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Top Business Services Franchises


Business service franchises saw some big winners in this year's Top 200+, but some of the sector's smallest companies struggled mightily. Insurance and IT franchises were the strongest in the category, while sales and marketing franchises took a big hit. 

Sales Growth - Employment/Staffing Franchises

Rank Company $ Millions  Sales Growth %
198 AtWork Group 294 14.4%
42 Express Employment Professionals 3,350 11.7%
190 Labor Finders 320 3.0%
179 Spherion 364 1.9%
252  PrideStaff 197 1.0%
340 Link Staffing Services 89 -8.7%

AtWork Group led the staffing services group with 14.4 percent growth in 2016 systemwide sales, to $294 million and 100 units. Impressive, indeed, but not nearly so much so as Express Employment Professionals, at $3.35 billion in sales and 771 units, which posted an 11.7 percent growth rate that’s especially notable for such a behemoth. Labor Finders was up 3 percent; Spherion grew sales 1.9 percent and PrideStaff posted a 1 percent gain. Yet Link Staffing Services went the opposite direction, posting a decline in sales, of 8.7 percent.


Sales Growth - Insurance/Financial Services Franchises

Rank Company $ Millions Sales Growth %
247 Fiesta Auto Insurance 200  32.5%
395 Brightway Insurance 55* 23.6%
218 Estrella Insurance 261  22.0%
306 Pronto Insurance  122  11.8%
151 Keystone Insurers Group 457  9.6%

*Franchise Times Estimate 

Each player in the booming insurance sector had a strong 2016, led by Fiesta Auto Insurance with a 32.5 percent growth. Even the franchise with the lowest sales growth, Keystone, posted a very impressive 9.6 percent growth.


Sales Growth - Sales/Marketing Franchises

Rank Company $ Millions Sales Growth %
274 Valpak 165 0.7%
273 Adventures In Advertising 167 0.6%
326 Sandler Training 100 -16.7%

Sales and marketing franchises had a rough year overall, as none of the franchises topped 1 percent in sales growth. Sandler Training fell 24 spots on the list after a sales dive of nearly 17 percent. 


Sales Growth - IT Solutions Franchises

Rank Company $ Millions Sales Growth %
438 TeamLogic IT 39 32.6%
416 CMIT Solutions 46 11.7%

Companies both big and small are doing whatever they can to prevent disastrous security issues and data breaches, so it's no surprise IT franchises are booming. TeamLogic sits at the top with a 32.6 percent sales growth.

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