Top 200 Franchises of 2017

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It features what to look for in a franchise, things to consider prior to investing in ​one, ​funding sources​, advice for successfully running your franchise​, and​ information about today’s top 200 franchises, the list of which is below.


2017’s best franchises based on ratings from franchisees who own them:

Franchise Business Review surveyed approximately 30,000 franchise owners representing over 300 brands between May 2015 and November 2016. The brands listed below scored highest in overall franchisee satisfaction — a true indicator of a great franchise opportunity!

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Logo Zor minInvestment – maxInvestment reqLiquidCapital Total Units
Kona Ice
Startup Investment
$117,125 – $135,925
Cash Requirement
$20,000
Total Units
814
Keller Williams
Startup Investment
$183,947 – $336,995
Total Units
730
Visiting Angels
Startup Investment
$67,935 – $92,685
Cash Requirement
$40,950 – $48,950
Total Units
546
Sotheby’s International Realty
Startup Investment
$196,050 – $621,500
Cash Requirement
$153,550 – $566,500
Total Units
538
Weed Man
Startup Investment
$68,453 – $85,513
Cash Requirement
$60,000
Total Units
550
MaidPro
Startup Investment
$58,960 – $203,770
Cash Requirement
$60,000
Total Units
225
Pinot’s Palette
Startup Investment
$76,600 – 196,600
Cash Requirement
$80,000
Total Units
188
CertaPro Painters
Startup Investment
$134,750 – $169,500
Cash Requirement
$75,000
Total Units
461
Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative
Startup Investment
$10 495
Cash Requirement
$10,495
Total Units
2,432
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate
Startup Investment
$65,170 – $540,000
Cash Requirement
$100,000
Total Units
304

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Wild Birds Unlimited
Startup Investment
$125,978 – $199,172
Cash Requirement
$40,000
Total Units
306
Sanford Rose Associates
Startup Investment
$108,250 – $351,500
Cash Requirement
$108,250 – $143,580
Total Units
77
Zaxby’s
Startup Investment
$352,000 – $664,300
Cash Requirement
$500,000
Total Units
820
CruiseOne/Dream Vacations
Startup Investment
$3,245 – $21,850
Cash Requirement
$9,800
Total Units
1,090
Christian Brothers Automotive
Startup Investment
$403,200 – $474,600
Cash Requirement
$75,000 – $80,000
Total Units
157
Home Instead Senior Care
Startup Investment
$115,000 – $125,000
Cash Requirement
$55,000
Total Units
1017
American Poolplayers Association
Startup Investment
$16,704 – $19,874
Cash Requirement
$16,704 – $19,874
Total Units
322
Our Town America
Startup Investment
$74,800 – $105,450
Cash Requirement
$75,000
Total Units
62
Culver’s
Startup Investment
$1,845,000 – $4,155,000
Cash Requirement
$350,000
Total Units
602
FASTSIGNS
Startup Investment
$151,140 – $293,525
Cash Requirement
$80,000
Total Units
650
Sandler Training
Startup Investment
$88,150 – $105,750
Cash Requirement
$100,000
Total Units
259
Soccer Shots
Startup Investment
$31,742 – $38,500
Cash Requirement
$29,500
Total Units
183
Budget Blinds
Startup Investment
$99,240 – $202,070
Cash Requirement
$59,950
Total Units
1,076
TWO MEN AND A TRUCK
Startup Investment
$75,000 – $590,500
Cash Requirement
$75,000 – $150,000
Total Units
349
Office Pride Commercial Cleaning Services
Startup Investment
$51,400 – $100,100
Cash Requirement
$100,000
Total Units
134
Palm Beach Tan
Startup Investment
$503,070 – $811,140
Cash Requirement
$250,000
Total Units
438
Proforma
Startup Investment
$4,730 – $50,195
Cash Requirement
$29,500
Total Units
700
HouseMaster
Startup Investment
$61,100 – $106,500
Cash Requirement
$42,500
Total Units
309
Hwy 55 Burgers Shakes & Fries
Startup Investment
$191,255 – $385,155
Cash Requirement
$125,000
Total Units
131
Pinch A Penny
Startup Investment
$230,000 – $300,000
Cash Requirement
$50,000
Total Units
235

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Window Genie
Startup Investment
$90,800 – $140,000
Cash Requirement
$50,000
Total Units
241
Painting with a Twist
Startup Investment
$94,300 – $131,800
Cash Requirement
$25,000
Total Units
216
Truly Nolen of America
Startup Investment
$50,200 – $293,000
Cash Requirement
$35,000
Total Units
106
Aire-Master of America
Startup Investment
$39,584 – $142,400
Cash Requirement
$50,000
Total Units
101
JumpBunch
Startup Investment
$40,300 – $73,500
Cash Requirement
$42,000
Total Units
57
Men In Kilts Window Cleaning
Startup Investment
$41,400 – $99,650
Cash Requirement
$50,000
Total Units
15
Snap-on Tools
Startup Investment
$166,847 – $319,547
Cash Requirement
$33,019-$50,183
Total Units
4,600
Captain D’s
Startup Investment
$771,000 – $1,003,000
Cash Requirement
$350,000
Total Units
527
Hungry Howie’s Pizza
Startup Investment
$253,075 – $453,850
100,000 Total Units
549
Rhea Lana’s
Startup Investment
$18,050 – $36,050
Cash Requirement
$10,000 – $13,500
Total Units
90
Weichert Real Estate
Startup Investment
$50,000 – $364,700
Total Units
433
Kampgrounds of America/ KOA
Startup Investment
$27,500 – $4,462,925
Cash Requirement
$7,500 – $30,000
Total Units
481
LaRosa’s Pizzeria
Startup Investment
$800,000 – $1,000,000
Cash Requirement
$500,000
Total Units
52
Just Between Friends
Startup Investment
$32,774 – $45,449
Cash Requirement
$16,694
Total Units
152
Expedia CruiseShipCenters
Startup Investment
$150,000 – $250,000
Cash Requirement
$100,000
Total Units
225
APEX Fun Run
Startup Investment
$65,500 – $98,200
Cash Requirement
$20,000
Total Units
78
Minuteman Press
Startup Investment
$62,207 – $161,865
Cash Requirement
$50,000
Total Units
952
Mathnasium Learning Centers
Startup Investment
$90,750 – $137,610
Cash Requirement
$90,750
Total Units
729
FRSTeam
Startup Investment
$32,000 – $380,500
Cash Requirement
$25,000 – $35,000
Total Units
46
Checkers & Rally’s
Startup Investment
$165,796 – $1,306,345
Cash Requirement
$250,000
Total Units
838

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The Goddard School
Startup Investment
$706,700 – $750,700
Cash Requirement
$150,000
Total Units
434
Planet Fitness
Startup Investment
$853,390 – $3,669,150
Cash Requirement
$1,500,000
Total Units
1131
Orangetheory Fitness
Startup Investment
$327,600 – $634,100
Cash Requirement
$372,600 – $634,100
Total Units
560
Home Care Assistance
Startup Investment
$199,000 – $223,950
Cash Requirement
$125,000
Total Units
133
TeamLogic IT
Startup Investment
$146,000
Cash Requirement
$50,000
Total Units
115
Murphy Business & Financial
Startup Investment
$57,525 – $116,650
Cash Requirement
$50,000
Total Units
189
Fit4Mom
Startup Investment
$6,205 – $23,685
Cash Requirement
$5,495 – $11,143
Total Units
261
FirstLight HomeCare
Startup Investment
$95,156 – $140,734
Cash Requirement
$65,000
Total Units
200
Fazoli’s Restaurants
Startup Investment
$88,300 – $1,399,000
Cash Requirement
$250,000
Total Units
214
Miracle Method Surface Refinishing
Startup Investment
$75,000 – $138,000
Cash Requirement
$55,000 – $120,000
Total Units
138
HomeVestors of America
Startup Investment
$44,000 – $347,250
Cash Requirement
$50,000
Total Units
771
The Wendy’s Company
Startup Investment
$300,000 – 3,000,000
Cash Requirement
$2,000,000
Total Units
6,100
Billy Sims Barbecue
Startup Investment
$169,000 – $433,000
Cash Requirement
$150,000
Total Units
49
Fibrenew
Startup Investment
$75,000 – $101,800
Cash Requirement
$50,000
Total Units
253
Family Fare
Startup Investment
$33,800 – $201,700
Cash Requirement
$31,800 – $210,700
Total Units
87
Amazing Athletes
Startup Investment
$25,000 – $55,650
Cash Requirement
$17,500
Total Units
95
Surface Specialists Systems
Startup Investment
$43,200 – $56,000
Cash Requirement
$25,000
Total Units
45
Ground Round
Startup Investment
$450,000 – $2,200,000
Cash Requirement
$350,000
Total Units
28
Rooterman
Startup Investment
$46,750 – $137,600
Cash Requirement
$18,000
Total Units
583
Tropical Smoothie Cafe
Startup Investment
$198,050 – $478,550
Cash Requirement
$125,000
Total Units
540

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Penn Station
Startup Investment
$269,232 – $535,081
Cash Requirement
$300,000
Total Units
301
9Round Kickboxing
Startup Investment
$66,600 – $102,700
Cash Requirement
$24,000
Total Units
441
The Exercise Coach
Startup Investment
$95,000 – $236,000
Cash Requirement
$95,000 – $236,000
Total Units
34
ILOVEKICKBOXING.COM
Startup Investment
$206,500 – $301,500
Cash Requirement
$50,000
Total Units
142
Leather Medic
Startup Investment
$49,500 – $59,500
Cash Requirement
$25,000 – $59,500
Total Units
24
Sport Clips, Inc.
Startup Investment
$183,300 – $351,500
Cash Requirement
$200,000
Total Units
1,609
Coldwell Banker
Startup Investment
$52,470 – $493,550
Cash Requirement
$27,470 – $468,550
Total Units
3630
Right at Home
Startup Investment
$77,200 – $133,400
Cash Requirement
$150,000
Total Units
547
ActionCOACH
Startup Investment
$61,250 – $108,441
Cash Requirement
$40,000
Total Units
754
Mighty Distributing System
Startup Investment
$175,000 – $275,000
Cash Requirement
$100,000
Total Units
107
Auto Appraisal Network
Startup Investment
$12,000 – $30,000
Cash Requirement
$3,000-$10,000
Total Units
25
Fish Window Cleaning Services
Startup Investment
$83,225 – $146,200
Cash Requirement
$83,225 – $146,200
Total Units
270
THE TUTORING CENTER
Startup Investment
$90,000 – $130,000
Cash Requirement
$39,000
Total Units
64
East Coast Wings & Grill
Startup Investment
$658,875 – $1,133,502
Cash Requirement
$250,000
Total Units
35
My Salon Suite
Startup Investment
$395,000 – $955,000
Cash Requirement
$150,000
Total Units
44
Nothing Bundt Cakes
Startup Investment
$392,875 – $545,475
Cash Requirement
$150,000
Total Units
168
Wingstop
Startup Investment
$227,888 – $650,790
Cash Requirement
$200,000
Total Units
725
WOW 1 DAY PAINTING
Startup Investment
$90,000 – $130,000
Cash Requirement
$50,000
Total Units
40
Great Play
Startup Investment
$173,000 – $391,000
Total Units
15
Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning
Startup Investment
$40,000 – $60,000
Cash Requirement
$33,900
Total Units
247

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College Hunks Hauling Junk
Startup Investment
$105,000 – $282,000
Cash Requirement
$40,000
Total Units
98
Baby Boot Camp
Startup Investment
$4,570 – $10,800
Cash Requirement
$4,000 – $6,000
Total Units
107
Young Rembrandts
Startup Investment
$41,250 – $48,120
Cash Requirement
$40,000
Total Units
100
Planet Sub
Startup Investment
$182,500 – $402,000
Cash Requirement
$100,000
Total Units
58
Marco’s Pizza
Startup Investment
$264,592 – $549,042
Cash Requirement
$100,000
Total Units
674
You’ve Got MAIDS
Startup Investment
$34,282 – $108,899
Cash Requirement
$34,282 – $108,899
Total Units
63
YESCO
Startup Investment
$64,300 – $350,000
Cash Requirement
$60,000
Total Units
89
Huntington Learning Center
Startup Investment
$96,675 – $204,430
Cash Requirement
$60,000
Total Units
287
ERA
Startup Investment
$48,000 – $221,900
Cash Requirement
$48,000 – $221,900
Total Units
2,355
Complete Weddings and Events
Startup Investment
$30,350 – $48,650
Cash Requirement
$10,000
Total Units
200
Goldfish Swim School
Startup Investment
$1,364,033 – $2,244,200
Cash Requirement
$350,000 – $500,000
Total Units
37
Precision Door Service
Startup Investment
$67,639 – $512,214
Cash Requirement
$60,000
Total Units
84
Firehouse Subs
Startup Investment
$131,150 – $928,405
Cash Requirement
$90,000 – $100,000
Total Units
1,037
Supporting Strategies
Startup Investment
$77,130 – $102,390
Cash Requirement
$100,000
Total Units
58
Estrella Insurance
Startup Investment
$49,950 – $84,000
Cash Requirement
$20,000 – $50,000
Total Units
120
Two Maids & A Mop
Startup Investment
$47,200 – $127,950
Cash Requirement
$30,000
Total Units
30
Big Frog Custom T-Shirts
Startup Investment
$180,750 – $235,700
Cash Requirement
$50,000
Total Units
80
Lenny’s Sub Shops
Startup Investment
$188,715 – $386,775
Cash Requirement
$80,000
Total Units
107
Padgett Business Services
Startup Investment
$99,975
Cash Requirement
$99,975
Total Units
366
Help-U-Sell Real Estate
Startup Investment
$43,750 – $136,750
Cash Requirement
$50,000
Total Units
102

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DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen
Startup Investment
$95,895 – $258,745
Cash Requirement
$69,995 – $226,945
Total Units
35
A All Animal Control
Startup Investment
$10,750 – $50,000
Cash Requirement
$5,000
Total Units
44
Tint World
Startup Investment
$108,000 – $198,000
Cash Requirement
$50,000
Total Units
52
Jan-Pro (master franchisors)
Startup Investment
$150,000 – $500,000
Cash Requirement
$100,000
Total Units
136
Mosquito Joe
Startup Investment
$69,600 – $122,500
Cash Requirement
$30,000
Total Units
278
ASP – America’s Swimming Pool Company
Startup Investment
$85,000 – $110,000
Cash Requirement
$30,000
Total Units
259
PortraitEFX
Startup Investment
$19,995 – $39,995
Cash Requirement
$10,000
Total Units
55
Payroll Vault
Startup Investment
$19,000 – $35,000
Cash Requirement
$31,950 – $74,150
Total Units
30
Anago Cleaning Systems Master Franchise
Startup Investment
$154,000 – $257,000
Cash Requirement
$154,000 – $257,000
Total Units
95
Fuzzy’s Taco Shop
Startup Investment
$335,000 – $1,035,000
Cash Requirement
$250,000
Total Units
106
Sir Speedy Printing & Marketing Services
Startup Investment
$275,000 – $350,000
Cash Requirement
$100,000
Total Units
249
Crunch Fitness
Startup Investment
$1,200,000 – $1,500,000
Cash Requirement
$300,000 – $400,000
Total Units
125
Assisting Hands
Startup Investment
$70,550 – $147,500
Cash Requirement
$38,500
Total Units
117
Drama Kids
Startup Investment
$29,000 – $48,000
Cash Requirement
$30,000
Total Units
208
Smoothie King
Startup Investment
$188,200 – $414,050
Cash Requirement
$100,000
Total Units
842
Pizza Factory
Startup Investment
$151,000 – $638,500
Cash Requirement
$90,000
Total Units
112
Interim HealthCare
Startup Investment
$88,000 – $98,000
Cash Requirement
$155,000
Total Units
345
The Dog Wizard
Startup Investment
$47,400 – $59,850
Cash Requirement
$30,000
Total Units
18
Real Property Management
Startup Investment
$40,000
Cash Requirement
$80,000
Total Units
300
Tailored Living
Startup Investment
$131,130 – $269,495
Cash Requirement
$124,950
Total Units
195
Donatos Pizza
Startup Investment
$361,360 – $697,400
Cash Requirement
$200,000
Total Units
154

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Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe
Startup Investment
$323,000 – $819,000
Cash Requirement
$500,000
Total Units
65
Dick’s Wings & Grill
Startup Investment
$229,500 – $772,500
Cash Requirement
$150,000
Total Units
25
In Home Pet Services
Startup Investment
$9,100 – $31,200
Total Units
13
PropertyGuys.com
Startup Investment
$45,000 – $92,000
Cash Requirement
$55,000
Total Units
118
Brightway Insurance
Startup Investment
$115,000 – $181,000
Cash Requirement
$75,000
Total Units
135
College + Nannies + Tutors
Startup Investment
$176,700 – $228,700
Cash Requirement
$60,000
Total Units
100
Honest-1 Auto Care
Startup Investment
$169,975 – $457,975
Cash Requirement
$150,000
Total Units
60
THE MAX Challenge
Startup Investment
$89,925 – $190,000
Cash Requirement
$25,000
Total Units
55
The @WORK Group
Startup Investment
$99,500 – $174,500
Cash Requirement
$100,000
Total Units
97
Pizza 9
Startup Investment
$64,580 – $353,980
Cash Requirement
$64,580 – $353,980
Total Units
17
Vapor Shark
Startup Investment
$110,000 – $160,000
Cash Requirement
$25,000
Total Units
35
Pet Supplies Plus
Startup Investment
$550,400 – $1,307,400
Cash Requirement
$750,000
Total Units
360
The Learning Experience
Startup Investment
$199,875 – $384,150
Cash Requirement
$125,000
Total Units
170
CarePatrol
Startup Investment
$64,649 – $84,699
Cash Requirement
$75,000
Total Units
150
Senior Care Authority
Startup Investment
$52,350 – $78,150
Cash Requirement
$50,000
Total Units
38
CARSTAR
Startup Investment
$18,700 – $790,000
Total Units
438
Jason’s Deli
Startup Investment
$905,891 – $1,277,868
Cash Requirement
$1,000,000
Total Units
261
Priceless Rent-A-Car
Startup Investment
$188,254 – $719,257
Cash Requirement
$50,000
Total Units
38
California Closets
Startup Investment
$227,850 – $1,378,000
Cash Requirement
$227,850 – $1,378,000
Total Units
98
CompuChild
Startup Investment
$18,300 – $33,000
Cash Requirement
$10,000
Total Units
23

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Jamba Juice
Startup Investment
$201,000 – $619,300
Cash Requirement
$350,000
Total Units
885
Scooter’s Coffee
Startup Investment
$270,000 – $463,500
Cash Requirement
$100,000
Total Units
160
Happy and Healthy Products, Inc.
Startup Investment
$45,000 – $90,000
Cash Requirement
$45,000 – $89,045
Total Units
65
Rent-A-Wreck
Startup Investment
$159,000 – $459,607
Cash Requirement
$50,000
Total Units
141
Creative Colors International
Startup Investment
$83,600 – $112,250
Cash Requirement
$73,000
Total Units
70
ShelfGenie
Startup Investment
$70,100 – $125,250
Cash Requirement
$70,000
Total Units
137
101 Mobility
Startup Investment
$114,060 – $210,120
Cash Requirement
$100,000
Total Units
148
Sit Means Sit
Startup Investment
$45,000 – $93,850
Cash Requirement
$45,000
Total Units
81
TGA Premier Golf & Tennis
Startup Investment
$16,300 – $67,350
Total Units
92
Welcomemat Services
Startup Investment
$58,830 – $87,180
Cash Requirement
$75,000
Total Units
66
Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park
Startup Investment
$850,000 – $2,500,000
Cash Requirement
$600,000
Total Units
87
The Little Gym
Startup Investment
$157,750 – $377,000
Cash Requirement
$75,000 – $100,000
Total Units
348
Fastest Labs
Startup Investment
$66,505 – $82,875
Cash Requirement
$50,000
Total Units
22
Wine and Design
Startup Investment
$46,160 – $0,000
Cash Requirement
$50,000
Total Units
76
SpeedPro Imaging
Startup Investment
$232,200 – $302,700
Cash Requirement
$100,000
Total Units
132
Five Star Painting
Startup Investment
$61,600 – $136,150
Cash Requirement
$25,450 – $55,125
Total Units
170
United Country Real Estate
Startup Investment
$16,690 – $44,435
Cash Requirement
$15,000
Total Units
420
AdvantaClean
Startup Investment
$124,800 – $219,223
Cash Requirement
$50,000
Total Units
222
Biggby Coffee
Startup Investment
$220,000 – $220,000
Cash Requirement
$70,000
Total Units
254
Paul Davis
Startup Investment
$188,240 – $391,077
Cash Requirement
$200,000
Total Units
258

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Iron Tribe
Startup Investment
$305,000 – $438,500
Cash Requirement
$305,000 – $438,500
Total Units
67
Toppers Pizza
Startup Investment
$291,666 – $527,152
Cash Requirement
$150,000
Total Units
76
Natural Awakenings
Startup Investment
$59,700 – $74,250
Total Units
91
Coldwell Banker Commercial
Startup Investment
$37,450 – $781,000
Cash Requirement
$175,000
Total Units
170
Color Me Mine
Startup Investment
$134,300 – $177,800
Cash Requirement Total Units
144
TSS Photography
Startup Investment
$10,500 – $74,000
Cash Requirement
$10,500
Total Units
185
The Grout Doctor
Startup Investment
$12,000 – $40,000
Cash Requirement
$20,000
Total Units
74
Town Money Saver
Startup Investment
$5,700 – $17,000
Cash Requirement
$5,000 – $12,500
Total Units
44
Showhomes Home Staging
Startup Investment
$45,300 – $78,000
Cash Requirement
$10,000
Total Units
55
Dogtopia
Startup Investment
$475,000 – $735,000
Cash Requirement
$150,000
Total Units
44
MODE
Startup Investment
$178,000 – $309,000
Cash Requirement
$75,000
Total Units
13
KidsPark
Startup Investment
$185,000 – $340,000
Cash Requirement
$45,000 – $65,000
Total Units
17
Kitchen Solvers
Startup Investment
$60,000 – $80,000
Cash Requirement
$75,000
Total Units
52
Bahama Buck’s
Startup Investment
$223,346 – $720,825
Cash Requirement
$90,000
Total Units
89
Learning Express
Startup Investment
$199,875 – $384,150
Cash Requirement
$125,000
Total Units
120
Zoup!
Startup Investment
$386,860 – $576,250
Cash Requirement
$150,000
Total Units
92
PJ’s Coffee
Startup Investment
$171,400 – $474,500
Cash Requirement
$75,000
Total Units
76
Uno Chicago Grill
Startup Investment
$736,000 – $1,850,500
Cash Requirement
$750,000
Total Units
85
Image One
Startup Investment
$29,750 – $103,208
Cash Requirement
$15,000
Total Units
78
Creative World School
Startup Investment
$3,000,000 – $5,000,000
Cash Requirement
$400,000 – $600,000
Total Units
23

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LaVida Massage
Startup Investment
$165,750 – $357,500
Cash Requirement
$150,000
Total Units
51
MarbleLife
Startup Investment
$50,000 – $65,000
Cash Requirement
$30,000
Total Units
40
Repicci’s Italian Ice
Startup Investment
$175,800 – $189,450
Cash Requirement
$75,000
Total Units
49
Assisted Living Locators
Startup Investment
$59,300 – $70,550
Cash Requirement
$50,000
Total Units
50
Buffalo Wings & Rings
Startup Investment
$1,224,000 – $3,085,000
Cash Requirement
$300,000
Total Units
Go Mini’s
Startup Investment
$205,447 – $361,688
Cash Requirement
$100,000
Total Units
78
Good Feet Worldwide
Startup Investment
$39,740 – $202,275
Total Units
130
Glass Doctor
Startup Investment
$111,800 – $281,000
Cash Requirement
$111,800 – $281,000
Total Units
182
World Gym
Startup Investment
$762,200 – $3,212,500
Cash Requirement
$100,000
Total Units
213
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