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6. Dunkin Donuts
Dunkin Donuts
Number of SBA loans : 464
Total dispersed: $270.4 million
Average loan size: $582,726
Failure rate: 8%

America runs on Dunkin' -- and so do another 31 countries. There are 9,000 Dunkin' Donuts stores across the globe, and the multi-billion dollar franchise serves up coffee and donuts to millions of customers each day. Dunkin' Donuts' modest default rate is matched by its corporate sibling, Baskin-Robbins, which had a 10% failure rate for its SBA-backed loans.

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Source: Loan data is from the Small Business Administration, covering loans made from October 2000 through September 2009. The failure rate represents the number of loans in liquidation or charged off, divided by the number of loans disbursed.
LAST UPDATE: Apr 26 2010 | 4:53 PM ET
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