Matt Shaffer was only 24 years old when he decided to open a franchised Tropical Smoothie Café location in Lititz, Pa. He had been working for his uncle in construction and remodeling and decided that he wanted to run his own business. Together with his mother, Cindy, he formed Shaffer Tropics Inc. and launched the company’s first location in January 2008. The business became even more of a family affair when he invited his 19-year-old brother Cody to help him run it. Now, ...

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