Business View Magazine Jan-2019

18 A s professionals look to small busi- ness and entrepreneurship as a fast track to economic success, the fran- chise industry experienced record-breaking success in 2018 and 2019 is projected to have an even stronger performance. To keep up with demand, Fort Lauderdale is gearing up for the annual Franchise Expo South at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Bro- ward County Convention Center, located at 1950 Eisenhower Blvd. Beginning on Thursday, January 24 through Saturday, January 26, the expo will become the epicenter of small business, as current and aspiring entrepreneurs have the unique opportunity to meet face-to- face with more than 200 proven franchise brands across various industries and in- vestment levels. Throughout the three days, attendees are encouraged to take advantage of the ex- pansive display of franchise opportunities, explore and network with industry-leading franchise brands, and attend comprehen- sive educational programs. Franchise Expo South offers guests the chance to learn strategies for success with over 35 compli- mentary seminars and five in-depth work- shops. “Last year, the franchise industry was set to grow for the eighth year in a row, predicted to become a $451 billion-dollar industry. That prediction is now a reality. With that mind, it’s no wonder why busi- nessmen and women are attracted to the world of franchising and are hungry to begin their entrepreneurial journey,” said Tom Portesy, President and CEO of MFV Expositions, producer of Franchise Expo South. “Franchise Expo South could not be OPENING LINES FT. LAUDERDALE TO HOST LARGEST FRANCHISE EXPO IN THE SOUTHERN UNITED STATES