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Our 39th Annual

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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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Technology

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With the growth of the internet, MFV Expositions took a step back to evaluate its business model.
Starbucks

Starbucks Is Closing 150 Underperforming U.S. Locations. Here's Why.

Starbucks, the world's largest coffee chain, is closing three times as many stores as usual. Here are its plans for the future.
Ice Cream

Why Phil Mickelson Just Invested in Frozen Yogurt-Making Robots

The five-time major champion and his business partner has just signed on to open 30 Reis & Irvy's locations in San Diego.
Franchise 500

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These breakfast franchises know where their metaphorical and literal bread is buttered.
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The 4 Marketing Moves Every Franchise Should Make

To implement successful advertising and social media campaigns in the franchise world, franchisors and franchisees must communicate, collaborate and cooperate.
Franchises

Why Dippin' Dots Is Teaming Up With a Popcorn Brand

Dippin' Dots and Doc Popcorn are opening an increasing number of joint locations -- and sales are soaring.
Franchises

The Top 200 Food and Restaurant Franchises of 2018

If you've got a taste for food-based franchises, start with our list of the top 200.
Franchises

How to Run a Thriving Auto Shop (Without Knowing Much About Cars)

Jonita White knows a lot about people. And that's what matters.
IHOP

IHOP Changes Its Name to 'IHOb' and Reveals What the 'B' Stands for

The restaurant chain announced seven new menu items as part of its campaign.
Franchisees

5 Reasons Why More Women Are Making the Choice to Become Franchisees

For some women, starting a franchise is better than starting a business.
Franchise 500

The Top 5 Franchises of the 21st Century

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