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
# 351
College Hunks Hauling Junk/College Hunks Moving

College Hunks Hauling Junk/College Hunks Moving

Junk removal, moving and labor services

Initial Investment: $95K - $208K

# 352
Mr. Handyman Int'l. LLC

Mr. Handyman Int'l. LLC

Home maintenance and repairs

Initial Investment: $103K - $132K

# 353
Expense Reduction Coaching

Expense Reduction Coaching

Cost-reduction services and coaching

Initial Investment: $66K - $74K

# 354
CEO Focus

CEO Focus

Peer consulting groups for small-business owners

Initial Investment: $42K - $63K

# 355
Business Partner Marketing Coach

Business Partner Marketing Coach

Marketing services and coaching

Initial Investment: $66K - $75K

# 356
Signs Now

Signs Now

Signs, graphics

Initial Investment: $187K - $351K

# 357
Mooyah Franchise LLC

Mooyah Franchise LLC

Burgers, fries, shakes

Initial Investment: $383K - $598K

# 358
Cybertary

Cybertary

Virtual office assistant services

Initial Investment: $40K - $79K

# 359
Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt

Frozen Yogurt

Initial Investment: $223K - $428K

# 360
CKO Kickboxing

CKO Kickboxing

Kickboxing fitness classes

Initial Investment: $108K - $364K

# 361
Labor Finders

Labor Finders

Industrial staffing

Initial Investment: $120K - $207K

# 362
Beef O'Brady's Family Sports Pub

Beef O'Brady's Family Sports Pub

Family sports restaurant

Initial Investment: $257K - $867K

# 363
Furniture Medic

Furniture Medic

Furniture and wood restoration, repair and refinishing

Initial Investment: $55K - $74K

# 364
Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille, The

Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille, The

Sports-theme restaurant and bar

Initial Investment: $1.5M - $1.8M

# 365
Sub Zero Ice Cream

Sub Zero Ice Cream

Ice cream, yogurt, custard, smoothies

Initial Investment: $160K - $381K

# 366
City Wide Maintenance

City Wide Maintenance

Commercial cleaning, building maintenance

Initial Investment: $102K - $197K

# 367
Christmas Decor Inc.

Christmas Decor Inc.

Holiday & event decorating services

Initial Investment: $13K - $35K

# 368
VooDoo BBQ & Grill

VooDoo BBQ & Grill

Barbecue

Initial Investment: $341K - $625K

# 369
Fiesta Auto Insurance and Tax

Fiesta Auto Insurance and Tax

Insurance and tax-preparation services

Initial Investment: $50K - $107K

# 370
Maid To Perfection

Maid To Perfection

Residential & light commercial cleaning

Initial Investment: $57K - $63K

# 371
WIN Home Inspection

WIN Home Inspection

Home inspections

Initial Investment: $38K - $54K

# 372
My Gym Children's Fitness Center

My Gym Children's Fitness Center

Early-learning/fitness programs

Initial Investment: $34K - $247K

# 373
National Property Inspections, Inc.

National Property Inspections, Inc.

Home and commercial property inspections

Initial Investment: $43K - $47K

# 374
Money Mailer Franchise Corp.

Money Mailer Franchise Corp.

Direct-mail advertising

Initial Investment: $83K - $169K

# 375
Image360

Image360

Signs, digital imaging

Initial Investment: $136K - $277K

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# 376
Cruise Holidays

Cruise Holidays

Cruise travel agency

Initial Investment: $10K - $160K

# 377
Sit Means Sit Dog Training

Sit Means Sit Dog Training

Dog training

Initial Investment: $51K - $124K

# 378
Fast-Fix Jewelry & Watch Repairs

Fast-Fix Jewelry & Watch Repairs

Jewelry and watch repairs

Initial Investment: $186K - $358K

# 379
Melting Pot Restaurants Inc., The

Melting Pot Restaurants Inc., The

Fondue restaurant

Initial Investment: $955K - $1.4M

# 380
Sandler Training

Sandler Training

Sales and sales-management training

Initial Investment: $92K - $109K

# 381
Pump It Up

Pump It Up

Children's entertainment centers

Initial Investment: $366K - $790K

# 382
Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies

Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies

Hawaiian coffee and smoothies

Initial Investment: $75K - $469K

# 383
HobbyTown

HobbyTown

General hobbies and supplies, toys

Initial Investment: $147K - $328K

# 384
Cousins Subs

Cousins Subs

Hot/cold subs, salads, soups, desserts

Initial Investment: $145K - $388K

# 385
GameTruck Licensing LLC

GameTruck Licensing LLC

Mobile video-game theaters

Initial Investment: $121K - $303K

# 386
Apricot Lane

Apricot Lane

Women's clothing, accessories, gifts

Initial Investment: $131K - $410K

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# 387
Pirtek USA

Pirtek USA

Hose service and supply center/mobile services

Initial Investment: $339K - $623K

# 388
Certified Restoration DryCleaning Network LLC

Certified Restoration DryCleaning Network LLC

Textile restoration

Initial Investment: $46K - $236K

# 389
Cleaning Authority, The

Cleaning Authority, The

Residential cleaning

Initial Investment: $87K - $136K

# 390
L&L Hawaiian Barbecue

L&L Hawaiian Barbecue

Asian-American food

Initial Investment: $130K - $521K

# 391
Radisson

Radisson

Hotels

Initial Investment: $3.2M - $9.9M

# 392
Learning Express

Learning Express

Specialty toy store

Initial Investment: $210K - $298K

# 393
Alternative Board (TAB), The

Alternative Board (TAB), The

Peer advisory boards, business coaching

Initial Investment: $41K - $92K

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# 394
Athlete's Foot, The

Athlete's Foot, The

Athletic footwear & related sports accessories

Initial Investment: $210K - $495K

# 395
ABC Inc.

ABC Inc.

Seamless siding, gutters, windows, roofing

Initial Investment: $81K - $269K

# 396
Mr. Electric

Mr. Electric

Electrical services

Initial Investment: $81K - $182K

# 397
Critter Control Inc.

Critter Control Inc.

Wildlife management, pest control

Initial Investment: $23K - $90K

# 398
Spring-Green Lawn Care

Spring-Green Lawn Care

Lawn and tree care

Initial Investment: $89K - $103K

# 399
Koko FitClub LLC

Koko FitClub LLC

Fitness clubs

Initial Investment: $203K - $396K

# 400
Colors On Parade

Colors On Parade

Mobile auto paint and dent repair

Initial Investment: $34K - $441K

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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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