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
# 401
Computer Troubleshooters

Computer Troubleshooters

Technology consulting and services for small businesses

Initial Investment: $32K - $48K

# 402
Gigi's Cupcakes LLC

Gigi's Cupcakes LLC

Cupcakes

Initial Investment: $236K - $396K

# 403
Red Mango - Yogurt Cafe & Juice Bar

Red Mango - Yogurt Cafe & Juice Bar

Frozen yogurt, smoothies, juices, wraps

Initial Investment: $193K - $501K

# 404
Spherion Staffing

Spherion Staffing

Staffing, recruiting

Initial Investment: $100K - $168K

# 405
AFC/Doctors Express

AFC/Doctors Express

Urgent-care centers

Initial Investment: $808K - $1.4M

# 406
Mr. Electric

Mr. Electric

Electrical services

Initial Investment: $81K - $182K

# 407
Baby Boot Camp/Karna Fitness

Baby Boot Camp/Karna Fitness

Prenatal and postnatal fitness; women's private and small-group training

Initial Investment: $5K - $10K

# 408
Sunbelt Business Brokers

Sunbelt Business Brokers

Business brokerage

Initial Investment: $41K - $105K

# 409
Dryclean USA

Dryclean USA

Dry cleaning

Initial Investment: $262K - $607K

# 410
Home Care Assistance

Home Care Assistance

Nonmedical home care

Initial Investment: $120K - $265K

# 411
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate LLC

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate LLC

Real estate

Initial Investment: $191K - $514K

# 412
Cousins Subs

Cousins Subs

Hot/cold subs, salads, soups, desserts

Initial Investment: $145K - $388K

# 413
Entrepreneur's Source, The

Entrepreneur's Source, The

Franchise/business coaching and development services

Initial Investment: $67K - $75K

# 414
Cartridge World

Cartridge World

Ink and toner cartridges, printers, printer services and supplies

Initial Investment: $69K - $151K

# 415
Certified Restoration DryCleaning Network LLC

Certified Restoration DryCleaning Network LLC

Textile restoration

Initial Investment: $46K - $236K

# 416
Radisson

Radisson

Hotels

Initial Investment: $3.2M - $9.9M

# 417
Surf City Squeeze

Surf City Squeeze

Smoothies, fruit drinks, nutritional supplements

Initial Investment: $78K - $287K

# 418
Spring-Green Lawn Care

Spring-Green Lawn Care

Lawn and tree care

Initial Investment: $89K - $103K

# 419
Pump It Up

Pump It Up

Children's entertainment centers

Initial Investment: $366K - $790K

# 420
Mr. Transmission/Transmission USA

Mr. Transmission/Transmission USA

Transmission repair and services

Initial Investment: $174K - $247K

# 421
Pizza Factory Inc.

Pizza Factory Inc.

Pizza, pasta, sandwiches

Initial Investment: $151K - $569K

# 422
Fast-Fix Jewelry & Watch Repairs

Fast-Fix Jewelry & Watch Repairs

Jewelry and watch repairs

Initial Investment: $186K - $358K

# 423
Dale Carnegie Training

Dale Carnegie Training

Workplace training and development

Initial Investment: $20K - $175K

# 424
Summit Learning Services Inc.

Summit Learning Services Inc.

Tutoring/learning services

Initial Investment: $33K - $47K

# 425
1-800-Got-Junk?

1-800-Got-Junk?

Junk removal

Initial Investment: $127K - $159K

# 426
Fleet Feet Sports

Fleet Feet Sports

Athletic footwear, apparel, accessories

Initial Investment: $180K - $338K

# 427
Relax The Back Corp.

Relax The Back Corp.

Products for relief/prevention of back and neck pain

Initial Investment: $221K - $371K

# 428
Zippy Shell Self Storage & Moving

Zippy Shell Self Storage & Moving

Mobile self-storage and moving services

Initial Investment: $505K - $891K

# 429
Port Of Subs

Port Of Subs

Submarine sandwiches

Initial Investment: $169K - $300K

# 430
Great Steak & Potato Co., The

Great Steak & Potato Co., The

Philly cheesesteaks, fries, baked potatoes

Initial Investment: $147K - $439K

# 431
Color Me Mine Enterprises Inc.

Color Me Mine Enterprises Inc.

Paint-your-own-ceramics studio

Initial Investment: $136K - $185K

# 432
Restoration 1

Restoration 1

Insurance/disaster restoration and cleaning

Initial Investment: $68K - $154K

# 433
Big Apple Bagels/My Favorite Muffin

Big Apple Bagels/My Favorite Muffin

Bagels, sandwiches, muffins, coffee, smoothies

Initial Investment: $273K - $397K

# 434
WIN Home Inspection

WIN Home Inspection

Home inspections

Initial Investment: $38K - $54K

# 435
Screenmobile, The

Screenmobile, The

Mobile window and door screening

Initial Investment: $84K - $119K

# 436
Ledo Pizza

Ledo Pizza

Pizza, subs, pasta

Initial Investment: $126K - $442K

# 437
Golden Krust Franchising Inc.

Golden Krust Franchising Inc.

Caribbean-style food

Initial Investment: $173K - $564K

# 438
Savory Spice Shop

Savory Spice Shop

Spices, seasonings, extracts, sauce mixes

Initial Investment: $187K - $310K

# 439
Aire-Master of America Inc.

Aire-Master of America Inc.

Restroom deodorizing and maintenance

Initial Investment: $38K - $138K

# 440
Magicuts

Magicuts

Hair salon

Initial Investment: $138K - $205K

# 441
Jet-Black Franchise Group

Jet-Black Franchise Group

Asphalt maintenance

Initial Investment: $43K - $104K

# 442
Robeks Fresh Juices & Smoothies

Robeks Fresh Juices & Smoothies

Smoothies, juices, healthful snacks

Initial Investment: $229K - $340K

# 443
9Round-30 min Kickbox Fitness

9Round-30 min Kickbox Fitness

Kickboxing fitness programs

Initial Investment: $58K - $93K

# 444
HomeVestors of America Inc.

HomeVestors of America Inc.

Home buying, repair and selling

Initial Investment: $42K - $347K

# 445
Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham

Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham

Hotels

Initial Investment: $276K - $12.1M

# 446
EagleRider Motorcycle Rental

EagleRider Motorcycle Rental

Motorcycle, scooter, ATV & watercraft rentals & tours

Initial Investment: $49K - $179K

# 447
ABC Inc.

ABC Inc.

Seamless siding, gutters, windows, roofing

Initial Investment: $81K - $269K

# 448
360clean

360clean

Commercial cleaning

Initial Investment: $14K - $21K

# 449
Dunn Bros Coffee

Dunn Bros Coffee

Coffee

Initial Investment: $188K - $556K

# 450
Kid to Kid

Kid to Kid

New and used children's and maternity clothing and products

Initial Investment: $249K - $373K

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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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