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Our 40th Annual

Franchise 500 Ranking

We are proud to present Entrepreneur’s 40th annual Franchise 500®. From regulations to trends to demographics, the franchise industry has experienced its fair share of change since that very first Franchise 500 was published way back in 1980. But the industry keeps going strong, offering companies of all different stripes an effective mode of expansion, and affording thousands of aspiring entrepreneurs the opportunity to open their own business within an established brand. And Entrepreneur continues to celebrate them all with what is still the world’s first, best, and most comprehensive franchise ranking.

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How to Find Your Passion (If Your Passion Isn't Your Product!)

Jonathan Barnett launched Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning as a way to support his true passions in life. But he found that supporting his employees is his greatest achievement.
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Why This Entrepreneur Went from Independent Business Owner to Franchisee

By joining FastSigns, Nikki Taheri found a new world of support.
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Jazzercise Still Thrives After 50 Years... and Its Startup Fee Is Only $1,250

The workout franchise is still growing, still evolving and still dancing.
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How a Colorado Home-Improvement Franchise Found Its Market

An interview with LIME Painting's founder and CEO.
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Chick-fil-A Is the Most Beloved Fast-Food Chain in America, According to a Brand Intimacy Survey

Per the survey, 26.7% of people who visit Chick-fil-A said they were willing to pay up to 20% more at the chain.
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Domino's Will Use E-Bikes to Deliver Pizzas Across the U.S.

It's an eco-friendly (and sometimes faster) alternative to delivery cars.
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Why the 'A' in Chick-fil-A Is Capitalized

There's a hidden message in Chick-fil-A's logo.
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This Starbucks Executive Shares How Your Company Can Make a Positive Social Impact

Jessica Abo sits down with a Starbucks executive to learn how the company is taking on community service, plastics and pay equity.
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Chick-fil-A Likely Loses Out on More Than $1 Billion in Sales Every Year by Closing on Sundays -- and It's a Brilliant Business Strategy

The chicken chain's founder, Truett Cathy, decided to close all locations on Sundays because of his Christian faith.

Cannabis Entrepreneurs: Know the Perils of 'Accidental Franchising'

Accidental franchises are a trap for the unwary -- and the trap is sure to attract cannabis entrepreneurs looking for a quick footing in the burgeoning cannabis industry.
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This Junk Hauling Franchise Helps Seniors Declutter and Relieve Anxiety

How Gone For Good aims to help older people ease anxiety and do good for the environment in the process.
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How Franchising Helped This Founder Scale His Business

Former NFL player Tafa Jefferson launched a business to provide care to senior citizens. But he couldn't do it on his own.
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This Franchisee Ditched a High-Powered Corporate Career to Run Her Own Cycling Studios

Lisa Locker spent decades climbing the corporate ladder. But as a CycleBar franchisee, she's found a whole new challenge.
Franchises

Why Painting With a Twist's Founders Replaced Themselves as CEO

After 10 years, the founders knew the business was ready for the next stage of growth. But they weren't sure they were the right people to lead the charge.
Marketing

Chick-fil-A Is Giving Away Free Food Today -- Here's How to Get It

Check out how to get free lunch (yes, it does exist) at Chick-fil-A today, and at other restaurants throughout the year.