Sponsorships

Why Sponsor?
  • Sponsorships include workshops! Are you a subject matter expert? Great! Now is your opportunity to play that knowledge forward to the 1,300+ SBDC center representatives who attend this event.
  • All sponsorships include exhibit booth space and multiple full conference registrations for you and your team to attend workshops and all meal functions.
  • All sponsors are recognized in the conference newsletter, conference app, and onsite signage.
  • Plain and simple, street cred. You are supporting the largest professional development conference for America’s number one small business advisor network.

Sponsorships: Starting at $7,500

Browse these sponsorship opportunities, and see how sponsoring the professional development of the SBDCs can extend your reach to America’s small business market.

Check out this sponsorship chart. It makes it easy to evaluate the benefits of each sponsorship level.
Additional booth personnel (up to two) can be added at a fee of $425 each. Fees include all meals served in the exhibit hall.
For the trade-show floor-plan, go to the Exhibitor Opportunities page.

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PATRON ($7,500) – Multiple Opportunities

Get your turn-key booth and a 90-minute workshop. Patron Sponsor attribution will be included in event collateral and onsite signage.

SILVER (15,500) – 4 Opportunities

Badge Lanyards: This is a fantastic opportunity to get your brand on a product that attendees will have closest to them all week long. Sponsor attribution will be included in event collateral and onsite signage. SOLD

Hotel Keycards: Get your brand on a product that attendees will use every day, all week long. Give your keycard life post-conference by including a discount code for your product or service.  Sponsor attribution will be included in event collateral and onsite signage. SOLD

Convention Center Charging Stations: One of these stations will be located in the Registration area.  The other will anchor a networking area in the atrium of the convention center.  Charging attendees’ devices is only the beginning for these completely branded (think wrap and digital) units. The charging station’s 50” touchscreen enables users to interact with custom branded applications.  The unit features free headshots, instantly available to share via social media and by email, watermarked with the sponsor brand. With 1,300+ attendees that means that thousands of branded headshots will be taken and distributed with your company’s logo on each one. Attendees can access the workshop schedule and see conference photos sent in by them. A #2016SBDC tag board will track comments about the conference. For more about the charging stations, click here. Sponsor attribution will be included in event collateral and onsite signage. SOLD

GOLD ($20,500) – 4 Opportunities

Portfolios: Every year we get attendees asking for paper and pen. Sometimes it’s really just that simple. Have your logo added to a slick stylus pen and notebook, provided to every attendee at registration.  Sponsor attribution will all be included in event collateral and onsite signage. SOLD

Branded Breakfast Café: Have Breakfast with conference attendees in your stand-alone eatery.  Your branded restaurant will provide discounted breakfast items to the attendees. Your company personnel can mix and mingle with your guests at their tables, and the indoor and outdoor tables will have tent cards with your message. As appropriate, you can collect business cards for a Thursday tradeshow give-away to your guests.  3 Opportunities – Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday mornings. The cost for each morning is $20,500.  If you host all three days, your discounted cost is only $50,500. Sponsor attribution will be included in event collateral and onsite signage.

PLATINUM ($25,500) – 3 Opportunities

Tote Bags: A coveted sponsorship because your brand makes it all over town. Become the tote bag sponsor and your logo will be placed on the official event bags distributed at conference for attendees to use throughout the week and beyond.  Sponsor attribution will all be included in event collateral and onsite signage. SOLD

Internet Sponsorship: This is a fantastic sponsorship for any company looking to provide a very valuable service to all attendees. Each time an attendee accesses the Internet, he or she will instantly see your company ad and logo.  Sponsor attribution will all be included in event collateral and onsite signage.

Trade Show Happy Hour:  Welcome the attendees in the pre-function area of the tradeshow on Tuesday evening. This is a great opportunity to foster a fun, feel-good party. Attendees will have access to an hour’s open bar and some nibbles. You can plan to draw for a give-away at your event – THE event that will have everyone talking.  Sponsor attribution will all be included in event collateral and onsite signage.

DIAMOND ($35,500) – 2 Opportunities

Conference App Sponsor: In our continuing our efforts to “go green,” in 2015 we moved our entire event schedule to our mobile app – resulting in a 150% increase in the usage of the app. This sponsorship not only gets you into the hands of every conference attendee, but it lasts for the life of the app. Branding opportunities include watermarked pages, a splash page, videos, banner ads and more. Sponsor attribution will all be included in event collateral and onsite signage.

ella-glasgowState Star Reception: This is an excellent opportunity to mix and mingle with the America’s SBDC network State Stars, selected each year by their states for exemplary performance. Join the America’s SBDC state directors in honoring the State Stars and their work. Orlando native Ella Glasgow will be dazzling this year’s reception with her amazing vocals and commanding presence. The sponsorship includes the reception (for 150+ people), the State Star trophies & gifts, a speaking opportunity, and attribution in signage and collateral before, during and after the event. The event is Monday night, September 19. Sponsor attribution will be included in event collateral and onsite signage.

TITANIUM ($50,500) – 6 Opportunities

General Session, Tuesday: Our general sessions pull in big numbers and allow for maximum exposure to a captive audience. This year we have specially-selected a fantastic keynote speaker who draw laughs, has unforgettable one-liners and embodies our conference theme of “Generational Change.” Meet Jason Dorsey, a generational expert who has appeared on 60 Minutes, 20/20, The Today Show, The Early Show and dozens more programs. Sponsorship includes opening message and introduction of keynote speaker. Sponsor attribution will all be included in event collateral and onsite signage. SOLD

General Session, Wednesday: Small Talks: Our Ted Talks-like forum focuses on small business issues.  Rhonda Abrams has agreed to moderate this session of 2-3 small business gurus. Speakers TBD.  Sponsor attribution will all be included in event collateral and onsite signage. SOLD

Conference TV: CNTV is the premiere television news producer in the convention industry. CNTV’s talented staff of journalists, producers and on-camera anchor will produce a daily 20-minute video that covers everything that is happening at the 2016 conference. This sponsorship includes an on-camera interview, a 30-second advertisement, and your logo watermarked on all the video footage. Not only will you provide all the attendees with a dynamic, entertaining and informative video onsite, but your video will be posted on the America’s SBDC YouTube channel and the hotel channel. Check it out now!

Opening Buffet Lunch, Tuesday: Welcome the attendees to the opening lunch on the Tradeshow Floor. Greet your guests with a short welcome message from your company at the doors of the exhibit area.  Invite them to your booth to enter a drawing that will be done on Thursday before the show closes. Sponsor attribution will be included in event collateral and onsite signage.

Buffet Lunch, Wednesday: Welcome the attendees to lunch on the Tradeshow Floor.  Greet your guests with a short welcome message from your company at the doors of the exhibit area.  Announce the winner of your drawing from entries collected at your booth on Tuesday.  Sponsor attribution will be included in event collateral and onsite signage.

Buffet Lunch, Thursday:  Welcome the attendees to lunch on the Tradeshow Floor.  Greet your guests with a short welcome message from your company at the doors of the exhibit area.  Announce the winner of your drawing from entries collected at your booth on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Sponsor attribution will be included in event collateral and onsite signage.

Prefer to create your own unique presence at America’s SBDC Conference?

Let’s talk about it. Contact Donna Ettenson – donna@americassbdc.org or 703-764-9850.

Exhibitor and Sponsor registration is now open.
For more information contact Donna Ettenson – donna@americassbdc.org

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