60 seconds to share their stories, in their own words. We hope they will inspire, inform and maybe make you laugh. This is Jason's story.

Name: Jason Franklin
Company: Sportiqe
Location: Tempe, Ariz.
Website: www.sportiqe.com
Fun Fact: Chicago Bulls All-Star Scottie Pippen drove Jason to his first date in a Ferrari. Jason was 15 at the time and worked as a Bulls ball boy.

A good sport: Jason Franklin's Sportiqe now has apparel licensing deals with the NBA and NCAA.

Tags: 27 Million and Counting, apparel, Jason Franklin, NBA, NBA apparel, NCAA, sporting goods, Sportiqe, Sportique, sports apparel, starting a business, starting a t-shirt company, t-shirts, team apparel, vintage apparel, vintage clothes

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