Even in the toughest economic times, you can’t stop entrepreneurs from dreaming big. And for many business owners, the ultimate dream is seeing their concept go nationwide–or even worldwide–through franchising. Every year, new franchisors armed with innovative ideas brave all the obstacles, from money and marketing to rules and regulations, so they can offer franchisees the chance to get into business with them.

On the following list, you’ll find 98 companies that started franchising in 2009, 2010 or even 2011. This list is not a ranking, and should not be construed as a recommendation of any particular company. If you’re interested in getting in on the ground floor with a new franchisor, always do your homework first. That includes examining the company’s FDD and other documents, consulting with lawyers, talking to existing franchisees (if there are any)–and doing anything and everything you can to get to know the company before buying in. Read full article.