J.D. Byrider was founded in 1979 by James F. DeVoe, after years of experience selling used cars. He set up a system to help people with less-than-perfect credit finance a vehicle in their price range. The J.D. Byrider model first figures out a customer’s financial situation, and then helps them to find a vehicle they can afford. Franchised in 1989, J.D. Byrider has more than 130 dealerships operating in the United States.
Start-up Cost: $675.48K - 5.21M
Established in 1983, Jantize founders set out a model for successful franchised operations through methodical guidelines, low startup cost, and consistent services. Jantize has become a large janitorial network, consisting of more than 250 franchises in the United States. The company itself is employee owned.
Start-up Cost: $29.65K - 171.5K
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
It was 1956 in Point Pleasant, New Jersey when the first Jersey Mike’s location was opened. Peter Cancro started working at the sub shop, which was then called Mike’s Subs, when he was 14 years old. Three years later, with backing from his high school football coach (who was also a banker), Cancro bought the restaurant from its original owner. He opened up a couple more locations along the Jersey Shore over the next ten years, which were just as popular as the first. By 1987, Peter was ready to sell franchises and the company’s name was officially changed to Jersey Mike’s. Now, more than 600 of these shops exist around the United States.
Start-up Cost: $161.64K - 418.35K
The first Jet’s was opened in 1978 in Sterling Heights, Michigan by brothers John and Eugene Jetts. Jet’s serves up submarine sandwiches, wings, salads, and more. The item they are most known for, though, is their deep dish pizza. More than 200 locations are still serving the Jetts brothers’ special recipe, using high quality ingredients and old-fashioned methods.
Start-up Cost: $365K - 425K
Andy and Doug Hoiland, brothers, started Jet-Black in 1988. The idea came to them after being dissatisfied with a driveway sealing job that had been done at their parents’ home. The two decided to go into the sealing/resurfacing business themselves, believing they could do a better job than the competition. Customers seem to agree and the Jet-Black name is now and internationally franchised chain that consists of nearly 80 outfits.
Start-up Cost: $38.4K - 90.5K
Jim Hindman began his quick oil change service franchise in 1979. After watching full-service gas stations phase out in the 1970’s, Hindman saw the need for a place that would provide consumers with quick, inexpensive oil changes. Initially, there were seven locations.Today, there are more than 2,000 Jiffy Lube service centers in North America and abroad.
Start-up Cost: $196.5K - 331.5K
Jimmy John’s was founded in 1983 in Charleston, Illinois by a 19-year-old named James J. Liautaud. His original operation was very small, but word spread quickly through the college town and patrons came from miles around for Jimmy John’s fresh sandwiches. Over the next ten years, Liautaud added more sandwiches to his menu and developed a formula for re-creating his unique sandwiches with lightning speed. He began offering franchises in 1993. 2,200 Jimmy John’s restaurants now dot the map in 40 states across the U.S.
Start-up Cost: $305.5K - 485.5K
John Casablancas founded his namesake talent agency in 1979. Casablancas is also the person behind the world-renowned Elite modeling agency. Using his extensive knowledge of the industry, John developed a solid instructional plan and immediately began selling franchises. The schools charge aspiring models and actors to learn skills necessary to succeed in their chosen fields. Classes include acting, makeup application, runway walking, skin & hair care, and more.
Start-up Cost: $136.85K - 341.37K
Shannon Wilburn and Daven Tackett started Just Between Friends in 1997 as a way for parents to sell and exchange their gently used maternity and childrens items. Now overseeing over 100 independently franchised locations, the Just Between Friends company has made a name for itself in the entrepreneurial world.
Start-up Cost: $25.44K - 32.84K