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Franchise Expo Comes to Houston

January 6, 2014

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Franchise Expo South is relocating to Houston Feb. 6-8 (screengrab, Franchise Expo South)

Franchise Expo South will relocate to Houston's Reliant Center Feb. 6-8 to connect entrepreneurs and business owners with top franchise concepts.

MFV Expositions, which produces Franchise Expo South, expects thousands of entrepreneurs and business owners to head to Houston to meet with hundreds of top franchise concepts looking to expand their presence in Texas, the U.S. and Latin America.

"Franchise Expo South's move from South Florida to Houston was a strategic decision to build on the market's growing economic momentum," Tom Portesy, president of MFV Expositions, said in a news release. "Franchising is the best opportunity to be in business for yourself, but not by yourself. As one of the best cities in America for business, Houston will play a key role in the continuous development of the franchise industry, while highlighting the expo's focus on helping entrepreneurs find their path to business ownership."

The franchising industry is expanding faster than the overall economy, with establishment growth expected to increase by 1.4 percent, according to a recent report by IHS Global Insight for the International Franchise Association Educational Foundation.

During Franchise Expo South's three-day exhibition, hundreds of franchised businesses will be represented at levels ranging from under $10,000 to over $1 million. Exhibitors include 9Round Kickboxing, French Fry Heaven, Rosati's, Liberty Tax Service, Bonehead's, Dunkin' Brands and Cellairis.

Sponsored by the International Franchise Association, Franchise Expo South will feature more than 40 educational seminars and conferences, several of which have been approved for Certified Franchise Executive (CFE) accreditation. These sessions, which are open to the public, will discuss the latest issues affecting the industry and further define the impact that franchising has on both new and existing businesses, according to the release.

The Reliant Center is located at One Reliant Park.

For more information or to register for Franchise Expo South, visit

MFV produces franchise events worldwide and offers Web-based resources, lead management tools and solutions for generating sales.

Franchise Expo South contributed.

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