Bill Zirzow

Bill Zirzow displays his award.

LUCAS – For the third straight year, Town Money Saver (TMS) was named a top franchise opportunity by Franchise Business Review and ranked in Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500.

The local franchisor has been recognized by both publications for three consecutive years.

“To say we are honored is an understatement,” said Bill Zirzow, President and CEO of Town Money Saver. “To be recognized by both publications for the third time in as many years is a tremendous affirmation of all the things we’ve been working toward in the last few years.”

Franchise Business Review is a franchise market research firm that performs independent surveys of franchisee satisfaction, provides the only rankings and awards for franchise companies based solely on actual franchisee satisfaction and performance.

“To know that our franchisees are consistently happy with Town Money Saver and the opportunity we have provided them is incredible, and we hope to use this as continued motivation to pay it forward,” Zirzow said.

This year marks the 14th annual ranking of the top 200 award-winning franchise opportunities. The full list was released Jan. 8. And is available at

“There are thousands of different franchise opportunities available to prospective business owners today, with more popping up every day. It’s a great time to ‘be your own boss’ but it’s also important to do your homework to find the right fit,” said Eric Stites, CEO of Franchise Business Review. “Our independent research of franchisee satisfaction helps entrepreneurs discover the top franchise opportunities in every industry category – including fitness, travel, food, services, and retail.

"This year’s Franchisee Satisfaction Award winners truly are the best-of-the-best.”

This year, FBR surveyed over 30,000 franchisees from 310 of today’s leading franchise brands to determine the best franchises of 2019.

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

“As we celebrate 40 years of producing the Franchise 500, it’s a good opportunity to step back and look at how much has changed since that first ranking in 1980,” said Jason Feifer, editor in chief of Entrepreneur. “While the franchise business model has changed little, the strongest franchise brands are constantly evolving and innovating to keep up with changing trends and technology.”

The key factors that go into the Franchise 500 evaluation include costs and fees, size and growth, support, brand strength, and financial strength and stability.

Over its 40 years in existence, the Franchise 500 has become both a dominant competitive measure for franchisors and a primary research tool for potential franchisees.

“To keep all these areas in our focus and improve them year to year while keeping our franchisees’ happiness a top priority is something we’re very proud of.” Zirzow said. “And we certainly don’t plan to change that focus any time in the near future.”

TMS is a franchise system that focuses on easy and effective advertising solutions for hometown businesses. Operating in its 27th year, TMS currently serves more than 150 communities in the Midwest with a monthly circulation of nearly 2.2 million.

“Between our Performance Awarded Franchise Opportunity, which allows prospective franchisees to earn their franchise without fees, and the national shop local trend, our franchisees are finding early success helping the many local businesses that are in need of easy and affordable advertising solutions. It’s a win-win.”

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

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