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 FrAMchise Day Detailed Event Information For FrAMchise Day
FrAMchise Day -- Franchising
Location/Date: Prague, Czech Republic 10/25/2012 - 10/25/2012
Event Summary:
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.

Jana Ruckerova, Prague
Commercial Specialist
Phone: (420) 257 022 310
Kristin Houston, Irvine
Senior International Trade Specialist
Phone: 949-660-7103
Stuart Schaag, Hanoi
Senior Commercial Officer
Phone: 84-4-3850-5199