BUZZ: West Coast Franchise Expo Gears Up to Spotlight Small Business, Economic Growth

Thousands expected to attend leading industry event in Anaheim October 24-26

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Hosted in Anaheim, CA for the second consecutive year, the 2013 West Coast Franchise Expo (WCFE) is the largest franchise event on the west coast, uniting qualified prospective franchise owners with growing brands. For three days, October 24-26, thousands of entrepreneurs will pass through the doors of the Anaheim Convention Center, searching for their next business venture.

“The expo in Anaheim is geared towards those franchise brands that are looking to develop west of the Mississippi,” said Tom Portesy, President of MFV Expositions. “We’re able to draw well-respected, growing franchise brands from a wide variety of industries and in turn, we attract highly qualified prospects hungry for new business opportunities. We see many exhibitors awarding franchises based on meetings at WCFE.”

With more than 200 exhibitors, 50 free seminars and six symposia, the WCFE, hosted by MFV Expositions and the International Franchise Association, provides a unique experience for both franchisors and show visitors. In addition to the educational value, organizers say the opportunity for senior-level executives and new/existing investors to meet face to face is invaluable.

“West Coast Franchise Expo has proven in the past to be an excellent opportunity for Primrose Schools to meet highly qualified franchise candidates,” said Tim Linderman, the director of franchise development for Primrose Schools. “We finished up the expo last year with several exciting leads. As we continue to grow our brand in the west, it’s critical to meet qualified prospects to fuel our expansion.”

As franchising continues to spur economic growth, the tenth anniversary of the California event promises to be the most successful yet. According to the ADP’s National Franchise Report, the U.S. added more than 27,000 franchise jobs in June, up nearly 8,000 from May.

“It’s clear that franchising plays a significant role in cultivating small business growth,” said Portesy. “The trend continues toward entrepreneurship for those who want a new career. As we regain confidence in the economy and lending improves, people are ready and willing to invest in new opportunities. We’ve seen this at the International Franchise Expo in New York as well as here in Anaheim on the west coast.”

The franchise industry is a major contributor to the U.S. economy, employing more than 20 million people and contributing over $2 trillion in economic activity, according to the International Franchise Association.

To register to attend the West Coast Franchise Expo, visit www.wcfexpo.com. On-site registration is also available, but pre-registration is recommended.

 

About MFV Expositions

For more than 22 years, MFV Expositions has been producing the leading franchise events worldwide that consistently bring together franchise concepts, at all investment levels, with the most qualified visitors seeking to own their own business. In addition to quality franchise expos in the United States and overseas that offer face-to-face opportunities to grow your franchise, MFV also offers access to online franchise opportunities through web-based resources, lead management tools and solutions for generating sales.

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Subway Founder Fred DeLuca to Deliver Opening Remarks at International Franchise Expo

Founder of the Fastest-Growing Franchise to Attend New York City Franchise Event

The International Franchise Expo (IFE) will welcome the founder of Subway restaurant, Fred DeLuca, to kick off the industry’s premier annual event. DeLuca will share personal remarks during the IFE’s opening ceremony that begins at 9:50 a.m. June 20 at the Javits Center in NYC.

“We are elated to have Fred Deluca as part of the IFE this year,” said Tom Portesy, President and CEO of MFV Expositions, producers of the show. “Fred brings an incredible perspective on franchising, one which he is uniquely qualified to offer. We are extremely grateful Fred agreed to participate and look forward to his contribution to opening ceremonies along with the thousands of current and future entrepreneurs from across the United States and from around the world who will join us.”

The billionaire cofounder of the Subway sandwich restaurant chain was born in 1948 in New York City. At the age of 17, DeLuca created his first sandwich store after an idea came to him from a family friend. He began this venture to raise funds for college where he wanted to study medicine, but his restaurants eventually took over his life. Subway now has 39,000 locations in 101 countries and was deemed the fastest growing franchise in the world.

More than 400 franchise brands will be on display for the public at the 22nd Annual IFE that is sponsored by International Franchise Association. The three-day show draws thousands of entrepreneurs to the Javits Center in New York City seeking franchise opportunities. Taking place June 20 -22, prospective business owners, the top franchise brands and current franchisees have the rare opportunity to meet face-to-face with one another.

In addition to the 400+ brands, the IFE offers the most comprehensive conference on franchising, including more than 70 free seminars along with serious in-depth symposiums. This is a one of a kind opportunity to meet entrepreneurs from the United States and more than 90 countries from around the world.

About MFV Expositions

For 22 years, MFV Expositions has been producing the leading franchise events worldwide that consistently bring together franchise concepts, at all investment levels, with the most qualified visitors seeking to own their own business. In addition to quality franchise expos in the United States and overseas that offer face-to-face opportunities to grow your franchise, MFV also offers access to online franchise opportunities through web-based resources, lead management tools and solutions for generating sales.

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