10 Promising Franchises for 2011

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BrightStar Care

As America ages, franchises that provide in-home care to the elderly stand to gain. BrightStar Care, based in Gurnee, Illinois, has been franchising since 2005 and has grown from merely 23 franchises in 2007 to 163 in 2010. The company plans to open as many as 400 locations in 2011. Shelly Sun, the CEO and co-founder of BrightStar, noted in a recent interview that the company is "planning to launch 7 new brands over the next 10 years, approximately 1 every 12-24 months, to allow for current owners to expand their service offerings, as well as allow for new owners to come into our system."