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Franchise events to attend in the new year

Franchise events to attend in the new year

The what, when, and where for your franchising calendar

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1. 2020 IFA Annual Convention

WHEN: FEB 8-11, 2020

WHERE: Orlando World Center Marriott

Now in its 60th edition, the 2020 IFA Annual Convention is set to be bigger and better than ever before. With more than 4,000 attendees expected, 350 supplier partners, and 50 educational sessions getting entrepreneurs up to speed on all their franchising essentials, this is a must-attend for professionals looking to develop their franchise know-how.

• Simon Sinek, best-selling author of Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action. Simon’s insight into the business world and its iconic leaders has been absorbed far and wide, not least because of his hugely popular TED talk, which garnered over 47 million views.

• Trent Shelton, former NFL athlete turned motivational speaker and author of The Greatest You. Trent has a sizable social media following and is the founder of the RehabTime Organization, which shares inspirational content and advice to anyone who needs it.

The IFA has reserved a block of hotel rooms at both the Orlando World Center Marriott, and an overflow block at the Springhill Suites - Marriott Village Orlando. Reference the convention when booking for exclusive rates.

If you’re planning on being in Orlando ahead of the convention, make sure you don’t miss out and attend the Global Franchise Awards 2020 at the IFA Orlando on February 7, 2020. These revered awards highlight the best and brightest in the international franchising world and are a beacon for industry-leading brands. For more information, visit

2. 2020 European Master & Multiunit Franchising Conference

WHEN: JAN 29-29, 2020

WHERE: Hotel Savoyen Vienna

Taking place at the beautiful Hotel Savoyen Vienna, this year’s multi-unit conference will be as immersed in culture as it will in business expertise.

Despite only beginning in 2018, in London, the most recent European Master & Multi-Unit Franchising Conference had over 1,720 attendees; including 700 multi-unit franchisees, and over 300 sponsors and exhibitors.

This year’s keynotes are being delivered by some of the biggest names in international franchising, including Catherine Monson, CEO of FASTSIGNS (and winner of the 2019 Global Franchise Award for Supreme Champion).

3. The Franchise Expo

WHEN: JAN 11-12, 2020

WHERE: Metro Toronto Convention Centre

For a weekend in January, the biggest names in the Canadian franchising industry (and beyond) gather in Toronto for an essential event focused on conquering the Great White North.

Over 165 exhibitors will showcase their bankable concepts to more than 2,000 visitors, and previous brands have included Kumon, Mary Brown’s Chicken & Taters, and IHOP.

Attendees can enjoy a selection of seminars and personal interviews, with topics ranging from legal advice and financing options to government assistance and more!

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