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Anytime Fitness

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


ASP-America’s Swimming Pool Co.

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


Aussie Pet Mobile

As indicated by its name, Aussie Pet Mobile originated in Australia. The franchised operations come to pet owners and perform washing and grooming services out of specially equipped vans. The mobile grooming units have all the amenities necessary for performing these duties without the need for any outside electrical or water hookups. Another distinctive feature of the company is its commitment to being ecologically friendly; Aussie Pet Mobile vehicles use diesel fuel and all of the products they use are biodegradable.

Start-up Cost: $98.5K - 118.65K


Baskin-Robbins USA Co.

Irv Robbins started Baskin-Robbins with his brother-in-law, Burt Baskin in 1945. Robbins had been the manager at an ice cream shop years earlier, and had since wanted to open his own. Eager to break out of the typical ice cream parlor flavor rut of chocolate and vanilla, Robbins created exciting new flavors to the delight of his customers. This evolved into the company’s signature “31 flavor” philosophy. Now, there are around 7,000 Baskin-Robbins ice cream parlors worldwide.

Start-up Cost: $45K - 377.6K


Bevintel LLC

Bevintel provides inventory control services for bars, helping them to reduce losses. It was founded in 1987 and began franchising three years later. By using specialized software and auditing techniques, Bevintel helps proprietors of liquor, beer, and wine to more closely monitor their stock and prevent profit loss. There are almost 300 Bevintel franchises.

Start-up Cost: $36.9K - 50.6K


Billboard Connection Inc.

Billboard Connection serves a specific niche in the marketing sector: outdoor media, like signage. Founded in 1997, the company helps create eye-catching ad campaigns tailored to fit each client’s objectives and target demographic. More than 100 of these franchised agencies are open today.

Start-up Cost: $42.73K - 66.23K


BookKeeping Express

Bookkeeping Express (BKE) was founded in 1984 in California. The company offered virtual bookkeeping and payroll services to area businesses. The company’s success was almost immediate and it has grown exponentially over the years. In 2007, BKE was purchased by a group of entrepreneurs who brought the company into the franchising market.

Start-up Cost: $39.5K - 47.5K


BrightStar Care

BrightStar Care started as a family business after after experiencing the frustrations that can arise when caring for a family member. Husband and wife founders J.D. and Shelly Sun used the insights they gained during this personal situation, combining them with their business know-how (the two already owned two hotel franchises) to build BrightStar into the successful company it is today. The BrightStar name developed into a franchise network of over 250 staffing centers.

Start-up Cost: $96K - 168.1K


Budget Blinds Inc.

Budget Blinds was started in 1992 by David Lewis, Brent Hallock, Chad Hallock, Tony Forbes and Todd Jackson. The five had all worked together at a window covering company prior to venturing out on their own to create Budget Blinds. They used their industry knowledge and experience to create a unique approach to retail window covering sales. Their technicians essentially bring the showroom to the customer by providing in-home consultations, sales, and installations. Budget Blinds now operates throughout the U.S. and Canada, with nearly 800 locations in all.

Start-up Cost: $89.24K - 174.07K


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


Business Partner Marketing Coach

Business Partner Marketing Coach works with companies to develop marketing strategies and advertising campaigns. Consultants work closely with customers to create the most effective ways to reach their target audience. Promotional plans can include employee recognition awards, graphic media like banners and flyers, corporate apparel, digital media, and logo design.

Start-up Cost: $67.2K - 77.05K


Camp Bow Wow/Home Buddies

Home Buddies provides all kinds of in-home pet care services, like pet sitting, dog walking, feeding, waste cleanup, and even webcam pet surveillance. Camp Bow Wow is a kennel service offering day camps and overnight boarding for pets. It is a high-end pet boarding facility and ensures a comfortable environment for customers’ pets with amenities like access to large play areas and comfortable sleeping quarters. Camp Bow Wow and Home Buddies (along with a third leg, Behavior Buddies) are run simultaneously as complementary companies operating from the same location.

Start-up Cost: $60K - 750K


CareMinders Home Care Inc.

CareMinders is a top franchisor of home care service providers, giving seniors access to qualified caregivers who help them with errands, chores, meal preparation, and other non-medical services. They can also help with personal care services like bathing, dressing, grooming, bathroom assistance, and more in an effort to preserve dignity, independence, and quality-of-life.

Start-up Cost: $75.5K - 123.9K


Caring Senior Service

Caring Senior Service was formed in 1991 to bring more care options for senior citizens in need. Caring Senior provides seniors and others with such things as meal preparation, housekeeping, running errands, and basic companionship. The name became a franchise in 2002 and now almost 40 Caring Senior Service centers exist in the U.S.

Start-up Cost: $52.45K - 93.05K


Caring Transitions

Established and franchised in 2006, Caring Transitions helps in asset liquidation for people in transitional periods of life that can be difficult to navigate. Caring Transitions helps seniors to downsize and relocate when life changes make doing so necessary, such as when moving to a care facility. The company also helps families to manage the sales of estate items when a loved one has passed away. Over 100 of these niche franchises are operating today.

Start-up Cost: $42.48K - 70.68K


Cartridge Depot

Nick Sheehan and Ken Blum started Cartridge Depot in 2004 in Boca Raton, Florida. The name was franchised that same year, and the two business partners set to work perfecting their model and methods. Cartridge Depot refills ink and toner cartridges, offering this service for a price lower than that of purchasing new cartridges. The company also cleans the cartridges and performs any necessary repairs before refilling them.

Start-up Cost: $78.33K - 191.27K


CEO Focus

CEO Focus facilitates consulting and advisory communications between small-business owners and executives. The company operates based on a model of sharing knowledge and experience and a belief that the right peer-based resources can help propel a company’s success in a positive direction. Business leaders attend regular meetings with their contemporaries, gaining valuable insight into potential problems and pitfalls facing them in the corporate world.

Start-up Cost: $41.5K - 63K


Certified Restoration DryCleaning Network LLC

Pioneers in their self-created industry, Certified Restoration provides a unique service that has continued to grow in demand. Working primarily with victims of disasters like flood and fire, the company cleans, sanitizes, and restores upholstery, rugs, carpets, curtains and other textile items. Over 140 Certified Restoration franchises currently exist.

Start-up Cost: $43.05K - 233K


Chem-Dry Carpet Drapery & Upholstery Cleaning

Working his way through law school cleaning carpets, Robert Harris probably didn’t imagine that he’d stay in the cleaning business for the rest of his life. He made a fateful decision, however, to see if he could improve upon the mediocre formulas used by the companies he had worked for. Harris’ method worked beautifully, and his services were soon in high demand. He started Chem-Dry in 1977 and was franchising the following year. There are more than 3,600 Chem-Dry outfits in the U.S. and internationally today. Since 2006, Chem-Dry has operated under The Home Depot brand.

Start-up Cost: $27.85K - 122.65K



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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