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Entrepreneur's 24th Annual Franchise 500

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

This story appears in the January 2003 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Thousands of prospective entrepreneurs seeking stability in unstable times have turned to franchising, making this old standby a new economic star. What's the allure? Generally, franchising offers the perks of a corporation, minus the scandal, and the freedom of entrepreneurship, minus much of the risk. If you believe 2003 is your year to buy a franchise, Entrepreneur's 24th Annual Franchise 500® is a great place to start your search.

The initial Franchise 500® in 1980 was the first ranking of franchises in the industry. Over the years, we have polished and perfected our ranking procedure, giving us a formula that accurately identifies today's top franchise opportunities for you.

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