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
# 351
Instant Imprints

Instant Imprints

Embroidery, signs, banners, promotional products

Initial Investment: $118K - $320K

# 352
Yogen Fruz

Yogen Fruz

Frozen yogurt, soft-serve ice cream

Initial Investment: $136K - $472K

# 353
Caring Senior Service

Caring Senior Service

Home care

Initial Investment: $59K - $102K

# 354
Squeegee Squad

Squeegee Squad

Residential and high-rise window cleaning, building maintenance

Initial Investment: $33K - $122K

# 355
MassageLuXe

MassageLuXe

Therapeutic massage, facials, waxing

Initial Investment: $215K - $400K

# 356
Window Gang

Window Gang

Window, exterior, dryer-vent and chimney cleaning; deck and fence sealing

Initial Investment: $34K - $81K

# 357
Signs Now

Signs Now

Signs, graphics

Initial Investment: $187K - $351K

# 358
My Gym Children's Fitness Center

My Gym Children's Fitness Center

Early-learning/fitness programs

Initial Investment: $34K - $247K

# 359
Fox's Pizza Den

Fox's Pizza Den

Pizza, sandwiches, wings, salads

Initial Investment: $111K - $210K

# 360
Sandler Training

Sandler Training

Sales and sales-management training

Initial Investment: $92K - $109K

# 361
Counter Custom Built Burgers, The

Counter Custom Built Burgers, The

Build-your-own-burger restaurant

Initial Investment: $751K - $2.5M

# 362
Labor Finders

Labor Finders

Industrial staffing

Initial Investment: $120K - $207K

# 363
Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies

Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies

Hawaiian coffee and smoothies

Initial Investment: $75K - $469K

# 364
Fast-teks On-site Computer Services

Fast-teks On-site Computer Services

On-site computer-repair services

Initial Investment: $36K - $62K

# 365
FirstLight HomeCare

FirstLight HomeCare

Nonmedical home care

Initial Investment: $87K - $131K

# 366
Kitchen Tune-Up

Kitchen Tune-Up

Residential and commercial kitchen and bath remodeling

Initial Investment: $46K - $56K

# 367
Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille, The

Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille, The

Sports-theme restaurant and bar

Initial Investment: $1.5M - $1.8M

# 368
Honey Do Service Inc., The

Honey Do Service Inc., The

Handyman/home-improvement services

Initial Investment: $64K - $98K

# 369
Snaggle Foot Dog Walks & Pet Care

Snaggle Foot Dog Walks & Pet Care

Pet-sitting, dog-walking

Initial Investment: $12K - $22K

# 370
Elevation Burger

Elevation Burger

Organic burgers, fries, shakes

Initial Investment: $409K - $822K

# 371
Keller Williams Realty

Keller Williams Realty

Real Estate

Initial Investment: $175K - $328K

# 372
Expense Reduction Coaching

Expense Reduction Coaching

Cost-reduction services and coaching

Initial Investment: $66K - $74K

# 373
ERA Franchise Systems LLC

ERA Franchise Systems LLC

Real estate

Initial Investment: $48K - $210K

# 374
Mainstream Boutique

Mainstream Boutique

Women's clothing, accessories, gifts

Initial Investment: $49K - $170K

# 375
National Property Inspections, Inc.

National Property Inspections, Inc.

Home and commercial property inspections

Initial Investment: $43K - $47K

# 376
Money Mailer Franchise Corp.

Money Mailer Franchise Corp.

Direct-mail advertising

Initial Investment: $83K - $169K

# 377
Valpak Direct Marketing Systems Inc.

Valpak Direct Marketing Systems Inc.

Direct-mail and digital advertising

Initial Investment: $82K - $201K

# 378
Another Broken Egg Cafe

Another Broken Egg Cafe

Breakfast, brunch and lunch cafe

Initial Investment: $460K - $1.1M

# 379
Sam & Louie's

Sam & Louie's

Italian restaurants/pizzerias

Initial Investment: $328K - $469K

# 380
Tint World

Tint World

Auto accessories, audio/video, security, window tinting and appearance services

Initial Investment: $108K - $200K

# 381
Image360

Image360

Signs, digital imaging

Initial Investment: $136K - $277K

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# 382
Sub Zero Ice Cream

Sub Zero Ice Cream

Ice cream, yogurt, custard, smoothies

Initial Investment: $160K - $381K

# 383
Safe Ship

Safe Ship

Packing, shipping, office supplies, freight

Initial Investment: $60K - $149K

# 384
V's Barbershop Franchise LLC

V's Barbershop Franchise LLC

Upscale men's barbershop

Initial Investment: $194K - $353K

# 385
ApexNetwork Physical Therapy

ApexNetwork Physical Therapy

Physical therapy

Initial Investment: $162K - $307K

# 386
Great Play Children's Gyms

Great Play Children's Gyms

Children's gyms

Initial Investment: $189K - $427K

# 387
Cleaning Authority, The

Cleaning Authority, The

Residential cleaning

Initial Investment: $87K - $136K

# 388
Cruise Holidays

Cruise Holidays

Cruise travel agency

Initial Investment: $10K - $160K

# 389
Jantize America

Jantize America

Commercial cleaning

Initial Investment: $51K - $207K

# 390
Wingate by Wyndham

Wingate by Wyndham

Hotels

Initial Investment: $6.9M - $10.6M

# 391
Mr. Clean Carwash

Mr. Clean Carwash

Car wash & quick-lube services

Initial Investment: $2.4M - $3.3M

# 392
Orion Food Systems LLC

Orion Food Systems LLC

Fast-food systems for nontraditional markets

Initial Investment: $59K - $134K

# 393
Little Gym, The

Little Gym, The

Development/fitness programs

Initial Investment: $146K - $366K

# 394
HobbyTown

HobbyTown

General hobbies and supplies, toys

Initial Investment: $147K - $328K

# 395
PuroClean

PuroClean

Property damage restoration and remediation

Initial Investment: $142K - $164K

# 396
Comet Cleaners

Comet Cleaners

Dry cleaning and laundry services

Initial Investment: $100K - $795K

# 397
Glass Doctor

Glass Doctor

Auto/residential/commercial glass repair and replacement

Initial Investment: $109K - $279K

# 398
Melting Pot Restaurants Inc., The

Melting Pot Restaurants Inc., The

Fondue restaurant

Initial Investment: $955K - $1.4M

# 399
Crown Trophy Inc.

Crown Trophy Inc.

Award and recognition items

Initial Investment: $186K - $278K

# 400
Homes & Land

Homes & Land

Real-estate marketing magazine

Initial Investment: $47K - $127K

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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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