In mid-May, approximately 150 Ismaili entrepreneurs and professionals attended the Franchise Expo at Dallas Market Hall, during which, most of them came together for Ismaili Chamber’s Meeting-in-Meeting event. Exclusively for Ismailis, the Chamber’s Meeting-in-Meeting events, such as this one, focus on networking, knowledge sharing, and exploration of business opportunities. These meetings happen around major franchise and business shows to take further advantage of collective business opportunities that exist.
At the private Meeting-in-Meeting event, four experienced Ismaili franchisees shared knowledge, experiences, best practices, and challenges in a panel discussion format. Several industries were represented including food service/QSR, early childhood education centers, auto insurance, and telecommunications among others. In addition, a number of franchisors presented their respective brands including Captain D’s Seafood, Schlotzsky’s Bakery & Café, Watermill Express, and Buffalo Wings & Rings.
“I have been extremely impressed with the professionalism and the mission of the [Ismaili] Chamber, which is to impart knowledge to the individual members in order for them to pursue business opportunities,” said Lori Osley, Senior Director of Franchise Development at Captain D’s Seafood. “What impressed me the most is the community they have created amongst themselves, of information sharing, while stressing the importance of ethical business practices.”
Both Expo and private meeting were well received by attendees and group discussions around several brands and industries encouraged diversity.
“The area of franchising provides a successful template for many of the members to take advantage of as they grow into successful business owners themselves,” said Osley. “I look forward to participating in future events and working with the Ismaili members.”
Ismaili Chamber and EPB will be organizing similar Meeting-in-Meeting events during American Franchise Expos in Atlanta and Anaheim. Additionally, Ismaili Chamber will provide free admission passes to numerous other Franchise Expos for other cities. Stay tuned!
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