Below the Radar News and freelance reporter, Aimee Nuzzo, Live from the 2013 International Franchise Expo – Blimpie’s Mike Sarao and Golden Corral’s Irwin Roberts weigh in on new developments in franchising and exciting new initiatives each brand is rolling out in 2013 to attract more customers and new franchisees.
Each year, thousands of entrepreneurs and business owners gather at the International Franchise Expo, the largest franchise expo in the country. More than 400 franchise opportunities were present at the IFE this year, from fitness chains to yogurt, to restaurant giants like Golden Corral and sub chains like Blimpie. The expo is a perfect opportunity to explore hundreds of proven franchise opportunities in every industry and investment-level.
Years of economic recession have fueled an increased interest in franchising as other job prospects have dwindled. People are growing tired of being governed by the clock and now enjoy the flexibility that franchising allows. The IFE hosts a myriad of business opportunities and is a great chance to connect and converse with the best franchises in various industries.
After 20 great years in Washington DC, the IFE moved to NYC in 2012 for its larger economic market and strong international presence. Thanks to a strong turnout in 2012, the expo returned to New York for 2013 for another highly successful event.