Fairway Divorce Solutions was started by entrepreneur Karen Stewart. Stewart herself had gone through a long and costly divorce, and wanted to save others - and their children - from suffering through such an inefficient and difficult process. Fairway provides mediation, helping divorcing couples to find mutually beneficial solutions so that civility can be restored and maintained. Since its founding in 2006 and subsequent franchising in 2008, the company has grown to be a group of over 30 independently owned operations.
Start-up Cost: $10K - 35K
Prior to becoming a franchise under current owners Kenneth A. Marks and Marvin Biltis, Fast-Fix was a network comprised of dozens of successful watch and jewelry repair stores. The first location was opened in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1984. Today more than 150 owner operated Fast-Fix franchises are open today in the United States and internationally.
Start-up Cost: $188.75K - 381.75K
Gary Salomon, then a print broker, got the idea to open FastSigns in 1985 when he stopped in to a print shop in Austin, Texas. The shop was utilizing the latest computer technology to produce signs, documents, and other printed items very quickly. Salomon was intrigued and asked the store’s owner to train him - along with business partner Robert Schanbaum - to use the design and printing software. The owner agreed, and Salomon opened his own store in Dallas and began franchising shortly after. FastSigns still provides quick graphics and printing services from out of more than 500 stores.
Start-up Cost: $169.67K - 276.42K
The Dentist’s Choice sells, repairs and maintains dental equipment. The company was first started in 1992 and began franchising in 1994. Independently owned locations work with dental offices to provide repair to drills and other handheld dental tools and devices. There are over 130 Dentist’s Choice franchises in the United States and Canada.
Start-up Cost: $54.4K - 58.5K