September 22, 2010 // Franchising.com // (Los Angeles, CA) — The economic recovery is inching along but franchising continues to grow at a quicker pace. According to the Franchise Business Economic Outlook*, franchising is responsible for 18 million jobs and this is estimated to increase by .4 percent with 36,000 jobs in 2010. Overall franchise output will increase by 2.8 percent with a net gain of $23.6 billion in 2010.
Big brands are targeting the West for expansion—creating countless career opportunities on a national level. The West Coast Franchise Expo (WCFE), hosted by Paramus, N.J.-based MFV Expositions, is the largest franchise event on the West Coast and will take place Nov. 5-7, 2010 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The WCFE is the prime place to explore viable business investments and speak with top level executives about turning your career around—even in recessionary times.
"From automotive brands such as Meineke Car Care Centers to privately held staffing firms like Express Employment Professionals, attendees can visit a range of exhibitors that suit their career backgrounds, interests and lifestyles. Not to mention, attendees can speak with top executives at big brands and take advantage of free informational seminars, as well as participate in great giveaways," MFV Expositions President Tom Portesy said.
The estimated increase in franchised jobs and establishments this year bodes well for investors looking to start a business for themselves. Even those without deep pockets can take advantage of the discounts offered by many of this year's exhibitors. Here are a few of WCFE 2010's highlights:
Because veterans have remained a pillar of the franchise community, MFV Expositions will also donate 10 percent of all admissions to California's Welcome Home—an initiative through the state's Department of Veterans Affairs that helps veterans obtain employment, education and housing benefits when they return home.
Attending a franchise exposition is a great place to view and compare a variety of franchise possibilities that best suit your background and interests. In addition to hundreds of exhibitors, there will be more than 30 information-packed seminars and symposia available—and most of the sessions are free. On-site registration is also available, but pre-registration is recommended.