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When you've been honing a craft for 29 years, it can become somewhat of an art. Our Franchise 500® listing is indeed part craft, part art. The craft comes from nearly three decades of researching, surveying, compiling, analyzing and cataloging information on thousands of franchises. The art comes from our personal expertise, which takes our listing above and beyond any set of numbers and cold calculations, as well as from the heart and soul our team put into this 29th Annual Franchise 500®. For the months leading up to our ranking, our hardworking Franchise 500® team--Tracy Stapp and Emily Weisburg--was consumed with, occasionally even monomaniacal about, the work involved.

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