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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.

30 Recent Stories

Introducing Entrepreneur's Top New Franchises to Watch

Introducing Entrepreneur's Top New Franchises to Watch

These 57 newbies all started franchising in the past five years.
April 15, 2014 in Franchises
Punching Above Its Weight, the Boutique Fitness Franchise Trend Is Taking Off

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.
April 2, 2014 in Franchises
Entrepreneur's Franchise 500: The Fastest-Growing Companies

Entrepreneur's Franchise 500: The Fastest-Growing Companies

Fitness, frozen-yogurt and quick service franchises top our annual list.
March 5, 2014 in Franchises
3 Lessons Learned From a Decade in Franchising

3 Lessons Learned From a Decade in Franchising

An editor reflects on her 10 years covering the world of franchising.
January 27, 2014 in Franchises
The Key to Understanding a Company's FDD

The Key to Understanding a Company's FDD

Thinking of investing? Check out these three critical sections of the franchise disclosure document first.
January 22, 2014 in Franchises
The Top 5 Franchise Industries to Watch

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.
December 31, 2013 in Franchises
75 Franchises Helping Pay Back Veterans

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
November 22, 2013 in Franchises

807 Franchise Opportunities

Ready to be your own boss? Check out our list of available franchises and business opportunities.
October 18, 2013 in Franchises
How the Cruise Industry Can Overcome its Reputation Problem

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.
October 10, 2013 in Franchises
Top Franchises You Can Launch for Less Than $50,000

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.
August 30, 2013 in Franchises

200 Top Global Franchises

Our top global franchises are primed for growth.
August 16, 2013 in Franchises
Top Food Franchises of 2013

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.
July 5, 2013 in Franchises
10 Growing Franchise Industries

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.
June 28, 2013 in Franchises
Top Franchises in Every Industry

Top Franchises in Every Industry

Our list of the franchises that are best in class.
June 21, 2013 in Franchises
10 Promising New Franchises

10 Promising New Franchises

These small franchises with distinctive concepts show signs of growth.
June 4, 2013 in Franchises
The Startup Bringing Video Games into the Real World

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.
May 21, 2013 in Technology
227 Franchise Opportunities For Less Than $50,000

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.
April 5, 2013 in Franchises
Top 100 Homebased 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.
April 1, 2013 in Franchises
Common Franchise Terms Explained

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
March 27, 2013 in Franchises
Top 10 New Franchises

Top 10 New Franchises

A variety of fresh concepts are livening up franchising.
February 19, 2013 in Franchises
The Fastest Growing Franchises for 2013

The Fastest Growing Franchises for 2013

Quick-serve, senior-care and cleaning firms dominate our list of the fastest-growing franchises.
January 22, 2013 in Franchises
How to Name a Franchise

How to Name a Franchise

What's in a name? When it comes to franchising, a lot of goofy stuff.
January 21, 2013 in Franchises
What's Ahead for Franchising in 2013: Slow and Steady Toward Recovery

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.
January 14, 2013 in Franchises
The Demographic Trends Driving Growth in Franchising

The Demographic Trends Driving Growth in Franchising

Companies that target specific populations are a major force in the franchising upswing.
December 13, 2012 in Franchise 500
Consignment Store Franchise Grows From a Mom's Needs

Consignment Store Franchise Grows From a Mom's Needs

Just Between Friends clothing store franchise grows from filling needs for family and friends.
December 7, 2012 in Franchises
10 New Franchises to Watch

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.
November 23, 2012 in Franchises
16 Common Franchise Terms: Explained

16 Common Franchise Terms: Explained

Before you investigate opening a franchise, you'll need to know the lingo. We put together this cheat sheet of the most common -- and most important -- industry terms.
November 9, 2012 in Franchises
704 Business Opportunities

704 Business Opportunities

Startup information of 704 franchises and non-franchise business opportunities.
November 2, 2012 in Franchises
Top 10 Global Franchises for 2012

Top 10 Global Franchises for 2012

Our list of top global franchises knows no borders
November 2, 2012 in Franchises
The Pogo Stick Test: Picking the Perfect Franchisee

The Pogo Stick Test: Picking the Perfect Franchisee

Diana Nelson of Kazoo Toys has an unusual way of fielding franchise applicants. Why it pays to be so picky.
October 5, 2012 in Franchises
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