Franchise Expos, Shows and More in 2018

Though the month of January is all but up, the year is still quite young. Which means we still have time to trot out the best of the first half of 2018’s franchise expos, trade shows and conferences that you may be interested in attending. We checked, and there is still time to register to attend any of the following events. If you’re a budding entrepreneur looking to get into the exciting world of franchising, take an in-depth look at which opportunity most closely aligns with your interest from the list below:

IFA 2018 – The International Franchise Association’s convention is the granddaddy of them all. It’s one of the largest of its kind and people from all walks of the franchising process will be in attendance. This annual event, in its 58th year, includes franchisors, franchisees, franchise lawyers, franchise funders and representatives from various franchise associations. IFA 2018 runs from Friday, Feb. 9 through Tuesday, Feb. 18 and will be held at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Ariz. The keynote speaker lineup is a who’s who of industry titans, including author Stephen R. Covey, and Daymond John, of ABC’s “Shark Tank”. There are over 50 different educational sessions and panels, as well as over 350 exhibitors and suppliers.

If you’re interested in registering to go to IFA 2018, do so by following this official link.

The Franchise Show – This is another worthwhile trade show to investigate and you’re likely to see many of the same players as the IFA 2018 show. It’s not until later this spring, but if you’re interested in registering, The Franchise Show is set for the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City, running May 30 – June 2. This is a very well-rounded event because it approaches the industry interest at every level. Thousands of entrepreneurs and prospective franchisees are expected to attend. Over 400 proven franchise brand opportunities will be on hand to review. Every industry and investment level is guaranteed to be represented.

If you’re interested in registering to go to The International Franchise Expo’s Franchise Show, do so by following this official link.

2018 Franchise Consumer Marketing Conference – This conference is primarily designed for franchisees with established businesses, however it doesn’t preclude interested parties. This show is designed to teach the franchising industry the latest and greatest marketing and branding news—and how to use them to your advantage in the marketplace. The conference is slated for June 19-21 at the InterContinental Buckhead Hotel in Atlanta, GA.

If you’re interested in registering to go to the 2018 Franchise Consumer Marketing Conference, do so by following this official link.

The preceding list is a sample of some of the large-scale shows that go on annually around the country. If you don’t have a budget or means to travel, that doesn’t mean you can’t find valuable information closer to home. FranNet has an ongoing list of franchise seminars (including online!) that you can take advantage of each month. They run coast-to-coast and everywhere in between. Simply bookmark our Seminars Page and find a time when FranNet will be conducting a meeting in your area.

If you can’t find a FranNet seminar planned for your area, contact us and let us know. We can still put you in touch with a qualified franchise consultant in your own neighborhood.

Happy Trails in 2018!


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Jan 30, 2018