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
# 401
Get In Shape For Women

Get In Shape For Women

Small-group personal training for women

Initial Investment: $56K - $189K

# 402
Labor Finders

Labor Finders

Industrial staffing

Initial Investment: $120K - $207K

# 403
CPR-Cell Phone Repair

CPR-Cell Phone Repair

Electronics repairs and sales

Initial Investment: $25K - $229K

# 404
Fit4Mom LLC

Fit4Mom LLC

Prenatal and postnatal fitness programs

Initial Investment: $2K - $18K

# 405
Worldwide Express

Worldwide Express

Discounted air express & freight services

Initial Investment: $46K - $365K

# 406
Young Rembrandts Franchise Inc.

Young Rembrandts Franchise Inc.

Art classes for ages 3 to 12

Initial Investment: $37K - $49K

# 407
Acti-Kare Inc.

Acti-Kare Inc.

Nonmedical home care

Initial Investment: $33K - $52K

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# 408
Critter Control Inc.

Critter Control Inc.

Wildlife management, pest control

Initial Investment: $23K - $90K

# 409
Clothes Mentor

Clothes Mentor

Women's clothing and accessories resale store

Initial Investment: $162K - $259K

# 410
Touching Hearts At Home

Touching Hearts At Home

Nonmedical home care for seniors and people with disabilities

Initial Investment: $48K - $69K

# 411
Kinderdance Int'l. Inc.

Kinderdance Int'l. Inc.

Movement/educational programs

Initial Investment: $15K - $46K

# 412
Big Apple Bagels/My Favorite Muffin

Big Apple Bagels/My Favorite Muffin

Bagels, sandwiches, muffins, coffee, smoothies

Initial Investment: $273K - $397K

# 413
Eagle Tax

Eagle Tax

Tax preparation & electronic filing

Initial Investment: $37K - $79K

# 414
1-800-DryClean

1-800-DryClean

Dry cleaning pickup & delivery

Initial Investment: $70K - $92K

# 415
Flip Flop Shops

Flip Flop Shops

Flip-flops and casual footwear

Initial Investment: $174K - $280K

# 416
CEO Focus

CEO Focus

Peer consulting groups for small-business owners

Initial Investment: $42K - $63K

# 417
Buffalo Wings and Rings LLC

Buffalo Wings and Rings LLC

Sports Restaurant

Initial Investment: $1.1M - $2.8M

# 418
Roni Deutch Tax Center

Roni Deutch Tax Center

Tax preparation & business services

Initial Investment: $31K - $120K

# 419
Transworld Business Advisors

Transworld Business Advisors

Business brokerage; franchise consulting

Initial Investment: $60K - $82K

# 420
Aerowest/Westair Deodorizing Services

Aerowest/Westair Deodorizing Services

Restroom deodorizing services

Initial Investment: $10K - $25K

# 421
EmbroidMe

EmbroidMe

Embroidery, screen printing, promotional products

Initial Investment: $94K - $256K

# 422
Elements Massage

Elements Massage

Therapeutic massage services

Initial Investment: $215K - $381K

# 423
Kilwins Chocolates Franchise, Inc.

Kilwins Chocolates Franchise, Inc.

Chocolate, fudge, ice cream

Initial Investment: $352K - $622K

# 424
MixStirs

MixStirs

Smoothies, protein shakes, wraps, salads

Initial Investment: $59K - $198K

# 425
PIP Printing & Marketing Services

PIP Printing & Marketing Services

Printing, signs, marketing services

Initial Investment: $50K - $279K

# 426
FreshBerry Natural Frozen Yogurt

FreshBerry Natural Frozen Yogurt

Natural frozen yogurt, smoothies, yogurt popsicles

Initial Investment: $166K - $386K

# 427
Dunn Bros Coffee

Dunn Bros Coffee

Coffee

Initial Investment: $188K - $556K

# 428
CKO Kickboxing

CKO Kickboxing

Kickboxing fitness classes

Initial Investment: $108K - $364K

# 429
DirectBuy Inc.

DirectBuy Inc.

Consumer buying club

Initial Investment: $359K - $904K

# 430
Sir Grout Franchising LLC

Sir Grout Franchising LLC

Grout, tile, stone and wood restoration

Initial Investment: $94K - $144K

# 431
Pressed4Time Inc.

Pressed4Time Inc.

Dry-cleaning pickup & delivery, shoe repair

Initial Investment: $36K - $45K

# 432
USA Insulation

USA Insulation

Home insulation and weatherization

Initial Investment: $154K - $185K

# 433
Relax The Back Corp.

Relax The Back Corp.

Products for relief/prevention of back and neck pain

Initial Investment: $221K - $371K

# 434
Lil' Angels Photography

Lil' Angels Photography

School, child-care and family photography

Initial Investment: $24K - $29K

# 435
Kitchen Tune-Up

Kitchen Tune-Up

Residential and commercial kitchen and bath remodeling

Initial Investment: $46K - $56K

# 436
Assisting Hands Home Care

Assisting Hands Home Care

Home healthcare, respite care

Initial Investment: $71K - $148K

# 437
Good Feet Worldwide LLC

Good Feet Worldwide LLC

Arch supports, related products

Initial Investment: $40K - $202K

# 438
Line-X LLC

Line-X LLC

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

Initial Investment: $155K - $334K

# 439
United Check Cashing

United Check Cashing

Check cashing and other financial services

Initial Investment: $226K - $297K

# 440
Saladworks

Saladworks

Salads, soups, sandwiches

Initial Investment: $494K - $533K

# 441
Extra Innings

Extra Innings

Indoor baseball/softball training and pro shop

Initial Investment: $158K - $558K

# 442
Vocelli Pizza

Vocelli Pizza

Pizza, subs, wings

Initial Investment: $168K - $538K

# 443
Cartridge Depot

Cartridge Depot

Inkjet & laser toner cartridge refills

Initial Investment: $78K - $191K

# 444
FocalPoint Coaching Inc.

FocalPoint Coaching Inc.

Business coaching and consulting

Initial Investment: $72K - $119K

# 445
Petland

Petland

Pets, pet supplies, boarding, daycare, grooming

Initial Investment: $274K - $1M

# 446
Expedia CruiseShipCenters

Expedia CruiseShipCenters

Cruise and vacation travel agency

Initial Investment: $95K - $180K

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# 447
Fitness Together

Fitness Together

Personal fitness training

Initial Investment: $141K - $254K

# 448
Abrakadoodle

Abrakadoodle

Art-education programs

Initial Investment: $38K - $80K

# 449
Handyman Matters Franchise Inc.

Handyman Matters Franchise Inc.

Residential and commercial repair, restoration and maintenance

Initial Investment: $64K - $119K

# 450
Pepe's Mexican Restaurants

Pepe's Mexican Restaurants

Mexican restaurant

Initial Investment: $207K - $652K

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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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