These sessions reflect the 2017 Conference Program. Check back for updates for the 2018 event.
Franchising My Business Internationally
This track is directed both to U.S. based franchisors planning to expand abroad and to franchise companies based outside the U.S. Some of the most promising markets for franchising are outside the U.S. The topics will address the most common business and legal problems affecting international franchising.
All educational seminars are FREE unless indicated otherwise. These sessions will help you make the right decisions during your franchise research.
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The U.S. market has always provided a leadership position in the international franchising community. It has the lure and potential of being a very strategic and lucrative marketplace, yet can also be very competitive and confusing. This special introductory seminar will provide guidance and insights for overseas franchisors entering the U.S. market for the first time - and will dispel some underlying held myths about franchising in the United States. We will cover topics such as: understanding the role of franchising in the U. S. economy; key trends affecting the growth of franchising in the next millennium; basic research tools to understand the U.S. market and evaluate the competition; challenges and hurdles to franchising in the United States; overview of the legal and regulatory issues. Sponsored by
Presented by:Paulo Mauro, President, Global Franchise Latam
Latin America is a great market for international franchisors. Come find out which are the most important markets, the best strategies to be successful and the main legal issues regarding Latin America.
An ever increasing number of countries around the world now have laws regulating franchising, and new statutes appear with very little if any advance notice. As in the United States, some address the sale of franchises, some deal with the franchisor - franchisee relationship. Complying with them can be difficult, and it is frequently hard even to learn what is required and how the requirements will be interpreted. This seminar will tell you what laws, in what countries, impose what obligations on you...and how you can deal with them as effectively, efficiently and economically as possible. Sponsored by
International development remains an intriguing and potentially profitable strategy for many franchisors. In exploring international expansion, how can franchisors maximize their return on investment (ROI)? What steps should franchisors take now in developing or redefining their international development strategy to avoid common costly mistakes? This session will explore 5 common issues which can impact franchisor’s ROI and identify best practices in addressing those issues to maximize ROI. Issues addressed will include optimal structure for expansion, planning and budgeting, brand adaptation, due diligence and other topics. Sponsored by
Are you ready for international expansion? How do you put together a pro-active plan? What support needs to be in place? Where should you go first and what results can you expect? This and so much more will be discussed in this lively session. Sponsored by
Because “you don’t know what you don’t know,” a systematic approach to franchising in a foreign market is essential. Experienced international professionals will discuss practices that work as well as those that don’t work in expanding to foreign markets. Critical topics will include strategies for protection of trademarks, determining whether you have found the right franchise partner, complying with foreign franchise disclosure and relationship laws, and collecting fees and payments. They also will explore important issues such as the appropriate size for a franchise territory, how to set development schedules, which franchising format to use and how to share fees in a master franchise arrangement. Sponsored by
Come and discover the opportunities available to franchise in Mexico. Learn the secrets to selling franchises and how to navigate the new political climate including NAFTA, Donald Trump and President Nieto. Grow exponentially in this vibrant environment . Sponsored by
Franchisors that are considering exporting their franchise into the US, need to follow some important steps before making a firm commitment. This includes an analysis of the U.S. market, franchise opportunities by sector and other key factors. This session will provide insight into the major considerations that International franchisors should be aware of regarding franchising in the United States. Sponsored by