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A Two Time All-American Hurdler Overcomes Obstacles in Sports and Business
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A Two Time All-American Hurdler Overcomes Obstacles in Sports and Business

Like the lawns and landscapes he cares for, Justin Rush can withstand rough patches.
Carly Okyle
Dogs, Birds and More: Check Out These 7 Pet Franchises
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Dogs, Birds and More: Check Out These 7 Pet Franchises

In honor of National Pet Month, it's a great time for owners to reassess the needs of their beloved pets and make sure they are happy and healthy.
Lindsay Friedman
6 Trends That Prove Franchises Are a Hot Opportunity for Aspiring Entrepreneurs
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6 Trends That Prove Franchises Are a Hot Opportunity for Aspiring Entrepreneurs

By being aware of franchise trends, you can capitalize on them for your business.
Rick Bisio
Franchise of the Day: Unleash You Inner 'Shoebe' With This Shoe Company
Franchise of the day

Franchise of the Day: Unleash You Inner 'Shoebe' With This Shoe Company

If flip-flops are what you're after, the Flip Flop Shops franchise is the place to go.
Lindsay Friedman
How This Franchisee Is Giving Hope -- and Jobs -- to the Disabled Community
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How This Franchisee Is Giving Hope -- and Jobs -- to the Disabled Community

Disabled people make great employees. That's why this Tim Hortons owner keeps hiring them.
Crazy Fast Food Burgers You Can Only Find in Japan
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Crazy Fast Food Burgers You Can Only Find in Japan

Finding customers for berry jam burgers may prove difficult anywhere else.
Lindsay Friedman
Franchise of the Day: The Franchise Says Its OK to Eat Your Feelings
Franchise of the day

Franchise of the Day: The Franchise Says Its OK to Eat Your Feelings

With just a scoop or even a pint, this ice-cream franchise is there for you.
Lindsay Friedman
Franchise of the Day: Bring a 'Pop' to Your Day With This Franchise
Franchise of the day

Franchise of the Day: Bring a 'Pop' to Your Day With This Franchise

Doc popcorn will liven your taste buds one kernel at a time.
Lindsay Friedman
These Glass Doctor Franchisees Found Smashing Success in a Family Business
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These Glass Doctor Franchisees Found Smashing Success in a Family Business

Kevin and Tamera Tennant started their business in a dumpster, picking up shards of glass, to teach themselves their new trade.
Joan Oleck
Franchise of the Day: Get Bikini Body Ready With This Franchise
Franchise of the day

Franchise of the Day: Get Bikini Body Ready With This Franchise

Offering workout sessions and personal training, Orangetheory Fitness will help you take on the beach with confidence this summer.
Lindsay Friedman
5 Crazy Food Franchise Moments You'll Never Forget
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5 Crazy Food Franchise Moments You'll Never Forget

Some things you just can't unsee, even when you want to.
Lindsay Friedman
Franchise of the Day: This Franchise Will Make You Feel Beautiful and Calm
Franchise of the day

Franchise of the Day: This Franchise Will Make You Feel Beautiful and Calm

Nothing cures stress like a relaxing massage or a rejuvenating facial.
Lindsay Friedman
Franchise of the Day: On The Move? This Franchise Is Here to Help.
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Franchise of the Day: On The Move? This Franchise Is Here to Help.

With the motto, 'movers who care,' this franchise will make you move a bit easier.
Lindsay Friedman

Franchising is a way for companies to expand their business by licensing the rights to third-party retailers or individuals -- or franchisees -- who then can use the franchise's logo, name and business model.

There are three different kinds of franchises. They include:

  • Distributorships, such as withToyota, which licenses the right for a third party to sell the parent company product.

  • Trademark licensing, which allows companies to buy the right to use the parent company's trademark along with their own brand, such as what Coca-Cola licenses to other companies.

  • Business format franchises, such as Subway, which offer its franchisees the right to sell its goods and/or services using its business model.

Popular franchises: Some examples of popular and well-known franchise models are in the food industry -- many of which have gone international -- such as McDonald's, Subway and Pizza Hut. Starbucks, which is commonly thought to be a franchise, is not.

For more information about top franchise businesses, check out Entrepreneur's 2016 Franchise 500® Rankings, or get the Entrepreneur Franchise 500.