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TGA Premier Junior Golf

TGA Premier Junior Golf provides golf-centered programs for kids, mostly at schools and recreation centers. The TGA curriculum was developed by experts in both golf and education to give kids optimal advantage from the program. Classes are crafted for various age groups from 3 through 16. The TGA franchise is currently at 50 locations throughout the United States. The programs integrate academic lessons with golf drills.

Start-up Cost: $13.15K - 62.2K

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The Alternative Board (TAB)

The Alternative Board (TAB) was founded in 1980 in St. Louis, Missouri by Allen E. Fishman. The company facilitates collaborative meetings between executives and business owners. These regular sessions are intended to help each member by allowing him or her to benefit from the knowledge of experienced peers in the business world. There are presently around 150 TAB franchises operating today.

Start-up Cost: $56.82K - 112.98K

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The Athlete’s Foot

The Athlete’s Foot is a chain of athletic wear retail shops specializing in footwear. The company was started in Pittsburgh in 1971 by founders David and Robert Lando. Since then, the name has grown and franchises have been developed in malls and sports centers, as well as in independent locations. Nearly 500 Athlete’s Foot locations exist all over the world.

Start-up Cost: $209.95K - 495.25K

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The Great Steak & Potato Co.

The Great Steak & Potato group of franchised restaurants operates under the Kahala name. Other Kahala brands include Cold Stone Creamery, Blimpie, and Taco Time. The company was founded by Nicola J. Lanni in 1982, and the first store was opened in Dayton, Ohio. Now there are approximately 130 Great Steak & Potato restaurants serving the brand’s signature Philly cheesesteak sandwiches and other fare.

Start-up Cost: $153.1K - 456K

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The Growth Coach

Through workshops, individual coaching, and other training techniques, The Growth Coach helps small businesses work more effectively and efficiently. The company is comprised of over 150 franchises. Growth Coach representatives help to motivate employees by mapping out goals and providing support & mentoring.

Start-up Cost: $52K - 81.9K

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The Little Gym

The Little Gym is a unique fitness and development center designed specifically for kids. Founded in 1976 by Robin Wes, The Little Gym offers training in sports like karate and gymnastics, focusing not just on developing kids’ physical skills, but their intellectual and social skills as well. The franchise is popular worldwide, and there are around 280 Little Gym locations operating today.

Start-up Cost: $147.5K - 294K

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The Mad Science Group

The Mad Science Group provides educational entertainment for groups and parties. The company’s founders are brothers Ron and Ariel Shein, who built the concept around a desire to share how fun science can be with kids. As boys the Sheins had been passionate about creating exciting science experiments, and they used this passion to fuel their new business. The idea was a hit and by 1996, the Sheins sought to further the reach of their company by selling franchises. Now, The Mad Science Group has more than 160 individual operations.

Start-up Cost: $49.4K - 80.2K

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The Melting Pot Restaurants Inc.

The Melting Pot serves up lunch and dinner to customers, fondue style. The first Melting Pot opened in 1975 in Maitland, Florida. The fondue dining experience was immediately popular, and more locations began cropping up in the area. Since becoming a franchised operation in 1984, more than 140 Melting Pot restaurants have been opened in North America.

Start-up Cost: $886.7K - 1.55M

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The Senior’s Choice Inc.

The Senior’s Choice has been around since 1994, providing non-medical care for seniors and others. The group helps with daily activities, household chores, errands, companionship, specialized Alzheimer’s care, and other things that enable seniors to live in independence longer. The company franchised in 2007 and has grown to include nearly 175 locations.

Start-up Cost: $54K - 71K

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The Steak Escape

Entrepreneurs Mark Turner and Ken Smith partnered to found The Steak Escape in Columbus, Ohio in 1982. Eager to grow their company, they franchised the venture the following year. The restaurant serves steaks (of course) along with sandwiches, burgers, fries, and salads. Today, 75 Steak Escape locations are open internationally.

Start-up Cost: $130.5K - 580.2K

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Transworld Business Advisors

Transworld helps aspiring and existing entrepreneurs to run their businesses more efficiently and more successfully. In addition to its advising services, the company operates as a brokerage for businesses. Transworld is the result of an arrangement between United Franchise Group and Transworld Business Brokerages. Merging these two interrelated services has proved to be a lucrative move for the group and in a few short years Transworld has grown to include nearly 50 franchised units.

Start-up Cost: $52.23K - 97.18K

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Travel Leaders

The largest network of travel agencies in North America, the Travel Leaders group includes more than 1,200 separate units providing travel brokering services to clients in the United States. With such a vast network of providers, Travel Leaders franchises are able to give customers customized travel packages at discounted rates.

Start-up Cost: $2.85K - 12.82K

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Tutor Doctor

Tutor Doctor provides in-home educational remediation for school-age children. Families are able to set appointments with tutors, who work one-on-one with kids in their home to help with test preparation, performance improvement, and more. Started in 2001, the company franchised two years later and now there are over 250 independently owned Tutor Doctor locations.

Start-up Cost: $66.5K - 170.45K

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Tutoring Club LLC

Tutoring Club provides remediation, instruction, and tutoring for kids from Kindergarten through 12th grade. Tutoring Club coaches help kids to catch up in any or all subjects, with test preparation, memorization, and college application preparation. The company began in 1991 and matured into a successful group of locations that franchised in 1999. There are more than 130 Tutoring Club centers currently open and operational.

Start-up Cost: $26.3K - 126.3K

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Two Men and a Truck Int’l. Inc.

A pair of high school students in Lansing, Michigan are at the heart of this successful moving company. After leaving for college, the boys’ mother found that the demand for her sons’ homegrown moving business was still there as she continued to receive requests for their services. This mother, Mary Ellen Sheets, founded Two Men and a Truck. There are now 200 franchises in the Two Men and a Truck family.

Start-up Cost: $158K - 460.91K

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Villa Enterprises

Villa Enterprises is collection of successful food service brands that now includes 10 separate restaurant names. There are 300 locations under the Villa company throughout the United States and in six countries. The concept originated from a pizza parlor started in New York back in 1964, and has built its success on customer satisfaction through fresh ingredients and consistent service.

Start-up Cost: $296.95K - 584K

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Visiting Angels

Jeffrey Johnson started Visiting Angels in 1992 in Baltimore, Maryland. He had previously worked in a nursing home as their Director of Social Work and saw firsthand the need for at-home care and service providers for seniors. In 1998, Johnson teamed up with three colleagues and pushed the Visiting Angels company to the next level, organizing a national franchising plan. Today, there are well over than 400 Visiting Angels franchises.

Start-up Cost: $59.17K - 80.92K

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Weed Man

Weed Man started in Toronto, Ontario Canada in 1970 and has since grown to include more than 350 locations in both Canada and the United States. Weed Man provides lawn care, remediation, and maintenance through independently owned franchises. Desmond Rice, the company’s founder, developed the signature preventative and continued care regimen utilized by all Weed Man outlets.

Start-up Cost: $65.98K - 82.94K

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Wetzel’s Pretzels

Headquartered in Pasadena, California, Wetzel’s Pretzel stands sell freshly baked soft pretzels and other specialty foods from nearly 300 locations. The company was started by Bill Phelps and Rick Wetzel, both former marketing executives. The two used their business know-how to grow Wetzel’s Pretzels into the well-known chain it is today.

Start-up Cost: $156.3K - 369.95K

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Which Wich Superior Sandwiches

Jeff Sinelli started Which Wich in 2003 after having owned and operated another successful restaurant. Sinelli’s concept includes made-to-order sandwiches, and a unique atmosphere with non-traditional order-taking techniques (customers use markers to customize their sandwich order on paper bags printed with menus) Which Wich franchised in 2005 and now the number of locations has reached nearly 150.

Start-up Cost: $195K - 488.75K

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