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Momentum Builds as Entrepreneurs Flock to Dallas for Franchise Expo South
Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Prepares to Host Thousands Jan. 18-20

DALLAS, Jan. 11, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Thousands of hungry entrepreneurs will gather at this year's Franchise Expo South, set to take place at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center on Jan. 18-20. The event will open its doors to existing and prospective franchise owners, many who are eager to join the rapidly growing and successful $700 billion franchise industry.

With almost 200 franchise brands looking to expand in the Dallas market and around the country, attendees will have the rare opportunity to meet face-to-face with the high-level executives from both emerging start-ups and well-known, established franchise brands. Franchise Expo South provides the ultimate platform to evaluate the various franchise opportunities available and find a company match.

The expo kicks off with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 9:15 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 18. Executives from the International Franchise Association (IFA) will be in attendance to open up the festivities and share personal stories that will offer tips and strategies to new business owners. Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of seminars and workshops throughout the weekend led by industry experts, covering topics such as "How to Leverage Technology in a Franchise System," "How to Find Your First Franchisees," and "Writing an Effective Business Plan."

"Franchising continues to prove itself one of the strongest business models available, and is endlessly growing and evolving across the country," said Tom Portesy, president of MFV Expositions. "Each year, thousands of people attend Franchising Expo South, and it continues to be an excellent source for entrepreneurs - whether new to the community or long-standing veterans. Franchise Expo South allows these entrepreneurs to learn from industry experts and find opportunities that fit every budget."

In 2017, more than 8,000 attendees from 45 states and 36 countries attended Franchise Expo South, also held in Dallas. The Dallas and Fort Worth areas are the second-fastest growing metro areas in the United States, according to the Small Business Index. As a whole, the franchising industry has shown significant growth, with 27,300 jobs added in December 2017 alone, according to the ADP Franchise Report.  Each year Franchise Expo South has proven to be a life-changing event for prospective investors looking for a new business path.

"After many years of working for someone else, I felt the time was right to start my own business. I saw an ad in our local newspaper for Franchise Expo South, so I thought I'd check it out and see if anything piqued my interest. After fully considering my options from the expo, I decided to buy my very own franchise," said Julie Vowell, Dream Vacations Franchise Owner in Missouri City, Texas. "As a seasoned sales and marketing professional, the transition to owner/franchisee from being someone else's employee was seamless, and it has been an incredibly rewarding opportunity for me."

To register for the expo, visit and use the promo code "PSR" to register for a free pass. On-site registration is also available. The show runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan.18 through Saturday, Jan. 20.

About MFV Expositions

For over 25 years, MFV Expositions 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

SOURCE MFV Expositions

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