2012 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
RSVP Publications

RSVP Publications

Direct-mail advertising

Initial Investment: $45K - $176K

# 452
Mad Science Group Inc.

Mad Science Group Inc.

Science education and entertainment programs

Initial Investment: $70K - $90K

# 453
United Check Cashing

United Check Cashing

Check cashing and other financial services

Initial Investment: $226K - $297K

# 454
Passport Health Inc.

Passport Health Inc.

Immunization/vaccination & counseling for international travelers

Initial Investment: $74K - $102K

# 455
NaturaLawn of America Inc.

NaturaLawn of America Inc.

Organic-based lawn care

Initial Investment: $43K - $113K

# 456
ApexNetwork Physical Therapy

ApexNetwork Physical Therapy

Physical therapy

Initial Investment: $162K - $307K

# 457
CompuChild

CompuChild

Science, technology, engineering, art and math classes

Initial Investment: $18K - $33K

# 458
Golden Chick

Golden Chick

Chicken

Initial Investment: $759K - $1.7M

# 459
Orion Food Systems LLC

Orion Food Systems LLC

Fast-food systems for nontraditional markets

Initial Investment: $59K - $134K

# 460
Nestle Toll House Cafe by Chip

Nestle Toll House Cafe by Chip

Bakery cafe

Initial Investment: $148K - $497K

# 461
Dryclean USA

Dryclean USA

Dry cleaning

Initial Investment: $262K - $607K

# 462
Dunn Bros Coffee

Dunn Bros Coffee

Coffee

Initial Investment: $188K - $556K

# 463
Hayes Handpiece Franchises Inc.

Hayes Handpiece Franchises Inc.

Dental handpiece repairs

Initial Investment: $39K - $58K

# 464
Lil' Angels Photography

Lil' Angels Photography

School, child-care and family photography

Initial Investment: $24K - $29K

# 465
Preferred Care at Home

Preferred Care at Home

Senior home care

Initial Investment: $63K - $85K

# 466
Monkey Joe's Parties & Play

Monkey Joe's Parties & Play

Family entertainment centers

Initial Investment: $458K - $756K

# 467
Jet-Black Franchise Group

Jet-Black Franchise Group

Asphalt maintenance

Initial Investment: $43K - $104K

# 468
A-1 Concrete Leveling Inc.

A-1 Concrete Leveling Inc.

Concrete leveling and repairs

Initial Investment: $111K - $141K

# 469
Kiddie Academy

Kiddie Academy

Educational child care

Initial Investment: $414K - $3.6M

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# 470
Figaro's Pizza

Figaro's Pizza

Pizza, take-and-bake pizza

Initial Investment: $123K - $398K

# 471
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

# 472
Games2U Inc.

Games2U Inc.

Mobile entertainment services

Initial Investment: $58K - $197K

# 473
Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham

Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham

Hotels

Initial Investment: $276K - $12.1M

# 474
Chemstation

Chemstation

Industrial cleanser manufacturing and distribution

Initial Investment: $305K - $425K

# 475
360clean

360clean

Commercial cleaning

Initial Investment: $14K - $21K

# 476
Nature's Table Cafe

Nature's Table Cafe

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

Initial Investment: $56K - $372K

# 477
Great Steak & Potato Co., The

Great Steak & Potato Co., The

Philly cheesesteaks, fries, baked potatoes

Initial Investment: $147K - $439K

# 478
United States Seamless Inc.

United States Seamless Inc.

Seamless steel siding, gutters, accessories

Initial Investment: $52K - $111K

# 479
Human Bean Drive Thru, The

Human Bean Drive Thru, The

Specialty coffee

Initial Investment: $169K - $654K

# 480
Petland

Petland

Pets, pet supplies, boarding, daycare, grooming

Initial Investment: $274K - $1M

# 481
Pressed4Time Inc.

Pressed4Time Inc.

Dry-cleaning pickup & delivery, shoe repair

Initial Investment: $36K - $45K

# 482
Surf City Squeeze

Surf City Squeeze

Smoothies, fruit drinks, nutritional supplements

Initial Investment: $78K - $287K

# 483
LaRosa's Inc.

LaRosa's Inc.

Pizza, Italian food

Initial Investment: $821K - $833K

# 484
Salsarita's Fresh Cantina

Salsarita's Fresh Cantina

Mexican food

Initial Investment: $484K - $684K

# 485
Amramp

Amramp

Wheelchair ramp rentals and sales

Initial Investment: $133K - $215K

# 486
HuHot Mongolian Grills

HuHot Mongolian Grills

Mongolian grill restaurant

Initial Investment: $777K - $977K

# 487
Intelligent Office

Intelligent Office

Office suites & business services

Initial Investment: $316K - $497K

# 488
Sparkle Wash

Sparkle Wash

Professional pressure washing, restoration and preservation services

Initial Investment: $35K - $118K

# 489
Steak Escape Sandwich Grill

Steak Escape Sandwich Grill

Grilled sandwiches, burgers, baked potatoes, salads, fries

Initial Investment: $218K - $620K

# 490
Breadsmith

Breadsmith

Hearth-baked breads

Initial Investment: $354K - $400K

# 491
Massage Heights

Massage Heights

Therapeutic massage services and products

Initial Investment: $360K - $637K

# 492
Re-Bath LLC

Re-Bath LLC

Bathroom and kitchen remodeling

Initial Investment: $81K - $353K

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# 493
WoodSpring Suites

WoodSpring Suites

Limited-service extended-stay lodging

Initial Investment: $5M - $7M

# 494
Ace DuraFlo Systems LLC

Ace DuraFlo Systems LLC

Pipe-restoration services

Initial Investment: $36K - $410K

# 495
Snip-Its

Snip-Its

Children's hair salon, party services

Initial Investment: $116K - $207K

# 496
Precision Concrete Cutting

Precision Concrete Cutting

Uneven-sidewalk repair

Initial Investment: $150K - $177K

# 497
Music Go Round

Music Go Round

New and used musical instruments and sound equipment

Initial Investment: $259K - $333K

# 498
Discovery Point Franchising Inc.

Discovery Point Franchising Inc.

Child care

Initial Investment: $370K - $3.4M

# 499
John Casablancas Modeling & Career Centers

John Casablancas Modeling & Career Centers

Modeling and acting school, talent agency

Initial Investment: $139K - $344K

# 500
Huntington Learning Centers

Huntington Learning Centers

Tutoring and test prep

Initial Investment: $99K - $204K

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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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