For students who are getting closer to graduating, the word “opportunity” carries a lot more weight. Now is the time to seize any opportunity, any chance to meet a new person, any moment to find the right career path. A common piece of advice given in graduation speeches is to “find your passion.” People throw out that little piece of advice as if it solves all of the worries and pressure of entering the real world. However, finding a passion is extremely difficult for most people. It takes trial and error. It takes seeing the opportunities that arrive. For the business, finance, entrepreneurial or even the “I have no idea what I want to do” students in the world, there is an opportunity for networking and learning on October 12-14 at the West Coast Franchise Expo. It is events like these where students could meet a potential boss, find an industry to enter, or even buy a franchise. 

The Expo will attract people from around the world who will gather at the Anaheim Convention Center to promote a franchise, buy a franchise, network with business gurus, and learn all about the franchise world. Most college students do not think of owning a franchise when they get out of college, but it could be a good way to test the waters of a certain industry, and to make some money before starting a personal business or some other career. Of course, when people think of purchasing a franchise they imagine purchasing a Subway, Starbucks or 7-11. However, not all franchises are that big and not all of them require that amount of risk. The nice thing about owning a franchise is that it gives entrepreneurs an already established brand and operating system for generating profits, and could provide a beneficial opportunity for somebody interested in business.

Furthermore, the West Coast Franchise Expo is the largest franchise expo in the country, and it allows entrepreneurs to efficiently view a wide range of franchise possibilities in just one weekend. Before going, it is a good idea to do some research on the type of franchise that is the most appealing in regards to one’s personal conditions such as goals, experience, industry of interest and budget. Even if one decides that franchising is not the right fit, the Expo still gives the opportunity to network with thousands of business owners representing every industry. 

The Expo also offers a great deal of free seminars for people who have little knowledge of what it takes to own a franchise. For instance, seminars like “5 Habits of the Highly Successful Franchisor” or “Financing Options for Franchising – Your Best Alternatives Today” are two examples of seminars catered specifically to people who are new to franchising or who are interested in buying a franchise. There are also other seminar options such as “Practices for Effective Brand Development,” which appeal to business-minded people of all kinds who wish to create a recognizable and solidified brand. It only takes $5 to attend the exhibits and the free seminars, which is perfect for students trying to save.

No matter what, graduation day will inevitably arrive, so why not consider every possibility before it gets here? Like with most business endeavors, franchising involves risk, but it could also offer a great amount of reward. Furthermore, it could allow entrepreneurs to better learn the ways of business and gain valuable personal experience. Attending the West Coast Franchise Expo could be the gateway to the franchising world for a great deal of graduates, or the chance to meet someone who can help with personal entrepreneurial goals.

The West Coast Franchise Expo will be taking place October 12-14 at the Anaheim Convention Center, 800 W. Katella Ave., Anaheim. To see a full list of participating exhibitors and for more information, visit