First Annual Franchise Expo Midwest to Debut Fall 2018 in Chicago

Franchise Brands will have a new platform to connect with Midwest entrepreneurs

November 06, 2017 // // Chicago, Ill. - MFV Expositions, producer of Franchise Expo West, Franchise Expo South and the International Franchise Expo, has announced the first annual Franchise Expo Midwest. Thousands of ambitious entrepreneurs will line up to attend the two-day exposition on September 14-15, 2018 in Chicago. Held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, the event creates an exciting opportunity for franchise brands to meet with qualified franchise prospects from across the Midwest region.

As franchise businesses continue to grow at a faster rate than non-franchise businesses, entrepreneurs throughout the nation are eyeing the proven business model. The Midwest is no different as its recent Business Index shows signs for growth. “Current and future entrepreneurs across the Midwest are looking to invest in franchises, and franchise brands are looking for a platform to connect and engage,” said Tom Portesy, President and CEO of MFV Expositions. “We look forward to producing a quality exposition next fall that will encompass a wide range of franchise opportunities touching nearly every industry.”

Chicago has established itself as a leading business hub in the Midwest, and continuously attracts aspiring entrepreneurs and talented workers each year. With a thriving $547 billion-dollar economy, the Chicago-area is an ideal region to promote franchise expansion and entrepreneurship to those who are ready and eager to learn.

Attendees will have the chance to not only meet with 200 anticipated franchisors, but to also learn about the franchising model as a whole. Franchise Expo Midwest will offer 30 educational seminars, as well as numerous workshops. Attendees will also have an opportunity to meet with financial experts to learn about budgeting and the financial model of franchising, as well as leading franchise consultants to learn how they can invest in a franchise that matches their aspirations and skillset. With an Emerging Franchisor section, the expo will also feature up-and-coming brands determined to make a splash in the industry.

“Franchise Expo Midwest will work to create a business opportunity for everyone,” said Portesy. “Hosting the exposition in Chicago will allow us to take advantage of the region’s booming economy as we aim to connect franchisors with prospective franchisees for new business opportunities.”

Franchise Expo West, Franchise Expo South and the International Franchise Expo have proven to be transformative experiences for entrepreneurs seeking a new business path, and Franchise Expo Midwest is expected to produce similar results. “Our goal is to have individuals walk out of the exposition feeling confident about going into business for themselves, but not by themselves while franchisors leave with high-quality leads,” said Portesy.

MFV Expositions is now accepting exhibitor applications for Franchise Expo Midwest. To learn more about the upcoming Franchise Expo Midwest, visit

About MFV Expositions

For 25 years, MFV Expositions, the world’s largest producers of franchise expos, now part of ComexposiumGroup – one of the world’s largest tradeshow organizers, has been producing leading franchise events. In addition to quality franchise expos in the United States and overseas that offer face-to-face opportunities to grow a franchise, MFV also offers access to online franchise opportunities through web-based resources.

Media Contact:

Kelly McNamara
Fishman PR

SOURCE MFV Expositions



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