Thank you to the 2018 National Convention Sponsors

Sponsorship and Exhibitor Information

The National Federation of the Blind 2018 National Convention offers a variety of promotional opportunities for organizations that want to show support for the blind. Sponsorship of or exhibition at the 2018 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 2018 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 Career Fair
Download the Sponsorship and Exhibition Opportunities Document
Sponsor Application
Exhibit Application

Sponsorship Opportunities

Becoming an Elite, Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze, or White Cane Sponsor of the 2018 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. This year, we have added new and exciting opportunities for Elite and Platinum sponsors. The benefits that correspond to each level are listed below.

The sponsor application must be completed by May 31, 2018.*

All sponsors receive:

  • Ad in the convention agenda – size varies by sponsor level (Ad copy deadline is May 11.)
  • Tickets for the convention kick-off reception for sponsors
  • Complimentary convention registrations – number of registrations varies by sponsor level
  • Prime placement at NFB National Career Fair
  • 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 4
  • If exhibiting, special sponsors-only preview in the exhibit hall on July 4 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
  • Organization name included in the 2018 National Federation of the Blind Annual Report

In addition to the benefits listed above, each level of sponsor also receives:

Elite Sponsorship Level - $50,000

  • Exclusive opportunity to serve as named sponsor for 2018 Banquet on Sunday, July 8 and one table of ten. Estimated attendance at the banquet is more than 2,500. Note: this opportunity only available to the first Elite Sponsor to register.
  • An interview segment on The Nation's Blind podcast.
  • Thank-you message displayed for the duration of the 2018 National Convention on our digital sign rooftop billboard. 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 27,500).
  • Use of NFB logo on sponsor’s website for remainder of 2018, dependent on mutually agreed upon copy.
  • Premium signage in a central and highly visible location (Logo file due by May 31).
  • Organization logo prominently featured during general session and banquet on dais banner (Logo file due by May 31).
  • Sponsor logo to appear on our 2018 National Convention webpage for the remainder of 2018, at appropriate level, with direct link to organization's website.
  • Social media recognition.
  • 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 11).
  • Fifteen complementary convention registrations and tickets for the convention kick-off reception for sponsors.

Platinum Sponsorship Level - $25,000

  • Opportunity to serve as a named sponsor of one special convention event that is appropriate to organization’s business type, mission, and model. Note: limited to the first five Platinum Level sponsors.
  • Special recognition in the NFB enewsletter, with link to sponsor’s website (Distribution is approximately 27,500).
  • Use of NFB logo on sponsor’s website for remainder of 2018, 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 8; estimated attendance at the banquet is more than 2,500.
  • Organization logo prominently featured during general session and banquet on dais banner (Logo file due by May 31).
  • Sponsor logo to appear on our 2018 National Convention webpage for the remainder of 2018, at appropriate level, with direct link to organization's website.
  • Social media recognition.
  • Two tables in the convention exhibit hall (prominent location).
  • Full-page ad in the convention agenda (Ad copy deadline is May 11).
  • Twelve complimentary convention registrations and tickets for the convention kick-off reception for sponsors.

Gold Sponsorship Level - $15,000

  • One table of ten and special recognition at the NFB banquet on July 8; estimated attendance at the banquet is more than 2,500.
  • Organization logo prominently featured during general session and banquet on dais banner (Logo file due by May 31).
  • Sponsor logo to appear on our 2018 National Convention webpage for the remainder of 2018, at appropriate level, with direct link to organization's website.
  • Social media recognition.
  • One table in the convention exhibit hall.
  • Half-page ad in the convention agenda (Ad copy deadline is May 11).
  • Ten complimentary convention registrations and tickets for the convention kick-off reception for sponsors.

Silver Sponsorship Level - $10,000

  • Sponsor logo to appear on our 2018 National Convention webpage for the remainder of 2018, at appropriate level.
  • Social media recognition.
  • One table in the convention exhibit hall.
  • Half-page ad in the convention agenda (Ad copy deadline is May 11).
  • Eight complimentary convention registrations and tickets for the convention kick-off reception for sponsors.

Bronze Sponsorship Level - $5,000

  • Sponsor logo to appear on our 2018 National Convention webpage for the remainder of 2018, at appropriate level.
  • Social media recognition.
  • One table in the convention exhibit hall.
  • Third-page ad in the convention agenda (Ad copy deadline is May 11).
  • Five complimentary convention registrations and tickets for the convention kick-off reception for sponsors.

White Cane Sponsorship Level - $2,500

  • One table in the convention exhibit hall.
  • Quarter-page ad in the convention agenda (Ad copy deadline is May 11).
  • Two complimentary convention registrations and tickets for the convention kick-off reception for sponsors.

Exhibit Information

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.

The exhibit package includes:

  • Two complementary convention registrations, including full credentials and name badges identifying each person as an exhibitor.
  • Promotion as an exhibitor via company or organization name listed on the exhibit webpage.
  • One six-foot table, two chairs, and overnight security in exhibit space.
  • Opportunity to promote special offerings and promotions available during the convention on the NFB’s online exhibit hall.

Exhibit fee: $1,100 per table (Electricity, internet, and drayage can be purchased at an additional cost.)

The exhibit application must be completed by May 31, 2018.*

Exhibit Timeline

Exhibit setup: July 3, noon–4:30 p.m.

Exhibit hall hours:

  • July 4, Sponsors-only preview, 9:00–11:00 a.m.; General exhibits, 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
  • July 5, 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
  • July 6, noon–1:45 p.m.; 7:00–9:00 p.m.
  • July 7, noon–1:45 p.m.

Exhibit teardown: July 7, 1:45—3:00 p.m. and 6:00–8:00 p.m.

*Any exhibitor signing on after May 31, 2018 will incur a late fee of $250 and will not be listed in exhibit materials.

Exhibit Hall Announcements

To view the list of the sales and offers available in the exhibit hall this year, please visit our exhibit hall announcements page. Exhibitors and sponsors who wish to post an announcement should contact Anna Adler at aadler@nfb.org or (410) 659-9314, extension 2282.

National Career Fair

The NFB National Career Fair is the largest career fair for blind job seekers in the world. It is held each year at the NFB national convention. Want to boost your business? Blind people offer a unique combination of skills, creativity, and problem solving abilities to meet your needs. Our members are competitive and they want to work hard for you.

The 2018 NFB Career Fair will be held on Saturday, July 7, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. 

We expect three-hundred job seekers and thirty employers from across the country to attend the 2018 Career Fair, so you’ll be in good company.

Convention Sponsors get special tables at the entrance to the Career Fair and special recognition in the Fair’s agenda. There is no cost to participate, but you must register for the career fair. To get more information or register, please contact Dick Davis, Chairperson of the Employment Committee, at 612-872-0100 or at ddavis@blindinc.org.