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.
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.
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Key Global Franchise Activities
Please take a look at our calendar of events listed here.
For additional information on these events, contact your local Franchise Trade Specialist listed above.
|FrAMchise Day -- Franchising|
The U.S. Commerce Department is pleased to offer the opportunity to exhibit at the FrAMchise Day, which will take place on October 25, 2012, in Prague, Czech Republic. USFCS will act as the liaison between U.S. and Czech companies and offer Gold Keys.
FrAMchise Day is a unique opportunity for U.S. exhibitors to promote their brand in the Czech Republic and market their franchise concept to hundreds of entrepreneurs. This one-day matchmaking event will focus on the expansion of American franchise concepts into the Czech Republic, Slovakia and other Central European countries. Now in its fourth year, FrAMchise Day 2012 is the largest event of its kind in the Czech Republic that focuses on franchising, and leverages the organizing and marketing capabilities of CS Prague and the Czech Franchise Institute. U.S. Commercial Service will collaborate with the Institute to organize a tradeshow, a conference, business meetings and an evening networking reception at the U.S. Ambassador's Residence, which are all ideal venues for prospective partners, investors and entrepreneurs to meet.
|Kristin Houston, Irvine|
Senior International Trade Specialist
|Jana Ruckerova, Prague|
Phone: (420) 257 022 310
|Stuart Schaag, Prague|
Senior Commercial Officer