Jason Daley lives and writes in Madison, Wisconsin. His work regularly appears in Popular Science, Outside and other magazines.
With a number of high-profile IPOs, franchises are having a moment in the Wall Street spotlight.
With the support of the Commerce Department, company executives can travel to regions of interest and meet with potential investors, which may be the boost some franchises need to expand their concepts into international brands.
It's the gourmet meal of a lifetime. Just don't look down.
These 10 franchises are leading the way into the New Year.
A focus on franchisee selection, training and operations helped Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches reach number five on the Franchise 500 list this year.
The Original SoupMan has finally hit its stride.
A sweet internship with Kona Ice helped Derek Taylor open his very own franchise.
Positive culture and a commitment to health, family and safety have taken a 24-hour gym concept to the top of the 2014 Franchise 500.
A number of top culinary minds are aiming to expand their reach with franchised fast-casual restaurants that serve up high-quality, reasonably priced meals.
Ready To Launch
9Round kicks up circuit fitness training with boxing and kickboxing inspired workouts.
First came the craft brewing trend, and now craft distilleries are churning out premium hooch.
Make More Happen
French Fry Heaven feeds an insatiable demand for fries and franchises.
Proper Suit stitches together bespoke tailoring and e-commerce so the American male can dress better for less.
Shu-ling Garver started Engineering for Kids, a program that teaches the basics of engineering and design to kids.
Anthony Ackil, co-founder of the farm-to-table fast food company, tells us why local fast food needn't be an oxymoron.
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