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
# 401
Valpak Direct Marketing Systems Inc.

Valpak Direct Marketing Systems Inc.

Direct-mail and digital advertising

Initial Investment: $82K - $201K

# 402
Cookies By Design

Cookies By Design

Cookies & cookie arrangements

Initial Investment: $112K - $188K

# 403
Good Feet Worldwide LLC

Good Feet Worldwide LLC

Arch supports, related products

Initial Investment: $40K - $202K

# 404
FocalPoint Coaching Inc.

FocalPoint Coaching Inc.

Business coaching and consulting

Initial Investment: $72K - $119K

# 405
Decor&You

Decor&You

Decorating services and products

Initial Investment: $50K - $344K

# 406
Synergy HomeCare

Synergy HomeCare

Nonmedical home care

Initial Investment: $59K - $148K

# 407
J.D. Byrider

J.D. Byrider

Used auto sales and financing

Initial Investment: $675K - $5.3M

# 408
ABC Inc.

ABC Inc.

Seamless siding, gutters, windows, roofing

Initial Investment: $81K - $269K

# 409
WIN Home Inspection

WIN Home Inspection

Home inspections

Initial Investment: $38K - $54K

# 410
Mr. Payroll Corp.

Mr. Payroll Corp.

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

Initial Investment: $69K - $328K

# 411
Z-Coil Pain Relief Footwear

Z-Coil Pain Relief Footwear

Pain-relief footwear

Initial Investment: $88K - $161K

# 412
1-800-DryClean

1-800-DryClean

Dry cleaning pickup & delivery

Initial Investment: $70K - $92K

# 413
Great Frame Up, The

Great Frame Up, The

Custom framing and wall decor

Initial Investment: $112K - $178K

# 414
BlueLine Rental

BlueLine Rental

Construction equipment rentals

Initial Investment: $3.5M - $8.2M

# 415
Clix

Clix

Studio & on-location portrait photography

Initial Investment: $49K - $264K

# 416
Mr. Transmission/Transmission USA

Mr. Transmission/Transmission USA

Transmission repair and services

Initial Investment: $174K - $247K

# 417
Foot Solutions Inc.

Foot Solutions Inc.

Comfort shoes and inserts for ages 40+

Initial Investment: $204K - $250K

# 418
Handyman Connection

Handyman Connection

Home repairs, remodeling

Initial Investment: $103K - $159K

# 419
Spring-Green Lawn Care

Spring-Green Lawn Care

Lawn and tree care

Initial Investment: $89K - $103K

# 420
Fit4Mom LLC

Fit4Mom LLC

Prenatal and postnatal fitness programs

Initial Investment: $2K - $18K

# 421
SpeedPro Imaging

SpeedPro Imaging

Graphics and large-format imaging

Initial Investment: $225K - $365K

# 422
Dentist's Choice, The

Dentist's Choice, The

Dental-handpiece repairs

Initial Investment: $54K - $59K

# 423
Crestcom International

Crestcom International

Training Programs

Initial Investment: $85K - $102K

# 424
Superior Wash

Superior Wash

Onsite mobile fleet washing

Initial Investment: $60K - $108K

# 425
Pizza Factory Inc.

Pizza Factory Inc.

Pizza, pasta, sandwiches

Initial Investment: $151K - $569K

# 426
Jantize America

Jantize America

Commercial cleaning

Initial Investment: $51K - $207K

# 427
UFC Gym

UFC Gym

Fitness, boxing, kickboxing and MMA classes

Initial Investment: $390K - $891K

# 428
ACFN-The ATM Franchise Business

ACFN-The ATM Franchise Business

Automated teller machines

Initial Investment: $40K - $68K

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# 429
Repicci's Italian Ice & Gelato

Repicci's Italian Ice & Gelato

Real, authentic Italian ice and gelato

Initial Investment: $152K - $176K

# 430
Soccer Shots Franchising LLC

Soccer Shots Franchising LLC

Soccer programs for ages 2 to 8

Initial Investment: $32K - $39K

# 431
Play N Trade Franchise Inc.

Play N Trade Franchise Inc.

New & used video games

Initial Investment: $135K - $255K

# 432
College Nannies and Tutors

College Nannies and Tutors

Nanny-placement, babysitting, tutoring

Initial Investment: $177K - $229K

# 433
United Check Cashing

United Check Cashing

Check cashing and other financial services

Initial Investment: $226K - $297K

# 434
Hayes Handpiece Franchises Inc.

Hayes Handpiece Franchises Inc.

Dental handpiece repairs

Initial Investment: $39K - $58K

# 435
Lil' Angels Photography

Lil' Angels Photography

School, child-care and family photography

Initial Investment: $24K - $29K

# 436
Steak Escape Sandwich Grill

Steak Escape Sandwich Grill

Grilled sandwiches, burgers, baked potatoes, salads, fries

Initial Investment: $218K - $620K

# 437
Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham

Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham

Hotels

Initial Investment: $276K - $12.1M

# 438
Blimpie Subs & Salads

Blimpie Subs & Salads

Subs, salads

Initial Investment: $130K - $359K

# 439
PIP Printing & Marketing Services

PIP Printing & Marketing Services

Printing, signs, marketing services

Initial Investment: $50K - $279K

# 440
Daniel Ahart Tax Service

Daniel Ahart Tax Service

Tax preparation, accounting and payroll services

Initial Investment: $26K - $45K

# 441
Aire-Master of America Inc.

Aire-Master of America Inc.

Restroom deodorizing and maintenance

Initial Investment: $38K - $138K

# 442
DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen

DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen

Kitchen, bath and interior remodeling

Initial Investment: $95K - $258K

# 443
WoodSpring Suites

WoodSpring Suites

Limited-service extended-stay lodging

Initial Investment: $5M - $7M

# 444
NaturaLawn of America Inc.

NaturaLawn of America Inc.

Organic-based lawn care

Initial Investment: $43K - $113K

# 445
Camp Bow Wow

Camp Bow Wow

Dog daycare, boarding, training, grooming; in-home pet care

Initial Investment: $357K - $1M

# 446
WineStyles Inc.

WineStyles Inc.

Wine store

Initial Investment: $229K - $381K

# 447
College Assistance Plus LLC

College Assistance Plus LLC

College consulting services

Initial Investment: $15K - $52K

# 448
First Choice Business Brokers

First Choice Business Brokers

Business brokerage

Initial Investment: $41K - $119K

# 449
Monster Mini Golf

Monster Mini Golf

Family entertainment centers featuring glow-in-the-dark mini golf

Initial Investment: $431K - $520K

# 450
Owens Corning Basement Finishing System

Owens Corning Basement Finishing System

Basement finishing system

Initial Investment: $73K - $234K

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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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