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
# 401
Freedom Boat Club

Freedom Boat Club

Membership boat club

Initial Investment: $144K - $179K

# 402
Milex Complete Auto Care

Milex Complete Auto Care

Auto repair

Initial Investment: $168K - $252K

# 403
It's A Grind Coffee House

It's A Grind Coffee House

Coffeehouse

Initial Investment: $324K - $500K

# 404
Spicy Pickle

Spicy Pickle

Panini, salads, subs, soups, pizzetti

Initial Investment: $273K - $516K

# 405
Maintenance Made Simple

Maintenance Made Simple

Handyman & home maintenance services

Initial Investment: $70K - $115K

# 406
Educational Outfitters

Educational Outfitters

School, business & team uniforms

Initial Investment: $93K - $202K

# 407
Zero's Subs

Zero's Subs

Subs, pizza, wraps

Initial Investment: $138K - $242K

# 408
Pro-Cuts Classic

Pro-Cuts Classic

Hair salon

Initial Investment: $95K - $185K

# 409
Realty Direct Franchise Corp.

Realty Direct Franchise Corp.

Real estate

Initial Investment: $40K - $68K

# 410
Pestmaster Services Inc.

Pestmaster Services Inc.

Pest & weed control

Initial Investment: $36K - $85K

# 411
Grout Doctor Global Franchise Corp.

Grout Doctor Global Franchise Corp.

Grout, tile and stone maintenance

Initial Investment: $20K - $33K

# 412
Whole Child Learning Co., The

Whole Child Learning Co., The

Enrichment and tutoring programs

Initial Investment: $33K - $39K

# 413
Hydro Physics Pipe Inspection Corp.

Hydro Physics Pipe Inspection Corp.

Pipe inspection & locating services

Initial Investment: $75K - $100K

# 414
WineStyles Inc.

WineStyles Inc.

Wine store

Initial Investment: $229K - $381K

# 415
Fresh Coat

Fresh Coat

Residential and commercial painting

Initial Investment: $52K - $79K

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# 416
Profit-Tell Int'l.

Profit-Tell Int'l.

Audio marketing/advertising programs

Initial Investment: $43K - $55K

# 417
Pop-A-Lock Franchise System

Pop-A-Lock Franchise System

Mobile locksmith and security services

Initial Investment: $100K - $135K

# 418
Sculpture Hospitality

Sculpture Hospitality

Bar and restaurant management solutions

Initial Investment: $44K - $57K

# 419
Valpak Direct Marketing Systems Inc.

Valpak Direct Marketing Systems Inc.

Direct-mail and digital advertising

Initial Investment: $82K - $201K

# 420
Bates Motor Home Rental Network Inc.

Bates Motor Home Rental Network Inc.

Motor home rentals

Initial Investment: $31K - $331K

# 421
WPI Int'l.

WPI Int'l.

Real estate

Initial Investment: $2K - $66K

# 422
Native New Yorker Franchising LLC

Native New Yorker Franchising LLC

Restaurant and sports bar

Initial Investment: $584K - $2.2M

# 423
Duct Doctor USA Inc.

Duct Doctor USA Inc.

Residential and commercial air-duct cleaning

Initial Investment: $41K - $137K

# 424
Dr. Vinyl & Associates Ltd.

Dr. Vinyl & Associates Ltd.

Auto vinyl, leather, fabric and plastic repair

Initial Investment: $41K - $72K

# 425
Unishippers Global Logistics LLC

Unishippers Global Logistics LLC

Shipping services

Initial Investment: $45K - $421K

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# 426
JumpBunch Inc.

JumpBunch Inc.

Mobile children's sports and fitness programs

Initial Investment: $40K - $74K

# 427
Radisson

Radisson

Hotels

Initial Investment: $3.2M - $9.9M

# 428
Max Muscle Sports Nutrition

Max Muscle Sports Nutrition

Sports nutrition products, weight-loss consulting, athletic apparel

Initial Investment: $131K - $281K

# 429
Sell4Free/List4Less

Sell4Free/List4Less

Real estate

Initial Investment: $36K - $102K

# 430
Lite For Life

Lite For Life

Weight-loss consulting & products

Initial Investment: $68K - $168K

# 431
PIP Printing & Marketing Services

PIP Printing & Marketing Services

Printing, signs, marketing services

Initial Investment: $50K - $279K

# 432
Firkin Group of Pubs, The

Firkin Group of Pubs, The

English pub

Initial Investment: $298K - $1.2M

# 433
Friendly's Restaurants Franchise LLC

Friendly's Restaurants Franchise LLC

Family-style restaurant/ice cream shop

Initial Investment: $148K - $2M

# 434
Pump It Up

Pump It Up

Children's entertainment centers

Initial Investment: $366K - $790K

# 435
Rescuecom

Rescuecom

Computer repair & technology management

Initial Investment: $37K - $53K

# 436
Original Basket Boutique, The

Original Basket Boutique, The

Gifts, gift baskets, corporate gifts

Initial Investment: $48K - $59K

# 437
Cookies By Design

Cookies By Design

Cookies & cookie arrangements

Initial Investment: $112K - $188K

# 438
All Tune and Lube

All Tune and Lube

Total car care

Initial Investment: $150K - $150K

# 439
Senior's Choice Inc., The

Senior's Choice Inc., The

Nonmedical home care

Initial Investment: $38K - $55K

# 440
Leadership Management Inc.

Leadership Management Inc.

Leadership, organization, training, development

Initial Investment: $20K - $28K

# 441
Crestcom International

Crestcom International

Training Programs

Initial Investment: $85K - $102K

# 442
MonitorClosely.com

MonitorClosely.com

Digital surveillance systems

Initial Investment: $45K - $60K

# 443
ABC Inc.

ABC Inc.

Seamless siding, gutters, windows, roofing

Initial Investment: $81K - $269K

# 444
Cruise Holidays

Cruise Holidays

Cruise travel agency

Initial Investment: $10K - $160K

# 445
Pirtek USA

Pirtek USA

Hose service and supply center/mobile services

Initial Investment: $339K - $623K

# 446
Spring-Green Lawn Care

Spring-Green Lawn Care

Lawn and tree care

Initial Investment: $89K - $103K

# 447
J.D. Byrider

J.D. Byrider

Used auto sales and financing

Initial Investment: $675K - $5.3M

# 448
Relax The Back Corp.

Relax The Back Corp.

Products for relief/prevention of back and neck pain

Initial Investment: $221K - $371K

# 449
Which Wich Superior Sandwiches

Which Wich Superior Sandwiches

Sandwiches

Initial Investment: $195K - $489K

# 450
ACFN-The ATM Franchise Business

ACFN-The ATM Franchise Business

Automated teller machines

Initial Investment: $40K - $68K

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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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