"All have demonstrated solid growth despite the harsh business climate," the site reports, "and none of them require exorbitant startup fees. We focused our search on franchises with growth of 70% or more since 2006 (or 10% or more since 2010 for new franchises). Then we narrowed that list to those with franchise fees of $50,000 or less. Finally, we sorted by franchises in industries that are doing well and are expecting continued growth, according to experts."
Of the Orlando-based firm, the report states that "during hard times, commercial lawn care services are more likely to keep their customers—office parks, shopping centers and municipal centers—than residential services are. Businesses and governments regard lawn care as a business expense, while homeowners tightening their belts regard it as more discretionary. U.S. Lawns doesn't require potential franchisees to have previous landscaping experience. Franchise growth has been impressive: 77% since 2006."
You can see the full list here: http://money.msn.com/small-business-smarts/7-fast-growing-franchises. Congratulations to U.S. Lawns on the recognition!
— Heather Gooch