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Vanguard Cleaning Systems

Commercial cleaning

Every business needs a good cleaning. And Vanguard Cleaning Systems Inc. is ready to sweep in and help. Vanguard has more than 6,000 accounts, including general offices, multitenant facilities, medical offices, schools, churches, auto dealerships, fitness centers, and restaurants. Services include general office cleaning, carpet cleaning, hard surface floor care, and window/power washing that utilize advanced equipment such as high filtration vacuums and microfiber mops. Vanguard offers two franchise opportunities: janitorial franchisees for people who want to be owner operators and master franchisees for those who want to recruit janitorial franchisees, secure cleaning contracts, and provide back office support. Both opportunities offer training and ongoing support.

Why This Company Makes Our AllStar List
Consistently high ranks in growth (#4) and brand awareness (#21) are both key reasons Vanguard Cleaning Systems has been ranked a top 20 AllStar Franchise for the last four years.

Vanguard offers an attractive opportunity to former corporate executives who run the system's regional offices, recruit new janitorial franchisees, and secure contracts for them. The opportunity is also appealing to janitorial franchisees, who are able to run their businesses part-time and with minimal startup costs -- a plus during tough economic times.

Vanguard provides partial financing of its franchise fee and participates in the IFA's VetFran and MinorityFran programs. PODER Magazine also named Vanguard one of the Top Franchises for Hispanic Entrepreneurs in 2011, 2010, and 2009.

2011 AllStar Rank: 18
2010 AllStar Rank: 6
2009 AllStar Rank: 13

AllStar Franchise

AllStar Rank: 15 See All AllStar Franchises
Vanguard Cleaning Systems
655 Mariners Island Boulevard
San Mateo, CA 94404
650-594-1500

Fast Facts

Year established 1984
Franchising since 1984
Can be run from home? Yes
Number of employees needed 1
Item 19 Financial Performance Representation? No
Multiple units must be purchased in U.S. No
Multiple units must be purchased outside U.S. No
% of franchisees who own multiple units 5%
Absentee ownership allowed? No

Franchise Unit Growth Rate

Year U.S.
Franchises
Non-U.S.
Franchises
Company-Owned
Locations
2011 2,213 183 3
2010 1,996 156 3
2009 1,734 113 3

Expanding in These Locations

United States, Canada
Costs
Total Investment $2,519 - $34,400
Franchise Fee $8,500 - $37,000
Royalty Fee 5%
Financial Requirements
Net Worth No minimum requirement
Liquid Capital No minimum requirement
Franchisee Qualifications
Interested in owning their own business
Customer service oriented
Self motivated
Financing
Does franchisor offer financing? Yes
Is franchisor on the SBA's Franchise Registry? No
Is franchisor a member of the IFA's VetFran program? Yes
Financing Assistance
Franchisor provides partial financing of franchise fee

AllStar Franchise

AllStar Rank: 15 See All AllStar Franchises
Vanguard Cleaning Systems
655 Mariners Island Boulevard
San Mateo, CA 94404
650-594-1500
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