Tracy Stapp Herold

Tracy Stapp Herold

Tracy Stapp Herold is the special projects editor at Entrepreneur magazine. She works on franchise and business opportunity stories and listings, including the annual Franchise 500.

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Our Top Food Franchises
Franchises

Our Top Food Franchises

Quick-service and full-service restaurants plus retail food businesses accounted for over one quarter of our top franchises for 2014, proving that food franchises are a healthy business.
A Franchise Leader on the Benefits and Challenges of Multi-Unit Ownership
Franchises

A Franchise Leader on the Benefits and Challenges of Multi-Unit Ownership

He started his life in franchising at age 14, mopping floors at a Burger King. Today, Aziz Hashim owns 35 franchises and employs 700 people.
The Top Franchise in Every Industry
Franchises

The Top Franchise in Every Industry

We bring you the 97 franchises that ranked at the top of their sector in Entrepreneur's 2014 Franchise 500.
Our Top Homebased Franchises, No Office Space Required
Franchises

Our Top Homebased Franchises, No Office Space Required

Lower startup costs -- sixty of these homebased companies can be started for less than $50,000 -- are just part of the reason for these businesses' popularity.
Introducing Entrepreneur's Top New Franchises to Watch
Franchises

Introducing Entrepreneur's Top New Franchises to Watch

These 57 newbies all started franchising in the past five years.
Punching Above Its Weight, the Boutique Fitness Franchise Trend Is Taking Off
Franchises

Punching Above Its Weight, the Boutique Fitness Franchise Trend Is Taking Off

The landscape may still be dominated by big-box gyms, but smaller more niche services are quickly gaining ground.
Entrepreneur's Franchise 500: The Fastest-Growing Companies
Franchises

Entrepreneur's Franchise 500: The Fastest-Growing Companies

Fitness, frozen-yogurt and quick service franchises top our annual list.
3 Lessons Learned From a Decade in Franchising
Franchises

3 Lessons Learned From a Decade in Franchising

An editor reflects on her 10 years covering the world of franchising.
The Key to Understanding a Company's FDD
Franchises

The Key to Understanding a Company's FDD

Thinking of investing? Check out these three critical sections of the franchise disclosure document first.
The Top 5 Franchise Industries to Watch
Franchises

The Top 5 Franchise Industries to Watch

The companies in our Franchise 500 are showing dramatic gains. Here are the sectors that are leading the charge.
75 Franchises Helping Pay Back Veterans
Franchises

75 Franchises Helping Pay Back Veterans

Around 64,000 veterans started careers in franchising in recent years. That's due in no small part to franchisors ramping up their efforts to recruit veterans, who many consider ideal franchisees than
Franchises

807 Franchise Opportunities

Ready to be your own boss? Check out our list of available franchises and business opportunities.
How the Cruise Industry Can Overcome its Reputation Problem
Franchises

How the Cruise Industry Can Overcome its Reputation Problem

The cruise industry is awash in bad publicity. But franchisees have the resources needed to weather the storm.
Top Franchises You Can Launch for Less Than $50,000
Franchises

Top Franchises You Can Launch for Less Than $50,000

You don't have to break the bank to get started in franchising. Check out our list of the top businesses you can launch for less than $50,000.
Franchises

200 Top Global Franchises

Our top global franchises are primed for growth.
Top Food Franchises of 2013
Franchises

Top Food Franchises of 2013

Restaurants or other food-related businesses represent a large portion of our franchise 500 ranking. Here is a list of the 122 food-related companies by category.
10 Growing Franchise Industries
Franchises

10 Growing Franchise Industries

From old standards like hamburgers and fitness to up-and-coming categories like children's entertainment, these 10 industries are attracting new entrepreneurs and consumers.
Top Franchises in Every Industry
Franchises

Top Franchises in Every Industry

Our list of the franchises that are best in class.
10 Promising New Franchises
Franchises

10 Promising New Franchises

These small franchises with distinctive concepts show signs of growth.
The Startup Bringing Video Games into the Real World
Technology

The Startup Bringing Video Games into the Real World

The video game of the future just might remind you of toys of the past. Sifteo cubes give tactile appeal to technology.
227 Franchise Opportunities For Less Than $50,000
Franchises

227 Franchise Opportunities For Less Than $50,000

Franchise opportunities in almost every industry imaginable, from automotive services to food to senior care -- and all of them can be started for less $50,000.
Top 100 Homebased Franchises
Franchises

Top 100 Homebased Franchises

Want a business you can feel comfortable with, minus the cost of a storefront or office? These franchises may be just what you're looking for.
Common Franchise Terms Explained
Franchises

Common Franchise Terms Explained

Before you look into the benefits of opening your own franchise, it helps to know the terminology. We put together this cheat sheet of the most common -- and most important -- words you'll need to und
Top 10 New Franchises
Franchises

Top 10 New Franchises

A variety of fresh concepts are livening up franchising.
The Fastest Growing Franchises for 2013
Franchises

The Fastest Growing Franchises for 2013

Quick-serve, senior-care and cleaning firms dominate our list of the fastest-growing franchises.
How to Name a Franchise
Franchises

How to Name a Franchise

What's in a name? When it comes to franchising, a lot of goofy stuff.
What's Ahead for Franchising in 2013: Slow and Steady Toward Recovery
Franchises

What's Ahead for Franchising in 2013: Slow and Steady Toward Recovery

The franchise industry is cautiously optimistic about the year ahead after a 2012 that saw growth for the first time since 2008.
The Demographic Trends Driving Growth in Franchising
Franchise 500

The Demographic Trends Driving Growth in Franchising

Companies that target specific populations are a major force in the franchising upswing.
Consignment Store Franchise Grows From a Mom's Needs
Franchises

Consignment Store Franchise Grows From a Mom's Needs

Just Between Friends clothing store franchise grows from filling needs for family and friends.
10 New Franchises to Watch
Franchises

10 New Franchises to Watch

At the recent West Coast Franchise Expo, we talked to new franchises whose products and services range from sweet potato fries to temporary body art. Here are 10 to watch.
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