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Franchise 500 2023
2023 Franchise 500 Rank
#255 Ranked #298 last year
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Initial investment
$163K - $205K
Units as of 2023
24 Increase 0.0% over 3 years

Spaulding Decon is a biohazard restoration specialist with a solid background in crime scenes, tear gas, meth lab, and hoarding cleanup services, as well as mold remediation. The brand started in the early 2000s when Kansas police officer Laura Spaulding witnessed the devastation of families cleaning up crime scenes while grieving. 

Officer Spaulding helped families as a side job until 2005, when she decided to leave the police force and focus on crime cleanup. While starting as a one-woman show, Spaulding Decon hired its first batch of employees just a year later and soon started expanding its services. By 2015, Spaulding Decon had become the first nationally franchised crime scene, hoarding, and meth lab cleanup service in the United States.

There are now over 25 Spaulding Decon franchise locations throughout the United States.

Why You May Want to Start a Spaulding Decon Franchise

Spaulding Decon prides itself on its family of franchisees, which it wishes to continue to expand. If you are hard-working, enthusiastic about customer service, committed to high standards, and eager to learn the business ropes, you could be their next franchisee. The company believes in treating everyone with respect, regardless of the size of their contribution to the organization.  

All these values form the cornerstone of Spaulding Decon's quick growth, which is evident in the various awards and recognition it has received. Spaulding Decon has been ranked in Entrepreneur's Franchise 500 several times in recent years. This ranking is based on an evaluation of more than 150 data points in the areas of costs and fees, size and growth, franchisee support, brand strength, and financial strength and stability.

What Might Make a Spaulding Decon Franchise a Good Choice?

Spaulding Decon's suite of services may make it a unique franchise opportunity. There are very few other franchisors offering the same selection, which now includes water damage restoration and even cash property buyouts. As a franchisee, you will have various duties and responsibilities, from technical supervision to working with community and government leaders in improving public awareness on cleanup techniques and associated health risks.

To be part of Spaulding Decon, you should make sure you're financially ready for an initial investment made up of a franchise fee and other startup costs. In addition, you should prepare yourself for ongoing fees that will include advertising, royalty, and potential renewal fees. Franchisees will also need to meet the company's set net worth and liquid capital requirements. 

How To Open a Spaulding Decon Franchise

A franchise usually comes with a proven formula, so starting one may be easier than building a business from scratch. However, you still have to do the work by researching location and demand, your target demographics, human resource availability, and other crucial factors. If you have specific questions, make a list and take it with you to Spaulding Decon headquarters in Tampa, Florida, on discovery day. 

In any case, Spaulding Decon appears to be excellent in the support department. They are known for providing franchisees all the knowledge and training they need, including software and other proprietary supplies, and even national contracts right off the bat. That means you could have a business the moment you open your doors.

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Company Overview

About Spaulding Decon

Industry Maintenance
Related Categories Miscellaneous Maintenance Businesses, Commercial Cleaning, Miscellaneous Services, Cleaning/Restoration, Crime-Scene Cleaning
Founded 2005
Parent Company Spaulding Decon Industries Corp.
Leadership Laura Spaulding, CEO
Corporate Address 3615 E. 7th Ave.
Tampa, FL 33605
Social Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, YouTube

Business Overview

Franchising Since 2015 (8 years)
# of employees at HQ 5
Where seeking

This company is offering new franchisees throughout the US.

# of Units 24 (as of 2023)

Information for Franchisees

Here's what you need to know if you're interested in opening a Spaulding Decon franchise.

Financial Requirements & Ongoing Fees

Here's what you can expect to spend to start the business and what ongoing fees the franchisor charges throughout the life of the business.

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$162,510 - $204,550
Net Worth Requirement Information Circle
Cash Requirement Information Circle
Veteran Incentives Information Circle
10% off franchise fee
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Term of Agreement Information Circle
10 years
Is franchise term renewable? Yes
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Financing Options

Some franchisors offer in-house financing, while others have relationships with third-party financing sources to which they refer qualified franchisees.

Third Party Financing Spaulding Decon has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: franchise fee, startup costs, equipment, inventory

Training & Support Offered

Franchisors offer initial training programs and a variety of ongoing support options to help franchisees run their businesses.

On-The-Job Training 48 hours
Classroom Training 75 hours
Ongoing Support
Purchasing Co-ops
Meetings & Conventions
Toll-Free Line
Grand Opening
Online Support
Security & Safety Procedures
Lease Negotiation
Field Operations
Site Selection
Proprietary Software
Franchisee Intranet Platform
Marketing Support
Co-op Advertising
Ad Templates
National Media
Regional Advertising
Social Media
Website Development
Email Marketing


Additional details about running this franchise.

Is absentee ownership allowed? No
Can this franchise be run from home/mobile unit? Information Circle
Can this franchise be run part time? Information Circle
# of employees required to run 2
Are exclusive territories available? Information Circle
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Updated: December 12th, 2022