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
# 401
Famous Famiglia

Famous Famiglia

Pizza

Initial Investment: $350K - $500K

# 402
AtWork Medical Services

AtWork Medical Services

Temporary & full-time medical staffing services

Initial Investment: $68K - $112K

# 403
Passport Health Inc.

Passport Health Inc.

Immunization/vaccination & counseling for international travelers

Initial Investment: $74K - $102K

# 404
Advantage Rent A Car

Advantage Rent A Car

Auto rentals

Initial Investment: $158K - $8M

# 405
Handyman Matters Franchise Inc.

Handyman Matters Franchise Inc.

Residential and commercial repair, restoration and maintenance

Initial Investment: $64K - $119K

# 406
Adventures in Advertising

Adventures in Advertising

Promotional products & advertising specialties

Initial Investment: $20K - $65K

# 407
Synergy HomeCare

Synergy HomeCare

Nonmedical home care

Initial Investment: $59K - $148K

# 408
Cash Plus Inc.

Cash Plus Inc.

Check cashing, payday advances & related services

Initial Investment: $198K - $285K

# 409
Aerowest/Westair Deodorizing Services

Aerowest/Westair Deodorizing Services

Restroom deodorizing services

Initial Investment: $10K - $25K

# 410
Young Rembrandts Franchise Inc.

Young Rembrandts Franchise Inc.

Art classes for ages 3 to 12

Initial Investment: $37K - $49K

# 411
Salsarita's Fresh Cantina

Salsarita's Fresh Cantina

Mexican food

Initial Investment: $484K - $684K

# 412
Amramp

Amramp

Wheelchair ramp rentals and sales

Initial Investment: $133K - $215K

# 413
AIM Mail Centers

AIM Mail Centers

Packing, shipping, postal and business services

Initial Investment: $139K - $205K

# 414
Pressed4Time Inc.

Pressed4Time Inc.

Dry-cleaning pickup & delivery, shoe repair

Initial Investment: $36K - $45K

# 415
Home Video Studio

Home Video Studio

Video production and postproduction services

Initial Investment: $79K - $107K

# 416
FRSTeam

FRSTeam

Restoration dry cleaning

Initial Investment: $32K - $381K

# 417
Cefiore

Cefiore

Frozen yogurt

Initial Investment: $197K - $425K

# 418
Paciugo Gelato Caffe

Paciugo Gelato Caffe

Gelato, pastries, beverages

Initial Investment: $84K - $137K

# 419
Line-X LLC

Line-X LLC

Spray-on truck-bed liners, truck accessories, protective coatings

Initial Investment: $155K - $334K

# 420
Closets By Design Franchising

Closets By Design Franchising

Custom closet and home/office organization systems

Initial Investment: $126K - $297K

# 421
Western Sizzlin

Western Sizzlin

Family steakhouse

Initial Investment: $1.1M - $4.5M

# 422
Oxxo Care Cleaners

Oxxo Care Cleaners

Dry cleaning and laundry services

Initial Investment: $443K - $645K

# 423
Blendz Franchise System Inc.

Blendz Franchise System Inc.

Salads, panini, smoothies, soups

Initial Investment: $277K - $350K

# 424
RimTyme

RimTyme

Rent-to-own custom wheels and tires

Initial Investment: $321K - $684K

# 425
City Wide Maintenance

City Wide Maintenance

Commercial cleaning, building maintenance

Initial Investment: $102K - $197K

# 426
Parisi Speed School

Parisi Speed School

Youth performance training

Initial Investment: $10K - $172K

# 427
SpeedPro Imaging

SpeedPro Imaging

Graphics and large-format imaging

Initial Investment: $225K - $365K

# 428
OneCoach Int'l. LLC

OneCoach Int'l. LLC

Small business coaching & consulting services

Initial Investment: $40K - $319K

# 429
SGO Designer Glass

SGO Designer Glass

Overlay process for creating art glass

Initial Investment: $95K - $122K

# 430
Educational Outfitters

Educational Outfitters

School, business & team uniforms

Initial Investment: $93K - $202K

# 431
Always Best Care Senior Services

Always Best Care Senior Services

Medical and nonmedical home care, assisted-living placement

Initial Investment: $62K - $111K

# 432
Owens Corning SunSuites Sunroom

Owens Corning SunSuites Sunroom

Sunrooms

Initial Investment: $48K - $134K

# 433
Kid to Kid

Kid to Kid

New and used children's and maternity clothing and products

Initial Investment: $249K - $373K

# 434
AdviCoach

AdviCoach

Business coaching

Initial Investment: $66K - $74K

# 435
Drama Kids Int'l. Inc.

Drama Kids Int'l. Inc.

After-school drama classes and summer camps

Initial Investment: $29K - $49K

# 436
Duct Doctor USA Inc.

Duct Doctor USA Inc.

Residential and commercial air-duct cleaning

Initial Investment: $41K - $137K

# 437
Crye-Leike Franchises Inc.

Crye-Leike Franchises Inc.

Real estate

Initial Investment: $59K - $160K

# 438
Link Staffing Services

Link Staffing Services

Staffing, human resourece solutions

Initial Investment: $100K - $174K

# 439
Caring Transitions

Caring Transitions

Sales of estates and household goods

Initial Investment: $56K - $85K

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# 440
InXpress

InXpress

Shipping services

Initial Investment: $55K - $160K

# 441
Freddy's Frozen Custard LLC

Freddy's Frozen Custard LLC

Frozen custard, steakburgers, hot dogs

Initial Investment: $596K - $1.1M

# 442
Genghis Grill-Build Your Own Stir Fry

Genghis Grill-Build Your Own Stir Fry

Build-your-own Asian stir-fry restaurant

Initial Investment: $347K - $974K

# 443
Utility Company, The

Utility Company, The

IT services

Initial Investment: $45K - $70K

# 444
Surface Specialists

Surface Specialists

Bathtub repair and refinishing, tub liners, bath remodeling

Initial Investment: $43K - $56K

# 445
TheHomeMag

TheHomeMag

Home-improvement magazine

Initial Investment: $112K - $139K

# 446
Smartbox Portable Self Storage

Smartbox Portable Self Storage

Portable storage units & moving services

Initial Investment: $375K - $1.1M

# 447
Clix

Clix

Studio & on-location portrait photography

Initial Investment: $49K - $264K

# 448
Pigtails & Crewcuts

Pigtails & Crewcuts

Children's hair salon

Initial Investment: $94K - $168K

# 449
MixStirs

MixStirs

Smoothies, protein shakes, wraps, salads

Initial Investment: $59K - $198K

# 450
TGA Premier Junior Golf

TGA Premier Junior Golf

Youth golf programs

Initial Investment: $16K - $67K

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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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