Colors On Parade is an on-site auto body service and repair company, performing mobile restoration and beautification services for automobile owners. The company was founded in 1989, and franchises were first made available in 1991. The United States is currently home to more than 200 Colors On Parade franchises.
Start-up Cost: $33.8K - 441K
ComForcare Senior Services was started in 1996 in Bloomfield, Michigan to help seniors and people recovering from illness or injury. The service brings these people together with qualified caregivers to provide all kinds of non-medical services. In 2001, ComForcare started selling franchises and more than 150 centers now exist internationally.
Start-up Cost: $105K - 155K
Nurse Kris Clum started Comfort Keepers in 1997 after seeing a gap in care that caused many people to enter nursing homes too early. She knew that if care could be provided for all those non-medical everyday needs, individuals could retain their independence longer. Kris was right, and her idea developed into an in-demand business. Comfort Keepers is still growing, with over 700 franchises throughout the world.
Start-up Cost: $61.45K - 88.5K
Suzanne and Wilson McOrist opened Computer Troubleshooters in 1997 in Australia. The company provides computer support for small businesses through more than 450 franchised outlets. Computer Troubleshooters technicians come directly to customers, providing on-site computer and IT solutions.
Start-up Cost: $28.8K - 81.5K
The Country Inns & Suites By Carlson chain of hotels is named after its founder, Curtis Carlson. The hotels offer suite style accommodations for travelers. Rooms include comfort amenities like microwaves and refrigerators. Carlson is also the entrepreneur behind Radisson Hotels and TGIF restaurants. Country Inns are individually owned by franchisees.
Start-up Cost: $4.21M - 6.54M
CPR offers repair services for personal electronic devices, specializing mostly in cell phones. Customers can bring their phones into one of about 100 CPR locations for help with all kinds of problems like cracked screens, broken chargers, and water damage. The company was founded in 2004 and started selling franchises in 2007.
Start-up Cost: $89.55K - 186.2K
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
In 1940, J.F. McCullough was an ice cream manufacturer working on a formula for what would be the first soft-serve ice cream. When he sampled his new concoction at one of his customers’ shops, the turnout was so impressive that he decided to start his own store based around his popular new frozen dessert. In 1944, McCullough sold the first Dairy Queen franchise. Dairy Queen’s menu expanded beyond soft serve ice cream to include other frozen treats along with some hot food items. Today, there are around 6,000 Dairy Queens around the world.
Start-up Cost: $382K - 1.83M
Tybee Island, Georgia is where Cecil B. Day opened up the first Days Inn in 1970. Within 2 years, the chain was franchised is now 2,000 locations strong. Part of the Wyndham Worldwide lodging group, Days Inn offers a diverse array of amenities to business travelers and vacationers alike
Start-up Cost: $202.17K - 6.76M
Denny’s began in 1953 as Danny’s Donuts in Lakewood, California. By 1959, Harold had expanded the menu, opened 20 locations, and changed his restaurant’s name to Denny’s. In 1963, Denny’s became a franchise and has since grown to include some 1600 locations. The chain serves up all kinds of food, but has become known mainly for their breakfasts (most notably the “Grand Slam” so named in honor of baseball great Hank Aaron).
Start-up Cost: $1.13M - 2.4M
With over 250 locations in nearly 20 countries, DoubleTree sets a standard for lodging luxury by treating each guest like a VIP customer. From serving fresh baked cookies to everyone at check-in to providing indulgent high-end bath products in every room, the DoubleTree brand tries to distinguish itself by pampering its guests.
Start-up Cost: $33.85M - 56.78M
In 1977, Dryclean USA was formed, and franchises were offered the following year. A major player in the dry cleaning service industry, Dryclean USA has become an international chain consisting of almost 400 different stores. Dryclean USA promises to give its customers above-and-beyond care when it comes to their cleaning needs, taking time to assess and treat each garment based on fabric type.
Start-up Cost: $260.5K - 599K
Dunkin’ Donuts was founded by Bill Rosenburg in 1950, after some previous success in the food industry. By 1955, Bill had turned his doughnut shop into a prodigious franchise. There are now around 10,000 Dunkin’ Donut locations serving up fresh doughnuts, coffee, and other breakfast items. Dunkin’ Donuts’ parent company, Dunkin’ Brands is also the franchisor for Baskin-Robbins ice cream shops.
Start-up Cost: $368.9K - 1.74M
E.nopi comes from Korea, and now has more than 900 learning centers in several countries. The education model, created by Dr. Young Joong Kang, focuses on individualized learning customized to each child’s unique learning style. E.nopi operates with a multi-faceted approach, incorporating the use of several different tools and aids in its tutoring programs.
Start-up Cost: $43.1K - 89.5K
Florist Fariq Tarid started Edible Arrangements with his brother Kamran in 1999 after nearly a decade of successfully running four floral shops in East Haven, Connecticut. Customers loved the idea of using artfully carved fruit bouquets as gifts instead of flowers. By 2001, they had started franchising. There are now close to 1,000 of Edible Arrangements stores serving their signature bouquets, along with a few other specialty food items.
Start-up Cost: $148.21K - 285.22K
Elevation operates on a progressive business model, focused on sustainability, health, and ecology. This modern twist on a typical fast food diner features only ingredients that meet the standards of the Elevation concept. All beef used at Elevation locations is 100% free-range, grass-fed, and organic. They also grind it themselves on-site. This marriage of the old-fashioned burger and fries joint with the new model for sustainability and ecology has caught on quickly and the franchise shows great growth projections.
Start-up Cost: $378.5K - 743.5K
Embassy Suites provides upscale accommodations for guests, including suite-style rooms that feature flat-screen TVs and wet bars, made-to-order breakfasts, reception and meeting areas, and more. Embassy went into business in 1983, and began franchising the following year. There are currently around 200 franchisee owned Embassy Suites Hotels.
Start-up Cost: $24.52M - 34.35M
Ray Titus, the entrepreneurial force behind Signarama, founded EmbroidMe in 2000 in West Palm Beach, Florida. Seeing the huge market for embroidery, Titus trusted that starting a franchise to give people access to dependable and high quality work would be a winning idea. He was right, and EmbroidMe franchise sales took off, eventually growing to the 380 locations that are open today.
Start-up Cost: $85.16K - 230.97K
Founded and franchised in 1984, Expense Reduction Analysts (ERA) are independently owned franchises providing consultation, training, and implementation of expense reduction programs for businesses. Companies hire ERA to help them streamline their process and minimize loss. The concept is very successful and well over 700 ERA offices are operating today.
Start-up Cost: $66.1K - 81.75K
Since 1983, Express Employment has been helping businesses to fulfill their full-time, part-time, permanent, and temporary staffing needs. The company was started by three entrepreneurs: William H. Stohler, Robert A.Funk, and James Gray and now has over 500 franchised locations providing staffing for a diverse array of clientele.
Start-up Cost: $95.5K - 134.5K