2013 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
# 301
Billboard Connection/Izon Global Media

Billboard Connection/Izon Global Media

Ad agency specializing in outdoor media

Initial Investment: $44K - $69K

# 302
Fuzziwig's Candy Factory Inc.

Fuzziwig's Candy Factory Inc.

Self-serve bulk candy

Initial Investment: $179K - $348K

# 303
HuHot Mongolian Grills

HuHot Mongolian Grills

Mongolian grill restaurant

Initial Investment: $777K - $977K

# 304
Dryer Vent Wizard Int'l. LLC

Dryer Vent Wizard Int'l. LLC

Dryer-vent cleaning, replacement

Initial Investment: $53K - $75K

# 305
Zoup! Systems LLC

Zoup! Systems LLC

Soups, salads, sandwiches

Initial Investment: $321K - $589K

# 306
LaVida Massage

LaVida Massage

Massage and spa services

Initial Investment: $162K - $358K

# 307
Togo's Franchisor LLC

Togo's Franchisor LLC

Specialty sandwiches, salads, soups, wraps

Initial Investment: $240K - $501K

# 308
Young Rembrandts Franchise Inc.

Young Rembrandts Franchise Inc.

Art classes for ages 3 to 12

Initial Investment: $37K - $49K

# 309
Mr. Rooter

Mr. Rooter

Plumbing, drain and sewer cleaning

Initial Investment: $74K - $187K

# 310
HomeWell Senior Care

HomeWell Senior Care

Home care

Initial Investment: $60K - $120K

# 311
City Wide Maintenance

City Wide Maintenance

Commercial cleaning, building maintenance

Initial Investment: $102K - $197K

# 312
Acti-Kare Inc.

Acti-Kare Inc.

Nonmedical home care

Initial Investment: $33K - $52K

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# 313
Stevi B's Pizza

Stevi B's Pizza

Pizza buffet

Initial Investment: $514K - $684K

# 314
Genghis Grill-Build Your Own Stir Fry

Genghis Grill-Build Your Own Stir Fry

Build-your-own Asian stir-fry restaurant

Initial Investment: $347K - $974K

# 315
Grout Doctor Global Franchise Corp.

Grout Doctor Global Franchise Corp.

Grout, tile and stone maintenance

Initial Investment: $20K - $33K

# 316
RimTyme

RimTyme

Rent-to-own custom wheels and tires

Initial Investment: $321K - $684K

# 317
Childrens Lighthouse Franchise Co.

Childrens Lighthouse Franchise Co.

Child care

Initial Investment: $634K - $4M

# 318
Furniture Medic

Furniture Medic

Furniture and wood restoration, repair and refinishing

Initial Investment: $55K - $74K

# 319
PrideStaff

PrideStaff

Staffing

Initial Investment: $148K - $208K

# 320
Sir Speedy Print Signs Marketing

Sir Speedy Print Signs Marketing

Printing, signs, marketing services

Initial Investment: $229K - $279K

# 321
Honest-1 Auto Care LLC

Honest-1 Auto Care LLC

Auto repair and maintenance

Initial Investment: $193K - $506K

# 322
Medi-Weightloss Franchising USA LLC

Medi-Weightloss Franchising USA LLC

Medical weight-loss and wellness program

Initial Investment: $207K - $384K

# 323
Repower by Solar Universe

Repower by Solar Universe

Solar-panel and smart home technology sales and installation

Initial Investment: $104K - $348K

# 324
Quaker Steak & Lube

Quaker Steak & Lube

Chicken wings, burgers, salads, steaks

Initial Investment: $1.7M - $3.3M

# 325
Sir Grout Franchising LLC

Sir Grout Franchising LLC

Grout, tile, stone and wood restoration

Initial Investment: $94K - $144K

# 326
Multivista

Multivista

Photo, video and webcam services to the construction industry

Initial Investment: $97K - $478K

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# 327
Handyman Connection

Handyman Connection

Home repairs, remodeling

Initial Investment: $103K - $159K

# 328
Decor Group Inc., The

Decor Group Inc., The

Holiday and event lighting

Initial Investment: $18K - $60K

# 329
Cheeburger Cheeburger

Cheeburger Cheeburger

Full-service restaurant

Initial Investment: $215K - $578K

# 330
USA Insulation

USA Insulation

Home insulation and weatherization

Initial Investment: $154K - $185K

# 331
Preferred Care at Home

Preferred Care at Home

Senior home care

Initial Investment: $63K - $85K

# 332
Uptown Cheapskate

Uptown Cheapskate

Young-adult-clothing resale store

Initial Investment: $262K - $385K

# 333
Coit Cleaning & Restoration Services

Coit Cleaning & Restoration Services

Carpet, upholstery, drapery, grout & air-duct cleaning

Initial Investment: $40K - $164K

# 334
Town Money Saver

Town Money Saver

Direct-mail advertising

Initial Investment: $8K - $20K

# 335
Boardwalk Fresh Burgers & Fries

Boardwalk Fresh Burgers & Fries

Burgers & fries

Initial Investment: $175K - $626K

# 336
Yellow Van Handyman

Yellow Van Handyman

Handyman services

Initial Investment: $30K - $42K

# 337
TacoTime

TacoTime

Mexican food

Initial Investment: $201K - $818K

# 338
AtWork Group

AtWork Group

Temporary, temp-to-hire and direct-hire staffing

Initial Investment: $100K - $175K

# 339
Nurse Next Door Home Care Services

Nurse Next Door Home Care Services

Medical/nonmedical home care

Initial Investment: $106K - $159K

# 340
Coverall Health-Based Cleaning System

Coverall Health-Based Cleaning System

Commercial cleaning

Initial Investment: $15K - $48K

# 341
EarthWise Pet Supply

EarthWise Pet Supply

Pet food and supplies, grooming and self-wash services

Initial Investment: $209K - $474K

# 342
AmeriSpec Home Inspection Services

AmeriSpec Home Inspection Services

Home inspections

Initial Investment: $23K - $55K

# 343
Toppers Pizza

Toppers Pizza

Pizza, breadsticks, wings

Initial Investment: $263K - $491K

# 344
L&L Hawaiian Barbecue

L&L Hawaiian Barbecue

Asian-American food

Initial Investment: $130K - $521K

# 345
AArrow Advertising

AArrow Advertising

Advertising, sign spinning, guerilla marketing

Initial Investment: $37K - $80K

# 346
Hurricane Grill & Wings

Hurricane Grill & Wings

Chicken wings, sandwiches, salads

Initial Investment: $450K - $895K

# 347
BookKeeping Express

BookKeeping Express

Bookkeeping

Initial Investment: $39K - $55K

# 348
Billy Sims BBQ

Billy Sims BBQ

Barbecue

Initial Investment: $169K - $433K

# 349
East Coast Wings Corp.

East Coast Wings Corp.

Buffalo wings

Initial Investment: $659K - $1.1M

# 350
Paul Davis Restoration

Paul Davis Restoration

Insurance restoration

Initial Investment: $183K - $357K

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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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