Franchising

Franchising

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 (www.Franchise.org) for expert advice and tips. 

Key Global Franchise Activities

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

Trade Events:

  • New Orleans IFA Convention (February 22-25)
  • London British and International Franchise Expo (March 14-15)
  • Iraq Trade Mission Baghdad and Erbil (March 16-20)
  • Paris Franchise Trade Show (March 23-26)
  • New York International Franchise Expo (June 19-21)

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


Detailed Event Information For Business Opportunities in the Bahamas Webinar Detailed Event Information For Business Opportunities in the Bahamas Webinar
Business Opportunities in the Bahamas Webinar -- Building Products, Construction Eq., Drugs/Pharmaceuticals, Franchising, General Consumer Goods, Hotel/Restaurant Eq., Medical Eq., Travel and Tourism Industries
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Location/Date: Wheeling, WV, United States 01/30/2014 - 01/30/2014
Event Summary:
The Bahamian economy is driven by tourism and financial services. The Bahamas imports nearly all of its food and manufactured goods from the United States, and U.S. goods and services tend to be favored by Bahamians due to cultural similarities and exposure to U.S. advertising. Due to its dependence on U.S. tourism and trade, the Bahamian economy is notably affected by U.S. economic performance. There are no significant barriers to trade in The Bahamas. The Bahamas is currently reviewing proposals for alternative energy sources. This is expected to create opportunities for foreign direct investment in the energy industry. Best prospects sectors for US exports include: Hotel/Tourism; Franchise; Construction Equipment and Supplies; Consumer Products; and Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Products. Join us for the “Business Opportunities in the Bahamas Webinar” on Thursday, January 30, 2014. This third chapter of the Business Opportunities in the Caribbean Region Webinar Series will bring you the latest on the Bahamas's growth and the opportunities this market offers to American companies in many industries.

Contacts:
David Royce, North Texas
Senior International Trade Specialist
Phone: 817-684-5354
David.Royce@trade.gov
Diego Gattesco, Wheeling
Senior International Trade Specialist
Phone: 304 243 5493
Diego.Gattesco@trade.gov