This hotel chain started as Wingate Inn in 1996. In 2007, it became a part of the Wyndham family of hotels, alongside names like Ramada Worldwide, Microtel, and Knights Inn. Wingate specializes in accommodating leisure and business travelers alike, providing complimentary breakfast buffets at every location, available conference rooms, internet service, and more to each guest. The number of Wingate franchises is now at more than 150 locations and counting.
Start-up Cost: $5.84M - 7.67M
Headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Canada WSI Internet is an internet service provider operating in almost 90 different countries from nearly 1200 offices. Founded in 1995, when the internet service industry was still a fairly new concept in the business world, WSI provides internet service and solutions to fit residential and commercial clients’ needs.
Start-up Cost: $54.7K - 84.7K
Trammell Crow founded Wyndham Hotel Corporation in 1981 in Dallas, Texas. Since then, the company has acquired several hotel chains and rebranded them under the Wyndham name. Wyndham Hotels and Resorts now operate under the Wyndham Group (formerly Cendant) which includes many major hotel franchise brands including Travelodge, Super 8, and Ramada.
Start-up Cost: $602.5K - 58.78M
Yogen Fruz was started in 1986 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Brothers and founders Aaron and Michael Serruya founded the company, and began selling franchises under its name in 1987. Yogen Fruz has since acquired other ice cream and frozen yogurt franchises and continued to open its own new locations. Today there are over 950 locations around the world.
Start-up Cost: $135.68K - 472.18K
After immigrating from Korea to the United States, Philip Chang founded Yogurtland. Chang’s model is one of using real, fresh ingredients in all of his products. Part of the Yogurtland concept includes keeping the menu full of unique flavors, like Blue Lychee Bliss, Birthday Cupcake Batter, and Madagascar Vanilla Bean.
Start-up Cost: $329.8K - 615.6K
Young Rembrandts offers art classes and camps for kids. Founder Bette Fetter started the company in 1988 after seeing the need for art programs geared toward young children. Fetter developed a model for her program and began selling franchises in 1997. More than 80 Young Rembrandts franchises are open today.
Start-up Cost: $40.25K - 48.6K
German mechanic Kurt Ziebart opened the original Ziebart’s store in Detroit in 1954 after creating a method to prevent automobile body rust. In 1963, Ziebart began franchising and by 1989 had acquired a company called Tidy Car, adding its locations to his growing network. Today more than 250 Ziebart auto body shops serve customers around the world.
Start-up Cost: $167K - 326K