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The Franchise Team of the U.S. Commercial Service is dedicated to enhancing the global competitiveness of the U.S. franchise industry, expanding its market access, and increasing exports. It accomplishes this through a variety of resources and services for U.S. companies such as Trade Missions, Gold Key and Platinum Key Services. The team consists of trade specialists from throughout the U.S. and from U.S. Embassies around the world and provides:

Market Intelligence
Market Data and Statistics
2016 Top Market Guide for Franchising

Business Matchmaking
Identify and Evaluate potential partners
Trade Events

Trade Counseling
Market Entry Strategies
Local Trade Specialists

Regulations and Customs Navigation
Documentation Assistance
Licenses & Regulations


In addition to our many services, the Franchise Team specializes in using both Domestic and International Trade Shows as turnkey events to help foster new business relationships and expand the international presence of U.S. firms by attracting country experts and international buyers.

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Franchising Facts

The Franchising industry and businesses employs 21 million people and generates $2.3 trillion of economic activity. A new franchise business opens every 8 minutes of every business day.

Like the United States, franchise businesses around the world have seen steady growth in the past decade, particularly in Brazil, China and Mexico. According to the International Franchise Association (IFA), their members are eyeing overseas expansion as an important way to diversify their portfolios. For instance, a survey of IFA members last Summer, revealed that 61 percent of respondents currently franchise or operate in international locations, and 16 percent generate between 25 percent and 30 percent of revenue from international activities. Almost three fourths of respondents said they plan to start or accelerate international ventures.  

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Detailed Event Information For International Franchise Expo 2013 Detailed Event Information For International Franchise Expo 2013
International Franchise Expo 2013 -- Franchising
Location/Date: New York, NY, United States 06/20/2013 - 06/22/2013
Event Summary:
Sponsored by the International Franchise Association and organized by MFV Expositions, the International Franchise Expo (IFE) 2013 will be held June 20-22, 2013, at the Javitz Convention Center, in New York, NY. IFE Expo 2013 is the largest and most important annual trade show in the world for franchising, featuring nearly 400 franchise exhibitors, with investments ranging from US $5,000 to US $ 1 million. Attendees have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with executives of the exhibiting franchisors and to attend free seminars as well as other symposia sessions from the world's leading franchise experts. The full conference program with a list of all "free" and symposia session is available at: http://www.ifeinfo.com/ Recent statistics provided by the International Franchise Association show how important a role franchising plays in the U.S. economy. Franchising accounts for 50% of all U.S. retail sales (just over $1 trillion annually). More than 8 million people are employed by franchises in the U.S. in more than 75 different industries, with an average 8 to 14 employees per establishment. Franchising, as a method of doing business, is increasing worldwide. Rapidly growing markets now include the Pacific Rim countries, especially Singapore,Taiwan and Malaysia, the Middle East Gulf States, especially Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, Latin America, Eastern and Western Europe, and most recently China, Russia, and the countries of the former Soviet Union. The U.S. Department of Commerce's Franchising Team will be offering a free Showtime program at IFE Expo 2013 for U.S. exhibitors. The goal of the Showtime program is to better utilize the franchising industry expertise of the delegation leaders by providing one-on-one counseling to U.S. exhibitors who sign up for the Showtime program. Export counseling may include export market overview briefings, discussion of best export opportunities in the client's target markets, as well as matching delegation members with prospective U.S. exhibitors.

Contacts:
Corali Romero, MFV Expositions

Phone: (201) 226-1130 x119
cromero@mfvexpo.com
Philippa Olsen, Trade Event Programs
Business and Industry Specialist
Phone: 202-482-5449
Philippa.Olsen@trade.gov

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