Friday, October 19, 2012
By Rob Bond
The National Minority Franchising Initiative and the World Franchising Network have conducted a survey on minorities in franchising for USA Today - Franchising Today for the past six years. The articles have been titled "50 Top Franchises for Minorities." The objective has been to determine which franchise systems do the best job of recruiting and providing ongoing support to minorities (African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic, South Asia, etc.).
Selection as one of the Top 50 companies was based upon:
Several hundred franchisors submitted materials for consideration.
Clearly, the companies selected in this year's article all do an excellent job of supporting minorities in franchising. Of the 50 companies listed in this year's a survey, however, it is interesting to note that many of the same companies have been selected all four of the most recent four years, and many others have made the list in three out of the past four years. Those that are listed for multiple years are clearly outstanding franchise systems in terms of minority representation. It is also interesting to note that the maintenance industry and the insurance industry have historically had the highest participation within their ranks. The food-service industry comes in third.
Notwithstanding the gradual increase in the percentage (currently estimated at ~15%) of minority franchisees within the overall franchising community, this is still a long way from the 28% minority representation in the public at large. Hopefully, those companies listed here will continue to attract minorities to their systems and to prosper for having the wisdom and foresight to reach out to minorities.
The yellow rows are chains that have made the list of the top 50 brands for three years with the largest percentage of minority franchise owners. The green rows are brands that have made the list for all four years.
|Always Best Care Senior Services||abc-seniors.com|
|Anago Cleaning Systems||anagousa.com|
|ATAX Accounting/Financial Services||atax.com|
|Bricks 4 Kidz||bricks4kidz.com|
|Charley's Grilled Subs||charleys.com|
|Chem-Dry Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning||chemdry.com|
|Choice Hotels (Clarion, Comfort Inn, Quality Inn, EconoLodge)||choicehotels.com|
|Coverall Health-Based Cleaning System||coverall.com|
|Franchise Source Brands (Entrepreneur's Source, AdviCoach)||franchisesource.com|
|Honest-1 Auto Care||honest-1.com|
|Jack in the Box||jackinthebox.com|
|Jan-Pro Cleaning Systems||jan-pro.com|
|Juice It Up!||juiceitup.com|
|Kahala Brands (Blimpie, Cold Stone, Great Steak, TacoTime)||kahalamgmt.com|
|Maid to Perfection||maidtoperfection.com|
|New York Pizzeria||nypizzeria.com|
|Red Roof Inn||redroof.com|
|Service Brands (Molly Maid, Mr. Handyman)||servicebrands.com|
|ServiceMaster (ServiceMaster Clean, Merry Maids, Furniture Medic)||servicemaster.com|
|Starwood Hotels (Four Points, Sheraton, Westin)||starwoodhotels.com|
|United Franchise Group (Sign-A-Rama, EmbroidMe)||ufgcorp.com|
|Vanguard Cleaning Systems||vanguardcleaning.com|