50 big franchise success stories: America's Star Franchisees 2016

There are close to 3,000 franchise companies in the United States collectively contributing more than $1 trillion annually to the economy. That said, it was no easy task to crown 50 franchise business owners — one for each U.S. state — as America's Star Franchisees. More than 28,500 individual franchisees, representing 364 franchise brands, were vetted by CNBC's research partner Franchise Business Review to gauge satisfaction with their franchise system and significant financial success, including an income and return on investment that is above the industry average.

These successful franchisees have a lot in common. Most have been in franchising for many years. Many own multiple businesses or have grown their single business to cover a large service area. Most also work with a spouse or other family members. Many found success with low-cost franchises. And money alone wasn't the driving force: Work/life balance, pursuit of a long-held passion and frustration with other careers were all factors that influenced America's Star Franchisees.

To see what it took for these entrepreneurs to succeed, read the America's Star Franchisees full methodology.

Alabama Bob and Kendall Sirkis Fazoli's
Alaska Kevin Tennant Glass Doctor
Arizona Val Hill and Jared Lee Sport Clips
Arkansas Michael Ford Coldwell Banker
California Steve and Trish Clinefelter Crunch Fitness
Colorado Scott and Abby Hussey The Goddard School
Connecticut Ernesto Mongillo Jr. Rent-a-Wreck
Delaware Robert and Bobbye Haupt CruiseOne
Florida Janice Sinardi Cruise Planners
Georgia Brian and Nola Klaubert Christian Brothers Automotive
Hawaii Scott Carvill Sotheby's International Realty
Idaho Erica Hill Keller Williams
Illinois Jackie Dorris FIT4MOM
Indiana Michael and Patti Berger Proforma
Iowa Mark and Suzan Stuchel Snap-on Tools
Kansas Wade Nelson Complete Weddings & Events
Kentucky Steve Brewer Zaxby's
Louisiana Preston and Lisa Granger American Poolplayer's Association
Maine William Jenks Home Instead Senior Care
Maryland Joey Hale Two Men and a Truck
Massachusetts Ellen Davis Wild Birds Unlimited
Michigan Kim, Judy and Michael Gilpin FASTSIGNS
Minnesota Matt Mozingo Miracle Method
Missouri John Hanson The Maids
Mississippi Ray and Monica Harrigill Palm Beach Tan
Montana Donald and Steve Loessberg Heaven's Best Carpet Cleaning
Nebraska Bob Johnson Fish Window Cleaning
Nevada Dean and Melissa Siracusa Wingstop
New Hampshire Kevin Hallenbeck Sandler Training
New Jersey Larry Aronson Homewatch CareGivers
New Mexico Scott and Susan Bacher Kampgrounds of America
New York Paramjit Josan Checkers
North Carolina Gary and Pam Sample Kona Ice
North Dakota Vijay and Arpitha Rao Visiting angels
Ohio Todd and Connie Jacob Learning Express
Oklahoma Richard and Karen McLain Homevestors of America
Oregon Brian Riddick Huntington Learning Center
Pennsylvania Martin Bahner CertaPro Painters
Rhode Island Jeffrey Davis HouseMaster
South Carolina Elliott Goldsmith Firehouse Subs
South Dakota Josh Holdinghausen Marco's Pizza
Tennessee Eldon Holliday National Property Inspections
Texas Algy and Kermie Irvin Painting with a Twist
Utah Caleb Stroh Critter Control
Vermont Liam O'Farrell Linc Service
Virginia Steve and Susan Gill Just Between Friends
Washington Maxine Kenefsky MaidPro
West Virginia Roger and Marilyn Kirkland Penn Station
Wisconsin Jeffrey and Susan Tews BrightStar Care
Wyoming Tev Kelley Budget Blinds

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