American Poolplayers Association was founded by two professional pool players, Larry Hubbart and Terry Ball. The two wanted to give amateur billiards enthusiasts the chance to compete in tournament-like competitions. They franchised their organization a year after forming it and now APA (and CPA in Canada) members pay dues to join leagues and participate in elimination contests.
Start-up Cost: $17.08K - 32.65K
Anytime Fitness was founded in 2001 on a simple, unique idea - a fully equipped gym open to members 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - even when no staff are present. This is achieved through extensive surveillance and security systems installed at every location.They also offer all the perks of traditional gyms, like classes and personal trainers, during certain hours. Anytime Fitness began franchising in 2002, and has grown to encompass more than 1,800 locations around the world.
Start-up Cost: $46.3K - 321.9K
Stewart Vernon founded America’s Swimming Pool Company (ASP) in 2001 in Macon, Georgia. Vernon’s concept was to provide quick, quality pool care at affordable prices. Since 2005, the company has been a franchised operation and there are now more than 90 successful owner-operated ASP locations in the United States.
Start-up Cost: $49.2K - 89.5K
Color Me Mine was started in 1991 in Van Nuys, California. The unique concept of paint-your-own ceramic art was immediately popular and Color Me Mine started selling franchises in 1995. Almost 150 Color Me Mine locations are up and running today. The studio lets customers pick from hundreds of pre-cast ceramic pieces, which they are then given the supplies to paint and customize. The company also does parties and group exercises.
Start-up Cost: $136.7K - 177.9K
Mike Clinton and Joe Assell started GolfTEC in 1995. They saw a rise in the number of amateur golfers, and little to no professional training available to them. The two entrepreneurs set out to create an effective, consistent training system to help golfers achieve their highest potential and get maximum enjoyment out of the game. The company started selling franchises in 2003 and now operate out of around 150 stores in the United States, and have begun to expand into markets beyond U.S. borders.
Start-up Cost: $118.18K - 461.83K
i9 Sports is a national group of local franchises that run youth sports leagues as well as training camps and clinics for soccer, lacrosse, softball, flag football, and more. i9 was founded by Frank V. Fiume, Jr in 2002. Franchises went up for sale in 2003, and now i9 encompasses over 130 separate franchisee-owned locations in the United States.
Start-up Cost: $44.9K - 72.9K
In 1969 a jazz dance teacher in Evanston, Illinois first came up with her idea to modify traditional dance moves to create a fun and effective total body fitness program. This instructor, named Judi Sheppard Missett, took the concept - which she called Jazzercise - to California with her when she moved there in 1977. The unique workout program was popular among fellow instructors and their students and by 1982, Jazzercise had become a franchised company. Now a well known institution of dance infused exercise programs, Jazzercise Inc. has trained more than 5,000 instructors in Judi’s signature methods.
Start-up Cost: $2.98K - 76.5K
Mary Obana and Mike Lannon started Koko FitClub in 2004. They wanted to build a fitness industry business based on their idea of making fitness centers more accessible and comfortable for everyday people. The KoKo concept was franchised in 2008 and there are now more than 70 of the clubs operating in North America today.
Start-up Cost: $270.14K
Jeremy Sorzano formed Soccer Shots in 1996, then calling it Soccer Pals. A few years later, friend Jason Webb joined him as partner and they changed the name to Soccer Shots. Both former college soccer players, the two partners used their skills and knowledge to set up training programs for young children. The two franchised the company in 2005. They have since taken on a third partner, Justin Bredeman, and have opened over 100 locations.
Start-up Cost: $13.94K - 18.55K
Tiger-Rock is a martial arts training school that was founded in 1983 based on the principles set forth by Taekwondo master Won-Kuk Lee. Tiger-Rock operates on a concept that a student, while respecting his instructor to the highest degree, should always seek to be better than him or her. The martial arts training center franchised in 2008 and more than 150 locations now exist in the United States.
Start-up Cost: $61.01K - 127.33K