Braille Monitor                                                                                                        April 2004

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Announcement for National Convention Exhibitors

by Jerry Lazarus

The general session dais with sponsor logos displayed across the front side.
The general session dais with sponsor logos displayed across the front side.

By now most of our previous exhibitors have received the national convention exhibitor packet, which includes the invitation letter, application, fact sheet, guidelines, and sponsorship opportunities available this year for the 2004 convention in Atlanta, Georgia. We would like to call your attention to the levels of sponsorship opportunities available for the first time. This year we are breaking new ground in the amount of visibility and recognition an exhibitor can receive by becoming a sponsor at the NFB convention. The following are some highlights and associated benefits of participating as a sponsor.

The top level this year will be known as the Title Sponsor. The sponsors at this level will have an unparalleled opportunity to address the entire National Federation of the Blind assembly during the opening day of the General Session. What better way to get your message across than to have the attention of all of our attendees? In addition, the Title Sponsor(s) will also select the featured speaker to address the Community Partnership Breakfast. A featured picture ad will be displayed on the National Federation of the Blind home page for thirty days, in addition to links direct to your Web site from our NFB Web site. The first Title Sponsor to sign up will receive the entire back cover of our national convention program agenda for advertising. The second title sponsor to sign up will receive the inside back cover.

New benefits are also available this year for all sponsors. Beginning this year for the first time, we will open the Exhibit Hall for a special evening dedicated only to Sponsor-Level Exhibitors. This includes all the categories: Title, Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Exhibit Hall. On Friday evening, July 2, the Exhibit Hall will reopen from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. for these exhibitors only. (Exhibitors that have only purchased a table will not be allowed to open during these special hours.) We encourage you to invite guests into the hall for special offers and demonstrations. During these hours the amplification system will be available for the sponsors that would like to make announcements about their products or to offer special deals to those in attendance. An article can be submitted to appear in our online publication, due to premiere by the time of the 2004 convention.

The following breakdown provides specific details on each of the levels of sponsorship. Please read through the merits associated with each of these levels and choose the one that best suits your needs.

Title Sponsorship, $25,000

• Twenty complimentary convention registrations

• Opportunity to address General Session on Friday, July 2

• Twenty places at the Community Partnership Breakfast Friday, July 2, and opportunity to choose a featured speaker

• Twenty places and special recognition at the NFB Banquet, Sunday evening, July 4

• Two tables in the Exhibit Hall

• Signage on four walls in Exhibit Hall

• Name and logo featured on stage banners

• Use of Exhibit Hall on Friday evening from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.

• Special listing in convention agenda mentioning the sponsors and their use of the hall on Friday evening

• Premium placement of full-page ad in the convention agenda

• Picture ad on the National Federation of the Blind Web site home page for thirty days

• Listing on NFB Web site under Exhibitors at National Convention, with a direct link to your Web site

• Opportunity to write an article for the NFB online publication with appropriate direct links

Platinum Sponsorship, $15,000

• Fifteen complimentary convention registrations

• Opportunity to address General Session on Friday, July 2

• Fifteen places at the Community Partnership Breakfast Friday, July 2

• Fifteen places and special recognition at the NFB Banquet, Sunday evening, July 4

• Two tables in the Exhibit Hall

• Signage on two walls in Exhibit Hall

• Use of Exhibit Hall on Friday evening from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.

• Special listing in convention agenda mentioning the sponsors and their use of the hall on Friday evening

• Name and logo featured on stage banners

• One full-page ad in the convention agenda

• Listing on NFB Web site under Exhibitors at National Convention, with a direct link to your Web site

• Opportunity to write an article for the NFB online publication with appropriate direct links

Gold Sponsorship, $10,000

• Ten complimentary convention registrations

• Ten places at the Community Partnership Breakfast Friday, July 2

• Ten places and recognition at the NFB Banquet, Sunday evening, July 4

• Table in the Exhibit Hall

• Use of Exhibit Hall on Friday evening from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.

• Special listing in convention agenda mentioning the sponsors and their use of the hall on Friday evening

• Name and logo featured on stage banners

• One full-page ad in the convention agenda

• Listing on NFB Web site under Exhibitors at National Convention, with a direct link to your Web site

• Opportunity to write an article for the NFB online publication with appropriate direct links

Silver Sponsorship, $5,000

• Five complimentary convention registrations

• Ten places at the Community Partnership Breakfast Friday, July 2

• Ten places and recognition at the NFB Banquet, Sunday evening, July 4

• Use of Exhibit Hall on Friday evening from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.

• Special listing in convention agenda mentioning the sponsors and their use of the hall on Friday evening

• One half-page ad in the convention program

• Listing on NFB Web site under Exhibitors at National Convention • Opportunity to write an article for the NFB online publication

Exhibit Hall, $2,500

• Five complimentary convention registrations

• Five places at the Community Partnership Breakfast Friday, July 2

• Five places at the NFB Banquet, Sunday evening, July 4

• Use of Exhibit Hall on Friday evening from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

• Special listing in convention agenda mentioning the sponsors and their use of the hall on Friday evening

• One quarter-page ad in the convention program

• Listing on NFB Web site under Exhibitors at National Convention

• Opportunity to write an article for the NFB online publication

For more information about signing up as a sponsor for the convention, please review the information that came in your convention packet or contact: Mr. Jerry L. Lazarus, Director of Special Projects, National Federation of the Blind, 1800 Johnson Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21230, (410) 659-9314, extension 2297, email <jlazarus@nfb.org>, Web site, www.nfb.org

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