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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These are the franchises you'll be talking about next year, from children's enrichment companies to pizza companies and more.
The companies on Entrepreneur's Franchise 500 list are showing big gains. These are the sectors that are taking the lead.
These international franchises are offering up a world of possibilities.
This category, which includes children's enrichment, fitness, spa and senior care services, is among the fastest growing in the franchise world.
Imagination Yoga uses storytelling to encourage kids to move through a series of yoga positions.
Here are some companies finding new ways to do business.
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.
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.
We bring you the 97 franchises that ranked at the top of their sector in Entrepreneur's 2014 Franchise 500.
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.
These 57 newbies all started franchising in the past five years.
The landscape may still be dominated by big-box gyms, but smaller more niche services are quickly gaining ground.
Fitness, frozen-yogurt and quick service franchises top our annual list.
An editor reflects on her 10 years covering the world of franchising.