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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

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 Enterprise FLorida Trade Mission to Costa Rica Detailed Event Information For Enterprise FLorida Trade Mission to Costa Rica
Enterprise FLorida Trade Mission to Costa Rica -- Automotive Parts/Services Eq., Building Products, Construction Eq., Cosmetics/Toiletries, Food Processing/Packaging Eq., Franchising, General Consumer Goods, Hotel/Restaurant Eq., Medical Eq., Renewable Energy Eq.
Location/Date: San Jose, Costa Rica 02/26/2018 - 02/28/2018
Event Summary:
Join Enterprise Florida on an Export Sales Mission to San Jose, Costa Rica February 26-28, 2018 Enterprise Florida, Inc. will lead an export sales mission to Costa Rica February 26-28, 2018. The country of Costa Rica holds vast opportunities for Florida companies interested in increasing their footprint in the Central American market. Facilitated by the U.S.-Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR), the U.S. has become the chief trading partner for Costa Rica and exporters benefit from eliminated tariffs and barriers. Bilateral trade between the U.S. and Costa Rica totaled $10.2 billion in 2016, where Florida was the leading state for two way trade. Costa Rica ranks as Florida's 12th merchandise trading partner having exported nearly $3.6 billion in merchandise in 2016. Enterprise Florida, Inc. will offer a limited number of Gold Key Matchmaking one-on-one appointments. Small and midsized Florida manufacturers and eligible high tech companies and professional service providers may qualify for a Gold Key Grant, which will offset 100% of the Matchmaking Registration fee for the first company representative. A separate application process will be required for this grant. Participants will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis. Best export opportunities for Florida companies: • Building and Construction Equipment • Automotive Parts/Service Equipment • Renewable Energy • Medical Device Manufacturers • Food Packaging • Hotel and Restaurant Equipment • Civilian Aircraft, Engines, And Parts • Cosmetics For further information please contact: Alejandra Henao, Manager, Latin America & Caribbean 305-808-3670 – ahenao@enterpriseflorida.com

Contacts:
Eric Wolff, San Jose
Regional Senior Commercial Officer
Phone: +506 2519-2293
Eric.Wolff@trade.gov
Alejandra Henao, Entrerprise Florida Inc.

Phone: (305) 808-3670
ahenao@enterpriseflorida.com
Emilio Cordoba, San Jose
Commercial Assistant
Phone: 506 2519-2203
Emilio.Cordoba@trade.gov
Ricardo Cardona, San Jose
Commercial Specialist
Phone: 506 2519 2299
Ricardo.Cardona@trade.gov

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