WASHINGTON — Franchises still remains an untapped market for credit unions and banks even though this business sector's numbers have increased 65% over the past five years.

According to the International Franchise Association, the number of franchises has grown from nearly 1,500 in 2003 to 2,500 today. In the U.S. alone, the franchising sector produces $1.53 trillion and generates 18 million jobs, the IFA reported.

Most of the financing provided to franchises comes from nonbank lenders, according to IFA. Forty percent of franchisers offer loans to their franchisee, but the funding is generally not enough to cover all financing to set up shop.

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