There's no doubt computers are here to stay. They're in our homes and businesses, carried in purses and even installed in cars.
With the ubiquity of computers, it comes as no surprise that an entire segment of franchises are serving both business and consumer computer users. In 2001, we recognized the growth of these companies by giving them their own category, divided into Internet Businesses, Tech Training and Miscellaneous Tech Businesses.
"It's obvious we're being forced as a society to get educated on the computer," says Wilkerson. "That's only going to increase."
With that increasing demand, companies like The Fourth R and Computertots/Computer Explorers are teaching everyone from children to businesspeople how to get the most out of computers. For people who are already computer and Web savvy, companies like GlobeNetix provide Internet services, while franchises such as Computer Doctor handle maintenance.