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Vanguard Cleaning Systems

2014 Franchise 500
#23
At a Glance

Products & Services: Commercial cleaning

Number of Locations: 2,696

Total Investment: $9.9K - $35.8K

Founded: 1984

Began Franchising: 1984

About Vanguard Cleaning Systems

Vanguard Cleaning Systems was founded in 1984 and began franchising the same year. The private company is based in San Mateo, California. Its franchisees serve more than 10,000 commercial cleaning accounts. Vanguard offers a master franchise program for experienced businesspeople and a unit franchise program for beginning entrepreneurs.

Franchise Units

Year U.S. Canadian International Company Owned
2013 2,480 216 0 0
2012 2,247 193 0 3
2011 1,996 156 0 3
2010 1,734 113 0 3
Where Seeking Franchisees: Franchisor is seeking new franchise units throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Startup Costs, Ongoing Fees and Financing

Total Investment: $9,850 - $35,830
Franchise Fee: $8,550 - $32,130
Ongoing Royalty Fee: 10%
Term of Franchise Agreement: 10 years, renewable
Financial Requirements
Liquid Cash Available: $2,500 - $28,700
Operations
Franchise can be run from home. Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 1 - 2. Absentee ownership of franchise is NOT allowed. (100% of current franchisees are owner/operators).
Financing Type In-House Third Party
Franchise Fee
Startup Costs
Equipment
Inventory
Accounts Receivable
Payroll

How This Franchise Supports Franchisees

Training: At regional offices : 20 hours+.
Ongoing Support: Newsletter, Meetings, Internet, Security/safety procedures, Field operations/evaluations, Purchasing cooperatives
Marketing Support: Regional advertising,

Franchise Ranking History

Franchise 500®: #23 (2014), #25 (2013), #39 (2012), #7 (2011), #30 (2010),
Fastest-Growing: #7 (2014), #4 (2013), #4 (2012), #8 (2011), #10 (2010),
Low-Cost: #4 (2013), #6 (2012), #1 (2011), #8 (2010),
Top Home-Based: #3 (2014), #3 (2013), #8 (2012), #1 (2011), #7 (2010),
America's Top Global: #40 (2013), #36 (2012), #6 (2011), #24 (2010),