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Christmas Decor Inc.

Founded in 1984, Christmas Decor is a decorating and event preparation company specializing in creating festive ambience for holidays and special occasions. Christmas Decor entered itself into the realm of franchise sales in 1996, and the response has been incredibly positive. More than 250 units have been purchased and business is booming in this niche market.

Start-up Cost: $13.15K - 35.35K

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City Publications

Lisa Thibault founded City Publications to help business grow by exposing them to customers and generating valuable leads. City Publications uses several avenues to help businesses reach their target market including email and text message campaigns, mailers, and social media. The company operates through some 100 franchised units.

Start-up Cost: $92.65K - 267.85K

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CKO Kickboxing

Joseph Andreula founded CKO in 1997 in Hoboken, New Jersey. Called “Take It To The Max” at the time, the center offered high-intensity fitness and body-conditioning classes centered around kickboxing moves and techniques. After a few years, a name change, and some very satisfied (and a few famous) customers, CKO kickboxing is a top-performing fitness instruction franchise.

Start-up Cost: $97.89K - 306.9K

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CleanNet USA Inc.

Founded in by Mark Salek, CleanNet provides commercial-grade cleaning and janitorial services to businesses throughout the country. What began as a single office in the Washington, D.C. area has now expanded to a franchise consisting of more than 5,000 locations across the United States.

Start-up Cost: $6.66K - 92.95K

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Club Z! In-Home Tutoring Services

Club Z! offers customized tutoring solutions for students in the comfort of their own homes. The company provides tutoring for all major school subjects, as well as basic remediation, test preparation, and college application coaching, and more. Club Z! was founded in 1995 and franchised three years later. Now, more than 400 of them help students and their families in the U.S. and Canada.

Start-up Cost: $27.65K - 56.6K

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Coffee News

Coffee News was started by Jean Daum, in the small town of Charleswood in Manitoba, Canada. Wanting to have a profitable news publication offering affordable ad space that would help local businesses with exposure to potential customers, Jean saw her idea as a win-win. She did away with the tradition of delivering to people’s homes, instead focusing on keeping area restaurants stocked with the latest edition. She began franchising Coffee News outlets in 2004 and there are now almost 950 Coffee News units in the U.S. and internationally.

Start-up Cost: $9.43K - 10.43K

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College Hunks Hauling Junk

College Hunks Hauling Junk, which is now owned by 1-800-JUNK USA, was founded by Omar Soliman in 2004 after winning the startup money in an annual business idea competition. Along with business partner Nick Friedman, Soliman quickly grew the idea into a bustling moving company. Now a franchise, College Hunks Hauling Junk has more than 100 locations in the U.S.

Start-up Cost: $92K - 114K

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Colors On Parade

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

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Comet Cleaners

Comet Cleaners is a one-hour dry cleaning service. The company is comprised of more than 250 franchised locations. Comet has been around since 1947, and was founded by R.L. “Jack” Godfrey. Jack had experience in the industry, having already owned and operated a dry cleaning store. The company has been passed down through the Godfrey family for generations and today is headed by Jack Godfrey, Jr.

Start-up Cost: $76.65K - 543.6K

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Comfort Keepers

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

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Companion Connection Senior Care

Companion Connection Senior Care has been providing in-home care services for senior citizens and disabled people since 1985. Available services include help with transportation for shopping and other errands, household chores, companionship, and more. The company was founded by David Goodman and is now inclusive of more than 110 franchised locations.

Start-up Cost: $24.7K - 43.73K

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Complete Music Inc.

Complete Music provides DJ entertainment for all kinds of parties and gatherings, specializing in wedding receptions. In 1974, when Complete Music was founded, DJs were not widely available and audio options at weddings were fairly limited. As the demand for this new party entertainment niche grew, so did the company. Complete Music franchised in 1983 and has seen continued success and growth throughout the decades.

Start-up Cost: $30.35K - 48.65K

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CompuChild

CompuChild was started in 1994 to help teach children the computer and technological skills necessary to be a productive and successful member of our modern society. Using software geared toward specific age and development levels, CompuChild helps kids to become computer-proficient, while teaching them how to be ethically and socially responsible in a digital age. The company began selling franchises in 2001 and there are nearly 60 CompuChild locations open today.

Start-up Cost: $18.3K - 33.6K

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Computer Troubleshooters

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

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Cost Cutters Family Hair Care

There are over 800 Cost Cutters Family Hair Care franchises in the U.S. and Canada. The company was started by Joe Francis in 1982. It wasn’t his first venture into the salon industry; he had run a popular local barber shop for nearly 20 years before opening cost cutters. The franchise is now owned by the Regis Corporation, which includes other well known salons like Supercuts and MasterCuts.

Start-up Cost: $88.5K - 180.1K

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CPR-Cell Phone Repair

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

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Critter Control Inc.

Kevin Clark founded Critter Control in 1983. Clark had worked as a chimney sweep and incidentally saw the need for wildlife removal services after being asked to extract wayward animals from his clients’ chimneys on more than one occasion. The company now has more than 100 franchised operations in North America and Canada, offering removal services along with installation of preventative devices and related cleanup/repair services.

Start-up Cost: $12.75K - 80.5K

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Cruise Holidays

Cruise Holidays was founded in 1984 as a franchise opportunity operating through independently owned, home-based brokerages. Franchisees sell cruise packages to vacationers. The company provides owners with marketing materials, training, advising, and access to inside deals which allows them to offer their customers very competitive pricing.

Start-up Cost: $10.35K - 160.35K

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Cruise Planners/American Express

In 1994, Cruise Planners was started by Marvin Davis, Lynn Korn, and Michelle Fee. Long time colleagues in the travel industry, the three decided to pool their collective skills and knowledge to form an agency to help match customers with their most ideal cruise. Cruise Planners sells home-based franchises through which trained agents broker cruises for vacationers. There are nearly 1,000 Cruise Planners franchises.

Start-up Cost: $1.6K - 19.49K

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CruiseOne

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

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