The franchise industry currently includes 18 million workers at 825,000 businesses nationwide and the IFA projects that 10,000 new establishments will open and 162,000 new jobs will be created this year. Franchising can help expanding businesses meet consumer demand, especially if the service can be duplicated in other markets and regions, experts say. "Franchising is a business model that allows investors to participate in a system and helping you grow your business faster than you would alone," IFA spokeswoman Alisa Harrison said.

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