Welcome Exhibitors & Sponsors,

The 38th Annual America’s SBDC Conference takes place September 4-7 in Washington, D.C., at the beautiful Marriott Marquis. Every year our conference attracts 1,300+ SBDC professionals from all over the nation. These advisors, trainers and directors come together for professional development and networking. Their passion for small business can be seen in the 140+ workshops that overflow into the hallways, and in the exhibit hall where they eagerly mingle with each other and the trade show exhibitors, seeking the latest information on products and services that can help ensure the success of their small business clients.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Connect and Protect” – focusing on how professionals and small businesses can make the right connections and protect their businesses from internal and external fraud, hackers and other cyber threats.

Reach the small business market through SBDC consultants and trainers who touch over a million small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs each year.
Contact Donna Ettenson at America’s SBDC (donna@americassbdc.org or 703-764-9850).

Exhibitor Opportunities ($5,000)

Trade Show FloorAgain this year we are pleased to offer exhibitors turn-key booth space on the trade show floor. What this means for you is NO shipping fees and NO drayage fees paid to a show decorator.

You walk into your carpeted booth space with your laptop and collateral and you are ready for business. America’s SBDC has built out your booth for you with your graphic panel, wireless Internet, electricity, and a 30” round highboy table and 2 stools or a 6’ draped table and 2 chairs. Click here for a full-size Trade Show floor plan.

Key Date: July 14 – Registration, payment and info due. For information about conference registration, the hotel room block, the conference schedule and more, visit the main conference web page.

Enhancements

The following booth enhancements can be “add ons” for any booth or sponsorship

Highlight booth location

Add banner ad

Add booth personnel

Sponsorship Opportunities (starting at $7,500)

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

Key Date: July 14 – Registration, payment and info due. For information about conference registration, the hotel room block, the conference schedule and more, visit the main conference web page.

Why Sponsor?

  • Sponsorships include workshops! Are you a subject matter expert? Great! Now is your opportunity to share that knowledge with the 1,300+ SBDC center representatives who attend this event.
  • All sponsorships include turn-key exhibit booth space and multiple full conference registrations for you and your team to attend workshops, receptions and lunches.
  • All sponsors are recognized in the conference newsletter, webpage, App, and signage.
  • All sponsors are invited to attend the America’s SBDC STAR Reception where the year’s top SBDC performers – “State Stars” – and SBDC leaders – our “State Directors” – come together to celebrate our collective success and kick off the week.
  • You are supporting the largest professional development conference for America’s number one small business advisor network, which influences over a million small businesses annually.

PATRON SPONSOR ($7,500) – Multiple Opportunities

WorkshopGet your turn-key booth and a 90-minute workshop.

Sponsor attribution will be included in all event marketing materials.

Also includes two full conference registrations.

SILVER SPONSOR ($15,500) – 2 Opportunities

Conference AttendeesBadge 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)

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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 marketing materials. (SOLD)

Also includes four full conference registrations, two 90-minute workshops, and your turn-key booth space.

GOLD SPONSOR ($20,500) – 6 Opportunities

Charging StationConnection Zone: Want to give your company brand continuous exposure at the event? Six charging stations, in five (5) locations, will be located on three levels of the meeting space. Charging attendees’ devices is only the beginning for these “must have” custom branded units. Each attendee networking area will be created to encourage conversation and collaboration while charging devices in your company-branded networking lounge. Each branded Connection Zone costs $20,500. Want more than one? Call Donna at 703-764-9850, ext 3. Sponsor attribution will be included in event marketing

Also includes up to six full conference registrations, two 90-minute workshops, and a turn-key double booth space

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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 be included in event collateral and onsite signage.

Also includes up to six full conference registrations, two 90-minute workshops, and a turn-key double booth space.

PLATINUM SPONSOR ($25,500) – 3 Opportunities

Tote Bags: A coveted sponsorship because your brand makes it all over town and back home. 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 be included in event collateral and onsite signage. (SOLD)

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DancingTrade Show Happy Hour: Welcome the attendees to the trade show on Wednesday, September 5th. This evening event is a great opportunity to foster a fun, feel-good party. Attendees will enjoy an hour’s open bar and some nibbles. Announcements will be made for attendees to visit your booth to enter a drawing for a give-away at the close of your event. (Winners must be present to win.)

Branding will include your logo. shining on the wall of the trade show, branded napkins and special bars serving your signature cocktail. Sponsor attribution will be included in event marketing materials.

Also includes up to eight full conference registrations, three 90-minute workshops, and a turn-key double booth space.

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Closing Reception: Welcome the attendees to the final event of the 2018 Annual Conference on Friday evening, September 7th. Attendees will enjoy an hour’s open beer and wine bar, some nibbles and a bit of fun on their last evening in Washington DC. Branding will include your logo, shining on the wall of the meeting space, branded napkins and branded, stemless wine glasses. There will also be a surprise give-away. Sponsor attribution will be included in event marketing materials.

Also includes up to eight full conference registrations, three 90-minute workshops and a turn-key double booth space.

DIAMOND SPONSOR ($35,500) – 5 Opportunities

Internet Sponsorship: This is a fantastic sponsorship for any company looking to keep its brand constantly in front of all conference attendees, while providing a highly valued service. Each time an attendee accesses the Internet, he or she will instantly see your company logo and marketing message. The splash page can also include a link to additional content on your company website, depending on capacity. Each attendee will receive a branded business card holder, containing a card with a welcome message from you, and instructions on accessing the Internet in the conference spaces. Sponsor attribution will be included in event marketing materials.

Also includes up to 10 full conference registrations, three 90-minute workshops, and a turn-key double booth space.

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Trade ShowConference App Sponsor: This sponsorship gets you into the hands of every conference attendee, and new for 2018 will be the addition of the Virtual Trade Show, where every exhibitor can upload collateral and product offers for SBDCs and their clients, making the 2018 Annual Conference app an ongoing resource for all network consultants and trainers and their clients. Branding opportunities within the app include watermarked pages, a splash page, videos, banner ads and more. Sponsor attribution will be included in event marketing materials.

Also includes up to ten full conference registrations, three 90-minute workshops, and a turn-key double booth space.

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Opening Buffet Lunch, Wednesday: Welcome the attendees to the opening lunch in the Exhibit Hall. Branding includes gobos of your logo projected on the exhibit hall walls, branded napkins, and cups for the refreshment stations. Announcements will be made in the exhibit hall for attendees to enter a drawing at your booth for a giveaway that will take place at the end of the luncheon, continuously driving traffic to your booth. (America’s SBDC will procure a giveaway valued at $500. Winner must be present to win). Sponsor attribution will be included in event marketing materials.

Also includes up to 10 full conference registrations, three 90-minute workshops, and a turn-key double booth space.

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Buffet Lunch, Thursday: Welcome the attendees to the Day 2 lunch in the Exhibit Hall. Branding includes gobos of your logo projected on the exhibit hall walls, branded napkins, and cups for the refreshment stations. Announcements will be made in the exhibit hall for attendees to enter a drawing at your booth for a giveaway that will take place at the end of the luncheon, continuously driving traffic to your booth (America’s SBDC will procure a giveaway valued at $500. Winner must be present to win). Sponsor attribution will be included in event marketing materials.

Also includes up to 10 full conference registrations, three 90-minute workshops, and a turn-key double booth space.

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Buffet Lunch, Friday: Welcome the attendees to the final conference lunch in the Exhibit Hall. Branding includes gobos of your logo projected on the exhibit hall walls, branded napkins, and cups for the refreshment stations. Announcements will be made in the exhibit hall for attendees to enter a drawing at your booth for a giveaway that will take place at the end of the luncheon, continuously driving traffic to your booth. (America’s SBDC will procure a giveaway valued at $500. Winner must be present to win). Sponsor attribution will be included in event marketing materials.

Also includes up to 10 full conference registrations, three 90-minute workshops, and a turn-key double booth space.

TITANIUM SPONSOR ($50,500) – 4 Opportunities

Star ReceptionSTAR Reception: This is the Conference’s STAR event! Join SBDC State Directors, the 2018 SBDC State Stars and all the conference sponsors at the International Spy Museum for an unforgettable evening. This sponsorship includes tickets for all the reception guests to one of Washington, D.C.’s most popular museums. Step inside to learn more about spies, cover-ups, the secret history of history, 50 years of Bond villains and more! This isn’t just a reception – it’s going to be an adventure. The sponsorship includes the reception (for 200+ people), tickets to the museum, a speaking opportunity, and attribution in signage and collateral before, during and after the event. The event is Tuesday evening, September 4th. Sponsor attribution will be included in event collateral and onsite signage.

Also includes up to 12 full conference registrations, three 90-minute workshops, and a 14′ x 14′ center floor booth space.

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GENERAL SESSIONS:
Our general sessions pull in big numbers and allow for maximum exposure to an eager audience. This year we have invited Ramon Ray to be our Master of Ceremonies for our Connect and Protect journey.

John SileoGeneral Session, Wednesday: “Protect” (SOLD)
Opening the 2018 Conference will be cyber security expert John Sileo. John leverages his own captivating story of losing his business, $300,000, and a “near-jail” experience to move audiences from complacency to action in “The Hacker’s Blacklist: 7 Critical Cybersecurity Threats & Solutions.” Whether serving as a keynote speaker at The Pentagon or a cyber security expert on 60 Minutes, John makes the topic understandable, actionable and memorable.

Matt Rissell, CEO and co-creator of T-Sheets, Intuit QuickBooks’ newest application, will also be taking the stage for an informative Q&A with our Master of Ceremonies, Ramon Ray. This interview format will allow the interviewer to T-up audience inspired questions about T-Sheets.

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Ramon RayGeneral Session, Thursday: “Connect”
Our second keynote, Ramon Ray, will be taking a deep dive into how attendees can make the RIGHT connections with “Making Human Connections in a World of Likes, Shares and Emoji’s.” Ramon is Editor & Founder of Smart Hustle Magazine; his third book, an Amazon.com best seller, is Facebook Guide to Small Business Marketing.

Ramon has been invited as an expert witness to Congress, invited by the Office of the President of the United States to speak at the White House, and produced many events including the “Smart Hustle Small Business Conference,” “Small Business Summit,” “Small Business Technology Tour,” “Small Biz Big Things,” and more.

Also invited to speak is Linda Mc Mahon, Administrator of the US Small Business Administration (SBA). Sponsor attribution will be included in event marketing materials.

Also includes up to 12 full conference registrations, three 90-minute workshops, and a 14′ x 14′ center floor booth space.

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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 Tuesday-Thursday at the 2018 conference.

This sponsorship includes on-camera interviews, a 30-second company advertisement, and your logo, water marked with a custom graphics package, 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, conference App, website and, most importantly, on the hotel channel. Call Donna (703-764-9850, ext. 3) to set up a call with CNTV to learn specific details. Sponsor attribution will be included in event marketing materials.

Also includes up to 12 full conference registrations, three 90-minute workshops, and a 14′ x 14′ center floor booth space.

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

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