2009 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
# 301
RSVP Publications

RSVP Publications

Direct-mail advertising

Initial Investment: $45K - $176K

# 302
HobbyTown

HobbyTown

General hobbies and supplies, toys

Initial Investment: $147K - $328K

# 303
DKI

DKI

Insurance/disaster restoration

Initial Investment: $22K - $95K

# 304
Cleaning Authority, The

Cleaning Authority, The

Residential cleaning

Initial Investment: $87K - $136K

# 305
Pizza Ranch

Pizza Ranch

Pizza, chicken, salad bar, buffet

Initial Investment: $1M - $2.8M

# 306
Bruegger's Bagels

Bruegger's Bagels

Bagels, breads, sandwiches, soups, salads

Initial Investment: $390K - $592K

# 307
Crown Trophy Inc.

Crown Trophy Inc.

Award and recognition items

Initial Investment: $186K - $278K

# 308
Oxi Fresh Franchising Co.

Oxi Fresh Franchising Co.

Carpet, upholstery, hardwood floor, tile and grout cleaning

Initial Investment: $39K - $67K

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# 309
Billboard Connection/Izon Global Media

Billboard Connection/Izon Global Media

Ad agency specializing in outdoor media

Initial Investment: $44K - $69K

# 310
Growth Coach, The

Growth Coach, The

Small-business and sales coaching and mentoring

Initial Investment: $55K - $85K

# 311
Complete Weddings + Events

Complete Weddings + Events

Photography, DJ, video and photo-booth services

Initial Investment: $30K - $49K

# 312
Valpak Direct Marketing Systems Inc.

Valpak Direct Marketing Systems Inc.

Direct-mail and digital advertising

Initial Investment: $82K - $201K

# 313
Image Sun Tanning Centers

Image Sun Tanning Centers

Indoor tanning salon

Initial Investment: $195K - $867K

# 314
Colbert/Ball Tax Service

Colbert/Ball Tax Service

Tax preparation & electronic filing

Initial Investment: $33K - $51K

# 315
College Nannies and Tutors

College Nannies and Tutors

Nanny-placement, babysitting, tutoring

Initial Investment: $177K - $229K

# 316
Wingate by Wyndham

Wingate by Wyndham

Hotels

Initial Investment: $6.9M - $10.6M

# 317
zpizza

zpizza

Pizza, sandwiches, salads, calzones

Initial Investment: $249K - $359K

# 318
Mint Condition Franchising Inc.

Mint Condition Franchising Inc.

Commercial cleaning, building maintenance

Initial Investment: $5K - $45K

# 319
Certified Restoration DryCleaning Network LLC

Certified Restoration DryCleaning Network LLC

Textile restoration

Initial Investment: $46K - $236K

# 320
Scotts Lawn Service

Scotts Lawn Service

Lawn, tree & shrub care; pest control

Initial Investment: $84K - $300K

# 321
Fast-Fix Jewelry & Watch Repairs

Fast-Fix Jewelry & Watch Repairs

Jewelry and watch repairs

Initial Investment: $186K - $358K

# 322
LearningRx

LearningRx

Learning enhancement, cognitive training, reading training

Initial Investment: $102K - $201K

# 323
Grease Monkey Franchising LLC

Grease Monkey Franchising LLC

Oil changes, preventive maintenance

Initial Investment: $164K - $320K

# 324
Fresh Coat

Fresh Coat

Residential and commercial painting

Initial Investment: $52K - $79K

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# 325
Great Frame Up, The

Great Frame Up, The

Custom framing and wall decor

Initial Investment: $112K - $178K

# 326
Color Me Mine Enterprises Inc.

Color Me Mine Enterprises Inc.

Paint-your-own-ceramics studio

Initial Investment: $136K - $185K

# 327
Miracle Method Surface Refinishing

Miracle Method Surface Refinishing

Kitchen and bathroom surface refinishing

Initial Investment: $75K - $120K

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# 328
Cookies By Design

Cookies By Design

Cookies & cookie arrangements

Initial Investment: $112K - $188K

# 329
Wing Zone Franchise Corp.

Wing Zone Franchise Corp.

Buffalo wings takeout & delivery

Initial Investment: $248K - $313K

# 330
ABC Inc.

ABC Inc.

Seamless siding, gutters, windows, roofing

Initial Investment: $81K - $269K

# 331
Alternative Board (TAB), The

Alternative Board (TAB), The

Peer advisory boards, business coaching

Initial Investment: $41K - $92K

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# 332
Friendly Computers

Friendly Computers

Computer and smartphone repairs, services and sales

Initial Investment: $51K - $144K

# 333
PIP Printing & Marketing Services

PIP Printing & Marketing Services

Printing, signs, marketing services

Initial Investment: $50K - $279K

# 334
Mr. Transmission/Transmission USA

Mr. Transmission/Transmission USA

Transmission repair and services

Initial Investment: $174K - $247K

# 335
Critter Control Inc.

Critter Control Inc.

Wildlife management, pest control

Initial Investment: $23K - $90K

# 336
WIN Home Inspection

WIN Home Inspection

Home inspections

Initial Investment: $38K - $54K

# 337
Pirtek USA

Pirtek USA

Hose service and supply center/mobile services

Initial Investment: $339K - $623K

# 338
Boston's Restaurant & Sports Bar

Boston's Restaurant & Sports Bar

Restaurant and sports bar

Initial Investment: $1.1M - $2.8M

# 339
Planet Smoothie

Planet Smoothie

Smoothies & snacks

Initial Investment: $177K - $368K

# 340
Scooter's Coffee

Scooter's Coffee

Specialty coffee, smoothies, pastries

Initial Investment: $273K - $394K

# 341
Rent-A-Wreck

Rent-A-Wreck

Used auto rentals and leasing

Initial Investment: $153K - $399K

# 342
MaggieMoo's

MaggieMoo's

Ice cream, smoothies, cakes

Initial Investment: $226K - $355K

# 343
Monthly Coupons

Monthly Coupons

Direct-mail advertising

Initial Investment: $135K - $150K

# 344
Interface Financial Corp.

Interface Financial Corp.

Invoice discounting

Initial Investment: $91K - $142K

# 345
Play N Trade Franchise Inc.

Play N Trade Franchise Inc.

New & used video games

Initial Investment: $135K - $255K

# 346
Cruise Holidays

Cruise Holidays

Cruise travel agency

Initial Investment: $10K - $160K

# 347
Mr. Payroll Corp.

Mr. Payroll Corp.

Check cashing, money orders, wire transfers, bill pay, ATM

Initial Investment: $69K - $328K

# 348
Blimpie Subs & Salads

Blimpie Subs & Salads

Subs, salads

Initial Investment: $130K - $359K

# 349
BrickKicker Home Inspection, The

BrickKicker Home Inspection, The

Residential and commercial inspections, related services

Initial Investment: $14K - $33K

# 350
Spinal Aid Centers of America

Spinal Aid Centers of America

Spinal decompression therapy

Initial Investment: $112K - $178K

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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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