AN IMPORTANT ALERT FROM WBENC ABOUT EXHIBITOR SERVICE "SCAMS" AND HOUSING "PIRATES" AND "POACHERS"
You may recall that last year WBENC made you aware of unauthorized parties contacting National Conference & Business Fair attendees, sponsors and exhibitors about securing hotel rooms for our event in Detroit, MI. We advised you to be on guard for these “pirates” or “poachers” (meeting industry terminology) who are relentless and might contact you with bogus discounts for hotel rooms or room blocks. Please stay on alert for these inquiries by unauthorized entities with regard to our 2019 conference in Baltimore, MD as well.
However, we also want to advise you that companies claiming to offer exhibitor services (such as inclusion in an exhibitor directory) have contacted some of our exhibitors from 2018 about the 2019 conference requesting that they review, verify, and confirm pre-registered data for an Exhibitor Directory for Fairs and Exhibitions.
This request is not associated with WBENC, even though the communication references both WBENC and the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council in Washington, D.C. Do not respond to any communication requesting you verify exhibitor registration or any personal/company information.
WBENC will not solicit information to make hotel reservations or request that you take any other action related to the upcoming 2019 National Conference & Business Fair in Baltimore unless the message comes directly from WBENC, Stovell Marketing and Public Relations, Inc. (SMPR), Experient or our exhibit services provider, Hargrove, Inc., or appears on the official conference website – conf.wbenc.org.