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Where is the 40th Annual NBMBAA® Conference & Exposition taking place?

The 40th Annual NBMBAA® Conference & Exposition taking place at the Cobo Center, 1 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226 from September 25 – 29, 2018.

Do I have to be a member of NBMBAA® to register?

No, but you must create a profile in our membership system and log in to register. We encourage you to join as you receive the best Conference rate discount if you are a member. Click the Become A Member button.

How do I join to receive a discount right now?

Visit the member page at  to complete your membership purchase. After it is complete, please go back to registration. When you sign back in your membership should be reflected.

Is this a joint conference with Prospanica® again?

No. In 2018, NBMBAA® and Prospanica® are having separate Conferences. Registering for this event only registers you for the NBMBAA® 40th Annual Conference and Expo in Detroit.

What is the difference between the Standard Pass (Career Expo only), the Premium Pass (Full Conference) and the Platinum Pass (Full Conference and all ticketed events)?

The Standard Pass (Career Expo only), includes access only to the Career Expo, Welcome Reception, corporate hospitality receptions and Meet the Experts sessions.

The Premium Pass (Full Conference) includes access to everything from the Standard Pass, plus all Conference programming, the Thursday and Friday Keynote Luncheons and the Friday MBA Live, but excluding other separately ticketed events.

The Platinum Pass (Full Conference and all ticketed events) includes access to everything on the Standard Pass and Premium Pass, plus all MBA Live sessions and the NBMBAA® Impact Awards.

Why are some Conference sessions/events invite-only?

The NBMBAA® provides sessions/events by invitation only to members and or guests that meet certain criteria.

What is the appropriate attire during Conference?

Daytime: Business
Wednesday and Thursday Evenings: Business Casual
Friday Evening: NBMBAA® Impact Awards: Business or Formal
Friday Evening: MBA Live: Casual
Saturday: Casual

What are the separately ticketed events and prices?

  • Pre-Conference Education Session
    • CertifiNOWTM PMP®/CAPM® Prep Course (3 days): $1,350 members
  • Social Events
    • MBA Live – Thursday Social (Standard Pass or Premium Pass add-on): $75 members / $100 non-members
    • MBA Live – Friday Concert (Standard Pass add-on): $75 members / $100 non-members
    • MBA Live – Bundle (Includes Thursday and Friday nights) (Standard Pass add-on): $125 members / $200 non-members
    • NBMBAA® Impact Awards: $250

Do you have a student discount?

Discounts are only offered to members. Students can join and register for member discounts. Non-member students are subject to non-member rates.

How do I secure a hotel room?

Select during registration when prompted or visit the housing portal here.

Do I have to be registered to secure a hotel room?

No. You can secure a hotel room via the portal without registering. However, rooms require 1 night room and tax guarantee.

Can I book a hotel room on my own?

The nearest locations and official Conference hotels are only available through our block. Click here to see our list host hotels.

What are the Early Bird Discount dates?

Early Bird: Late May through July 11, 2018

Regular: July 12 – September 24, 2018

On-site Rates: September 25 – 28, 2018

I want to upgrade my Standard Pass (Career Expo Only) to a Premium Pass (Full Conference), add tickets or change a session. How do I do that?

To upgrade:

You will need to cancel your existing registration and select a new one. Please call 2018 Annual Conference Registration customer service to upgrade.

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

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



To add tickets or change a session:

To change a session or add tickets, log back into your registration record and add the information. You will be asked to pay for any additional items.

I am exhibitor or sponsor. How do I register?

Exhibitor and Sponsor registrations are handled through the Exhibitor or Sponsor dashboards. Please contact your account rep if you are a sponsor (  For exhibitors, contact exhibitor support via Note that exhibitors must be paid in full to access their exhibit benefits.