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<i>Entrepreneur</i>'s 22nd Annual Franchise 500

A closer look at this year's ranking of the top 500 franchises

This story appears in the January 2001 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

While you may not hear the word "" very often in casual conversation, franchising itself plays a substantial part in our daily lives. Whether we're dropping our kids off at child care, getting trained on the latest computer program, meeting the new temp, mailing an important package or cruising through the local drive-thru, we can potentially intersect a at almost any given moment. It's been estimated than one of every three retail dollars you spend will go to a franchise.

Obviously, franchise companies are reaping big rewards. Franchising grew 13 percent in 2000, and systems are continuing to expand, according to Franchise Recruiters Ltd.'s annual Franchise Development Survey.

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