Dallas to Host Biggest Franchise Expo in the Southern United States

Road to Entrepreneurship Begins at Franchise Expo South, Epicenter of
Small Business Development

DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Those eager to break free from their 9-to-5 lifestyle and pursue
business ownership will have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with
high-level executives of top franchise brands during Franchise
Expo South
(FES), the premier franchise expo serving the
Southwestern U.S. and Latin America. When the doors open at the Kay
Bailey Hutchison Convention Center January 12-14, 2017, thousands of
entrepreneurs, small business owners, and potential franchisees will be
that much closer to fulfilling their dreams of owning a business.

After four successful years in Houston, FES relocates to Dallas, tapping
into the lucrative marketplace that has become a major hub of economic
and population growth in the United States. Dallas’ performance over the
course of the last two years of the Small
Business Index
has been phenomenal – Dallas metro has held onto its
spot as the second-fastest-growing in the nation. With a $1.6 trillion
gross domestic product (GDP), no corporate or individual income tax, a
relatively relaxed regulatory environment, and booming growth in several
major cities, Texas is an excellent place to do business.

The strategic move Dallas opens the doors to new opportunities for both
franchisors and prospective franchisees as FES aims to offer eager
prospects the chance to grow to unimaginable heights through
franchising. This year’s event offers a look into the hottest trends in
the industry as attendees explore the vast emerging, international, and
mature franchise opportunities from as little as a $10,000 investment to
over $1 million. New this year is the Emerging Franchisor Pavilion with
dozens of up-and-coming brands breaking into the industry. Beyond the
unique exhibitors ranging from pet care to senior living, fast-casual
restaurants to child enrichment brands, there is a huge education
– over 60 free seminars and six in-depth workshops in
addition to on-on-one consulting, financial advising, and notable small
business speakers.

“Becoming a franchise owner can be one of the most important decisions
ever made in a person’s career and we’re here to make sure potential
owners are equipped with a solid foundation to succeed,” said Tom
Portesy, President and CEO of MFV Expositions, producers of FES. “We
have worked hard to build the type of program that attracts franchisees
eager to launch a business for themselves but not by themselves. I see
so many people making meaningful connections and get to watch the
franchise community continue to grow.”

Franchising is expected to be all about growth in 2017, fueling the
American economy just as it has done the last several years. In five
years, franchising has created more than a million jobs. In 2011, about
8 million people in the United States were employed by franchises. In
2016, 9.1
people have jobs thanks to nearly 800,000 franchise
establishments. Job growth in the franchise sector has outpaced growth
in all other sectors economy-wide and franchising’s hot streak is
expected to continue in 2017.

“As the industry takes off, expos are the best place to find people who
are seriously looking for a new business. It’s sort of like a one stop
shopping mall. If somebody has the desire to get into business, how do
they know what they want? They can come to the franchise expo, meet us,
and meet all the people here to be able to make an informed decision,”
said Marla Topliff, president of Rosatis. “We’re there to guide them
through the process – as far as I’m concerned the expo is one of the
most valuable tools for franchisees and development.”

Last year, more than 8,000 attendees from 45 states and 24 countries
flooded the NRG Center in Houston, with the opportunity to meet and
speak with over 200 exhibitors.

To register to attend the Franchise Expo South, visit www.FranchiseExpoSouth.com.
On-site registration is also available, but pre-registration is
recommended. Use Promo Code “PSR” to register for your free pass.

About MFV Expositions

For 25 years, MFV
has been producing the leading franchise events
worldwide that consistently bring together franchise concepts at all
investment levels, with the most qualified visitors seeking to own their
own business. In addition to quality franchise expos in the United
States and overseas that offer face-to-face opportunities to grow a
franchise, MFV also offers access to online franchise opportunities
through web-based resources such as FranchiseExpo.com.


Fishman Public Relations
Kelly McNamara, 847-945-1300