Dear GHC Exhibitor Family,
Thank you for your patience and kind understanding as we continue to try to make the best of the circumstances that we all are facing as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.
As you know, we were at our 2020 TX event as the Coronavirus pandemic regulations and restrictions began to take place. Following that event, due to the pandemic, we were forced to reschedule the remaining of our six (6) 2020 conventions for 2021. (South Carolina, Missouri, Ohio, California, Florida and New York) All attendee registrations and exhibitor registrations have been automatically transferred to 2021.
As for our TX Homeschool Convention, we will soon begin accepting applications for the 2021 event. Please note that the 2021 TX event is changing locations in 2021. We are excited to be holding the 2021 TX event at the Kalahari Resorts & Conventions venue in Round Rock, TX – July 8 – 10, 2021.
GHC has always been committed to providing maximum impact for our exhibitors by doing everything we can reasonably do to drive attendance to our regional conventions in general – and to the Exhibit Halls in particular. Not only do we advertise & promote these events extensively, but we have also introduced things like “Shopping Only” registrations and “Free Thursday Evening Shopping” admission… all in an effort to serve our wonderful Exhibitors well.
As we have had to adjust our strategy for the remainder of 2020 and beyond, we are excited to announce the addition of our 8th convention… GHC Online. While we’ve contemplated adding this digital event previously, the demands of these past months have been the catalyst to bring this to fruition. All of our exhibitors have been added to our online exhibit hall. Many have emailed us online convention discounts to add to their listing. The online exhibit hall is available through December 31st. We welcome you to send us your convention special or update your current offer by emailing [email protected] with all caps subject line of CONVENTION SPECIALS.
What does this mean for you?
In addition to the (7) regional GHC conventions, our 8th convention (GHC Online) will help us serve homeschoolers (and those considering homeschooling) in more rural settings and around the world. Importantly, this provides another opportunity for us to introduce them to you, your brand and your homeschooling resources.
This annual online event will include both Workshop Sessions and an online Exhibit Hall.
Our GHC Online event kicked off the week of the 2020 OH event dates – April 16 – 18. The online Exhibit Hall and Workshop Sessions will be available for a period of 60-days or through December 31, 2020 depending on the registration option chosen.
As of next year, “GHC Online” will be held the 2nd week of August. This will allow this event to be somewhat of a Convention Season Recap that will coincide with when so many families are making their final curriculum decisions for the oncoming school year.
GHC Online Exhibit Booth
As mentioned above, each of our regional convention exhibitors will now also automatically have a “GHC Online booth space” during the GHC Online Convention. This will include your company name, logo, one (1) GHC Convention-specific offer, and a link to your website.
We also encourage you to provide a GHC-Convention-specific “Landing Page” for us to link to, but – failing that – we’ll simply link to your home page.
Note: Be sure to offer something that is a very appealing bargain or discount, and also make sure you include a “deadline” or “expiration date.”
GHC Premium Online Exhibit Booth
This year, each exhibitor will also have the option of a complimentary “Upgrade” to a “Premium” online booth space which includes:
• A 2nd GHC Convention-specific Special Offer
• The option of also providing a 30-second promotional video/commercial which will be included in your GHC Online booth space. Request a Dropbox link by emailing [email protected] when your promo video is ready.
Exhibitor Promotional Requirement
All “GHC Online” exhibitors must also agree to provide one post-per-day for three days on all of their social media sites. We will provide you with an official “GHC Online” image for both FB and Instagram.
GHC will be advertising & promoting “GHC Online” via email, social media and strategic cross-promotion along with key Sponsors/Partners. This also includes our wonderful friends at Focus on the Family.
We are excited to announce that we have partnered with Elevated, a business strategy firm to help get you through this time. John and his team have worked with Kathy Koch from Celebrate Kids. They are highly sought after in both the non-profit and for-profit businesses sectors alike, because of their unique ideas and sincere desire to ensure that your business is successful.
2021 Dates and Locations for all GHC Events:
SC – Greenville Convention Center – Greenville, SC – March 18 – 20, 2021
MO – St. Charles Convention Center – St. Charles, MO – March 25 – 27, 2021
OH – Duke Energy Convention Center – Cincinnati, OH – April 8 – 10, 2021
CA – Ontario Convention Center – Ontario, California – June 17 – 19, 2021
TX – Kalahari Resort & Convention Center – Round Rock, TX – July 8 – 10, 2021
FL – Prime Osborne III Convention Center – Jacksonville, FL – July 22 – 24, 2021
NY – Joseph A. Floreano Riverside Convention Center – Rochester, NY – August 5 – 7, 2021
We continue to pray for you and your families during this pandemic, and we ask that you would remember us in your prayers as well.
Brennan & Mary Jo Dean and Kimberly McMillan
Great Homeschool Conventions