Top Innovative Franchises

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A Look at the Brands Shaking Up the Franchise World

When you think of innovative companies, giants like Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon probably spring to mind. You might think of disrupters like Uber, Blue Apron, Tesla, and AirBNB. Or maybe even some obscure companies like TaskRabbit, Alibaba, Slack, or Riot Games. These are the innovators of our time. All of them are pushing the envelope in their respective industries.

Not many of you probably had Kona Ice on your list. This lesser-known, flavored ice company from Florence, Kentucky is quietly shaking up the franchise world. Led by founder, CEO, and “Chief Innovator” Tony Lamb, the Kona Ice team has built one of the fastest growing franchise companies in all of franchising. And they built it on a foundation of innovation.

“Kona Ice has always been on the forefront of innovation,” said Lamb. “In fact, our very brand was born out of a need for innovation in the ice cream truck industry.”

Kona’s innovative roots helped land the company in the #1 spot on this year’s first annual innovation ranking. Kona’s huge strides in innovative products, marketing, operations, and culture have propelled the company to nearly 1,000 Kona Ice trucks on the road in under 10 years of franchising — while raising over $42 million for local charities in the process.

 

What You Need to Know to Succeed as a Franchisee

Whether you are new to franchising or in one system and ready to expand into another brand, our Top Innovative franchises report above is an ideal jumping off point for your franchising research.

 

The List: Top 50 Innovative Franchises of 2017

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Logo Zor minInvestment – maxInvestment reqLiquidCapital Total Units
ActionCOACH
Startup Investment
$61,250 – $108,441
Cash Requirement
$40,000
Total Units
240
Amada Senior Care
Startup Investment
$92,210 – $171,654
Cash Requirement
$90,000
Total Units
75
APEX Fun Run
Startup Investment
$65,500 – $98,200
Cash Requirement
$20,000
Total Units
80
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate
Startup Investment
$65,170 – $540,000
Cash Requirement
$100,000
Total Units
293
Budget Blinds
Startup Investment
$99,240 – $202,070
Cash Requirement
$59,950
Total Units
1,077
Captain D’s
Startup Investment
$771,000 – $1,003,000
Cash Requirement
$350,000
Total Units
844
CertaPro Painters
Startup Investment
$134,750 – $169,500
Cash Requirement
$85,000
Total Units
479
Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative
Startup Investment
$10,495 – $22,667
Cash Requirement
$10,495
Total Units
2,433
CruiseOne/ Dream Vacations
Startup Investment
$3,245 – $21,850
Cash Requirement
$3,500
Total Units
1,093
Expedia CruiseShipCenters
Startup Investment
$150,000 – $250,000
Cash Requirement
$100,000
Total Units
225
FASTSIGNS
Startup Investment
$182,329 – $267,520
Cash Requirement
$80,000
Total Units
673
Fazoli’s Restaurants
Startup Investment
$883,000 – $1,399,000
Cash Requirement
$250,000
Total Units
334
Fibrenew
Startup Investment
$75,000 – $101,800

Cash Requirement
$20,000 – $100,000
Total Units
250
Home Care Assistance
Startup Investment
$199,000 – $223,950
Cash Requirement
$125,000
Total Units
153
Home Instead Senior Care
Startup Investment
$115,000 – $125,000
Cash Requirement
$55,000
Total Units
1,017
HouseMaster
Startup Investment
$61,100 – $106,500
Cash Requirement
$42,500
Total Units
309
ILOVE
KICKBOXING.COM
Startup Investment
$206,500 – $301,500
Cash Requirement
$50,000
Total Units
211
JumpBunch
Startup Investment
$45,800 – $59,300
Cash Requirement
$15,000
Total Units
58
Just Between Friends
Startup Investment
$32,774 – $45,449
Cash Requirement
$45,000
Total Units
159
Keller Williams
Startup Investment
$183,947 – $336,995
Cash Requirement
$183,947
Total Units
730
Kona Ice
Startup Investment
$120,225 – $143,025
Cash Requirement
$20,000
Total Units
908
MaidPro
Startup Investment
$74,560 – $204,450

Cash Requirement
75,000
Total Units
230
Miracle Method Surface Refinishing
Startup Investment
$75,000 – $138,000
Cash Requirement
$55,000 – $120,000
Total Units
138
Office Pride Commericial Cleaning Services
Startup Investment
$59,500 – $107,200
Cash Requirement
$100,000
Total Units
134
Orangetheory Fitness
Startup Investment
$327,600 – $ 634,100
Cash Requirement
$150,000
Total Units
722
Our Town America
Startup Investment
$63,300 – $86,250
Cash Requirement
$70,000
Total Units
62
Palm Beach Tan
Startup Investment
$503,070 – $811,140
Cash Requirement
$250,000
Total Units
438
Pinch A Penny
Startup Investment
$230,000 – $300,000
Cash Requirement
$230,000 – $300,000
Total Units
238
Pinot’s Palette
Startup Investment
$63,400 – $204,200
Cash Requirement
$80,000
Total Units
188
PIP Printing & Document Services
Startup Investment
$275,000 – $350,000
Cash Requirement
$275,000 – $350,000
Total Units
83
PortraitEFX
Startup Investment
$9,995 – $25,000
Cash Requirement
$9,995 – $25,000
Total Units
55
Proforma
Startup Investment
$4,730 – $50,195
Cash Requirement
$29,500
Total Units
700
PropertyGuys.com
Startup Investment
$45,000 – $90,000
Cash Requirement
$55,000
Total Units
117
Rhea Lana’s
Startup Investment
$19,050 – $38,950
Cash Requirement
$10,000 – $13,500
Total Units
90
Sandler Training
Startup Investment
$88,150 – $105,750
Cash Requirement
$100,000
Total Units
263
Showhomes Home Staging
Startup Investment
$45,300 – $78,000
Cash Requirement
$10,000
Total Units
55
Sir Speedy
Startup Investment
$275,000 – $350,000
Cash Requirement
$100,000
Total Units
249
Snap-On Tools
Startup Investment
$169,503 – $350,000
Cash Requirement
$100,000
Total Units
5,053
Soccer Shots
Startup Investment
$36,000 – $42,000
Cash Requirement
$38,000
Total Units
190
Sotheby’s International Realty
Startup Investment
$194,650 – $627,000
Cash Requirement
$63,650 – $206,000
Total Units
607
SRA – Sanford Rose Associates
Startup Investment
$108,250 – $143,580
Cash Requirement
$108,250 – $143,580
Total Units
77
Truly Nolen of America
Startup Investment
$50,200 – $293,000
Cash Requirement
$35,000
Total Units
106
Two Men And A Truck
Startup Investment
$95,000 – $666,000
Cash Requirement
$80,000 – $190,000
Total Units
387
Visiting Angels
Startup Investment
$77,985 – $102,285
Cash Requirement
$43,950 – $51,950
Total Units
548
Weed Man
Startup Investment
$68,453 – $85,513
Cash Requirement
$50,000
Total Units
656
Wild Birds Unlimited
Startup Investment
$146,693 – $228,406
Cash Requirement
$40,000
Total Units
317
Window Genie
Startup Investment
$90,800 – $140,000
Cash Requirement
$50,000
Total Units
241
Wine and Design
Startup Investment
$46,160 – $95,000
Cash Requirement
$50,000
Total Units
76
WOW 1 DAY PAINTING
Startup Investment
$90,000 – $130,000
Cash Requirement
$50,000
Total Units
41
YESCO
Startup Investment
$64,300 – $350,000
Cash Requirement
$60,000
Total Units
164
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