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04 Dec 2015 

These 101 Franchises Are the Best of the Best

Making it into Entrepreneurs 2015 Franchise 500 is quite an achievement. But a select group of franchises have even more to brag about. Theyre what we call the best of the bestthe franchises that ranked at the top of their industry categoriesand youll find all 101 of them listed on the following pages.

These companies were ranked based on Entrepreneurs objective, quantifiable criteria, including system size, growth rate and financial strength and stability. But there are many other factors to consider in searching out the best franchise for you. This list is not intended as a recommendation of any particular company but as a starting point for your research. Always read a companys legal documents, consult with an attorney and an accountant and talk to other franchisees before investing in any opportunity.



AutomotiveAppearance Services

Ziebart

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #171

ziebart.com

Startup cost: $172K-$331K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 357/12

Oil-Change Services

Jiffy Lube International



2015 Franchise 500 rank: #27

jiffylube.com

Startup cost: $221K-$400K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 1,979/0

Transmission hvac Repair

AAMCO Transmissions and Total Car Care

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #124

aamcofranchises.com

Startup cost: $240.3K-$346.7K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 677/21

Wheels & Tires

Big O Tires

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #158

bigofranchise.com

Startup cost: $238.2K-$1.1M

Total click here franchises/co.-owned: 362/40

Windshield Repair

Novus Glass

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #113

novusfranchising.com

Startup cost: $46.8K-$229.5K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 1,627/17

Miscellaneous Auto Products & Services

J.D. Byrider

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #223

franchise.jdbyrider.com

Startup cost: $675.5K-$5.3M

Total franchises/co.-owned: 135/30

Miscellaneous Repair & Maintenance Services

Midas International

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #35

midasfranchise.com

Startup cost: $203.1K-$424.5K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 2,190/6

Business ServicesAdvertising Services - Publishing

Coffee News

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #137

coffeenews.com

Startup cost: $10.3K-$11.3K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 799/5

Advertising Services - Miscellaneous

Money Mailer Franchise

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #185

moneymailer.com

Startup cost: $58.1K-$119K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 197/45

Business Brokerages

Transworld Business Advisors

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #219

discover.tworld.com

Startup cost: $57.2K-$74.7K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 174/0

Business Coaching & Consulting

FocalPoint Coaching

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #276

focalpointcoaching.com

Startup cost: $61.6K-$113.95K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 126/0

Property Management

Real Property Management

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #148

realpropertymgt.com

Startup cost: $56.6K-$99.9K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 270/0

Shipping Services

InXpress

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #250

inxpress.com

Startup cost: $55.3K-$120.2K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 262/0

Signs

Sign-A-Rama

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #71

discoversignarama.com

Startup cost: $92.1K-$234.2K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 949/0

Staffing

Express Employment Professionals

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #66

expressfranchising.com

Startup cost: $110K-$195K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 702/0

Training Programs

Sandler Training

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #189

sandler.com

Startup cost: $88.2K-$105.1K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 255/0

Miscellaneous Business Services

Proforma

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #89

onlyproforma.com

Startup cost: $4.7K-$50.2K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 712/0

Children's BusinessesChild Care

Goddard Systems

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #105

goddardschoolfranchise.com

Startup cost: $704.7K-$880K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 428/0

Childrens Enrichment Programs

Bricks 4 Kidz

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #102

bricks4kidz.com

Startup cost: $33.8K-$51.1K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 625/2

Childrens Fitness Programs

Soccer Shots Franchising

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #180

soccershotsfranchising.com

Startup cost: $18.7K-$25.5K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 152/8

Childrens Retail

Once Upon A Child

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #140

onceuponachild.com

Startup cost: $242.3K-$373.2K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 293/0

Tutoring

Kumon Math & Reading Centers

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #20

kumonfranchise.com

Startup cost: $72.2K-$149.3K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 25,356/28

Miscellaneous Childrens Businesses

GameTruck Licensing

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #254

gametruckpartyfranchise.com

Startup cost: $118.3K-$318.4K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 70/0

Financial ServicesBusiness Financial Services

Padgett Business Services

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #214

smallbizpros.com

Startup cost: $99.98K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 391/0

Insurance

Estrella Insurance

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #226

estrellainsurance.com

Startup cost: $49.95K-$84K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 88/0

Tax Services

H&R Block

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #18

hrblock.com/franchise

Startup cost: $31.5K-$148.7K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 4,846/6,165

Miscellaneous Financial Services

ACFN-The ATM Franchise Business

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #482

acfnfranchised.com

Startup cost: $40.4K-$67.8K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 233/0

Food/Full-Service RestaurantsBuffet Restaurants

Golden Corral Franchising Systems

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #100

goldencorralfranchise.com

Startup cost: $1.9M-$5.7M

Total franchises/co.-owned: 384/114

Sports Bars/Pubs

The Greene Turtle Sports Bar and Grille

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #390

thegreeneturtle.com

Startup cost: $1.5M-$1.8M

Total franchises/co.-owned: 25/12

Miscellaneous Full-Service Restaurants

Dennys

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #8

dennysfranchising.com

Startup cost: $1.3M-$2.6M

Total franchises/co.-owned: 1,541/161

Food/Quick ServiceBaked Goods - Cookies

Great American Cookies

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #145

greatamericancookies.com

Startup cost: $183.4K-$317.2K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 343/0

Baked Goods - Pretzels

Auntie Annes Hand-Rolled Soft Pretzels

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #34

auntieannes.com

Startup cost: $194.9K-$367.6K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 1,598/17

Baked Goods - Miscellaneous

Cinnabon

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #65

cinnabon.com

Startup cost: $180.1K-$385.5K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 1,245/1

Chicken - Wings

Buffalo Wild Wings

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #59

buffalowildwings.com

Startup cost: $1.4M-$3.3M

Total franchises/co.-owned: 585/495

Chicken - Miscellaneous

KFC

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #16

kfcfranchise.com

Startup cost: $1.3M-$2.5M

Total franchises/co.-owned: 13,846/5,029

Coffee

Dunkin Donuts

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #11

dunkinfranchising.com

Startup cost: $216.1K-$1.5M

Total franchises/co.-owned: 11,310/0

Frozen Desserts - Frozen Yogurt

Menchies

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #111

menchies.com

Startup cost: $218.3K-$385.2K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 478/1

Frozen Desserts - Ice Cream

Baskin-Robbins

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #43

baskinrobbinsfranchising.com

Startup cost: $102.9K-$388.6K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 7,546/6

Frozen Desserts - Miscellaneous

Ritas Italian Ice

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #84

ritasice.com

Startup cost: $140.2K-$413.9K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 555/0

Hamburgers

Jack in the Box

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #4

jackinthebox.com

Startup cost: $1.3M-$2.4M

Total franchises/co.-owned: 1,786/465

Mexican Food

Taco Bell

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #19

tacobellfranchise.com

Startup cost: $1.2M-$2.6M

Total franchises/co.-owned: 5,157/896

Pizza

Pizza Hut



2015 Franchise 500 rank: #9

pizzahutfranchise.com

Startup cost: $297K-$2.1M

Total franchises/co.-owned: 12,956/2,011

Sandwiches - Philly Cheesesteak

Charleys Philly Steaks

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #98

charleys.com

Startup cost: $152.2K-$451.2K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 489/47

Sandwiches - Submarine

Subway

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #3

subway.com

Startup cost: $116.6K-$263.2K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 42,227/0

Sandwiches - Miscellaneous

Jimmy Johns Gourmet Sandwiches

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #6

jimmyjohns.com

Startup cost: $330.5K-$519.5K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 2,123/39

Smoothies

Smoothie King

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #79

smoothiekingfranchise.com

Startup cost: $176.3K-$403.6K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 666/17

Miscellaneous Quick Service

Nathans Famous

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #151

nathansfamous.com

Startup cost: $276.4K-$1.1M

Total franchises/co.-owned: 315/5

Food/Retail SalesVending

Fresh Healthy Vending

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #357

freshvending.com

Startup cost: $119.3K-$206.6K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 185/35

Miscellaneous Food Businesses

Edible Arrangements International

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #40

ediblearrangements.com

Startup cost: $156.99K-$276.98K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 1,148/4

HealthHealth Products

Miracle-Ear

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #41

miracle-ear.com

Startup cost: $119K-$287.5K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 1208/8

Health Services

HealthSource Chiropractic and Progressive Rehab

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #114

healthsourcechiro.com

Startup cost: $57.7K-$253.1K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 366/0

Home ImprovementKitchen & Bath Remodeling

Kitchen Tune-Up

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #203

kitchentuneup.com

Startup cost: $45.8K-$55.9K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 165/0

Organization/Storage Systems

ShelfGenie Franchise Systems

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #220

shelfgenie.com

Startup cost: $70.1K-$131.3K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 132/40

Painting

CertaPro Painters Ltd.

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #101

ownacertapro.com

Startup cost: $129K-$161.5K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 453/0

Wood Refinishing

N-Hance

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #125

nhancefranchise.com

Startup cost: $24.3K-$131.98k

Total franchises/co.-owned: 347/0

Miscellaneous Home-Improvement Businesses

Budget Blinds

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #50

budget-blinds-franchise.com

Startup cost: $89.2K-$187.1K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 934/0

Hotels & Motels

Hampton Hotels

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #1

hiltonworldwide.com/development

Startup cost: $3.7M-$13.5M

Total franchises/co.-owned: 1,963/1

MaintenanceCarpet, Upholstery & Drapery Services

Chem-Dry Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #63

chemdryfranchise.com

Startup cost: $39.99K-$139.5K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 3,565/0

Commercial Cleaning

Jan-Pro Franchising International

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #12

jan-pro.com

Startup cost: $3.1K-$50.9K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 11,676/0

Electrical Services

Mister Sparky

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #285

mistersparky.com

Startup cost: $66.2K-$602.9k

Total franchises/co.-owned: 99/6

Handyman Services

HandyPro International

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #384

handypro.com

Startup cost: $69.2K-$127.2K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 36/0

Home Repairs - Miscellaneous

The Glass Guru

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #234

theglassguru.com

Startup cost: $30.2K-$119.99K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 86/1

HVAC Services

One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #144

onehourheatandair.com

Startup cost: $79.3K-$707.8K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 266/38

Lawn Care

Weed Man

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #91

weedmanfranchise.com

Startup cost: $68.1K-$85.1K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 556/0

Pest Control

Mosquito Squad

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #343

mosquitosquadfranchise.com

Startup cost: $14.6K-$62.1K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 141/0

Plumbing

Rooter-Man

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #94

rooterman.com

Startup cost: $46.8K-$137.6K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 498/21

Residential Cleaning

The Maids

2015 Franchise hvac website 500 rank: #38

maids.com

Startup cost: $98.6K-$126K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 1,113/60

Restoration Services

Servpro

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #7

servpro.com

Startup cost: $138.6K-$187.2K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 1,664/0

Window Cleaning

Fish Window Cleaning Services

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #154

fishwindowcleaning.com

Startup cost: $78.2K-$139.7K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 305/1

Miscellaneous Maintenance click here Businesses

American Leak Detection

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #115

americanleakdetection.com

Startup cost: $76.8K-$259.6K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 365/27

Personal CareFitness Businesses

Anytime Fitness

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #2

anytimefitness.com

Startup cost: $78.7K-$371.2K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 2,733/36

Hair Care

Supercuts

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #5

regisfranchise.com

Startup cost: $113.9K-$233.8K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 1,314/1,124

Massage Services

Massage Envy Spa

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #51

massageenvy.com

Startup cost: $412.6K-$938.9K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 1,055/0

Senior Care

Comfort Keepers

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #57

comfortkeepersfranchise.com

Startup cost: $83.1K-$114.4K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 798/0

Tanning Salons

Palm Beach Tan

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #159

palmbeachtan.com

Startup cost: $555.1K-$821.9K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 240/175

Miscellaneous Personal Care Businesses

The Woodhouse Day Spa

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #374

woodhousespas.com

Startup cost: $499.1K-$658.4K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 39/2

PetsDog Training

Sit Means Sit Dog Training

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #293

sitmeanssit.com

Startup cost: $45K-$123.9K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 82/1

Pet Care

Dogtopia

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #363

dogdaycare.com

Startup cost: $318.4K-$496.8K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 26/5

Pet Stores

Wild Birds Unlimited

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #149

wbu.com

Startup cost: $104.2K-$172.5K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 288/0

RecreationSports Businesses

American Poolplayers Association

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #271

poolplayers.com

Startup cost: $16.7K-$19.9K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 307/6

Sports Equipment & Apparel

Fleet Feet Sports

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #246

fleetfeetsports.com

Startup cost: $178K-$335K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 107/22

Travel Agencies - Cruise-Only

Cruise Planners

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #22

cruiseplannersfranchise.com

Startup cost: $2.1K-$21.99K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 1,757/1

Travel Agencies - Miscellaneous

Results! Travel

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #69

resultstravel.com

Startup cost: $25-10.4K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 656/0

RetailApparel & Accessories

Platos Closet

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #108

platoscloset.com

Startup cost: $233.4K-$387.9K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 408/0

Batteries

Batteries Plus Bulbs

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #72

batteriesplus.com

Startup cost: $208.5K-$385.8K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 586/42

Convenience Stores

7-Eleven

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #10

franchise.7-eleven.com

Startup cost: $37.2K-$1.6M

Total franchises/co.-owned: 53,027/489

Electronics Stores

Cellairis Franchise

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #82

cellairis.com

Startup cost: $43.1K-$397K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 577/51

Tools Distribution

Snap-on Tools

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #25

snapon.com

Startup cost: $152.7K-$318.98K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 4,581/210

Vitamins

GNC Franchising

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #23

gncfranchising.com

Startup cost: $167.9K-$294.5K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 3,188/3,419

Miscellaneous Retail Businesses

Aarons

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #15

aaronsfranchise.com

Startup cost: $275.7K-$782.6K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 782/1,326

ServicesDry Cleaning & Delivery Services

Martinizing Dry Cleaning

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #399

martinizingfranchise.com

Startup cost: $305K-$593.7K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 422/0

Embroidery & Screen Printing

EmbroidMe

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #143

discoverembroidme.com

Startup cost: $93.7K-$246.5K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 460/0

Home Inspections

Pillar To Post Home Inspectors

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #109

pillartopost.com

Startup cost: $33.4K-$41.6K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 460/0

Moving/Junk-Removal Services

Two Men and a Truck International



2015 Franchise 500 rank: #164

twomenandatruckfranchising.com

Startup cost: $178K-$548.5K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 248/1

Paint & Sip Studios

Painting with a Twist

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #260

paintingwithatwist.com

Startup cost: $94.3K-$131.8K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 152/4

Postal & Business Centers

The UPS Store

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #21

theupsstore.com

Startup cost: $150.2K-$420.3K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 4,793/0

Printing

Minuteman Press International



2015 Franchise 500 rank: #73

minutemanpress.com

Startup cost: $63.6K-$185.96K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 931/0

Real Estate

RE/MAX

2015 Franchise 500 hvac rank: #75

remax.com

Startup cost: $37.5K-$259K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 6,665/21

Miscellaneous Services

Pop-A-Lock Franchise System

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #96

popalock.com/franchising.php

Startup cost: $99.99K-$133.4K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 437/3

TechElectronics Repairs

CPR Cell Phone Repair

2015 Franchise 500 rank: #175

cellphonerepair.com

Startup cost: $24.6K-$228.5K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 169/3

Miscellaneous Tech Services

CMIT Solutions



2015 Franchise 500 rank: #232

cmitfranchise.com

Startup cost: $129.2K-$171.5K

Total franchises/co.-owned: 143/0

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03 Dec 2015 

Leaking Ducts: One Big Problem



Metal Ducts: Old andWithout Seals

Way back between 1950 and 1980, people were taking energyefficiency for granted, because energy was INEXPENSIVE. Installers didn't makean extra effort to seal hvac website the metal ducts they were working on.

Sections of metal ducts were just slid into each other, andwere set into place with a few screws. The ducts were then wrapped withinsulation to prevent sweating and condensation, but not to insulate them andmake them energy efficient.

If hvac website the ductwork is not sealed it leaks. Not sealing ductworkwould be like putting copper pipes together for plumbing without SOLDERING thejoints.



Imagine an air conditioning duct as a long, hole-riddengarden hose. The pressurized water (or air in an air conditioning duct) willleak out of all the holes BEFORE it gets to the end of the hose. You get avery, very small amount of water out of hvac the hose's end since much of the waterhas already leaked out. That's what happens with air conditioning ducts thathave more than 40% leakage -- most of the HOT or COLD air has escaped out ofthe ductwork hvac website and into the attic, where it's not supposed to be.





Older metal ducts are very prone to leakage. Many studieshave proven that there's a direct link between hvac website the duct system's age and ductleakage percentage. Also, a duct wrapped with insulation is akin to wrapping aleaking pipe with a rag to stop the leak. The insulation does virtually NOTHINGto lessen duct leakage since the air is under pressure.

Leaking airconditioning -- Not good!

Nobody wants higher energy bills, but leaky ducts createnegative pressure, increasing energy costs. If there were 20% leakage, the sameamount of air would need to enter the house through whatever means, be itthrough the windows, the doors, can lights, and any other "holes" inthe house. Outside air is always dirty, with dust, pollen, and humidity -- thisair will enter a home with leaky ducts. You'll know that outside air gets intothe home when there's dust on windowsills and carpet stains around baseboards.

A few air-conditioning companies cash in on leaky ducts byoffering a new air conditioning unit for thousands of dollars instead ofsealing or replacing leaky ductwork. The latter costs only a fraction of theprice of a new air conditioner.





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