2011 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
# 251
Home Care Assistance

Home Care Assistance

Nonmedical home care

Initial Investment: $120K - $265K

# 252
Computer Troubleshooters

Computer Troubleshooters

Technology consulting and services for small businesses

Initial Investment: $32K - $48K

# 253
CompuChild

CompuChild

Science, technology, engineering, art and math classes

Initial Investment: $18K - $33K

# 254
Christian Brothers Automotive Corp.

Christian Brothers Automotive Corp.

Auto repair

Initial Investment: $403K - $475K

# 255
Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham

Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham

Hotels

Initial Investment: $4.5M - $6.9M

# 256
Huntington Learning Centers

Huntington Learning Centers

Tutoring and test prep

Initial Investment: $99K - $204K

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# 257
Wyndham Hotels and Resorts

Wyndham Hotels and Resorts

Hotels

Initial Investment: $564K - $65M

# 258
Slumberland Franchising Inc.

Slumberland Franchising Inc.

Home furnishings

Initial Investment: $539K - $2M

# 259
A & W Restaurants Inc.

A & W Restaurants Inc.

Burgers, hot dogs, root beer

Initial Investment: $912K - $1.6M

# 260
Salsarita's Fresh Cantina

Salsarita's Fresh Cantina

Mexican food

Initial Investment: $484K - $684K

# 261
Border Magic/Boulder Designs

Border Magic/Boulder Designs

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

Initial Investment: $56K - $130K

# 262
WSI Digital Marketing

WSI Digital Marketing

Internet services

Initial Investment: $64K - $172K

# 263
Postal Annex+

Postal Annex+

Packing, shipping, postal and business services

Initial Investment: $139K - $205K

# 264
Billboard Connection/Izon Global Media

Billboard Connection/Izon Global Media

Ad agency specializing in outdoor media

Initial Investment: $44K - $69K

# 265
Property Damage Appraisers

Property Damage Appraisers

Commercial and residential property management

Initial Investment: $22K - $49K

# 266
Baymont Inn & Suites

Baymont Inn & Suites

Hotels

Initial Investment: $172K - $6.4M

# 267
Golden Krust Franchising Inc.

Golden Krust Franchising Inc.

Caribbean-style food

Initial Investment: $173K - $564K

# 268
Nature's Table Cafe

Nature's Table Cafe

Wraps, sandwiches, salads, soups, smoothies, frozen treats

Initial Investment: $56K - $372K

# 269
Precision Tune Auto Care

Precision Tune Auto Care

Auto repair and maintenance, tires, engine diagnostics

Initial Investment: $127K - $254K

# 270
Fox's Pizza Den

Fox's Pizza Den

Pizza, sandwiches, wings, salads

Initial Investment: $111K - $210K

# 271
Hospitality Int'l. Inc.

Hospitality Int'l. Inc.

Hotels

Initial Investment: $134K - $2.6M

# 272
Amramp

Amramp

Wheelchair ramp rentals and sales

Initial Investment: $133K - $215K

# 273
Home Video Studio

Home Video Studio

Video production and postproduction services

Initial Investment: $79K - $107K

# 274
Furniture Medic

Furniture Medic

Furniture and wood restoration, repair and refinishing

Initial Investment: $55K - $74K

# 275
Tanworld

Tanworld

Tanning services, lotions & skin-care products

Initial Investment: $323K - $564K

# 276
Candy Bouquet Int'l.

Candy Bouquet Int'l.

Floral-like designer gifts & gourmet confections

Initial Investment: $12K - $49K

# 277
Allegra Marketing-Print-Mail

Allegra Marketing-Print-Mail

Printing, marketing and mail services

Initial Investment: $162K - $593K

# 278
Drama Kids Int'l. Inc.

Drama Kids Int'l. Inc.

After-school drama classes and summer camps

Initial Investment: $29K - $49K

# 279
OpenWorks

OpenWorks

Commercial cleaning, facility services

Initial Investment: $17K - $124K

# 280
Mint Condition Franchising Inc.

Mint Condition Franchising Inc.

Commercial cleaning, building maintenance

Initial Investment: $5K - $45K

# 281
Sculpture Hospitality

Sculpture Hospitality

Bar and restaurant management solutions

Initial Investment: $44K - $57K

# 282
Floor Coverings International

Floor Coverings International

Flooring

Initial Investment: $138K - $310K

# 283
Little Gym, The

Little Gym, The

Development/fitness programs

Initial Investment: $146K - $366K

# 284
Office Pride Commercial Cleaning Services

Office Pride Commercial Cleaning Services

Commercial cleaning

Initial Investment: $51K - $100K

# 285
Paciugo Gelato Caffe

Paciugo Gelato Caffe

Gelato, pastries, beverages

Initial Investment: $84K - $137K

# 286
Quaker Steak & Lube

Quaker Steak & Lube

Chicken wings, burgers, salads, steaks

Initial Investment: $1.7M - $3.3M

# 287
Travel Leaders

Travel Leaders

Travel agency

Initial Investment: $2K - $17K

# 288
Ziebart

Ziebart

Auto appearance and protection services

Initial Investment: $172K - $331K

# 289
Kid to Kid

Kid to Kid

New and used children's and maternity clothing and products

Initial Investment: $249K - $373K

# 290
Discovery Point Franchising Inc.

Discovery Point Franchising Inc.

Child care

Initial Investment: $370K - $3.4M

# 291
AdvantaClean

AdvantaClean

Environmental services

Initial Investment: $121K - $218K

# 292
National Property Inspections, Inc.

National Property Inspections, Inc.

Home and commercial property inspections

Initial Investment: $43K - $47K

# 293
Stanley Steemer Carpet Cleaner

Stanley Steemer Carpet Cleaner

Carpet and upholstery cleaning

Initial Investment: $104K - $250K

# 294
Martinizing Dry Cleaning

Martinizing Dry Cleaning

Dry cleaning and laundry services

Initial Investment: $446K - $675K

# 295
Donatos Pizza

Donatos Pizza

Pizza, subs, salads

Initial Investment: $461K - $667K

# 296
Entrepreneur's Source, The

Entrepreneur's Source, The

Franchise/business coaching and development services

Initial Investment: $67K - $75K

# 297
Sir Speedy Print Signs Marketing

Sir Speedy Print Signs Marketing

Printing, signs, marketing services

Initial Investment: $229K - $279K

# 298
Kolache Factory

Kolache Factory

Kolaches

Initial Investment: $396K - $619K

# 299
CertaPro Painters Ltd.

CertaPro Painters Ltd.

Residential and commercial painting

Initial Investment: $130K - $163K

# 300
American Prosperity Group (APG)

American Prosperity Group (APG)

Retirement and estate financial services

Initial Investment: $87K - $118K

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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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