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Welcome Exhibitors & Sponsors,

The 39th Annual America’s SBDC Conference took place September 3-6, at the beautiful Convention & Entertainment Center in Long Beach, California. 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 160+ workshops and discussion forums 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 ensure the success of their small business clients.

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 (donna@americassbdc.org or 703-764-9850)
To view the layout of the trade show floor, click here.

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For conference registration, schedule and related information, please visit the main conference web page.

Exhibitor Opportunities ($5,250)

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 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.

Exhibitor opportunities include 2 full conference registrations

Sponsorship Opportunities (starting at $7,750)

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 #1 small business advisor network, which influences over a million small businesses annually.

PATRON SPONSOR ($7,750) – Multiple Opportunities

Get your turn-key booth and a 90-minute workshop. Sponsor attribution in all event marketing materials. Patron Sponsorship includes 2 full conference registrations.

SILVER SPONSOR ($18,750) – 5 Opportunities

Westin HotelHotel Host: This year marks our first city-wide conference. That’s right, attendees will not be staying at a standard big-box hotel. This year, attendees have the option to explore five hotel properties in Long Beach, and all at the same fantastic rate.

Help us greet and celebrate the conference attendees by becoming a Hotel Host. Hosting a hotel means that your company has an exclusive edge over other sponsors. Your brand and message will greet attendees within the first few hours of their arrival in Long Beach and throughout the week, as they grab their coffee, chat with the concierge, meet friends in the lobby before a night out, and so on.

At check-in, your guests will receive a welcome letter from you, along with custom hotel keycards. Your key cards can have life post-conference, with a special offer just for your hotel guests.

Interested in taking this sponsorship to the next level? We recommend complimentary coffee for guests in the morning: a drink ticket for your signature cocktail at the hotel bar; a gift card to an onsite restaurant; or, even a welcome reception. Call us for details and pricing!

Hotel Host Properties: (1) Courtyard;  (2) Hilton;  (3) SOLD – Hyatt/Hyatt the Pike;  (4) Renaissance;  (5) Westin
For a map showing the hotel locations, click here.

Silver Sponsorship includes 4 full conference registrations, two 90-minute workshops, and your turnkey booth space

GOLD SPONSOR ($22,500) – 3 Opportunities

Conference Registration: This sponsorship is really the cornerstone of the entire conference. Online attendee registration opens in May, and the registration process doesn’t end until we close our on-site in-person registration desk at conference. Your brand and ad / ad copy will be featured on our online registration page, in registration confirmation emails, onsite at the registration area, on the registration iPad screens, and in other related signage. Don’t forget the hotel room reservation page! That’s right, your brand and ad / ad copy will be included on our online hotel reservation webpages and in the registration emails as well. This is an excellent opportunity for those new to the SBDC Network to get their brand out repeatedly in front of all the attendees for the months leading up to conference and on-site.


Exhibit HallPortfolios: 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 all event marketing and on-site signage.


Connection Zone: Dead battery? At some point in the week all attendees will need to charge their devices. Swoop in and save their day by sponsoring the conference “Connection Zone.” Your branded alcove will have seating with plenty of outlets for attendees to charge their devices. Over the years we noticed a lot of people connect and network when charging up. Take advantage of this time and have your brand and company on-site to help and chat. A multi-cord gift set, branded with your company logo, will be available to the attendees.

Gold Sponsorship includes up to 6 full conference registrations, two 90-minute workshops, and a turnkey double booth space


Musical BandConvention Center Bar: With 160+ workshops and riveting keynote speakers, attendees are typically tired and ready for a refreshment at the end of their busy days at conference. The convention bar is perfectly located near the entrance/exit of the conference so that you can greet attendees with a smile and a cold drink before they wrap up their day. Offer your very own custom cocktail, sparkling waters, and beer and wine at your cash-only bar. There is a reason they call it “Happy Hour.” Tentative bar hours: Tuesday-Friday, 5-6:30 pm. Branded napkins and signage are all included.


Conference Bags: (SOLD)

Platinum Sponsorship includes up to 6 full conference registrations, three 90-minute workshops, and a turn-key double booth space

DIAMOND SPONSOR ($40,000) – 5 Opportunities

Conference SessionInternet 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 its 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.

Internet Sponsorship includes up to 8 full conference registrations, three 90-minute workshops and a turnkey double booth space


After Glow: Our conference isn’t all about learning — we like to mix some fun in there too! Sponsor “After Glow” and you are sure to delight and impress the conference attendees, as they unwind in a vibrant, fun and laid-back atmosphere on Thursday evening. Attendees will enjoy a two-hour open beer and wine bar, light refreshments, music, games, and a whole lot of fun! Branding will include your logo shining on the wall of the arena space, branded napkins and branded stemless wine glasses. Sponsorship includes a brief speaking opportunity, and brand attribution will be included in event marketing materials.

After Glow Sponsorship includes up to 8 full conference registrations, three 90-minute workshops and a turnkey double booth space


Conference App Sponsor: This sponsorship gets you into the hands of every conference attendee. Included is the newest edition of the Virtual Tradeshow, where every exhibitor can upload collateral and product offers for SBDCs and their clients, making the 2019 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.

Conference App Sponsorship includes up to 10 full conference registrations, three 90-minute workshops and a turnkey double booth space


Lunch Sponsors: (3 Opportunities Available): Looking for a chance to capture all 1,300+ attendees at the same time? Sponsor lunch in our trade show on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday. Opening lunch sponsors welcome the attendees and invite them to see the trade show floor for the first time. Closing lunch sponsors get to help us recap the week and say farewell. In any event, you are making 1,300+ people very happy by feeding them a well-deserved and tasty lunch. Branding includes gobos of your logo, projected on the exhibit hall walls, branded napkins and cups for the refreshment stations, and branded take-away cookies. 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 give-away valued at $500). All lunch sponsors are encouraged to do something special in their booths at lunch: for example, host a contest, showcase an SBDC/client, launch a product, go live on Facebook, etc. Sponsor attribution will be included in event marketing materials.

Three Lunch Opportunities: (1) Opening, Wednesday;  (2) Thursday;  (3) Closing, Friday

Lunch Sponsorship includes up to 10 full conference registrations, three 90-minute workshops and a turnkey double booth space

TITANIUM SPONSOR ($50,500) – 3 Opportunities

State Star ReceptionSTAR Reception: This is the Conference’s STAR event! This exclusive reception is joined by SBDC State Directors, the 2019 SBDC State Stars, and all the conference sponsors. Guests will head to the beautiful blue waters of Long Beach bay to go aboard the famous Queen Mary ship. The STAR Reception sponsor will enjoy a champagne toast with your guests as they arrive at the “Winston Churchill – Finest Hour” exhibit.

This is your opportunity to deliver your congratulatory message to these SBDC Network super stars, before they are escorted to the interior of the ship to experience London’s WWII underground bunker. Winston Churchill himself might make an appearance! Next, your guests will be led to the fan tail of the ship, to enjoy refreshments and the stunning view of the bay and downtown Long Beach at dusk. The sponsorship includes the reception (for 200+ people), the State Star trophies, a speaking opportunity, and attribution in signage and collateral material before, during and after the event. The event is Tuesday evening, September 4th.



– General Session, Wednesday: INTUIT
– General Session, Thursday: VISA


Workshop AudienceConference 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 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 on-site, your video will be posted on the America’s SBDC YouTube Channel, conference App, website, and most importantly, on the hotel channel. Call Donna to set up a call with CNTV to learn specific details (703-764-9850, ext. 3). Sponsor attribution will be included in event marketing materials. Click here for samples of what CNTV can do with this sponsorship.

Titanium Sponsorship includes up to 12 full conference registrations, three 90-minute workshops and a 14×14 center floor booth space

Booth Enhancements

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

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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