GHC Online Update & Webinar

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 Promotion

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

In Closing

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.

Sincerely,

Brennan & Mary Jo Dean and Kimberly McMillan
Great Homeschool Conventions

UPDATE

Dear GHC Exhibitor,

In light of President Trump’s National Emergency Declaration and in prayerful consultation with our Board leadership team, GHC is unable to conduct this year’s annual homeschool 2020 SC, MO, or OH convention. We are rescheduling for next year. All 2020 exhibit booth registrations will automatically be transferred to the 2021 conventions.

Thank you for your kind understanding during these unprecedented circumstances. We would ask that you pray for our ministry team as we pray for you and your loved ones to be safe and healthy during this pandemic, and we look forward to seeing you in 2021.

We are working to provide homeschooling families convention offers from our exhibitors. **Please email [email protected] the wording for your one or two convention specials. We are going to post the offers on our website and drive homeschooling families to your sites.

PLEASE NOTE: When you send in your one or two convention specials, please use this wording in the subject line: CONVENTION SPECIALS –  in all caps – so we can easily see and search for those emails as they come in. We are currently receiving lots of emails. We don’t want to miss adding your convention discount.

In the body of this email, please include the name of your company, the one or two offers, and the exact link you want to direct these families to on your site. 

God Bless You,
Great Homeschool Conventions

Hotel Scam Alert

Each year, a third-party company claims to be booking rooms on behalf of Great Homeschool Conventions. This is a scam; their rates are $45–$70 higher than what GHC has negotiated with area hotels.

We have nothing to do with this company and they do not represent us in any way.

Please book your accommodations through one of the options on the Great Homeschool Conventions website to take advantage of our negotiated rates.

Ohio Homeschool Convention Exhibitor Checkin

Loading Dock Location

All exhibitors who have materials to unload can do so at the Duke Energy Convention Center loading dock. This dock is located off of 6th Street at the back of the Duke Energy Convention Center.

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Exhibitor Check-In Schedule

  • Wednesday, 5:00–9:00 PM: exhibitor move-in for those with three or more booths.
  • Thursday, 9:00 AM– 4:30 PM: exhibitor move-in for all others. Check in at the exhibitor table at the front of the exhibit hall. We will have an exhibitor envelope for you with your lanyard / badges and Wifi code (if you ordered the service).  NEW: The exhibit hall opens on Thursday for attends from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Badges for Staff and/or Volunteers

Badges with lanyards are provided for those who will be manning your booth for the vast majority of the convention.

If you have shifts of volunteers, we provide enough lanyards to cover the number of people you will have in your booth at one time, plus a couple of extra for you to leave at the attendee registration desk for shift changes. You will need an envelope with your organization’s name on it to leave shift change badges in at the attendee registration desk. Volunteers can let the registration desk know they are with your organization, and then receive a badge to get into the exhibit hall.

If the volunteers you have coming to help plan on attending speaking the rest of the convention after their 2–3 hour shift, those volunteers need to register as an attendee of the convention to shop or hear speaking sessions.

Any volunteers that you have coming to work your booth for only a couple of hours do not need to register as an attendee if they do not plan on staying for the rest of the convention. This includes set-up or take-down volunteers.

Questions

Contact Kim McMillan at 513-748-6998. It’s best to text after 9:30 AM on Wednesday, April 24, due to lack of email access while at the convention center.

Ohio Homeschool Convention General Information

Dates

April 25-27, 2019

Location

Duke Energy Convention Center

525 Elm St., Cincinnati, OH 45202
513.419.7300
http://www.duke-energycenter.com/ 

Exhibit Hall Hours

Wednesday

  • Exhibitors with 3 or more booths: set up 5:00–9:00 PM

Thursday

  • Set up: 9:00 AM–4:30 PM
    • Check in at the exhibitor check-in desk to receive your lanyards and exhibitor envelope.
  • Exhibit hall open to attendees: 5:00–9:00 PM

Friday

  • Exhibit Hall open: 9:30 AM–8:30 PM
  • Exhibitors can access exhibit hall at 8:30 AM and must have exhibitor badge for entry.

Saturday

  • Exhibit Hall open: 9:30 AM–6:00 PM
  • Exhibitors can access exhibit hall at 8:30 AM and must have exhibitor badge for entry.
  • **No early take downs on Saturday. Take down begins at 6:00 PM