Sponsored by the International Franchise Association and organized by MFV Expositions, the International Franchise Expo (IFE) 2013 was held June 20-22, 2013, at the Javits Convention Center, in New York, NY. The International Franchise Expo is an annual trade show representing virtually every industry and investment level. Attendees have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with executives of the exhibiting franchisors and to attend free seminars as well as paid symposia sessions from the world's leading franchise experts.
Recent statistics provided by the International Franchise Association show how important a role franchising plays in the U.S. economy. Franchising accounts for 50% of all U.S. retail sales (just over $1 trillion annually). More than 8 million people are employed by franchises in the U.S. in more than 75 different industries, with an average 8 to 14 employees per establishment.