Feb8-10

IFA Annual Convention

IFA’s Annual Convention is franchising’s biggest event for business development and personal growth. Whether you’re a franchising veteran or just starting out, there are sessions designed for everyone. This is your chance to network and chart the future of the industry.

Staff Attending: CEO Darrell Johnson, Sharon Dietrich, Ritwik Donde, Jeremy Smith, Kacey Schueler, Paul Santomauro

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Feb20-22

Franchise Expo South

At Franchise Expo South, hundreds of the hottest franchise concepts and opportunities will be on display, and thousands of the most qualified prospects from the southern United States and other areas will be in attendance. Franchise Expo South also offers the industry’s most comprehensive conference and educational program to gain the ins and outs and behind the scenes information needed for success right from the start.

Thousands of entrepreneurs and future business owners from across the United States will attend Franchise Expo South, looking for franchise opportunities. Visitors will have the chance to meet face-to-face with over 200 proven franchise opportunities in every industry, across every investment level, full-time and part-time.

Staff Attending: Anya Nowakowski

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March9-11

Franchise Investment Conference

The Franchise Investment Conference is where franchise owners, operators, lenders and investors connect. CEOs and CFOs from over 50+ franchise companies provide an inside look at their business and investment opportunities. There are multiple breakout sessions where attendees can meet one-on-one and learn more about these successful franchise businesses. The format of the conference allows for plenty of networking. In addition, the conference features keynote speakers who will provide an inside look at the investment and business climate for franchising in the coming years

Staff Attending: Paul Santomauro, Sharon Dietrich

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March18-20

Southeastern Small Business Lenders Conference

This annual conference held at the beginning of each year, is a networking and training event held over a 3-day period. It includes keynote speakers on SBA relevant topics, forecast of the economy, breakout training sessions with topics for all levels and roles in SBA lending (i.e., lenders, closers, underwriters, management and support staff) as well as several networking opportunities.

Past speakers have included representatives from the Small Business Administration’s Office of Capital Access, Office of Credit Risk Management, Office of the Administrator, Export and International Trade and more, as well as representatives from NAGGL and NADCO, and keynote speakers such as Economist Dr. Roger Tutterow (Kennesaw State University), and many more talented professionals.

Each year, the conference has grown not only by number of attendees, but by number of sponsors and quality of educational opportunities. Last year, over 90 different companies and government agencies were represented by more than 400 attendees.

Staff Attending: Paul Santomauro, David Swift

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