• Early Bird Registration deadline is Monday, April 2, 2018.
  • Payments made by check will not be accepted after Friday, June 15, 2018.
  • To be listed in the exhibitor directory, payment must be received no later than May 4, 2018.
  • Attendee registrations made online and paid by credit card will be accepted until Friday, June 11, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. EST.
  • You can register on-site beginning Monday, June 18, 2018 at the Cobo Center in Detroit, MI.
  • On-site registrations must be paid for by check or credit card.
  • Questions regarding the conference can be directed to wbenccustsvc@wbenc.org.
  • Policy for the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center and the MGM Grand Detroit reservations: All hotel reservations will include a first night nonrefundable deposit, equal to the room rate at the conference hotel of your choice. Upon check-in, this deposit will go toward your hotel stay.
  • REFUND POLICY: All registration/ticket sales are final, no refunds will be issued. All exhibitor and sponsor package purchases are final and non-refundable.  
  • Registration transfers – paid registrations may be transferred to another individual at your organization if you notify WBENC in writing by June 11, 2018. Send transfer and substitutions via email to wbenccustsvc@wbenc.org. Please include complete contact information for yourself as well as for the colleague who will be using the registration. All requests must be made in writing by June 11, 2018. Registrations are not transferable between events.
  • Please make checks payable to the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council and mail to Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, c/o WBENC National Conference & Business Fair 2018, PO Box 418391, Boston, MA 02241-8391.
  • For overnight delivery, please address to the following: Bank of America Merrill Lynch Lockbox Services Lockbox 418391 MA5-527-02-07 2 Morrissey Blvd Dorchester, MA 02125.
  • Please read carefully. WBENC disclaims and will not be responsible for any and all liability to any third party that may arise from act or omissions of WBENC’s attendees, guests, or members, including but not limited to material damages to premises where the 2018 WBENC National Conference & Business Fair is held. WBENC further disclaims any liability or responsibility to attendees, guests, or members, and any liability or responsibility for any injury, damage, or theft occurring as a result of participation in conference.


The descriptions of speakers and times are correct at the time of publishing and, in the event of unforeseen circumstances, the organizers reserve the right to alter or delete items from the conference program. The Women's Business Enterprise National Council and its agents act only as organizers and do not accept responsibility for any act or omission by or on the part of service providers. No liability is assumed or accepted for inaccuracy, mis-description, delay, damage, personal injury, or death.


As a registered attendee, exhibitor or sponsor of the WBENC National Conference & Business Fair, I agree that the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) has permission to use my name, likeness, image, voice, and/or appearance as such may be embodied in any pictures, photos, video recordings, audiotapes, digital images, and the like, taken or made on behalf of the 2018 WBENC National Conference & Business Fair. I agree that WBENC has and will have complete ownership of such pictures, etc., including the entire copyright, and may use them for any purpose. I agree that any such recordings may be used and reused in whole or in part for publication, broadcast, cablecast, multimedia production, internet distribution, illustrations, bulletins, exhibitions, videotapes, reprints, reproductions, advertisements, and any promotional or educational materials in any medium now known or later developed. I acknowledge that I will not receive any compensation, etc. for the use of such pictures, etc., and hereby release WBENC and its agents and assigns from any and all claims that arise out of, or are in any way connected with, such use.


As a registered attendee, exhibitor, or sponsor of the WBENC National Conference & Business Fair, I agree that the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and its registration management firms, Experient and Stovell Marketing & Public Relations (SMPR), have permission (i) to provide my registration information (name and contact information) to any and all conference hotel properties for the purpose of verifying that my reservation has been correctly credited to the group’s room block in the records of my chosen hotel property, and (ii) to obtain from any and all conference hotel properties my registration information (name and contact information) for such purpose.


Exhibits for the WBENC National Conference & Business Fair 2018 will be located at the Cobo Center on Wednesday, June 20, 2018.


Companies may exhibit at the WBENC National Conference if they are a: WBENC National Corporate Member, WBENC Regional Corporate Members from the Great Lakes Women's Business Council, WBENC or WEConnect-Certified Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE), and pre-approved nonprofits or Government agencies. WBENC reserves the right to approve all exhibitor applicants.


Exhibiting firms will be limited to those providing services, products, or publications that are directly applicable to WBE businesses and procurement needs. The Women's Business Enterprise National Council, as show manager, reserves the right to require any exhibitor to remove an exhibit or any part of an exhibit which, in the sole judgment of WBENC, is misleading or deceptive, in poor taste, or unsuitable to or not in keeping with the character and objectives of the conference.


Application for booth space should be made on conf.wbenc.org via the registration system, and must be accompanied by full payment to be accepted. Exhibitors must submit application and payment prior to Friday, May 4, 2018 to be listed in the exhibitor directory. If your application and/or payment is received after May 4, 2018, your information will not be guaranteed to be in the exhibitor directory. Full payment must be received by Friday, June 15, 2018 to participate as an exhibitor.


Booth space may be cancelled, but booth payments are nonrefundable. WBENC reserves the right to re-sell space. Cancellations must be sent via email with the subject line “Booth Cancellation” to wbenccustsvc@wbenc.org



  • Monday, June 18 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday, June 19 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

NOTE: After 4:30 PM, overtime rates apply. 


  • Wednesday, June 20, 2018 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM


  • Wednesday, June 20
    5:00 PM – 11:00 PM
    All exhibits MUST be dismantled, packed and Material Handling Agreements turned in by Wednesday, June 20 at 11:00 PM.

  • Thursday, June 21
    Freight pick-up ONLY beginning at 8:00 AM - No Exhibitors allowed on the show floor. All fright must be clear of the hall by 12:00 PM.

    Outside carriers must be checked in by Wednesday, June 20 at 10:00 PM, or by Thursday, June 21 at 10:00 AM for all remaining outbound shipments. Please see the Move-Out information sheet in the Exhibitor Manual for more details.

    Note: After 4:30 PM overtime rates apply

All displays must be erected and completely arranged for viewing by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 for official inspection by WBENC’s show management representative. Noisy or unsightly work in any exhibitor's booth area is prohibited during official exhibit hours.

Goods received after the opening of the exposition must be delivered to the booth and arranged at times other than the official exhibit hours. Goods and materials used in any display (except bona fide samples) may not be removed from the Exhibit Hall without the approval of WBENC until the exposition has been officially closed.

All exhibits MUST be dismantled, packed and Material Handling Agreements turned in by Wednesday, June 20 at 11:00 PM. It is the sole responsibility of each exhibitor to have materials packed, identified, and cleared for shipment by that time.

utside carriers must be checked in by Wednesday, June 20 at 10:00 PM, or by Thursday, June 21 at 10:00 AM for all remaining outbound shipments. Please see the Move-Out information sheet in the Exhibitor Manual for more details.

WBENC reserves the right, with no liability whatsoever for damage, spoilage, or loss, to dismantle, dispose of, store, and clear from the premises any display material, goods, property, or merchandise of an exhibitor who has failed to comply with the above requirement, or to order such work to be done at the sole expense of the exhibitor.

Exhibits must not be disturbed, dismantled, or removed before 5:00 p.m., on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 or a fee of $1,000 will apply.

Use of Display Space

In the event the exhibitor fails to install the display by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, fails to pay the full space rental at the time specified, or fails to comply with any provisions concerning the use of display space, WBENC shall have the right to take possession of said space and re-sell same, or any part thereof. All demonstrations, sales activities, and distribution of circulars and promotional materials must be confined to the limits of the exhibitor's booth except that which is specifically authorized by WBENC. Exhibitors must display only goods manufactured or dealt in by them in their regular course of business, unless otherwise approved by WBENC. Exhibits, which include the operation of audiovisual equipment or any noisemaking machines, may not operate or be displayed in a manner that will disturb other exhibitors and their patrons. Exhibitors who play music within their booth space are solely responsible for securing all licensing rights for that music prior to performance at the conference. Exhibitor hereby indemnifies and holds harmless WBENC from any expenses or damages resulting from or relating to Exhibitor's performance or playing of music at this conference. The above and any other special or unusual exhibit construction or installation must be approved, in advance, by WBENC.


Exhibit booths must be staffed during official show hours. Exhibitor representatives are restricted to persons engaged in the display, demonstration, application, or sale of the company's products and services. Booth personnel shall wear an Exhibitor badge identification furnished by WBENC at all times while in the Exhibit area. Booth personnel will have access to the Exhibit Hall 90 minutes before published show hours. Starting at 8:30 AM on June 20, Exhibitors may enter through the Exhibitor Entrance.

NOTE: The Exhibit Hall will remain open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm – the Hall will not close for lunch, however a buffet lunch will be available for those that have purchased the appropriate registrations. Business Fair Only passes DO NOT include access to the lunch.


The official Business Fair decorator and drayage firm is Hargrove, Inc. (301-306-4627). An Exhibitor Service Manual will be available online approximately five months prior to the conference.


Linear Booths have only one side exposed to an aisle and are generally arranged in a series along a straight line. They are also called "in-line" booths. For purposes of consistency and ease of layout and/or reconfiguration, floor plan design in increments of 10ft (3.05m) has become the de facto standard in the United States. Therefore, unless constricted by space or other limitations, Linear Booths are most commonly 10ft (3.05m) wide and 10ft (3.05m) deep, i.e. 10ft by 10ft (3.05m by 3.05m). A maximum back wall height limitation of 8ft (2.44m) is generally specified regardless of the number of Linear Booths utilized, e.g. 10ft by 20ft (3.05m by 6.10m), 10ft by 30ft (3.05mby 9.14m), 10ft by 40ft (3.05m by 12.19m), etc. display materials should be arranged in such a manner so as not to obstruct sight lines of neighboring exhibitors. The maximum height of 8ft (2.44m) is allowed only in the rear half of the booth space, with a 4ft (1.22m) height restriction imposed on all materials in the remaining space forward to the aisle.

NOTE: When three or more Linear Booths are used in combination as a single exhibit space, the 4ft (1.22m) height limitation is applied only to that portion of exhibit space that is within 10ft (3.05m) of an adjoining booth.

A Corner Booth is a Linear Booth exposed to aisles on two sides. All other guidelines for Linear Booths apply.

A Perimeter Booth is a Linear Booth that backs to an outside wall of the exhibit facility rather than to another exhibit. All guidelines for Linear Booths apply to Perimeter Booths except that the typical maximum back wall height is 12ft (3.66m). Exhibitor agrees to arrange Table displays so that the general view of the floor will not be obstructed nor hide other exhibits. Display space is 6 ft by 2 ft. Maximum height of the display is 8 ft including the table, or 5 ft 6 inches from the table's surface. If the table provided by WBENC is not utilized, the entire display must fit into a space 6 ft wide by 2 ft deep by 8 ft high. All materials must be displayed within the above-mentioned space and cannot be adhered to walls.

An Island Booth is any size booth exposed to aisles on all four sides. An Island Booth is typically 20' x 20' or larger, although it may be configured differently. The entire cubic content of the space may be used up to the maximum allowable height.

A Split Island Booth is a Peninsula Booth that shares a common back wall with another Peninsula Booth. The entire cubic content of this booth may be used, up to the maximum allowable height, without any back wall line of sight restrictions.

An Extended Header Booth is a Linear Booth 20ft (6.10m) or longer with a center extended header. All guidelines for Linear Booths apply to Extended Header Booths, except that the center extended header has a maximum height of 8ft (2.44m), a maximum width of 20 percent of the length of the booth, and a maximum depth of 9ft (2.7m) from the back wall. All exhibit displays should be designed and erected in a manner that will withstand normal contact or vibration caused by neighboring exhibitors, hall laborers or installation/dismantling equipment such as forklifts. Displays should also be able to withstand moderate wind effects that may occur in the exhibit hall when freight doors are open. Refer to local building codes that regulate temporary structures. Exhibitors should ensure that any display fixtures such as tables, racks or shelves are designed and installed properly to support the product or marketing materials to be displayed upon them. All materials used in display construction or decorating should be made of fire retardant materials and be certified as flame retardant. Samples should also be available for testing. Materials that cannot be treated to meet the requirements should not be used. A flame proofing certificate should be available for inspection. Exhibitors should dispose of any waste products they generate during the exhibition in accordance with guidelines established by the Environmental Protection Agency and the facility.


The following services are exclusive to Cobo Center: Booth Cleaning, Electrical, Food & Beverage, Rigging Equipment & Services, Telecommunications, and Broad Band Internet Connections. Outside providers will not be permitted to work within the property.

Use of confetti, balloons, glitter or similar materials will incur an additional clean up charge.

All attendees and exhibitors are prohibited from possessing, storing, or bringing onto the property materials that constitute hazardous materials (as defined by federal, state and local law) unless the hazardous materials are possessed and used in compliance with all federal, state, and local laws.

Cobo Center cannot guarantee service prior to the opening for floor orders.

Wall, column, and permanent building electrical outlets are not a part of booth spaces and are not to be used by exhibitors. Access to all wall outlets and floor pockets is restricted to Cobo Center personnel.

Under no circumstances shall anyone other than Cobo Center personnel make service connections.

Cobo Center is not responsible for power failures or fluctuations in voltage, air, or water pressures. Equipment with strict tolerances may require regulating devices. Exhibitor must arrange for regulator valves, line conditions, back flow prevention devices, etc...

All equipment and connections regardless of source of power must comply with federal, state, and local safety codes.

Special equipment connections requiring company engineers or technicians for assembly, services, preparatory work and operation may be executed with Cobo Center personnel. All service connections to Cobo Center utilities must be made by Cobo Center personnel only.

Exhibitor agrees to indemnify and hold harmless Cobo Center, and their respective officers, agents, and employees, against and from any and all claims for property damage and personal injury including death, arising out of or in any way caused by exhibitor’s negligence in the use or misuse of the utility service equipment, etc..., supplied to the exhibitor by Cobo Center under this order.

Exhibitor will be responsible for damage to telecommunications, electrical, water, compressed air, and drainage network or equipment caused by exhibitor equipment, acts, and/ or omissions.

If by reason of any default on the part of exhibitor hereunder, it becomes necessary to engage an attorney, the exhibitor agrees to pay all costs, expenses, and attorney’s fees expended or incurred by Cobo Center in connections herein.

Exhibitors may:

  • Set up their own booths up to 400 square feet, including their own assembly and decorating work within their booth
  • Unload and load their own privately-owned vehicles (POVs) such as passenger cars, SUVs,vans or pick-up trucks using their own employees and/or volunteers.
  • There must be a driver who stays with the vehicle at all times and is immediately available to move the vehicle in addition to at least one person to transport the materials to and from the exhibit.
  • The designated unloading and loading area will be identified but the location may vary from show to show
  • During move-in and move-out hours, there will be two (2) material handlers assigned to the POV lane
  • Transport items to and from their booths using non-motorized material handling equipment and dollies
  • No carts, dollies or material handling equipment will be supplied to exhibitor by Cobo Center or hired show contractors.
  • Plug in their own 120-volt, 20A circuits (once the service has been brought to the booth by the electrical contractor and with the exception of any concealed wiring), install up to twenty (20) UL approved clip-on lights and light bulbs and use their own ULapproved extension cords, power strips and surge suppressors
  • Connect and operate any computer system or component (does not include computer shows when computers are the product)
  • Unpack, assemble, dismantle and pack product machinery and equipment
  • Align, move, position vehicles in the booth after spotting
  • Calibrate and fine-balance their own machinery, components and equipment
  • Transport their own specialized vehicles (i.e., cement trucks, tractors, and other similar type vehicles) that are part of the display to-and-from the booth, limited to one vehicle per 400 square feet of booth
  • Hang banners, signs, or graphics on their booth
  • Clean within their booths using spray cleaners, vacuum cleaners, or cloth padded type mop heads without water
  • Setup their audiovisual equipment within maximum square-foot footprint of booth
  • Operate their video, sound, and other electrical equipment



  1. All equipment regardless of source of power must comply with the National Electrical Code, and all Federal, State, and Local Safety Codes. Any use of two wire extension cords is prohibited. Multiple outlets and electric cords must be grounded and must not exceed their listed amperage rating.
  2. All temporary electric wiring must be accessible and free from debris and storage materials.
  3. Displays involving flammable or combustible liquids or materials and pyrotechnic displays must be demonstrated to the CCFD for issuance permit.
  4. Exit doors, exit signs, fire alarm, fire hose cabinets, strobes, and fire extinguisher locations may not be concealed or obstructed and must be maintained in proper working condition
  5. Use of open clip sockets, latex or lamp cord wire, unapproved duplex or triplex attachment plugs in exhibits is prohibited.
  6. Permanent building electrical outlets are not a part of booth space and are not to be used by exhibitors unless specified otherwise.
  7. Under NO circumstances shall anyone other than a Cobo Center electrician make electrical connections to house equipment.
  8. Special equipment requiring company engineers or technicians for assembly, servicing, preparatory work, and operation may be executed without a house electrician; however, all service connections and overload protection to such equipment must be made by a house electrician only.
  9. All equipment must be properly tagged or marked with complete information as to the type and/or amount of current, voltage, phase, frequency, horsepower, etc. required.
  10. All material and equipment furnished by Cobo Center for this service order shall remain the property of Cobo Center and shall be removed ONLY by Cobo Center at the close of the show.
  11. Unless otherwise directed, Cobo Center electricians are authorized to cut floor coverings to permit installation of service.
  12. All exhibitors’ 120 VOLT cords must be of the 3 wire, grounded type. All exposed non-current carrying metal parts of fixed equipment, which are liable to be energized, shall be grounded.
  13. Cobo Center reserves the right to refuse connection to any exhibitor whose equipment is deemed unsafe by Cobo Center’s electrical supervisors.
  14. Incentive orders will receive priority service.
  15. Prices are based upon current wage rates and are subject to change without notice.
  16. All payments MUST be paid in full before services are provided. Onsite orders are subject to a 50% increase over the base rate.
  17. The exhibitor releases, waives, and holds harmless Cobo Center, it officers, employees, and agents for any liability, claims, and damages arising out of any of the services or equipment provided herein. The exhibitor shall indemnify Cobo Center for any bodily injury or property damage resulting from any negligent act or omission of the exhibitor, its officer, employees or agents.
  18. Claims will NOT be considered unless filed by Exhibitor before the close of show at the Service Desk.
  19. Obstructions blocking utility floor boxes are subject to relocation as necessary.
  20. Cobo Center will charge time and materials for exhibitor or appointed contractor installed cords, which require troubleshooting and/or redistribution.
  21. All electrical services are to be billed to the next greatest wattage (i.e. 15amp 208v single phase = 20amp 208v single phase).
  22. Cobo Center does not provide distribution panels. If an exhibitor orders “bulk power”,  Cobo Center will not provide distribution panels to the exhibitor; they must provide their own.


Exhibitors should adhere to the following suggested minimum guidelines when determining booth lighting:

  • No lighting fixtures, lighting trusses or overhead lighting are allowed outside the boundaries of the exhibit space.
  • Exhibitors intending to use hanging light systems should submit drawings to show management for approval.
  • Lighting should be directed to the inner confines of the booth space.
  • Lighting should not project onto other exhibits or show aisles.
  • Lighting that is potentially harmful, such as lasers or ultraviolet lighting, should comply with facility rules and be approved in writing by show management.
  • Lighting that spins, rotates, or pulsates and all other specialized lighting effects should be in good taste and not interfere with neighboring exhibitors or otherwise detract from the general atmosphere of the event.


The general rule of the exhibit floor is “be a good neighbor”. No exhibits will be permitted which interfere with the use of other exhibits or impede access to them or impede the free use of the aisle. Booth personnel, including demonstrators, hostesses, and models, are required to confine their activities within the exhibitor’s booth space. Apart from the specific display space for which an exhibiting company has contracted with WBENC, no part of the Cobo Center and its grounds may be used by any organization other than WBENC for display purposes of any kind or nature.

A. Sound videos or movies relating to exhibitor’s equipment will be permitted, provided projection equipment and screen is located on the rear one‑third of the booth, and all viewers stand or sit within the booth. Sound videos or movies will be permitted only if the sound is not audible in the aisle or neighboring booths. Sound systems will be permitted if tuned to a conversational level and if not objectionable to neighboring exhibitors.

B. Lighting: In the best interest of the Business Fair, WBENC reserves the right to restrict the use of glaring lights or objectionable light effects. The use of flashing electric signs or lights is not permitted.

C. Booth Exteriors: The exterior of any display cabinet or structure facing a side aisle, or an adjacent exhibitor’s booth must be suitably decorated at the exhibitor’s expense.

D. Noise and Odors: In fairness to all exhibitors, no noisy or obstructive activity will be permitted during expo hours, nor will noisily operating displays or exhibits producing objectionable odors be allowed.


WBENC reserves the right to restrict displays which, because of noise, methods of operation, materials, or for any reason, become objectionable; and WBENC reserves the right to prohibit or remove any displays which, in the opinion of WBENC, detract from the general character or appearance of the exposition.


Cobo Center has no facilities for the storage of exhibit materials. Shipments will be received and stored by the official drayage agent, Hargrove, Inc., prior to the conference. Delivery of the shipment to the booth, removal of the empty crates to storage, return of empty crates at the close of the show, and delivery of your shipment to the loading platform will be provided by Hargrove, Inc. at prevailing rates. A material handling information rate sheet will be included in the online Exhibitor Service Manual. It is the exhibitor’s responsibility to mark and identify his or her own crates. Crates not properly marked and identified may be destroyed.


The exhibitor will name one individual as its duly authorized representative to have charge of the exhibit and will accept and assume responsibility for such representative being in attendance at the exhibit throughout exhibit periods. This individual will be responsible for the installation, operation, and removal of the exhibit. Said representative must have the authority to enter into such service contracts as may be necessary, for which the exhibiting company shall be responsible.


24-hour security guard service will be provided in the Exhibit Hall beginning on Sunday, June 17, 2018 through teardown on Thursday, June 21, 2018. No registrants will be allowed into the Exhibit Hall outside of regular show hours; Exhibit Hall personnel will only be allowed into the Exhibit Hall during installation hours, 90 minutes before the show, during the show, and during dismantle hours. However, this does not imply that WBENC, Hargrove, Inc., or Cobo Center assumes any obligation or duty with respect to the protection of the property of exhibitors, which shall, at all times, be the sole responsibility of each exhibitor. Each party involved in the exhibit agrees to be responsible for any claims arising out of their own negligence or that of their employees or agents. Each party agrees to be responsible for their own property through insurance or self-insurance and shall hold harmless each of the other parties for any and all damage caused by theft and those perils normally covered by a fire and extended coverage policy.


Exhibitor represents and warrants that it shall comply with all copyright restrictions applicable to exhibitors, including but not limited to, any music performance agreement between WBENC and ASCAP or BMI for meetings, conventions, trade shows, and expositions. Exhibitor further represents and warrants that it shall obtain any additional license or grant of authority required of exhibitors under the copyright laws and be prepared to present WBENC with a copy of such license or grant no less than 30 days prior to the start of the Business Fair.


All attendees and exhibitors agree not to extend invitations, call meetings, host hospitality events, or otherwise encourage the absence of industry professionals or registered conference attendees from the Exhibit Hall and meeting rooms during the hours of all WBENC National Conference & Business Fair activities. If an exhibitor cancels their exhibit space, they will automatically lose the opportunity to use any approved meeting rooms, hotel suites, or special function rooms.


WBENC reserves the right to alter the location of exhibit spaces, at its sole discretion, in the best interest of the exposition.


Show management, contractors and exhibitors must comply with all fire regulations of the City of Detroit. Particular rules governing use of compressed gases and other special circumstances will be made available upon request.

Fire extinguishers are provided in a limited number by the building. If the Fire Marshal requires additional extinguishers on show floor, these may be signed for and obtained from the building, if available, at nominal cost or must be provided by show management. show management and Exhibitors will be required to comply at their own expense with all applicable federal and state laws; municipal ordinances; and health, safety and fire ordinances. In particular, attention is called to the more significant legal requirements which follow.

These items are paraphrased and do not serve to relieve show management or exhibitors of their obligation to inform themselves of the full content of the pertinent statutes. Except as otherwise provided by special rulings from the Detroit Fire Marshal, regulations of the Detroit Fire Department:

  1. The area in front of all buildings and all exits must be maintained free of parking or storage.
  2. All exits must be maintained and readily accessible at all times.
  3. All aisle ways to exits shall be maintained free and clear at all times. Aisle ways to exits shall not be blocked at any time by tables, chairs, benches or other obstructions.
  4. All draperies, backdrops, bunting and other decorations must be flame-proofed. All paper and other flimsy materials used for decorative purposes, including flame-proofed paper are prohibited. The use of a heavy cardboard shall be permitted in limited amounts.
  5. Cut trees, branches and shrubs are prohibited unless maintained in soil in a natural state
  6. The use of liquefied petroleum gases shall not be permitted unless approved by the Fire Marshal.
  7. The use of open flame or the storage and handling of flammable liquids, chemicals or harmful hazardous substances are prohibited, unless approved by the Fire Marshal or applicable agency.
  8. Combustible crates and packing boxes must be removed after setup period to a proper storage area.
  9. Additional fire extinguishing equipment as determined by the Fire Marshal must be located throughout the area occupied by licensee at the licensee’s expense.
  10. All fire extinguishing equipment must be unobstructed and accessible at all times.

The following are related to the display of automotive vehicles and equipment:

All vehicles and combustion-operated machinery being exhibited shall contain a minimum amount of gasoline (approximately two (2) gallons maximum) and shall further be equipped with locking gas caps. After the vehicle/machinery is placed in its display position, batteries shall be disconnected, gas caps locked, and the keys to same retained in either the show management or building management office.


Cameras may be carried in the exhibit area, but under no circumstances may photographs be taken without expressed authority of the exhibitor concerned in each case.


Food and beverage catering services are provided by our exclusive caterer Centerplate. Food and beverages shall not be brought into the building for consumption or sold by entities associated with your event, except by concessionaires designated by Cobo Center. Individual exhibitors participating in trade shows or conventions are permitted to distribute their product samples from their booth on a complimentary basis to their patrons, subject to the approval of Centerplate.


All conference attendees and exhibitors shall indemnify and hold harmless Cobo Center from all liability (damage or accident) which might ensue from any cause resulting or connected with transportation, placing, removal or display of exhibits and will indemnify, defend and hold harmless WBENC, the Cobo Center, and their respective agents, servants and employees from any and all such losses, damages, and claims. Neither the Cobo Center, Hargrove, Inc. nor WBENC is responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or claims arising out of injury or damage to exhibitor’s displays, equipment, nor other property brought upon the premises of the Cobo Center.


By submitting your registration, the registrant (and his/her guests) agrees to be bound by and to abide by these Rules and Regulations and all amendments thereto, as well as all decisions of WBENC.


Should any contingency prevent the holding of the Business Fair, WBENC may retain such part of the Exhibitor’s rental fees as shall be required to compensate it for expenses incurred up to the time such contingency shall have occurred. All remaining rental fees shall be refunded. However, exhibitors will not be reimbursed if the Business Fair is cancelled, postponed, curtailed or abandoned due to an act of God, war, threat of war, radioactive contamination, government retaliation against foreign enemies, federal, state or local government regulation or advisory, disasters, fire, earthquakes, accidents, or other casualty, strikes or threat of strikes, acts of attendees, civil disorder, terrorist acts and/or threats of terrorism, acts of foreign enemies, or a curtailment of transportation services or facilities preventing attendees from attending, or a similar intervening cause beyond the control of WBENC making it illegal, impossible, unsafe, or commercially impracticable to hold the Business Fair.


WBENC reserves the right to make changes, amendments, and additions to these rules at any time, and all changes, amendments, and additions so made shall be binding on the exhibitor with the provision that all exhibitors will be advised of any such changes. Any matters not specifically covered herein are subject to decision by WBENC.


Send request via email with “NCBF 2018 information request” in the subject line to: wbenccustsvc@wbenc.org