The Florida Department of Education's Office of K12 School Choice is pleased to announce the Florida Charter School Conference will be held November 10-12, 2015, in Orlando at the Caribe Royale All-Suite Hotel and Conference Center.
Providing conference attendees the chance to connect with companies like yours is an important part of the overall conference experience. Your company is invited to support the conference by reserving a booth in the exhibit hall. Booth reservations will be accepted online until August 28, space permitting, with payment due September 11, 2015. For information on being a conference partner, please e-mail Noelle Bonard.
We hope you make the choice to exhibit at this year's conference. See you in Orlando!
The Florida Charter School Conference Team
Booth rate: $850 per 8' deep x 10' wide space
Fee includes the following:
- 8' deep x 10' wide carpeted booth areas with 2' x 6' draped table and 2 chairs
- Pipe railing, 8' high curtain back wall, and 3' high curtain side dividers
- Identification sign listing company name
- Descriptive listing in the program book
- One conference program book
- Three exhibitor representative registrations which include meal events and entrance to all sessions
Any additional needs, such as electricity, Internet, A/V, Food & Beverage, are at the exhibitor’s expense. Please see below for service providers.
|Tuesday, November 10||Exhibit Hall Set-up by National Expo||8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.|
|Exhibit Hall Set-up by Exhibitors||12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.|
|Exhibit Hall Open||4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.|
|Wednesday, November 11||Exhibit Hall Open||10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.|
|Exhibit Hall Break Down||4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.|
Security will be provided overnight.
The Florida Charter School Conference draws attendees from charter schools across the entire state. Participants include charter school authorizers, operators, administrators and educators. The 2014 conference attracted more than 800 participants.
- Attendee Growth Chart (PDF)
- 2014 Attendee Demographics (PDF)
- 2013 Attendee Demographics (PDF)
- 2012 Attendee Demographics (PDF)
- 2011 Attendee Demographics (PDF)
- 2010 Attendee Demographics (PDF)
- 2009 Attendee Demographics (PDF)
- 2008 Attendee Demographics (PDF)
- List of Charter Schools in Florida
- Advertising Opportunities
Several advertising opportunities exist for both exhibiting and non-exhibiting organizations.
Deadline to submit print ad: August 28, 2015.
Deadline to submit bag stuffer item and online ad: November 6, 2015.
Partner packages are on a "first come, first serve" reservation system and are limited to ONE partner package per company until July 31, 2015. After August 1, companies may reserve additional partner packages if available.
- Attendee List Order Form
Exhibitors may order a list of attendees who gave permission for their contact information to be released. Permission is given, on average, by 70% of the attendees.
- Door Prizes
We are planning two big door prize drawing events for the attendees and would greatly appreciate your assistance. The first one will be on Wednesday, November 11, during the afternoon break and the other on Thursday, November 12, at the end of the closing session. You are also welcome to do your own door prize drawings from your booth during exhibit hall hours. Please let us know if you would to be part of the the drawings by submitting your door prize information.
- Exhibit Hall Directory Card
For the past several years, an Exhibit Hall directory card has been included in the participants' bags. It is our way to encourage attendees to visit all the exhibitors.
- Download the Directory Card (PDF) - Available November 1
- Lead Retrieval System
There is not an official lead retrieval system for the conference. However, QR codes of the attendees' vcard information will be printed on the name badges. Apps like Scan to Spreadsheet should be able to scan the codes for collection.
- Catering and Meeting Room Rental
Luisa Guilarte, Convention Services Manager
- Electrical Services
Download Electical Order form
- Audio Visual Services & Equipment
American Audio Visual
Download AV Order form
Download AV Order form
Wireless connections in the exhibit hall are $25 per device. Please submit your order by Friday, November 6.
- Onsite Business Center
For your convenience, the Caribe Royale has two Business Center locations: the Reception Building (open 24 hours) and the Grand Caribe Convention Center.
Parking is free. Please email Noelle Bonard if your vehicle needs special parking arrangements.
National Expo, www.natlexpo.com, is the official general services contractor for the conference. They will be sending each exhibitor's booth contact an e-mail 4-6 weeks before the event with directions for ordering booth items.
Please e-mail email@example.com if you do not receive your National Expo welcome e-mail by October 16, 2015.
- Drayage and Material Handling
- Freight Services Information
- Floral/Plant Rental
- Furniture Rental
Exhibitors must use the loading dock at the back of the convention center to move in and out. Loading in and out by way of the front door is prohibited by the hotel. Booths need to be ready by 3:30 p.m. for a 4:00 p.m. opening on Tuesday, November 10, and by 9:30 a.m. for a 10:00 a.m. opening on Wednesday, November 11 . Booths may not be taken down until 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 11, 2015.
To reduce the "where's my booth shipment" anxiety on set up day if you are shipping booth material, please send your shipment to National Expo's warehouse in Orlando by Friday, November 6, 2015. Shipments can be received starting October 14, 2015. National Expo will deliver your shipment to your booth in time for set up. Please refer to National Expo's service kit regarding the material handling fee incurred for all shipments.
Warehouse shipping address:
- FCSC - "Your Company Name - Booth #"
C/O National Expo c/o ABF Freight System
3732 Bryn Mawr Street
Orlando, FL 32808
The hotel will NOT accept shipments to the exhibit hall. All exhibitor shipments must be sent to the National Expo warehouse. Deliveries to individual sleeping rooms will incur a $25 fee for every hundred pounds.
National Expo offesr ABF as the onsite shipping company. Visit the National Expo service desk to make arrangements with the staff by filling out a Bill of Lading and they will schedule the pick-up for you.
Exhibitors using a shipping service other than National Expo's ABF must arrange their own pick-up and will be responsible for labeling and pick-up arrangements of their individual boxes.
PRIOR TO DEPARTURE: Any exhibitor shipping boxes to be picked up on Thursday, November 12, must provide the following to the convention services manager prior to departure as proof of scheduled pick-up:
- Name of Shipping Company
- Date of Expected Pick-up by Shipping Company
- Number of Packages to be Picked Up by Shipper
- Location of Packages in the Hotel in order to direct shipper when picking up
- Pick Up Number provided by Shipping Company
- UPS: Must call for a pick-up
- FedEx: Last pick-up at 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday
- Rules & Regulations
Please read the Rules & Regulations before reserving booth space.
Cancellations made on or before August 28, 2015, will be allowed a refund less a $200 administrative fee. Cancellations after that date will be charged the FULL fee. Refunds for credit card payments made after 120 days from original transaction will be refunded by check.
- Reserve a Booth
The deadline to secure a booth has been extended. Payment is due September 11, 2015.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to be placed on the waiting list.
- Additional Exhibitor Representatives
Each booth reservation provides complimentary registration for up to three exhibitor representatives. Additional representatives are $50 each. Changes after November 1 will be handled onsite.
- Exhibit Hall Floor Plan
Exhibit space will be assigned by the conference coordinator in the order in which payments are received after Partners have made their booth selection.
» PDF of the floor plan (PDF)
Still have questions? Please email Noelle at email@example.com.
Design work for ads and promotional material:
- On Queue Creative, LLC: http://www.onqueuecreative.com
Promotional Items for booth give-aways and bag stuffers:
- Adventures in Advertising: http://adventuresadv.mypromohq.com/
- Sallee Promotions, Inc. - http://www.salleepromotions.com
Please help us improve by completing the Exhibitor Survey after the event.
The survey will be available November 12, 2015.