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360clean

Allison and Barry Bodiford founded 360clean in 2005. Initially, the company provided janitorial services to businesses on a part time basis. Since then, the company has grown at an impressive rate and is now a top janitorial services franchise. There are 40 U.S. locations run by franchisees and the company is projecting continued expansion into the future. 360clean strives to set itself apart from its competitors by paying close attention to sanitation and germ control.

Start-up Cost: $13.1K - 23.6K

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Aerowest/Westair Deodorizing Services

Aerowest/Westair makes its own line of restroom sanitizing and deodorizing products. The company distributes these through its own warehouses, many of which are independently owned and operated by franchisees. Commercial clients contract the company to regularly service their public and private restrooms with their specialty collection of supplies.

Start-up Cost: $8.47K - 49.87K

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American Poolplayers Association

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

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Anago Cleaning Systems

In 1989 David Povlitz opened the first Anago Cleaning Systems office in Florida. With 15 years of experience in the janitorial industry under his belt, Povlitz developed a system outlining efficient, detailed cleaning methods that enabled Anago cleaning teams to effectively serve very large commercial clients. In 1991, Povlitz began selling franchises which have continued to be successful. There are now more than 2,200 Anago Cleaning Systems in operation across the United States.

Start-up Cost: $8.54K - 65.41K

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Buildingstars Inc.

Since 1994, Buildingstars has been providing commercial clients with professional cleaning services. In 2000, the name entered the franchising market and became a quick favorite among entrepreneurs. The franchise’s formula entails incorporating health conscious methods and detailed regimens for upkeep of cleanliness and sanitary conditions. More than 300 Buildingstars franchises exist in the United States today.

Start-up Cost: $2.2K - 52.8K

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Chester’s

Chester’s started frying in 1952, first serving doughnuts and then expanding to the chicken that it is most known for today. Founder W.O. Giles built and patented his own fryers, and people loved the crunchy deep fried fare he made with them. Chester’s continued to grow and diversify, selling frying equipment as well as continuing to build a name for fast fried chicken. The double battered recipe along with clever marketing and brand-building has earned Chester’s a lofty place among successful franchises.

Start-up Cost: $6.14K - 344.5K

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Christmas Decor Inc.

Founded in 1984, Christmas Decor is a decorating and event preparation company specializing in creating festive ambience for holidays and special occasions. Christmas Decor entered itself into the realm of franchise sales in 1996, and the response has been incredibly positive. More than 250 units have been purchased and business is booming in this niche market.

Start-up Cost: $13.15K - 35.35K

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CleanNet USA Inc.

Founded in by Mark Salek, CleanNet provides commercial-grade cleaning and janitorial services to businesses throughout the country. What began as a single office in the Washington, D.C. area has now expanded to a franchise consisting of more than 5,000 locations across the United States.

Start-up Cost: $6.66K - 92.95K

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Coffee News

Coffee News was started by Jean Daum, in the small town of Charleswood in Manitoba, Canada. Wanting to have a profitable news publication offering affordable ad space that would help local businesses with exposure to potential customers, Jean saw her idea as a win-win. She did away with the tradition of delivering to people’s homes, instead focusing on keeping area restaurants stocked with the latest edition. She began franchising Coffee News outlets in 2004 and there are now almost 950 Coffee News units in the U.S. and internationally.

Start-up Cost: $9.43K - 10.43K

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Companion Connection Senior Care

Companion Connection Senior Care has been providing in-home care services for senior citizens and disabled people since 1985. Available services include help with transportation for shopping and other errands, household chores, companionship, and more. The company was founded by David Goodman and is now inclusive of more than 110 franchised locations.

Start-up Cost: $24.7K - 43.73K

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CompuChild

CompuChild was started in 1994 to help teach children the computer and technological skills necessary to be a productive and successful member of our modern society. Using software geared toward specific age and development levels, CompuChild helps kids to become computer-proficient, while teaching them how to be ethically and socially responsible in a digital age. The company began selling franchises in 2001 and there are nearly 60 CompuChild locations open today.

Start-up Cost: $18.3K - 33.6K

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Critter Control Inc.

Kevin Clark founded Critter Control in 1983. Clark had worked as a chimney sweep and incidentally saw the need for wildlife removal services after being asked to extract wayward animals from his clients’ chimneys on more than one occasion. The company now has more than 100 franchised operations in North America and Canada, offering removal services along with installation of preventative devices and related cleanup/repair services.

Start-up Cost: $12.75K - 80.5K

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Cruise Holidays

Cruise Holidays was founded in 1984 as a franchise opportunity operating through independently owned, home-based brokerages. Franchisees sell cruise packages to vacationers. The company provides owners with marketing materials, training, advising, and access to inside deals which allows them to offer their customers very competitive pricing.

Start-up Cost: $10.35K - 160.35K

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Cruise Planners/American Express

In 1994, Cruise Planners was started by Marvin Davis, Lynn Korn, and Michelle Fee. Long time colleagues in the travel industry, the three decided to pool their collective skills and knowledge to form an agency to help match customers with their most ideal cruise. Cruise Planners sells home-based franchises through which trained agents broker cruises for vacationers. There are nearly 1,000 Cruise Planners franchises.

Start-up Cost: $1.6K - 19.49K

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CruiseOne

CruiseOne offers customized travel packages for their clients. Based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, CruiseOne was formed in 1992 and is now a part of World Travel Holdings (WTH). CruiseOne sells franchises to independent agents who help customers book cruises through several major cruise lines. Nearly 800 of these franchises exist today.

Start-up Cost: $4.58K - 26.17K

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Disaster Kleenup Int’l. (DKI)

Disaster Kleenup International, which goes by DKI today, was founded in 1974 to serve home and business owners. DKI provides all kinds of services from cleanup and decontamination to mold remediation and restoration of flood, fire, and otherwise damaged property. There are currently more than 400 DKI franchises in nearly all 50 states.

Start-up Cost: $7.15K - 102.54K

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Express Tax

Express Tax was started in 1997, providing customers with tax preparation and filing, along with other accounting services. H&R Block, owner of the Express Tax name, has recently ended the franchise. All remaining locations were renamed and are currently operating under the H&R Block brand.

Start-up Cost: $16.48K - 48.4K

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Fairway Divorce Solutions

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

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Grout Doctor Global Franchise Corp.

James Baity founded Grout Doctor in 1992, after years of working in the tile industry for several years. Baity knew there was a great demand for simple tile repairs, grouting, caulking, sealing, polishing, and other tile and stone services. Less than a decade later, Grout Doctor expanded into global franchising company and has since grown to include nearly 75 locations employing trained technicians.

Start-up Cost: $20.41K - 39.92K

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Guard-A-Kid

Guard-A-Kid was founded by a software engineer and parent who wanted to use his expertise to create a child safety company that took advantage of all of the available technological resources. This was on March 1, 2005. By March 22, he was selling his first franchise. Now Guard-A-Kid has 178 locations.

Start-up Cost: $14.9K - 19.9K

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