2010 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
# 451
Personal Training Institute

Personal Training Institute

Nutritional counseling & personal training

Initial Investment: $112K - $222K

# 452
Big Apple Bagels/My Favorite Muffin

Big Apple Bagels/My Favorite Muffin

Bagels, sandwiches, muffins, coffee, smoothies

Initial Investment: $273K - $397K

# 453
Extra Innings

Extra Innings

Indoor baseball/softball training and pro shop

Initial Investment: $158K - $558K

# 454
Handyman Matters Franchise Inc.

Handyman Matters Franchise Inc.

Residential and commercial repair, restoration and maintenance

Initial Investment: $64K - $119K

# 455
Fun Bus Fitness Fun on Wheels

Fun Bus Fitness Fun on Wheels

Mobile children's fitness and entertainment

Initial Investment: $85K - $115K

# 456
High Touch-High Tech

High Touch-High Tech

Science activities for schools/parties

Initial Investment: $60K - $64K

# 457
Togo's Franchisor LLC

Togo's Franchisor LLC

Specialty sandwiches, salads, soups, wraps

Initial Investment: $240K - $501K

# 458
A-1 Concrete Leveling Inc.

A-1 Concrete Leveling Inc.

Concrete leveling and repairs

Initial Investment: $111K - $141K

# 459
United States Seamless Inc.

United States Seamless Inc.

Seamless steel siding, gutters, accessories

Initial Investment: $52K - $111K

# 460
Benham REO Group

Benham REO Group

Foreclosed-property sales

Initial Investment: $12K - $32K

# 461
OMEX - Office Maintenance Experts

OMEX - Office Maintenance Experts

Commercial cleaning and maintenance management

Initial Investment: $40K - $71K

# 462
Central Bark Doggy Day Care

Central Bark Doggy Day Care

Dog daycare

Initial Investment: $255K - $389K

# 463
Wyndham Hotels and Resorts

Wyndham Hotels and Resorts

Hotels

Initial Investment: $564K - $65M

# 464
Adventures in Advertising

Adventures in Advertising

Promotional products & advertising specialties

Initial Investment: $20K - $65K

# 465
Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille, The

Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille, The

Sports-theme restaurant and bar

Initial Investment: $1.5M - $1.8M

# 466
AtWork Group

AtWork Group

Temporary, temp-to-hire and direct-hire staffing

Initial Investment: $100K - $175K

# 467
Pet Butler

Pet Butler

Pet-waste cleanup and removal

Initial Investment: $30K - $42K

# 468
Sparkle Wash

Sparkle Wash

Professional pressure washing, restoration and preservation services

Initial Investment: $35K - $118K

# 469
Samurai Sam's Teriyaki Grill

Samurai Sam's Teriyaki Grill

Japanese food

Initial Investment: $116K - $430K

# 470
Western Sizzlin

Western Sizzlin

Family steakhouse

Initial Investment: $1.1M - $4.5M

# 471
Snip-Its

Snip-Its

Children's hair salon, party services

Initial Investment: $116K - $207K

# 472
Great Wraps Grill

Great Wraps Grill

Hot wrapped sandwiches, paninis, rice bowls, salads, smoothies

Initial Investment: $160K - $486K

# 473
GarageTek Inc.

GarageTek Inc.

Garage organization systems

Initial Investment: $89K - $115K

# 474
Music Go Round

Music Go Round

New and used musical instruments and sound equipment

Initial Investment: $259K - $333K

# 475
Signal Graphics Printing

Signal Graphics Printing

Printing, copying, design, promotional products

Initial Investment: $257K - $286K

# 476
Accessible Home Health Care

Accessible Home Health Care

Medical & nonmedical home care & staffing

Initial Investment: $94K - $123K

# 477
Computer Explorers

Computer Explorers

Technology education for children & adults

Initial Investment: $63K - $73K

# 478
FasTracKids Int'l. Ltd.

FasTracKids Int'l. Ltd.

Enrichment education

Initial Investment: $48K - $204K

# 479
Milex Complete Auto Care

Milex Complete Auto Care

Auto repair

Initial Investment: $168K - $252K

# 480
CFOToday Inc.

CFOToday Inc.

Accounting, tax & payroll services

Initial Investment: $24K - $40K

# 481
Kwik Kopy Business Centers Inc.

Kwik Kopy Business Centers Inc.

Printing, copying, marketing solutions

Initial Investment: $219K - $246K

# 482
Pestmaster Services Inc.

Pestmaster Services Inc.

Pest & weed control

Initial Investment: $36K - $85K

# 483
Park Inn by Radisson

Park Inn by Radisson

Hotels

Initial Investment: $1.7M - $4.8M

# 484
Line-X LLC

Line-X LLC

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

Initial Investment: $155K - $334K

# 485
Window Genie

Window Genie

Residential window cleaning, window tinting, pressure washing

Initial Investment: $90K - $139K

# 486
Inspect-It 1st LLC

Inspect-It 1st LLC

Property inspections

Initial Investment: $45K - $56K

# 487
Express Oil Change

Express Oil Change

Oil changes, brakes, tire services, tune-ups

Initial Investment: $1.4M - $2.1M

# 488
Capriotti's Sandwich Shop Inc.

Capriotti's Sandwich Shop Inc.

Subs

Initial Investment: $364K - $848K

# 489
City Looks

City Looks

Full-service hair salon & basic spa services

Initial Investment: $121K - $299K

# 490
Andy OnCall

Andy OnCall

Handyman services

Initial Investment: $48K - $62K

# 491
Larry's Giant Subs

Larry's Giant Subs

New York-style subs, sandwiches, salads

Initial Investment: $159K - $225K

# 492
Bad Ass Coffee Co.

Bad Ass Coffee Co.

Coffee, coffee beans, food, logo wear

Initial Investment: $227K - $326K

# 493
Chemstation

Chemstation

Industrial cleanser manufacturing and distribution

Initial Investment: $305K - $425K

# 494
CompuChild

CompuChild

Science, technology, engineering, art and math classes

Initial Investment: $18K - $33K

# 495
Handle With Care Packaging Store

Handle With Care Packaging Store

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

Initial Investment: $97K - $173K

# 496
Alta Mere the Automotive Outfitters/SmartView Window Solutions

Alta Mere the Automotive Outfitters/SmartView Window Solutions

Auto, residential and commercial window tinting, electronic auto accessories, auto imaging

Initial Investment: $115K - $196K

# 497
Deck The Walls

Deck The Walls

Custom framing and wall decor

Initial Investment: $112K - $178K

# 498
Border Magic/Boulder Designs

Border Magic/Boulder Designs

Concrete landscape edging, walkways, stepping stones, custom boulder signage

Initial Investment: $56K - $130K

# 499
FRSTeam

FRSTeam

Restoration dry cleaning

Initial Investment: $32K - $381K

# 500
Caring Transitions

Caring Transitions

Sales of estates and household goods

Initial Investment: $56K - $85K

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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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