Franchise Expo

Franchise Expo West, which is scheduled for Nov. 2 through Nov. 4 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, is expecting thousands of aspiring entrepreneurs. (photo provided)

The forthcoming Franchise Expo West event promises to attract thousands of aspiring entrepreneurs, including from the Indian American community, to its platform to push the would-be business heads on the fast track to business ownership.

The event, to be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center Nov. 2 through Nov. 4, is ideal for entrepreneurs of all backgrounds and ethnicities, said a press release, adding that it is designed to energize the entrepreneurial spirit.

Attendees will have the opportunity to jump in at the ground level with highly reputable franchise concepts and meet face-to-face with executives from more than 200 proven franchise brands, according to a news release.

“Franchise Expo West has a business opportunity for everybody. The show is responsible for opening numerous small businesses and creating hundreds of jobs – and there’s no better place for that to take center stage than Los Angeles,” said Tom Portesy, president and chief executive of MFV Expositions, the producer of Franchise Expo West.

“Hosting the expo in Los Angeles allows us to capitalize on the city’s booming economy while being accessible to qualified prospective franchise owners from the United States and abroad who are looking to get an inside look at franchising,” Portesy added.

Some of the Indian American franchise owners attending include Building Kidz Schools of the Bay Area; and Nick Kurij, franchisee owner of Primrose Schools in Pleasanton, who will be speaking on a panel Nov. 2 entitled, “The Franchisor-Franchisee Relationship: Striking the Perfect Balance.”

Attendees are encouraged to participate in the more than 60 free educational seminars and five in-depth workshops on a variety of topics such as “The A to Z’s of Buying a Franchise,” “How to Start a Business in Los Angeles,” “Franchising Your Business” and “Choosing the Right Franchise,” among others.

Last year, nearly 60 percent of Franchise Expo West attendees were interested in purchasing a franchise and of those who already were business owners, approximately 72 percent were also interested in franchise opportunities.

The top five franchises by established growth in 2017 include personal services, quick-service restaurants, full-service restaurants, retail products services, and business services – all of which will be represented at the expo at investments starting as low as $10,000, according to the news release.

There will also be a special seminar hosted by VetFran titled “Opportunities for Veterans in Franchising,” which will encourage military veterans’ involvement in franchising.

The Franchise Expo West costs $10 to register in advance and $20 at the door, but those who register at and use promo code CKPR can receive a complimentary pass to attend the show. On-site registration is also available, but pre-registration is recommended.

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