The 13th annual National Franchise Show will be coming to Montreal this April 10th and 11th at the Palais des Congrés. The tradeshow has partnered with well-known brands like UPS Store, Jugo Juice, Dairy Queen and Kumon Education Centers and others to provide an opportunity for potential franchisees to meet face to face with representatives from top franchisors who want to expand or develop in Greater Montreal. Attendees will also have access to small business consulting, legal services, financial advisors, banking institutions, Web/Internet solutions, government support, marketing & advertising assistance, business associations, IT support, business services, furniture & office supplies, printers, accounting & bookkeeping, etc… And many seminars will be held on many subjects including government regulations, marketing and human resources.
For those budding entrepreneurs who would like to dip their foot in the water with an established business concept, franchising might be for you. Some of the advantages of franchising include lower failure rates, help with the start up and support post-start up phases, increased buying power, an established brand presence and immediate profits. With all of these advantages going for it, why don’t more people sign on as franchisees? Some of the potential drawbacks that might turn people off are a lack of control, ongoing costs, varied levels of support, high initial investment and no lack of competition. Although not for everyone, first time business owners, people reintegrating into the work force, workers who are experiencing a mid-life crisis, recent immigrants and newbies to the working week might want to come by and see if franchising is for them.
Located near the Ville-Marie highway, the Palais des Congrès de Montréal is easily accessible by car and nearby parking has a capacity for 1600 cars. Attendees can also use public transport to get to the show. The Palais de Congrés can be accessed by the Place D’Armes metro station on the orange line. For general information regarding public transport, you can reach the STM by telephone at 514 786-4636 or at www.stm.info via the Internet.