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 The Middle East - Booming Markets for US Franchises! Detailed Event Information For The Middle East - Booming Markets for US Franchises!
The Middle East - Booming Markets for US Franchises! -- Franchising
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Location/Date: New York, NY, United States 01/15/2013 - 01/15/2013
Event Summary:
Considering expansion into the Middle East market? How can I find the best investors for my brand in Jordan? Will regulations keep me out of the market in Qatar? Wondering how to get the most exposure for your brand in Egypt? Interested in hearing how recognizable US brands have successfully entered these markets? Join US Commercial Service in-country Industry Specialists, Legal Experts and International Franchise Industry representatives to learn more about this dynamic region. US franchisors will give first-hand accounts of how they successfully established their brands in the region. You will also be treated to a briefing on the upcoming certified Franchise Trade Mission to the Middle East – Egypt, Jordan, Qatar and the opportunity to participate in the Middle East and North Africa International Franchising and Licensing Exhibition (MIFI) in May 2013 - Events being coordinated to help you maximize your Middle East partner search.

Jennifer Loffredo, Pontiac
Senior International Trade Specialist
Phone: 248-452-2254/586-469-6447
KL Fredericks, Harlem
USEAC Director
Phone: 212-860-6200