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Welcome to Entrepreneur's 39th annual Franchise 500®. That’s right, we’ve been putting together the world’s first, best, and most comprehensive franchise ranking for almost four decades. And this year’s turned out to be one of our most competitive ever. In fact, for the first time in 25 years, more than 1,000 companies applied to be a part of the list. That means if you’re interested in buying a franchise, you’ve got more options than ever, from the established industries still dominating the top of the rankings, like restaurants, hair care, and real estate, to emerging trends quickly climbing their way up, like smartphone repairs, trampoline parks, and paint-and-sip studios. So how do we determine which companies come out on top? Using our proprietary ranking formula, which is always evolving to keep up with the ever-changing franchise world.

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She started cleaning houses. Now Christina Clark is cleaning up.
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Why This Franchisor Invests in Franchisees Who Have No Experience

Home Franchise Concepts CEO Shirin Behzadi knows what it's like to be underestimated -- so now, she gives everyone a fighting chance.
Dunkin Donuts

Why Dunkin' Donuts Is Removing 'Donuts' From Its Name

What does this rebrand mean for the doughnut franchise?
Rebranding

Papa John's Files Trademark to Lose Its Apostrophe and Spotlights New 'Papas' Who Aren't Its Founder

Grammar is only one tactic the pizza chain is using to distance itself from John Schnatter.
Chick-fil-A

Chick-fil-A Makes More Per Restaurant Than McDonald's, Starbucks and Subway Combined … and It's Closed on Sundays

Why a restaurant that's closed on Sundays makes more per restaurant than any other fast food restaurant in the country.
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Franchise 500

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Open a franchise and help others with their businesses, too.
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Project Grow

After Nearly Going Bankrupt, How Franchise Jersey Mike's Fought Back and Won

CEO Peter Cancro learned to prepare for the worst, which set him up for lasting success.
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