Welcome to our international Franchise page. It provides the most recent market research, trade leads and event information. Our worldwide team of Franchise Specialists is prepared to assist in increasing your presence overseas. Franchise Trade Specialists (see right) are available to discuss your international business needs.

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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.  

Want more on Franchising?

  • Utilize the Commercial Service to help you find franchisees abroad or to learn the basics on exporting. Contact a Franchise Trade Specialist (see right).
  • Take a look at IFA’s website ( for expert advice and tips. 

Key Global Franchise Activities

Please take a look at our calendar of events listed here.

Trade Events:

  • IFA Convention in Las Vegas, NV (February 15-18)
  • British and International Franchise Expo - London (March 14-15)
  • Franchise Trade Show - Paris (March 23-26)
  • Expo Franquicia Trade Show – Madrid (April 23-25)
  • International Franchise Expo – New York, NY (June 18-20)
  • China and Taiwan Trade Mission (August)
  • Central America Trade Mission (September)
  • Nordic Region Trade Mission (October)

For additional information on these events, contact your local Franchise Trade Specialist listed above.

Detailed Event Information For International Franchise Expo 2015 Detailed Event Information For International Franchise Expo 2015
International Franchise Expo 2015 -- Franchising
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Location/Date: New York, NY, United States 06/18/2015 - 06/20/2015
Event Summary:
Sponsored by the International Franchise Association and organized by MFV Expositions, the International Franchise Expo (IFE) 2014 will be held June 19-21, 2014, at the Javits Convention Center, in New York, NY. The International Franchise Expo is an annual trade show representing virtually every industry and investment level. Attendees have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with executives of the exhibiting franchisors and to attend free seminars as well as other symposia sessions from the world's leading franchise experts. The franchise industry is a major contributor to the U.S. economy, employing more than 18 million people and contributing more than $2 trillion in economic activity, according to the International Franchise Association, the show's sponsor. Franchise business jobs are projected to grow 1.9 percent in 2013, an increase of 184,000 jobs, according to a recent IFA report. The franchise sector is projected to grow faster than the broader economy. Economy-wide business formation and job growth is expected to be 0.7% and 1.6% respectively, compared to 1.4% and 1.9% in the franchise sector show how important a role franchising plays in the U.S. economy. Franchising accounts for 50% of all U.S. retail sales (just over $1 trillion annually). More than 8 million people are employed by franchises in the U.S. in more than 75 different industries, with an average 8 to 14 employees per establishment.

Amanda Ayvaz, Trade Event Programs
International Trade Specialist
Phone: 202-482-0338
Ms. Corali Romero, MFV Expositions

Phone: 201-226-1130 x 119