Posted on Mar 15, 2011
The Economist Group Announces Online International Franchise Fair
The Economist Group recently announced plans for an online international franchise fair, slated to run March 24 & 25, to connect prospective entrepreneurs with franchise opportunities in the U.S. and abroad. Organized by the famous magazine publisher's new Online Fairs division, the virtual franchise convention will showcase major brands from across the $700 billion franchise industry.
According to event organizers, currently confirmed franchise concepts include (but are not limited to):
- Auntie Anne's Pretzels
- Carl's Jr.
- Express Employment Professionals
- Maid Brigade
- Moe's Southwest Grill
- Schlotzsky's Deli
- The UPS Store
Simulating a traditional franchise convention, the web-based event will be presented through a series of virtual booths, allowing attendees to chat directly with franchise representatives, attend information sessions, watch live webinars, and network with fellow participants in real time. The emphasis is on convenience and access: prospective franchisees will be able to log in at any time during the event, target the most relevant information, and quickly connect with the franchise concepts that pique their interest.
“This fair is an essential event for those looking to invest in a franchise or expand their current ownership,” explains Isaac Showman, Vice-President and Head of Online Fairs for The Economist. “It provides a unique opportunity for attendees to communicate directly with franchisers, and to explore their options all in one place.”
The concept of a virtual franchise show isn't entirely novel -- there are organizations that run several such events each year -- but marrying the online trade show model with an international business brand of The Economist's stature presents a potent and compelling combination. It's no shock to see the quality of the franchise systems taking part, and we anticipate a heavy turnout of attendees to match.
Participants may learn more and register for the event, free of charge, by visiting The Economist's International Franchise Fair sign-up page.
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