Goldfish Swim School Franchising, LLC Recognized as Inc. Magazine Unveils 35th Annual List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies

Goldfish ranks #725 with a Three-Year Sales Growth of 544%

August 22, 2016 // // BIRMINGHAM, MICHIGAN – Inc. magazine has selected Goldfish Swim School Franchising for its 35th annual Inc. 5000, the most prestigious ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. On top of the overall company ranking, Goldfish comes in at number 7 in Detroit companies and number 16 in both the Michigan and Education segments. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment— its independent small businesses. Companies such as Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees of the Inc. 5000.

This is the second time that Goldfish has made the list, skyrocketing from number 4492 in 2013 to number 725 this year. The company has experienced exponential growth since the opening of their first franchise location in 2009. In the past 12 months alone, twelve locations have opened in seven different states. Over 20 additional locations are currently in development across the country.

This growth, coupled with the company’s unique business model, has propelled Goldfish Swim School into the spotlight. The honor from Inc. is the latest in a string of awards the company has received in 2016. 

Earlier this year, Franchise Business Review featured Goldfish as a Top Child Services Franchise, based on franchisee satisfaction. Entrepreneur Magazine also named the company as part of the 2016 “Franchise 500” list. As a Michigan-based company, Goldfish was honored with two additional awards this summer – Michigan Celebrates Small Business Top 50 Companies to Watch and Corp! Magazine’s Economic Bright Spot award.

“When my wife, Jenny, and I decided to start our own learn-to-swim business, we never imagined how following her passion to create a better way to teach children to swim would change our lives and evolve into what it is today,” says Chris McCuiston, CEO and Co-Founder of Goldfish Swim School. “It is an honor to continue to be recognized for our success by such prestigious outlets. We are proud of the system we have built with the help of our team, our franchisees and their teams.”;

As Goldfish continues to grow, both franchisees and families will benefit from the concept and systems that the McCuistons have developed and continuously improve. For more information on franchising with Goldfish or to learn more about the schools, visit or call (800) 856-5120.

About Goldfish Swim School

Established in 2006 by husband and wife team, Jenny and Chris McCuiston, Goldfish Swim School provides swim lessons and water safety instruction to infants and children ages four months to 12 years. Classes are offered by specially trained instructors in a safe, kid-friendly and fun environment. Goldfish currently teaches more than 50,000 students per week to swim and be safer in and around the water. Headquartered in Birmingham, Michigan, Goldfish Swim School opened its first franchise in 2009 in Farmington Hills, Michigan and is in the process of expanding franchise opportunities throughout the country. Currently there are over 55 schools open or in development in more than 17 states.

SOURCE Goldfish Swim School


Ashley Mitchell
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Goldfish Swim School Franchising, LLC


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Established in 2006 by husband and wife team, Jenny and Chris McCuiston, Goldfish Swim School provides swim lessons and water safety instruction to infants and children ages four months to 12 years.


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