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04 Dec 2015 

Medical marijuana: Will Colorado's "green rush" last?

The following is a script from "Rocky Mountain High" which aired Dec. 22, 2013. Steve Kroft is the correspondent. Frank Devine, producer.

Twenty states have now legalized the medical use of marijuana for treatment of things like glaucoma, the effects of chemotherapy, and chronic pain; defying federal laws that still consider marijuana more dangerous than cocaine and methamphetamine.

Last year, voters in two states, Washington and Colorado, went so far as to approve marijuana for recreational use too. On New Year's Day, legalized, regulated and heavily taxed recreational marijuana goes on sale in Colorado, which as we reported last year, has the most developed medical marijuana industry in the country.

Marijuana_Leaf.jpgAs we first reported before thatvote, if you want to know what legalized marijuana might look like, the placeto go is Colorado, which has the most developed medical marijuana industry inthe country.

In Denver, if you want to find a medical marijuana dispensary, just look for the green cross. You won't have to go far. There are 204 of them in the Mile High City -- that's roughly three times the number of Starbucks and McDonald's combined.

They come in all sizes and hvac shapes. There is the health food store motif and 70s style head shops. There are storefronts pitching low cost weed, and boutiques offering gourmet ganja. No stems and seeds here, just walnut-sized buds freshly harvested in the cultivation room out back.

Matt Cook: When patients arrive, this is where they'll have to show their patient registry card and their driver's license to gain access to the actual marijuana center, itself.

Steve Kroft: You could smell it. (laugh)

This is all private enterprise,licensed and regulated and taxed by the state. It was enshrined in the Coloradoconstitution after voters approved an amendment allowing the sale of marijuanato people who can demonstrate that they may benefit from its avowed medicinalproperties. Matt Cook, a former narcotics officer, wrote the law and served asthe state's first director of enforcement.

Matt Cook: If you'll note, video security cameras in the system--in the ceiling.

Steve Kroft: Any reason for that?

Matt Cook: There is. We created a very transparent, regulatory scheme and wanted to ensure that what they said they were doing, they were actually doing.

No state has gone to the lengths to manage medical marijuana that Colorado has. Every licensed dispensary must grow at least 70 percent of its own product indoors so harvesting and sales can be closely monitored. This crop is worth about a quarter of million dollars.

Matt Cook: We track everything from seed to sale. And they have to account for 100 percent of it. We've got a gentleman here that has a live, if you will, software program that does all of the tracking for this commodity.



Each plant has a bar code and is registered to a specific patient. Most dispensaries will cultivate a couple of dozen different strains, some of them proprietary, like ales at a microbrewery -- engineered to have particular characteristics as our budtender, Carrie, explained.

Carrie: This is called Jack Frost, but it's a triple A: alert, awake, and aware. If you needed to medicate in the a.m. before going to work, no one would ever be able to detect that you took any medicine, just as you would any other medicines that you take. So no physical lethargy, is my point.

Marijuana_scale.jpgWe should point out that thoseproperties are anecdotal and not based on studies by the FDA or the DEA, asubject we will get to shortly. There is also no correlation between the morepopular brand names and the ailments they alleviate. Dopium is a medicationavailable at Denver Relief, owned by Ean Seeb. It's gotten high marks fromcritics -- yes, there are medical marijuana critics in Colorado, evencompetitions.

Steve Kroft: You won the Colorado Medical Marijuana Harvest Cup? Couple of years ago?

Ean Seeb: We did. In 2009. And our Biodiesel won five out of the six categories and first place. So we won the overall award. It was a sweeping victory, if you will. And then we put--

Steve Kroft: Biodiesel?



Ean Seeb: Yeah. I--

Steve Kroft: That's the name of it?

Ean Seeb: Yes, it is. And it's become--

Steve Kroft: Doesn't sound like medicine. (laugh)

Ean Seeb: There's a lot of strains out there that don't sound like medicine because this didn't used to be legal. And those strain names have not changed.



But it's not all brand loyalty and nostalgia. There are lots of new things on the dispensary shelf, especially for non-smokers. They're called edibles, the marriage of botanical science and the culinary arts: marijuana infused cookies, candy, chocolate truffles, even olive oil. And for patients watching their waistline, there are marijuana pills that come in different strengths, just like Tylenol and Advil.

Carrie: You simply take it with a glass of water and it puts you where you need to be.

The people who have invested money in all of this are known locally as ganjapreneurs. Colorado has had a history of gold rushes and silver rushes, and some people have dubbed this the green rush, not just for the color of medical marijuana, but for the money that might eventually be made here if you are among the first to stake a claim.

Kristi Kelly was doing marketing in Washington, when she decided to invest in a medical marijuana dispensary.

Kristi Kelly: There's not a lot of opportunities in any one lifetime where you can be a part of something from such an early stage. And so, ultimately, my partners begged me to come out. And my husband and I packed up our bags and shut down our life in DC and moved out here.

[Tripp Keber: The company's evolution has been fairly dynamic]

Tripp Keber is CEO of Dixie Elixirs, the leading manufacturer of cannabis-laced edibles. It supplies most of the state's 537 dispensaries from this factory, which he calls state of the art for the industry, which means small scale.

"There's not a lot of opportunities in any one lifetime where you can be a part of something from such an early stage."

Tripp Keber: So here we have Lexi, who is one of our production specialists. She's preparing our medicated chocolate rolls, which are certainly one of our most popular edibles products.

Steve Kroft: Smells really good. It looks good.

Female voice: Thank you. (laugh)

DixieElixirs.jpgDixie Elixir's product line includesice creams and medicated beverages that come in 10 different flavors.

Tripp Keber: We have a 75-milligram, 12-ounce sparkling red currant, would be the equivalent of four or five doses of medicine for a patient.

Steve Kroft: What would happen to me if I drank one of these?

Tripp Keber: You would have a very long, but mellow afternoon. (laughter)

Keber and his partners have poured a million dollars into this business, and have also pioneered edible products and capsules they say contain all of the medicinal benefits of marijuana, but without the high.

Steve Kroft: What's your business plan?

Tripp Keber: So our plan-- you know, and I'm--

Steve Kroft: Long-term and short-term.

Tripp Keber: Sure, the long-term plan for this business for Dixie Elixirs and Edibles as I've never been really shy to share is ultimately to sell it. I truly believe that whether it's Big Alcohol, Big Tobacco or Big Pharma, a company like one of those is going to look very, very closely at medical cannabis. It's about a two billion dollar market in 2012, growing to just under nine billion dollars in 2016. So you're seeing hockey stick growth. And I think companies like Dixie are well-positioned to be acquired as the industry develops.

It's a risky proposition. The industry requires a big capital investment and the medical marijuana marketplace is already saturated.

But Matt Cook, who wrote the rule book for all this and is now a consultant to the medical marijuana industry, says it's helped pull Denver out of the recession -- occupying once vacant retail and industrial space, providing thousands of jobs and new revenue for the state of Colorado.

Steve Kroft: What's the economic impact been?

Matt Cook: It's huge. There's over a million square feet of leased space in the Denver area. Look at all the electrical contractors, the HVAC contractors, a number of ancillary businesses. It's huge. Tax revenues exceeded-- I believe the last number I heard was in excess of $20 million.

But in spite of all the euphoria, there is a cloud hanging over the cannabis industry in Colorado, and it's not marijuana smoke. It's the federal Controlled Substances Act, which still lists marijuana as a Schedule One drug, every bit as dangerous as heroin, with no medical benefit. And the Justice Department is not happy with the wide-scale commercialization of Colorado cannabis. Sam Kamin is a law professor at the University of Denver, and one of the reigning experts on the subject.

Steve Kroft: In Colorado, you can grow it if you're licensed and you can sell it if you're licensed to people who have a card to buy it.

Sam Kamin: Yes, but--

Steve Kroft: And all of those people are violating federal law.

Sam Kamin: Exactly. And that's the really strange thing is that we have this, you know, sort of hundreds of dispensaries servicing as many as 100,000 people and every transaction that occurs is a federal crime and every -- all the manufacturing of hvac website the product, from the growing of it to the making of the products and everything else, all of those are serious federal crimes.

Steve Kroft: Even though the state of Colorado hvac website has passed a constitutional amendment-- amendment allowing it--

Sam Kamin: Exactly.

Steve Kroft: --sanctioning it.

Sam Kamin: Exactly. Right? The federal government sees it as a serious crime. They say, "We know that California and 16 other states, the District of Columbia -- we know you guys think it's medicine. It's not. We hear that you want to legalize it. You can't. We can't make you undo your statutes, but we can sure come in and prosecute your citizens that are violating federal law."

Steve Kroft: But they haven't.

Sam Kamin: But they haven't.

And there's a reason for that. Some might call it the triumph of the marketplace. The federal government doesn't have enough manpower to shut down the medical marijuana business in Colorado or prosecute all the purveyors and patients. And the voters don't want it.

Boulder County District attorney Stan Garnett says it's virtually impossible to impanel a jury on a marijuana case here, let alone get a conviction.

Stan Garnett: What we deal with is what prosecutors call jury nullification, where juries say, "I know what the law is, but I'm not going to follow it." This community has made it very clear that criminal enforcement of marijuana is not something they want me to spend any time on.

Steve Kroft: It is really an issue here?

Stan Garnett: It's really not an issue.



And that is more or less the position of Justice Department in Washington. Deputy Attorney General James Cole has told U.S. attorneys not to waste resources prosecuting patients or caregivers that are in clear compliance with state medical marijuana laws.

James Cole: Our focus is really on keeping it away from children. Our focus is keeping it out of the hands of organized crime. Our focus is making sure that people aren't, through marijuana dispensaries, using it as a pretext to do large-scale interstate drug dealing. These are the areas where we're really trying to focus.

Steve Kroft: So the message is, if you're licensed in the state of Colorado and you follow the law, then you should be okay.

James Cole: Each case is going to rise and fall on its own unique facts. Any of that is still in violation of the Controlled Substances Act of the federal law. We're not interested in bothering people who are sick and are using it in the recommendation of a doctor. We are concerned with people who are using it as a pretext to become large-scale drug dealers.

"Our focus is really on keeping it away from children. Our focus is keeping it out of the hands of organized crime. Our focus is making sure that people aren't, through marijuana dispensaries, using it as a pretext to do large-scale interstate drug dealing."

Steve Kroft: So it sounds like the federal government is tolerating it.



Sam Kamin: It is tolerating it. And at the same time is below the surface, trying to make it very difficult for these folks. It's doing it through banking regulations. If you talk to dispensary owners, one of the things that they will lament is, no one will do business with us.

The Justice Department has let it be known if financial institutions do business with medical marijuana centers, they could be at risk for civil or criminal prosecution under the Controlled Substances Act or federal money laundering statutes. It's made it difficult, if not impossible for hvac dispensaries to get loans, open company bank accounts or process patients' credit cards.



Sam Kamin: It can't stay like this. Either we have to have settled expectations that this is a federal crime, the federal government's not going to tolerate it. Or the federal government is going to let states like Colorado regulate it, tax it, experiment click here with it. To have it exist in both worlds simultaneously is unsustainable. We can't have a multimillion dollar industry built on criminal conduct.

But so far, the federal government is content to let Colorado live in its own world. The Department of Justice has conducted a few raids -- limited to facilities it says violate its guidelines.

The feds, it appears, will not stand in the way as recreational marijuana goes on sale in Colorado on January 1st. And the Denver Post, by the way, has added a marijuana critic to its staff.

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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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