Southfield, Mich. / No. of units: 43
Zoup! had another winning year in 2011, adding 13 stores to its roster. If that weren’t enough, the chain increased its system-wide sales by 57 percent and ranked No. 300 on the 2012 Entrepreneur Top Franchise 500. The chain, led by co-founder Eric Ersher, is fueled by a powerful company culture, providing its executive leadership with a “secret weapon” for identifying and training franchisees who will grow the brand in new and existing markets.