Qualified franchise brands seeking to fuel their next level of growth have an opportunity to meet potential investors at the third annual Franchise Capital Exchange, to be held Aug. 25-27 at Hotel Sofitel in Chicago.
A limited number of slots are available for brands that meet the event’s criteria, according to a news release.
Franchisors can present their business models to interested private equity firms and other investors in an effort to secure capital. Susan Black-Beth, COO of Super Wash Inc., created the event in 2011.
"The Franchise Capital Exchange (FCX) is successful because it is organized and executed by people who understand the need for sufficient funding in the franchise industry," Black-Beth said in the release. "No other event provides the opportunity to be surrounded by people that appreciate the delicate nature of these deals and how significant they are for both parties."
The event features pre-qualified and screened attendees, pre-event coaching to prepare featured companies, one-on-one private meetings between potential partners, networking opportunities and educational sessions to prepare the franchised business for growth and excellence.
Franchisors and multi-unit franchisees are featured in "Spotlight" presentations. This year, entrepreneurs will have 15-20 minutes to present their concept and business plan to a "Pro’s Panel," a prestigious group of industry veterans who will listen to the company’s pitch and coach them through tough questions about their business model. According to Black-Beth, the panel’s job is to provide advice and strategies to help the companies truly think through the future of their brands.
Following the presentations, confidential one-on-one follow-up meetings are held for the private equity firms to take a closer look at the companies that intrigued them, the release said.