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The Demographic Trends Driving Growth in Franchising

Companies that target specific populations are a major force in the franchising upswing.
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If Entrepreneur's 34th annual Franchise 500© is any indication, the future is looking up for franchising. Hampton Hotels held strong at No. 1 for the third year in a row, but there are plenty of fast-growing companies, new and old alike, nipping at its heels. In fact, the 500 companies that made our ranking added 19,197 franchise units between 2011 and 2012, almost double the previous year's growth.

There are franchises to serve just about everyone,

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