Town Money Saver recently was ranked in Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500, the world’s “first, best and most comprehensive” franchise ranking.

Placement in the Franchise 500 is a highly sought-after honor in the franchise industry, as evidenced by the fact that Entrepreneur received more than 1,000 applications this year, making it one of the company’s most competitive rankings ever.

Recognized as an invaluable resource for potential franchisees, the Franchise 500 ranks Town Money Saver as 475 for its outstanding performance in areas including unit growth, financial strength and stability, and brand power.

“To be ranked in Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 is a great honor,” said Bill Zirzow, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Town Money Saver. “But to be named to this list is consecutive years is validation to the growing strength of our brand, our stability, and 26 straight years of growth.”

TMS is a direct-mail publication that focuses on “easy and effective” advertising solutions for hometown businesses. Operating in its 26th year, TMS currently serves more than 150 communities in the Midwest with a monthly circulation of 2.2 million.

The key factors that go into Entrepreneur’s evaluation include costs and fees, size and growth, support, brand strength, and financial strength and stability. All franchises are given a cumulative score based on more than 150 data points, and the 500 franchises with the highest cumulative scores become the Franchise 500 in ranking order.

“This year’s Franchise 500 ranking features both up-and-comers who bring fresh ideas to an ever- changing industry, as well as savvy stalwarts that have thrived for decades. We are proud to highlight and celebrate them all,” says Jason Feifer, editor in chief of Entrepreneur. “Our results show that the industry is strong—and that the most enduring franchisors are those who learn to balance innovation with reliability. That’s how to attract new customers while keeping the old ones happy.”

In addition to being included in Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500, Town Money Saver recently was recognized as a top franchise opportunity for 2018 and a top 100 franchise system for veterans by Franchise Business Review.

“Right now is the best time to become a Town Money Saver franchisee,” Zirzow said. “Between our Performance Awarded Franchise Opportunity and the national shop local trend, our franchisees, veteran and rookie, are finding local businesses are in need for easy and affordable advertising solutions so they can compete with bigger brands, and that’s precisely what we offer.”

TMS’s Performance Awarded Franchise Opportunity is a system that gives prospective franchisees the ability to earn a franchise without fees.

To view Town Money Saver in the full ranking, visit entrepreneur.com. Results can also be seen in the January/February issue of Entrepreneur, available on newsstands January 16th.

For information about a Town Money Saver franchise opportunity, call 800-481-8696 or visit tmsfranchising.com.