For the first time this year, the seventh-annual Franchise Expo South will present the latest opportunities from a growing number of mobile franchise businesses, along with hundreds of industry-leading franchise concepts. 

From January 11–13, 2013, thousands of prospective franchisees are invited from across South Florida, Latin America, and the Caribbean to gather at the Miami Beach Convention Center and meet franchisors face-to-face to discuss new franchised business opportunities, while also examining the latest issues affecting the franchising industry.

“As one of the largest franchise shows in the country, Franchise Expo South offers visitors the unique opportunity to learn about which types of franchise businesses match their needs,” says Tom Portesy, president of MFV Expositions, producers of Franchise Expo South.

“The tradeshow floor will feature hundreds of the top brands, from food to retail concepts, including McAlister’s Deli, Kiddie Academy, Sign-A-Rama, Cinnabon, EmbroidMe, and Wireless Zone, among others,” he adds. “During the expo, attendees can research potential franchise businesses, talk one-on-one with brand representatives, and learn exactly what it takes to get into the franchise industry.”

Through its exclusive partnership with, Franchise Expo South will also showcase the first-ever “GoMobile Pavilion,” which will highlight dozens of franchise concepts that have literally taken their businesses to the streets.

Several sessions will also be held to educate attendees and current franchisors on the benefits of mobile franchising and what it takes to go mobile with an existing business.

“The growth of mobile franchising is a long-term trend across all industries,” says Gary Koppelman, CEO of “Besides a relatively low initial investment, mobile franchises offer owners flexible hours, decreased labor costs, and the ability to build strong customer relationships, which can create an overall happier franchise experience.”

Sponsored by the International Franchise Association, Franchise Expo South will also feature more than 50educational 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. 

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