Sponsors and Exhibitors

Thank you to the 2017 National Convention Sponsors

Sponsorship and Exhibitor Information

The National Federation of the Blind 2017 National Convention offers a variety of promotional opportunities for organizations that want to show support for the blind. Sponsorship of or exhibition at the 2017 National Convention will provide an ideal platform to showcase your products and services, whether you are looking for an increase in brand awareness, leadership positioning, new business development, or a combination of these. Participating in our convention as a sponsor or exhibitor will give you access to direct marketing opportunities that you will not find anywhere else.

This webpage contains details of available sponsorship, exhibit, and job fair opportunities for the 2017 National Convention, as well as the benefits associated with each opportunity. Additional information about the convention be found at nfb.org/convention. If, after reviewing the information contained here, you have additional questions, please contact Anna Adler at aadler@nfb.org or (410) 659-9314, extension 2282.

Sponsorship Opportunities
Exhibit Information
Exhibitor Guidelines
National Job Fair
Download the Sponsorship and Exhibition Opportunities Document
 

Sponsorship Opportunities

Becoming an Elite, Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze, or White Cane Sponsor of the 2017 National Federation of the Blind National Convention will demonstrate your commitment to assisting the blind of this country. Corporate leaders will find this an excellent opportunity to learn about the capabilities of the blind and the resources available to assist in their goals of expanding and sustaining a diverse workforce. The benefits that correspond to each level are listed below.

Elite Sponsorship Level - $50,000

  • An interview segment on The Nation's Blind podcast
  • Thank-you message displayed for the duration of the 2017 National Convention on our digital sign visible to traffic exiting the Fort McHenry tunnel traveling south on I-95 in Baltimore, Maryland. The message can be customized to fit your brand within our sign specifications.
  • Your email advertisement posted to our discussion lists (Approximately 7,500 unique subscribers)
  • Special recognition in the NFB enewsletter, with link to sponsor’s website (Distribution is approximately 20,000)
  • Use of NFB logo on sponsor’s website for remainder of 2017, dependent on mutually agreed upon copy
  • Premium signage in a central and highly visible location (Logo file due by May 31)
  • One table of ten and special recognition at the NFB banquet on July 15; estimated attendance at the banquet is more than 2,500 (Note: Seats must be confirmed by noon on July 11 in order to ensure availability and appropriate placement.)
  • Organization logo prominently featured during general session and banquet on dais banner (Logo file due by May 31)
  • Sponsor logo to appear on our 2017 National Convention webpage for the remainder of 2017, at appropriate level, with direct link to organization's website 
  • If exhibiting, listing on NFB website under exhibitors at national convention, with a direct link to sponsor’s website
  • Social media recognition 
  • Special listing in convention agenda schedule mentioning the sponsors and their special preview in the hall on July 11
  • If exhibiting, special sponsors-only preview in the exhibit hall on July 11 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. for convention attendees; use of the exhibit hall sound system for announcements and special promotions 
  • Choice of four tables in the convention exhibit hall (prominent location), or two tables in the convention exhibit hall (prominent location), and one special event (Event description must be received by April 30.)
  • Premium placement of full-page ad in the convention agenda (Ad copy deadline is May 12.)
  • Fifteen tickets for the convention kick-off reception for sponsors 
  • Fifteen complimentary convention registrations
  • Prime placement at NFB National Job Fair on July 10
  • Organization name included in the 2017 National Federation of the Blind Annual Report 

Platinum Sponsorship Level - $25,000

  • Special recognition in the NFB enewsletter, with link to sponsor’s website (Distribution is approximately 20,000.)
  • Use of NFB logo on sponsor’s website for remainder of 2017, dependent on mutually agreed upon copy
  • Premium signage (Logo file due by May 31)
  • One table of ten and special recognition at the NFB banquet on July 15; estimated attendance at the banquet is more than 2,500 (Note: Seats must be confirmed by noon on July 11 in order to ensure availability and appropriate placement.)
  • Organization logo prominently featured during general session and banquet on dais banner (Logo file due by May 31)
  • Sponsor logo to appear on our 2017 National Convention webpage for the remainder of 2017, at appropriate level, with direct link to organization's website
  • If exhibiting, listing on NFB website under exhibitors at national convention, with a direct link to sponsor’s website
  • Social media recognition 
  • Special listing in convention agenda schedule mentioning the sponsors and their special preview in the hall on July 11
  • If exhibiting, special sponsors-only preview in the exhibit hall on July 11 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. for convention attendees; use of the exhibit hall sound system for announcements and special promotions 
  • Two tables in the convention exhibit hall (prominent location)
  • Full-page ad in the convention agenda (Ad copy deadline is May 12.)
  • Twelve tickets for the convention kick-off reception for sponsors 
  • Twelve complimentary convention registrations
  • Prime placement at NFB National Job Fair on July 10
  • Organization name included in the 2017 National Federation of the Blind Annual Report 

Gold Sponsorship Level - $15,000

  • One table of ten and special recognition at the NFB banquet on July 15; estimated attendance at the banquet is more than 2,500 (Note: Seats must be confirmed by noon on July 11 in order to ensure availability and appropriate placement.)
  • Organization logo prominently featured during general session and banquet on dais banner (Logo file due by May 31)
  • Sponsor logo to appear on our 2017 National Convention webpage for the remainder of 2017, at appropriate level, with direct link to organization's website 
  • If exhibiting, listing on NFB website under exhibitors at national convention, with a direct link to sponsor’s website
  • Social media recognition 
  • Special listing in convention agenda schedule mentioning the sponsors and their special preview in the hall on July 11
  • If exhibiting, special sponsors-only preview in the exhibit hall on July 11 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. for convention attendees; use of the exhibit hall sound system for announcements and special promotions 
  • One table in the convention exhibit hall
  • Half-page ad in the convention agenda (Ad copy deadline is May 12.)
  • Ten tickets for the convention kick-off reception for sponsors 
  • Ten complimentary convention registrations
  • Prime placement at NFB National Job Fair on July 10
  • Organization name included in the 2017 National Federation of the Blind Annual Report 

Silver Sponsorship Level - $10,000

  • Sponsor logo to appear on our 2017 National Convention webpage for the remainder of 2017, at appropriate level 
  • If exhibiting, listing on NFB website under exhibitors at national convention, with a direct link to sponsor’s website
  • Social media recognition 
  • Special listing in convention agenda schedule mentioning the sponsors and their special preview in the hall on July 11
  • If exhibiting, special sponsors-only preview in the exhibit hall on July 11 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. for convention attendees; use of the exhibit hall sound system for announcements and special promotions 
  • One table in the convention exhibit hall
  • Half-page ad in the convention agenda (Ad copy deadline is May 12.)
  • Eight tickets for the convention kick-off reception for sponsors 
  • Eight complimentary convention registrations
  • Prime placement at NFB National Job Fair on July 10
  • Organization name included in the 2017 National Federation of the Blind Annual Report 

Bronze Sponsorship Level - $5,000

  • Sponsor logo to appear on our 2017 National Convention webpage for the remainder of 2017, at appropriate level 
  • If exhibiting, listing on NFB website under exhibitors at national convention, with a direct link to sponsor’s website
  • Social media recognition 
  • Special listing in convention agenda schedule mentioning the sponsors and their special preview in the hall on July 11
  • If exhibiting, special sponsors-only preview in the exhibit hall on July 11 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. for convention attendees; use of the exhibit hall sound system for announcements and special promotions 
  • One table in the convention exhibit hall
  • Third-page ad in the convention agenda (Ad copy deadline is May 12.)
  • Five tickets for the convention kick-off reception for sponsors 
  • Five complimentary convention registrations
  • Prime placement at NFB National Job Fair on July 10
  • Organization name included in the 2017 National Federation of the Blind Annual Report 

White Cane Sponsorship Level - $2,500

  • If exhibiting, listing on NFB website under exhibitors at national convention, with a direct link to sponsor’s website
  • Special listing in convention agenda schedule mentioning the sponsors and their special preview in the hall on July 11
  • If exhibiting, special sponsors-only preview in the exhibit hall on July 11 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. for convention attendees; use of the exhibit hall sound system for announcements and special promotions 
  • One table in the convention exhibit hall
  • Quarter-page ad in the convention agenda (Ad copy deadline is May 12.)
  • Two tickets for the convention kick-off reception for sponsors 
  • Two complimentary convention registrations
  • Prime placement at NFB National Job Fair on July 10
  • Organization name included in the 2017 National Federation of the Blind Annual Report 
     

Exhibit Information

The exhibit hall at the National Federation of the Blind National Convention attracts thousands of blind people each year. The NFB is a membership organization of more than fifty thousand blind persons, parents of blind children, and interested others from local chapters across the United States. Our convention will be the largest assembly this year of any organization of disabled persons in the world. Our exhibit hall is one of the highlights of the convention, with nearly every attendee visiting the hall. Being an exhibitor is the perfect opportunity for you to meet your blind consumers and show them your products and services.

Exhibit package includes:

  • Promotion as an exhibitor via company or organization name and logo listed on the exhibit webpage
  • One six-foot table, two chairs, and overnight security in exhibit space

Exhibit fee: $975 per table (Electricity, internet, and drayage can be purchased at an additional cost.)

The exhibit application must be completed by May 31, 2017.*

Exhibit timeline

Exhibit setup: July 10, Noon–4:30 p.m.

Exhibit hours:

  • July 11, Sponsors-only preview, 9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.; General exhibits, 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
  • July 12, 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
  • July 13, Noon–1:45 p.m.; 7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
  • July 14, Noon–1:45 p.m.

Exhibit teardown: July 14, 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.

*Any exhibitor signing on after May 31, 2017 will incur a late fee of $250 and will not be listed in exhibit materials.

National Job Fair

The NFB National Job Fair is the largest job fair for blind and low-vision job seekers anywhere in the world, so it is a great place to be if you want to hire capable employees. You’ll be amazed at the skills our jobseekers have, and if you don’t know how capable blind people can be, this is a great place to learn. We expect three hundred or more blind and low-vision job seekers and over thirty employers from across the country to attend this recruitment event. Our employer attendees collect stacks of resumes and often find exactly the right fit.

Date: Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Time: 9:30–11:30 a.m.
Cost: Free
Location: Panzacola Ballroom F3 and F4, Rosen Shingle Creek

Download the National Job Fair Registration Form

Companies and organizations participating in the job fair will be listed in the Job Fair Employer List, made available to each attendee. There is no cost to participate, and organizations will be given one table at the event.