Littleton, Colorado (December 06, 2021) – Payroll Vault, the nationwide payroll and workforce management franchise, is celebrating another franchising honor on the heels of a successful 2021. The Denver-based brand was recently named the winner of Franchise Update’s STAR Award.


This year’s annual STAR Awards were announced recently to recognize the best practices in franchise recruitment, as well as the strength of winners’ franchise models. Payroll Vault received the coveted “Best Overall Performance” distinction for its excellence in both of those factors.

“We’re so excited to earn this recognition from Franchise Update,” said Payroll Vault Founder and CEO Sean Manning. “Even through the difficult year or two that everyone in franchising has experienced, our model has proven to sustain itself. Not only does the model work, but our success has proven how important it is to maintain an individualized touch in every facet of business, from prospective franchisees to the clients our offices support each day.”


The STAR Award results were compiled through a number of factors, including Franchise Update’s mystery shoppers survey. Winners were also evaluated on how they sustained their business during challenging times such as the pandemic, while showing “qualities of determination, stamina, and ingenuity.”


Marilyn Manning, Payroll Vault’s Director of Franchise Development, said the brand was “on cloud nine” when speaking with Franchise Update about the award. “Last year,” she continued, “we were in constant reaction mode. It wasn’t day to day or week to week, it was hour by hour.”


Since the COVID-19 pandemic became an unmistakable hurdle for businesses in March 2020, Payroll Vault has been committed to helping small and mid-size businesses survive and thrive in communities throughout the country. Their work to offer support, including education and guidance through government relief programs, has not only helped countless businesses but has earned Payroll Vault recognition in various publications such as Franchise Update.

Approaching the 10th anniversary of its founding, Payroll Vault is now operating in 33 states with numerous new locations on the way in 2022.

About Payroll Vault Franchising


Payroll and Workforce Management services are growing requirements for small businesses. Payroll Vault Franchising offers the opportunity to own a boutique-style full-service payroll company supported by a team of experts and a nationally recognized brand. Franchisees are trained on business best practices and provided systems and strategies to operate a payroll business in an increasingly in-demand industry. From the franchise launch in 2012, Payroll Vault Franchising has rapidly grown as a result of exemplary client service and is an industry leader receiving numerous accolades and awards nationally. For more information, visit


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