Franchising

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
Country-by-country export guide
2018 Export Resource Guide for Franchising

Business Matchmaking
Identify and Evaluate potential partners
Trade Events

Trade Counseling
Market Entry Strategies
Local Trade Specialists

Market Access and Fair Trade
Dismantle Barriers to Foreign Trade
Market Access Questionnaire


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 Franchise Times and IFA Franchise Trade Mission to Vietnam and Indonesia Detailed Event Information For Franchise Times and IFA Franchise Trade Mission to Vietnam and Indonesia
Franchise Times and IFA Franchise Trade Mission to Vietnam and Indonesia -- Franchising
Location/Date: Hanoi and HCMC, Vietnam 12/05/2011 - 12/13/2011
Event Summary:
Join Franchise Times, the International Franchise Association and the U.S. Commercial Service for the next franchise trade mission: Where: Vietnam and Indonesia (Cities: Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City,Vietnam and Jakarta, Indonesia) When: December 6-13, 2011 Who: 12-15 franchise companies Why: To investigate partnership opportunities with area developers for two hot international areas

Contacts:
David Gossack, Seoul
Senior Commercial Officer
Phone: 62-21-526-2850
David.Gossack@trade.gov
James Mayfield, Irvine
Commercial Officer
Phone: 949-660-1688
Jim.Mayfield@trade.gov
Kristin Houston, Irvine
Senior International Trade Specialist
Phone: 949-660-7103
Kristin.Houston@trade.gov
Le Anh, Ho Chi Minh City
Commercial Specialist
Phone: 84-8-3520-4660
Le.Anh@trade.gov
Sharon Chandra, Jakarta
Commercial Specialist
Phone: 62-21 526 2850 Ext.3007
Sharon.Chandra@trade.gov
Richard Boll, OSI
International Trade Specialist
Phone: 202-482-1135
Richard.Boll@trade.gov
Scott Lehr, International Franchise Association

Phone: 202.662.0785
slehr@franchise.org
Nancy Weingartner, Franchise Times

Phone: 612-767-3200
nancyw@franchisetimes.com
Ngo Anh, Hanoi
Commercial Specialist
Phone: 84-4-3850-5199 (Ext. 6159)
Ngo.Anh@trade.gov
Brent Omdahl, Lagos
Senior Commercial Officer
Phone: (234) 1 460 3498
Brent.Omdahl@trade.gov
Yasue Pai, European Union
Deputy Senior Commercial Officer
Phone: 32-2-811-5328
Yasue.Pai@trade.gov

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