Event teams-up with Feeding Tampa Bay in support of its Cereal for Summer drive
TAMPA, Fla. (April 6, 2021) – The Great American Expo, producers of the only American-owned franchise tradeshow, returns to Tampa, Florida on Saturday, April 24, 2021, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sunday, April 25, 2021, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Following an unprecedented year that resulted in the expos going virtual, the two-day event returns to the Tampa Convention Center (located at 333 S. Franklin Street) for in-person participation, bringing more than 100 top national franchise brands looking to expand in the greater Tampa area. As part of the expo weekend, attendees will also have the opportunity to support Feeding Tampa Bay’s Cereal for Summer program, which works to alleviate hunger during the summer months and benefits families in the Tampa Bay community, as part of an on-site food drive.
“We are excited to be coming back to Tampa for our third consecutive year,” said Nick Neonakis, founder and producer of The Great American Franchise Expo. “This year’s expo will offer people who dream of starting their own business a unique opportunity and unprecedented access to hundreds of franchise industry experts to explore franchising as a way to achieve business independence.”
The Tampa tradeshow will feature top national franchise brands, from specialty stores to retail concepts, including 7-Eleven, Meineke, Ninja Nation, Tilted Concepts and many more. Throughout the weekend, event attendees will have the opportunity to network with industry executives and franchise developers, talk one-on-one with brand representatives and learn exactly what it takes to get into the franchise industry. The expo also features on-going educational seminars led by industry specialists that cover a range of topics from legal, real estate, finance, marketing and beyond.
As part of the expo’s philanthropic initiatives, the organization will once again partner with Feeding Tampa Bay, a Feeding America affiliate, in support of its Cereal for Summer program. Attendees are encouraged to bring boxed cereal, breakfast bars, granola and oatmeal for donation. Food drive bins will be placed near the main entrance of the expo for easy access.
“We are proud to partner with Feeding Tampa Bay once again to serve as a drop-off site for this year’s Cereal for Summer Drive. Our partnership with Feeding America affiliates allows us the opportunity to serve local communities by engaging in solutions that support local food bank partner agencies throughout our expo’s footprint directly,” added Neonakis.
“With national child hunger rates increasing on average by at least 47%, currently 1 in 4 children do not know where their next meal will come from. This is where our Feeding Tampa Bay family stands together to step boldly into the gaps. In April and May, Franchise Consulting Company is standing with Feeding Tampa Bay through our Cereal for Summer (cerealforsummer.org) efforts to directly make an impact on local children. This crucial program and partnership help bring exponential meals to the tables of our families and we are incredibly grateful.”
Attendance to the expo is free for all who register online in advance at www.FranExpoUSA.com. Attendees can also purchase tickets at the door for $29. All proceeds from onsite ticket sales will benefit Feeding Tampa Bay. Masks are required for entry to the expo hall and sanitation stations will be placed throughout the event.
About Great American Expos
Great American Expos, headquartered in Coral Gables, Florida, produces North America’s biggest American-owned franchise tradeshow circuit that connects hundreds of franchise businesses with entrepreneurs and potential owners through physical and online virtual events. For more information, visit www.FranExpoUSA.com.