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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
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

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 International Franchise Expo 2018 Detailed Event Information For International Franchise Expo 2018
International Franchise Expo 2018 -- Franchising
Location/Date: New York, NY, United States 05/31/2018 - 06/02/2018
Event Summary:
The International Franchise Expo (IFE) is the premier annual event for the franchise industry. From domestic or international expansion to selling single units, area developments or master franchises, the International Franchise Expo is THE industry's one stop franchise event. The IFE event will be promoted worldwide to over 120 countries and visitors have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with executives of the exhibiting franchisors. The IFE continues to gain recognition as a first-class international show, where foreign attendees have a chance to make one-on-one contacts with the top brands in franchising and develop dynamic business relationships. The International Franchise Expo is a 3 day event which has featured over 400 franchise exhibitors, with investments ranging from $5,000 to $1M+ and a wide range of product categories. Franchising is a strategy proven to grow businesses quickly -a strategy used by more than 100 industries to develop national brands. Millions of people have opened their own businesses by buying a franchise. The opportunities at IFE cover multiple markets and industries. The event brings together expanding and developing franchise concepts with the highest qualified franchisee candidates in the USA and around the world.

Contacts:
Jeffrey Odum, OTP-SP
International Trade Specialist
Phone: (202) 482-6397
Jeffrey.Odum@trade.gov

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