2006 Top Franchises from Entrepreneur's Franchise 500 List

Our 37th Annual Franchise 500 ranking reveals the impact of the newest trends and the industries poised for growth.

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  • Rank
  • Company/Description/Initial Investment
# 251
Computer Troubleshooters

Computer Troubleshooters

Technology consulting and services for small businesses

Initial Investment: $32K - $48K

# 252
RNR Custom Wheels & Tire Express

RNR Custom Wheels & Tire Express

Lease-to-own and retail wheels and tires

Initial Investment: $299K - $573K

# 253
Fast-Fix Jewelry & Watch Repairs

Fast-Fix Jewelry & Watch Repairs

Jewelry and watch repairs

Initial Investment: $186K - $358K

# 254
Buildingstars Int'l. Inc.

Buildingstars Int'l. Inc.

Commercial cleaning

Initial Investment: $2K - $52K

# 255
Biggby Coffee

Biggby Coffee

Specialty coffee, tea, smoothies, baked goods

Initial Investment: $160K - $317K

# 256
i9 Sports

i9 Sports

Youth sports leagues, camps and clinics

Initial Investment: $45K - $70K

# 257
Fast-teks On-site Computer Services

Fast-teks On-site Computer Services

On-site computer-repair services

Initial Investment: $36K - $62K

# 258
Billboard Connection/Izon Global Media

Billboard Connection/Izon Global Media

Ad agency specializing in outdoor media

Initial Investment: $44K - $69K

# 259
Great Frame Up, The

Great Frame Up, The

Custom framing and wall decor

Initial Investment: $112K - $178K

# 260
Kilwins Chocolates Franchise, Inc.

Kilwins Chocolates Franchise, Inc.

Chocolate, fudge, ice cream

Initial Investment: $352K - $622K

# 261
Image360

Image360

Signs, digital imaging

Initial Investment: $136K - $277K

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# 262
Gymboree Play & Music

Gymboree Play & Music

Parent/child play and learning programs

Initial Investment: $120K - $277K

# 263
Daily Grind Unwind Coffee House & Cafe

Daily Grind Unwind Coffee House & Cafe

Coffeehouse & cafe

Initial Investment: $157K - $458K

# 264
Sandler Training

Sandler Training

Sales and sales-management training

Initial Investment: $92K - $109K

# 265
Right at Home Inc.

Right at Home Inc.

Home care, medical staffing

Initial Investment: $78K - $132K

# 266
Entrepreneur's Source, The

Entrepreneur's Source, The

Franchise/business coaching and development services

Initial Investment: $67K - $75K

# 267
Alloy Wheel Repair

Alloy Wheel Repair

Cosmetic wheel repair, wheel straightening, finishing & replacement

Initial Investment: $65K - $116K

# 268
Spinal Aid Centers of America

Spinal Aid Centers of America

Spinal decompression therapy

Initial Investment: $112K - $178K

# 269
Bruegger's Bagels

Bruegger's Bagels

Bagels, breads, sandwiches, soups, salads

Initial Investment: $390K - $592K

# 270
U-Save Car & Truck Rental

U-Save Car & Truck Rental

Car & truck rentals

Initial Investment: $73K - $686K

# 271
HobbyTown

HobbyTown

General hobbies and supplies, toys

Initial Investment: $147K - $328K

# 272
Steamatic Inc.

Steamatic Inc.

Insurance/disaster restoration, cleaning, mold remediation

Initial Investment: $137K - $162K

# 273
Kiddie Academy

Kiddie Academy

Educational child care

Initial Investment: $414K - $3.6M

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# 274
Magicuts

Magicuts

Hair salon

Initial Investment: $138K - $205K

# 275
Fatburger North America Inc.

Fatburger North America Inc.

Burgers

Initial Investment: $498K - $891K

# 276
LearningRx

LearningRx

Learning enhancement, cognitive training, reading training

Initial Investment: $102K - $201K

# 277
ProSource Wholesale

ProSource Wholesale

Wholesale floor coverings, kitchen and bath products

Initial Investment: $565K - $593K

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# 278
Cash Plus Inc.

Cash Plus Inc.

Check cashing, payday advances & related services

Initial Investment: $198K - $285K

# 279
Martinizing Dry Cleaning

Martinizing Dry Cleaning

Dry cleaning and laundry services

Initial Investment: $446K - $675K

# 280
U.S. Lawns

U.S. Lawns

Commercial grounds care

Initial Investment: $33K - $79K

# 281
Mad Science Group Inc.

Mad Science Group Inc.

Science education and entertainment programs

Initial Investment: $70K - $90K

# 282
Oxford Learning Centers Inc.

Oxford Learning Centers Inc.

Educational learning center

Initial Investment: $110K - $243K

# 283
DoubleDave's Pizzaworks Systems Inc.

DoubleDave's Pizzaworks Systems Inc.

Pizza and beer

Initial Investment: $292K - $344K

# 284
Sir Speedy Print Signs Marketing

Sir Speedy Print Signs Marketing

Printing, signs, marketing services

Initial Investment: $229K - $279K

# 285
Gateway Cigar Store/Newstands

Gateway Cigar Store/Newstands

Newsstand and sundry store

Initial Investment: $56K - $502K

# 286
City Publications

City Publications

Publication for affluent homeowners

Initial Investment: $93K - $268K

# 287
Mr. Electric

Mr. Electric

Electrical services

Initial Investment: $81K - $182K

# 288
TSS Photography

TSS Photography

Youth sports, school and event photography

Initial Investment: $36K - $74K

# 289
Complete Weddings + Events

Complete Weddings + Events

Photography, DJ, video and photo-booth services

Initial Investment: $30K - $49K

# 290
Grease Monkey Franchising LLC

Grease Monkey Franchising LLC

Oil changes, preventive maintenance

Initial Investment: $164K - $320K

# 291
Crown Trophy Inc.

Crown Trophy Inc.

Award and recognition items

Initial Investment: $186K - $278K

# 292
MTOclean Inc.

MTOclean Inc.

Residential, commercial & carpet cleaning, pressure washing

Initial Investment: $17K - $87K

# 293
Goin' Postal

Goin' Postal

Retail shipping and business services

Initial Investment: $47K - $112K

# 294
Navis Pack & Ship

Navis Pack & Ship

Packing, crating and shipping of fragile, large, awkward and valuable items

Initial Investment: $97K - $173K

# 295
Young Chefs Academy

Young Chefs Academy

Children's cooking school

Initial Investment: $89K - $208K

# 296
Handyman Connection

Handyman Connection

Home repairs, remodeling

Initial Investment: $103K - $159K

# 297
AmeriSpec Home Inspection Services

AmeriSpec Home Inspection Services

Home inspections

Initial Investment: $23K - $55K

# 298
AIM Mail Centers

AIM Mail Centers

Packing, shipping, postal and business services

Initial Investment: $139K - $205K

# 299
SuperGlass Windshield Repair

SuperGlass Windshield Repair

Windshield repair, glass scratch removal, headlight lens repair

Initial Investment: $10K - $31K

# 300
My Gym Children's Fitness Center

My Gym Children's Fitness Center

Early-learning/fitness programs

Initial Investment: $34K - $247K

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Understanding the Ranking

There's a lot that goes into putting together the first, best and most comprehensive franchise ranking in the world. Here's a behind-the-scenes look at Entrepreneur's 37th annual Franchise 500®.

The process began in July 2015, when we asked franchisors to participate in our survey. Each submission was vetted before being entered for data analysis; 951 companies made the first cut. Of those, the top 500 became the Franchise 500® ranking, based on financial and statistical data from July 2013 through July 2015.

Only franchise companies that supply a full Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) or Canadian Disclosure Document and whose information is verified by Entrepreneur can receive a listing. To be eligible for the Franchise 500®, a franchisor must have a minimum of 10 units, with at least one franchise located in the U.S. The company must be seeking new franchisees in the U.S., and it cannot be in Chapter 11 at the time the ranking is compiled. (The exception to these rules is Canada-based companies that are expanding only in Canada.)

All companies are judged by the same criteria: objective, quantifiable measures of a franchise operation. The most important factors include financial strength and stability, growth rate and size of the system. We also consider the number of years a company has been in business and the length of time it's been franchising, startup costs, litigation, percentage of terminations and whether the company provides financing. Financial data is analyzed by an independent CPA.

We do not measure subjective elements such as franchisee satisfaction or management style. The objective factors are plugged into our exclusive Franchise 500® formula, with each eligible company receiving a cumulative score.

Remember that the Franchise 500® is not intended to endorse, advertise or recommend any particular franchise. It is solely a research tool you can use to compare franchise operations. Entrepreneur stresses that you should always conduct your own independent investigation before investing money in a franchise. Read the FDD and related materials carefully, get help from a franchise attorney and a CPA in reviewing any legal or financial documents, and talk to as many existing and former franchisees as possible and visit their outlets. The best way to protect yourself is to do your homework.

Research compiled by Tracy Stapp Herold and J.R. Jimenez with assistance from Hava Arieh, Rick Ignarra, Nicole Jurinek, Yvette Madrid, Jessica Nguyen and Giuseppe Ricapito; technical assistance from Angel Cool and Daniel Sibitzky; financial analysis by David R. Juedes, CPA; graphic design by Karen Meneghin.

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