Daily Schedules

All educational seminars are FREE unless indicated otherwise. These sessions will help you make the right decisions during your franchise research.

Meet our Faculty Members here or by clicking on their names within the session descriptions.

For easy guidance, each description is related to a specific track. The legend below will help you understand the meaning of the symbols listed with each seminar description.

Workshop Key

Each Symbol Stands For:

Buying a Franchise
Franchising Your Business
Franchisors Seeking Growth
Small Business Growth and Development
  • Presented by: Brian Schnell, Partner, Faegre Baker Daniels

    Most franchisors have implemented a number of best practices that make them successful. But what habits make a franchisor HIGHLY successful. Undying devotion to the brand, knowing and balancing the interests of the franchisor, franchisee and franchise system as a whole, and empowering franchisees are just a few highlights that will help a franchisor take their system to the next level. In today’s economy, most franchisors do not have hundreds of thousands of dollars to invest in new strategies or initiatives. This dynamic session will identify best practices that franchisors can apply – without significant financial investment – to achieve a powerful impact in the near future and over the long haul. Click here for more details.
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  • Presented by: Matthew Jonas, President, TopFire Media

    Learn how your website should be at the center of a comprehensive franchise lead generation strategy to increase lead flow and improve lead quality.
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  • Presented by: Mark Siebert, CEO, iFranchise Group

    You believe the time is ripe to expand your operation to multiple locations but don’t know which strategy is best for you. Options include internally-managed expansion or you may consider entering the formal world of franchising. Mark Siebert will explore various expansion strategies, choosing the right growth vehicle, and determine if you should consider franchising. This session will offer decision points to help you decide which expansion strategy may be better suited to your organization, and how to analyze your company’s growth options, including raising equity. Discussions will also include how franchising works, advantages and disadvantages of franchising, franchisability factors, and the timing of the franchise decision. The audience will also learn what defines a franchise, franchising history, and franchising in the U.S.
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  • Presented by: Evan Goldman, Partner, A.Y. Strauss LLC

    Prospective franchisees will learn the ins and outs of buying a franchise. Attendees will learn what to think about when buying a franchise, what to look for in an FDD, how to prep for life as a franchisee and the overall how to survive the franchise relationship.

  • Presented by: Richard Bayer, Partner, Einbinder & Dunn, LLP

    The FDD may seem intimidating to read and even more challenging to understand. But it does not have to be. In this presentation, we will summarize the information contained within the FDD, identify potential red flags and give you tips on what to consider when negotiating a deal with the franchisor.

  • Presented by: Mark Siebert, CEO, iFranchise Group

    This workshop is ideal for business owners interested in franchising or those trying to determine if franchising is a legitimate growth option. It will help business owners understand whether their business is franchisable, franchising versus alternative growth strategies, the process of franchising, legal requirements, quality control, franchise best practices, costs, and potential returns. Click here for more details.

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