For investors looking for the perfect franchise opportunity, franchise trade shows could be the next step.

Franchise trade shows are held nationwide, and host dozens - or even hundreds of brands - allowing potential investors to speak with franchisors and franchisees and interact firsthand with the companies’ products, writes.

Additionally, many trade shows offer educational seminars and classes with franchise experts and specialists, giving potential franchisees the opportunity to have their questions answered and worries addressed. Sessions at a recent International Franchise Association show included The A to Z’s of Buying a Franchise, Financing Your Franchise and Franchising for Veterans 101.

Before attending a show, potential investors should make sure to research which franchises will be in attendance and which they are interested in, the Web site reports. Once at the show, franchisees should not limit themselves to only those companies they researched - additional brands may be in attendance that present new and different opportunities.

The IFA also offers special one-day events for minorities and women considering opening a franchise, including sessions that tackle the legal aspects of franchising, funding and technical assistance and experiences in franchising.

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