10 Promising Franchises for 2011

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Kumon

Kumon has held a firm foothold as America’s largest after-school education company for nearly 50 years. Headquartered in Teaneck, New Jersey, Kumon operates nearly 1,500 franchises in the United States and a total of 1,775 in North America. And according to Hideki Kusuzawa, president of Kumon North America, the company has plans to open 100 more centers nationwide in 2011. "We attract former teachers, engineers, lawyers, and corporate executives looking for a rewarding, flexible, and viable business opportunity," Kusuzawa said in a recent statement.