Entrepreneurs Can Get on the Fast Track to Owning a Small Business at the International Franchise Expo in NYC on June 16-18

Marcus Lemonis, host of the hit reality series “The Profit,” to
headline Expo;

Attendees can meet with executives from over
450 proven franchise opportunities

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aspiring entrepreneurs will have an unprecedented opportunity to get on
the fast track to owning a small business by meeting face-to-face with
the high-level executives from over 450 proven franchise opportunities –
including Marcus
, the host of the hit reality series “The Profit” – at the 25th
Annual International Franchise Expo
from June 16-18 at the Javits
Center in New York City.

Franchising has become one of the fastest – and most lucrative – routes
to being successfully self-employed, with average annual pre-tax income
for franchise owners at $80,000 per year. Touching nearly every industry
– from restaurants and fitness clubs to auto repairs, pet supply stores
and more – franchise investments range from as little as $5,000 up to $1
million. Last year, well over ten thousand people, from 50 states and
122 countries attended the International Franchise Expo, which is the
world’s largest event for franchise ownership and development.

Attendees will have a chance to hear advice directly from Lemonis, one
of the most sought-after small business and franchising experts, when he
delivers the Expo’s keynote
on Friday, June 17th at 10:15 a.m. Lemonis, who has invested
more than $35 million to help small businesses and launch people’s
franchise dreams, will also make appearances in a pop-up, completely
functional replica of The Simple Greek, his new restaurant franchise
brand set to open in over 20
major markets this year

“To properly understand the current state of the U.S. economy, one must
analyze and appreciate the role of small businesses throughout our
country,” said Lemonis, entrepreneur and host of CNBC’s hit reality
series, The Profit. “I am excited to be a part of the International
Franchise Expo because of the awareness they bring to small businesses
of all industries. Never underestimate their voice and influence; small
business owners are innovators, problem-solvers and entrepreneurs, and,
most importantly, they are the lifeline of our communities.”

The International Franchise Expo costs $10 to register in advance and
$20 at the door, but people who register at www.IFEinfo.com
and use promo code FPR1 can receive a complimentary pass.

“Anyone looking to be in business for themselves but not by themselves
should attend the International Franchise Expo, and see the world of
opportunity that exits for franchise ownership,” said Tom Portesy,
President and CEO of MFV Expositions, the organization that produces the
International Franchise Expo. “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 they are equipped with a solid foundation to succeed.”

Along with a comprehensive exhibit hall with franchise opportunities on
display, highlights of this year’s International Franchise Expo will

  • Over 70 free seminars and 9 in-depth workshops – Whether
    planning to buy a franchise or want to franchise your successful small
    business, the Expo offers a jam-packed schedule of free panels and
    workshops on practical, legal, and strategic topics from how to
    connect with the right lenders and formulate a business plan to special
    for veterans, diversity and
    women in franchising
  • 1-on-1 consulting – Get objective advice and guidance on buying
    a franchise by meeting one-on-one with business
    from the business education non-profit SCORE
  • Contests, discounts & free samples – Exhibitors will offer
    free product and menu samples, substantial discounts, giveaways and
    other special promotions – from a UPS prize package worth $176,000
    with promotional video production and consulting services from Lemonis
    to a full franchise giveaway from art-class franchise Painting
  • Small business heroes – Notable franchisers including ‘Shark
    Tank’ winner Jason
    and Light Middleweight Kickboxing Champion of the World Shannon
    “The Cannon” Hudson
    are among the exhibitors, offering
    advice as well as franchise deals

The International Franchise Expo is sponsored by the International
Franchise Association (IFA) and assisted by the U.S. Department of
Commerce/U.S. Commercial Service. The International Franchise Expo is
owned and operated by MFV Expositions, producers of shows in the United
States, Mexico, Japan, the United Kingdom and Ireland.

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.


Fishman PR
Kelly McNamara, 874-945-1300