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 South Korea - Familiarization to Export Detailed Event Information For South Korea - Familiarization to Export
South Korea - Familiarization to Export -- Aviation Services, Biotechnology, Construction Eq., Defense Industry Eq., Drugs/Pharmaceuticals, Education/Training Services, Franchising, Laboratory Scientific Instruments, Medical Eq., Pollution Control Eq.
Pre-Register for this event
Location/Date: St, Louis, MO, United States 09/23/2013 - 09/23/2013
Event Summary:
The U.S. Commercial Service in St. Louis will be hosting a webinar on doing business in South Korea. Vital information for any company looking to expand into the market. This is a condensed, but full scope presentation with opportunity to ask questions from in-country commercial officers and industry experts. This is the final webinar scheduled for this summer to highlight fast growing markets for U.S. goods and services.

Les Wielgos, St. Louis
International Trade Specialist
Phone: 314-260-3781