Obtaining a franchise from a proven concept, then investing and working hard to realize a career of your dreams, is a popular route to financial independence. The most well-established franchisees have combined the standards and training of the franchisor with their own never-wavering diligence to satisfy customers.
But they’ve also done their due diligence by researching online, working with a franchise broker, and/or attending franchise expos.
Franchise expos are excellent venues for learning about potential opportunities, such as fast-food franchising, because they put you face to face with dozens (or even hundreds) of brands, franchisors, and other current and potential owners.
Of course, you can’t be expected to attend all the franchise trade shows that come around annually. So how do you choose where you conduct your franchise research? We’ve narrowed it down three of our favorites to help you make your plans:
Next Event: June 16 – June 18, 2016
Location: Javits Center, New York, NY
The International Franchise Expo is the largest franchise convention. As a global event, the Expo draws franchisors and potential franchisees from scores of countries.
Their motto “Find the business you’ve always been looking for — in just one weekend” matches proven concepts with potentially interested investors. More than 400 brands will be represented at the 2016 Expo, and participation should exceed 20,000 visitors and participants.
An important part of the IFE is the wide range of classes and seminars offered to existing and potential franchisees. Presentations cover a range of topics, including business finance, social marketing, fast-food franchising and human resources.
Next Event: Oct 6 – 8, 2016
Location: Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA
The WCFE is the largest franchise event in the West. Similar in scope to the FES, the Expo presents every phase of franchising. Included are focused seminars designed to educate prospective franchisees in every area of fast-food franchising.
The WCFE features proven concepts that include ice cream, coffee and tea, pizza, subs, Mexican-style food, pretzels and others.
Next Event: Jan 12 – 14, 2017
Location: Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, Dallas, TX
“Where Your Business Dreams Become Reality” is the motto for the 2017 Franchise Expo South. Here visitors can meet face-to-face with a wide range of franchisors and service providers. Fast-food franchising concepts will present their opportunities and answer questions for potential franchisees.
In addition, service providers specializing in franchise consulting, legal affairs, real estate and financial support are also represented at the FES.
Training seminars include such topics as “The A to Z’s of Buying a Franchise,” “The Foundation to Consistent Execution,” “5 Habits of the Highly Successful Franchise System,” “Social Networking and Data in Franchising” and more.
These and other smaller regional shows present a wide range of franchising opportunities, fast-food franchising or otherwise. Properly situated, well-run concepts can pay off and provide the career independence you may be seeking.
Imagine the potential of a well-placed and attractive pretzel franchise in a busy shopping mall. Now go forth, and network! For more information on fast-food franchising, visit our website today!