International Franchise Expo spurs small business growth

The International Franchise Expo (IFE) returns to New York City, June 22-22 at the Javits Center for a second year offering entrepreneurs the unique opportunity to gain insight into the vast world of franchising.

Boasting more than 400 reputable franchise brands, the IFE is the top destination for attendees seeking a new franchise opportunity.

The three-day show is made up of some of the biggest hitters in the franchising world and allows prospective small business owners to meet face to face with franchise representatives from more than 60 business categories. It's no surprise that franchising accounts for a large part of the recovering American economy, contributing significantly to two critical elements, the job creation and GDP and outperforming the economy as a whole in 2012. According to the IFA 2013 economic outlook, franchising is projected to add more than 10,000 franchise establishments, account for nearly 8.3 million jobs by the end of 2013 and contribute a GDP of $472 billion.

Jim Mastandrea, Group Show Director of MFV Expositions said “Mirroring this steady growth is the increasing number of franchisors participating in trade shows to strategically grow their system. The IFE also draws qualified attendees ranging from recent college grads to retirees looking to get back in the business world. The expo truly covers all ends of the spectrum – from out-of-the-box, niche franchises to well-known, global brands. Attendees are sure to find a concept that fits their interests and lifestyle.”