Braille Monitor                                                                                 April 2006


Attention National Convention Exhibitors

by Jerry Lazarus

A sea of people fill last years exhibit hall.
People flock to the exhibit hall Tuesday evening to talk with convention sponsors about their products in a quieter, less chaotic setting.

From the Editor: Jerry Lazarus is the director of special projects at the NFB Jernigan Institute. Convention exhibitors interested in the increased visibility and opportunities to contact potential customers that becoming a convention sponsor will provide should read the following article carefully. This is what he says:

By now most of our previous exhibitors have received the national convention exhibitor packet, including the invitation letter, exhibitor application, fact sheet, guidelines, sponsorship opportunities, sponsor signup form, and preconvention registration forms for the 2006 convention at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas.

We would like to call your attention to the sponsorship opportunities available. The amount of visibility and recognition an exhibitor can receive by becoming a sponsor at the 2006 NFB convention will make the investment truly worthwhile.

The following are some highlights and associated benefits of participating as a sponsor. The top-level sponsor will be known as the Title Sponsor. The sponsors that choose to involve themselves at this level will have an unparalleled opportunity to address the entire National Federation of the Blind assembly during the opening 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. 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. A featured ad will be placed on the National Federation of the Blind Web site for thirty days, in addition to links direct to your Web site from the NFB Web-placed ad.

Additional benefits are available for all sponsors. Read on.

The exhibit hall will be open for a special evening dedicated to sponsors of the convention only. This includes all the categories: Title, Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Exhibit Hall sponsors. On Tuesday evening, July 4, the exhibit hall will reopen from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. for these exhibitors only. (Exhibitors that have purchased table space only 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 sponsors that would like to make announcements about their products or to offer special deals to those in attendance.
In addition, we invite you to submit an article to our online publication, Voice of the Nationís Blind.

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

Title Sponsorship, $25,000

Platinum Sponsorship, $15,000

· Fifteen complimentary convention registrations
· Opportunity to address general session on Tuesday, July 4
· Fifteen places at the community partnership breakfast on Wednesday, July 5
· Fifteen places and special recognition at the NFB banquet, Thursday evening, July 6; estimated attendance at the banquet more than 2,500
· Two tables in the exhibit hall (prominent location)
· Signage on two walls in exhibit hall
· Use of exhibit hall (by sponsors only) on Tuesday evening from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. for their invited guests, as well as convention attendees. Use of the exhibit hall sound system for announcements and special promotions will be allowed during this period only.
· Special listing in convention agenda mentioning the sponsors and their use of the hall on Tuesday evening
· Name and logo featured on stage banner
· One full-page ad in the convention agenda
· Listing on NFB Web site under Exhibitors at National Convention, with a direct link to the Platinum Sponsorís Web site
· Opportunity to write an article to be published in the NFB online publication, Voice of the Nationís Blind, with appropriate direct links

Gold Sponsorship, $10,000

Silver Sponsorship, $5,000

Exhibit Hall Sponsorship, $2,500

For more information about signing up as a sponsor for the convention, review the information that came in your convention packet, read the documents available on our Web site under National Convention, or contact Jerry L. Lazarus, director of special projects, National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute, 1800 Johnson Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21230; (410) 659-9314, extension 2297; email <[email protected]>, <>.