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NBMBAA® 44th Annual Conference & Exposition

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The Basics

When and where is this year’s NBMBAA® Annual Conference?

The 44th Annual Conference & Exposition will take place September 27-October 1, 2022. The main location is Building B of the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA.

When is the Career Expo?

The Career Expo will take place Thursday, September 29 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Friday, September 30 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Are you livestreaming or is there a Digital Conference this year?

No, this year’s Conference is in person only.

How and when can I register for the Conference?

Registration is open now. Click here to register

How do I become a member of NBMBAA?

I’m interested in sponsorship opportunities. Who do I contact?

Send an email to pd@nbmbaa.org.

I would like to secure an exhibit booth. Who do I contact?

Send an email to the show management team via nbmbaa@eagteam.com

COVID-19

What is NBMBAA® doing to ensure the safety of attendees and exhibitors attending the 44th Annual Conference & Exposition?

Our top priority is the health and safety of all our attendees, exhibitors, vendors, and staff. As we did last year, we will follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and all federal, state, and local mandates, NBMBAA® plans again this year to require vaccine or a negative test to attend and to use a verification service to ensure attendees meet health and safety guidelines. As of June, our intent is to allow for optional usage of masks, though masks are always welcome.

Do I have to be vaccinated to attend?

No, but if you are not vaccinated you will need to produce a negative test to attend. This said, we highly recommend that if you do not have a health restriction that would preclude you from receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, that you ensure you are fully vaccinated with the appropriate booster before traveling to the conference event. This will give you the highest level of protection and protect those who cannot get vaccinated.

PROGRAMMING

What’s new this year?

We are returning to our full program, which includes the NBMBAA Leadership Institute®, our 1-day, pre-Conference executive education session. This takes place Wednesday, September 28 during the day and is available in the Premium Plus registration type only.

 

Also, we have added a special option for entrepreneurs. Our 1-day NBMBAA® Entrepreneurial Institute, will take place Friday, September 30. That 1-day registration for Friday only includes the institute, the Scale-Up Pitch Challenge luncheon and a special reception.

 

This year the Legacy Track, designed for NBMBAA® members, will return during our Thursday program as well.

Are there any pre-Conference courses this year?

No.

HOUSING & REGISTRATION

How do I get a hotel room?

NBMBAA® has preferred rates at key Chicago hotels. Booking through NBMBAA ensures not only the best rates and experience but supports the organization.

Attendee Housing

Exhibitor Housing

What are the registration types for 2022?

This year, we will offer five registration types for attendees. We encourage you to become a member to secure the best pricing.

  • Premium Plus: Includes the full program, plus access to the NBMBAA Leadership Institute®, our 1-day pre-Conference executive education session.
  • Premium: Access to the Career Expo and full program, including meal functions such as luncheons. Note that for NBMBAA® members this also includes access to the NBMBAA® Impact Awards (you must secure your seat by August 30). Non-members would need to purchase Impact Awards access.
  • Standard Plus: Access to the NBMBAA Leadership Institute®, the full program, Career Expo and nighttime social events. However, this registration type does not include access to the luncheons or Impact Awards.
  • Standard: Access to the full program, Career Expo and nighttime social events. However, this registration type does not include access to the luncheons or Impact Awards.
  • NBMBAA Entrepreneurial Institute®: Access to the Friday Entrepreneurial Institute program sessions, including the Scale Up Pitch Challenge luncheon and a special reception. This type does not include access to Friday night Impact Awards.

What are the registration costs for 2022?

See the registration pricing tab.

Is there a student discount?

HBCU Students can receive a discount via a special code provided to their institutions. Contact your career office for more information or contact us via membership@nbmbaa.org. Verification is required.  Students can join and register for member discounts. Non-member students are subject to non-member rates. Visit https://nbmbaa.org/joinnbmbaa/ for more information on membership.

How do I join NBMBAA® to receive a registration discount?

Visit the member page at https://nbmbaa.org/joinnbmbaa/ to complete your membership purchase. Be sure to use the email address from your membership profile when you register for the conference event.

I am on the Member Installment Plan. What if I miss a payment?

Your membership must be paid through the year for your registration discount to be maintained. If you miss a payment or your credit card fails, you will be required to pay your membership in full to receive a badge or login credentials for the conference event.

I am exhibitor or sponsor. How do I register?

Exhibitor and Sponsor registrations are handled through the Exhibitor or Sponsor dashboards. Exhibitor/Sponsor registration begins in June. Please contact your account representative if you are a sponsor (pd@nbmbaa.org).  For exhibitors, contact exhibitor support via nbmbaa@eagteam.com. Note that exhibitors must be paid in full to access their registrations.

SPONSORS/EXHIBITORS

When will registration be available for sponsors/exhibitors?

Overall registration should be available in June.

Where do I register?

You are able to access your exhibitor allotment through the Exhibitor Portal. Login credentials are sent from NBMBAA® Show Management to companies who have paid in full. If you need your login or have questions, contact nbmbaa@eagteam.com.

Where can I get an Exhibitor Kit?

Exhibitor kits will be available to exhibitors within the Exhibitor Portal in June.

I keep getting emails to buy a list from the NBMBAA® show. Is this real?

No. This is a list scam. We do not sell our subscriber, member or partner lists.

Someone has called me for housing. Is that how I secure a hotel block?

No. Our official housing provider is MCI USA, and they will never call unsolicited. There are housing scammers who will call offering rooms and are not guaranteed nor official.  Only rooms booked through our block and official provider are protected.

 

You can secure your room block here or contact MCI USA directly.

 

Official Housing and Registration Vendor

MCI USA (formerly Wyndham Jade)

ATTENDEES: 1-866-546-4303 or 1-972-349-5414 Intl.

CORPORATES: 1-866-546-4304 or 1-972-349-5416 Intl.

EMAIL:  NBMBAA@mcievents.com

Who is authorized to contact me on behalf of NBMBAA?

NBMBAA® partners with several vendors to provide services. However, in most cases those partners will not reach out to you, but official partners who may contact you include:

  • Event Advisory Group (EAG Team): Exhibit and Sponsorship Sales, Media Sales
  • Web Scribble: Job Board Sales

Career Expo

How can I see who will be attending the Career Expo?

Visit our online floorplan.

Is there a virtual Career Expo this year?

No, the fall Conference will have an in-person option only.

How do I get an interview?

Corporate Partners will post job and pre-screen résumés for interviews this summer. Your best chance for interviews is to make sure your information is up to date when companies begin searching.

Visit  the NBMABA Job Board as soon as you register or follow the link on your registration confirmation to visit the NBMBAA Career Success Network® job board, upload your current résumé, apply for current jobs and contact employers. Conference Job Match opens July 1, so don’t delay.

Do I have to post my résumé in advance?

No, but we highly recommend you post it as soon as possible if you are job seeking. Recruiters will be looking at candidates all summer.

What if I don’t post my résumé in advance?

Without posting your résumé, employers will not be able to find you to offer pre-scheduled interviews. You will still be able to upload your résumé for consideration closer to the event, but you will not have interviews set up in advance and will have to rely on whatever chats/interviews you can secure on the fly during the event days.  We highly recommend posting your résumé or curriculum vitae as soon as possible.

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The following items will be accepted as proof of current enrollment: • Letter from the registrar acknowledging your current enrollment status • Copy of your tuition bill • Class schedule reflecting your current enrollment. Should you fail to submit proof of current enrollment within 60 days, your membership may be terminated, and your payment will not be refunded. You will then need to reapply for membership. Refund Policy The NBMBAA will only provide refunds for the following reasons: • Verified duplication of billing • Verified overcharges • Submission of incorrect member type resulting in one of the above Refunds will be provided as follows: • Credit card payments will be credited to that same credit card. • Cash and check payments will be credited by NBMBAA check after 30 days, and only after initial payment has cleared our financial institution. * Refunds will be issued only upon request of the individual. The NBMBAA will vigorously defend itself against credit card charge backs. In the event that your credit card company requests a credit for charges, we will comply only to the extent that the request meets the requirements of the refund policy. (See above). Recurring Payments If you choose a recurring payments option to automatically renew your membership, you are responsible for canceling it prior to annual recurrence to avoid charges. Once charged, your membership will not be refunded. Notice of Photography and/or Videography As a condition of membership, individuals grant the National Black MBA Association an irrevocable nonexclusive license to use their name, image, voice and likeness for the purpose of advertising and promoting NBMBAA events, activities and products without any further approval from you or payment to you. It is the NBMBAA’s right to make visual and audio recordings, and still images of its members (collectively “Photography”) and to use the Photography and member’s name. 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