Information Network for Christian Homes is pleased to present the

31st Annual Michigan Home Education Conference
May 15-17, 2014

Vendor Information

We would like to extend a special invitation for you to join us as an exhibitor in our vendor hall at this year's INCH Conference. This year's conference will be held on Friday and Saturday, May 16-17, 2014, with vendor set-up on Thursday, May 15. It will be held at the beautiful Lansing Convention Center, 333 E. Michigan Avenue, downtown Lansing.

Exhibit Space/Cost - Final Vendor Registration Deadline: May 1, 2014.

  • Each space measures 10' wide x 10' deep and includes one 8 ft. table and two chairs.
    • Tablecloths and skirting cost extra - information will be sent later on how to order
    • Additional tables can be ordered for $10 each


  • Prices vary according to your company or organization. ** New this year are special rates for information only and non-profit organizations (excluding colleges and universities), as well as young entrepreneurs (age 25 or younger).

    Business
    (includes Colleges and Universities)
    Early Bird $300 Regular $350
    Info Only/Non-Profit
    (excludes Colleges and Universities)
    Early Bird $150 Regular $200
    Young Entrepeneur Early Bird $100 Regular $150
    Small Vendor Early Bird $150 Regular $200


    Small Vendor: this category is intended for that vendor who has written their first book and wishes to sell it to the home school market. This could also be a family who has filmed their first movie and wishes to distribute it to the home school community. These vendors will have at the most three items to sell with the individual retail value not to exceed $20. This vendor will be provided half the normal vendor space so will share a vendor space with another small vendor.

    Extra Fees:
    • Electricity costs extra ($55/booth). If you want electricity, please add that to your cost. (INCH is handling the electrical this year.)
    • Internet and telephone connections are also available through the Convention Center (from $10 - $60, depending on speed)


  • You may reserve from one to ten exhibit spaces. You may bring or rent additional tables or shelving as long as they fit inside the confines of your reserved amount of space. Overflow in front of or on the sides of your exhibit space is not allowed due to traffic flow concerns and fire safety codes.

  • Two representatives per exhibit space are allowed to man your exhibit and attend the conference. The regular conference registration fee will be charged for all representatives over the allowed number.

  • In an effort to have a balanced vendor area, all booth placements are at the discretion of INCH regardless of the date registration is received. We try our best to fulfill special requests, i.e. next to exhibitor "XYZ", by the front entrance, at the end of a row, etc. However, we cannot guarantee all requests will be possible to fulfill.

Schedule

Thursday, May 15 - Set-up from 3:00 - 8:00 pm
Friday, May 16 - Final Set-up from 8:00-10:00 am
Exhibit Hall Open for shopping: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday, May 17 - Exhibit Hall Open: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tear-down and move-out: 6:00 - 9:00 pm


NOTE: All exhibits must be completely set up by 10:00am on Friday, manned during all hours the hall is open, and torn down by 9:00pm on Saturday. The conference ends at 6:00 pm on Saturday and no dismantling of booths or removing of product is allowed prior to that time. We highly recommend arriving and setting up as early as possible to prevent congestion at the loading docks.

Vendor Advertising Opportunities

Approved exhibitors will have numerous opportunities to "get the word out" about their products and services at the INCH Conference. Details will be sent when registration is final. (Some of these are also available to vendors who are unable to attend this year's conference.)

  • Vendor workshop opportunities if you want to promote your items plus we have General workshop opportunities if you would like to share on topics non-business related but of interest to homeschoolers,
  • Electronic freebies online through a special access code which attendees will receive,
  • Materials in a conference bag all attendees will receive (contact Tim’s Great Stuff at tim@greatstuffconventionbags.com),
  • Ads in our conference program - 2014 Conference Media Kit,
  • Ads on our website,
  • Ads at conference via powerpoints in the main hall,
  • Special Conference Sponsorship Packages including the opportunity to sponsor a specific part of our conference (ex. Teen Track, Leadership Track)

Vendor Application & Registration Process

INCH employs a two-step process for becoming a vendor.

  1. STEP ONE:
    Application: It begins with an application form, whereby each prospective vendor tells us who they are and how their product or service benefits the homeschool community.

    * Please note that we promote a Biblical worldview and do not accept applications from vendors who are not of the same mind. As INCH, and Christian home education organizations around the nation (many associated with the Alliance for Christian Home Education Leadership), are attempting to establish a definition of Christian homeschooling as a "Biblically-centered, parent-directed, home-based, privately-funded education," please refrain from endorsing, advertising or promoting at your booth, government schools at home or other types of schools . This includes, but is not limited to, charter and virtual cyber schools.

  2. STEP TWO:
    Registration: Upon approval of your vendor application, a link will be emailed to you notifying you that we've approved your request to participate, and asking you to complete the actual registration form. This is where you will notify us of the amount of space you desire, tell us details about your display and who will be manning it, request additional services, and make payment to officially reserve your space in the INCH exhibit hall.
    • A confirmation letter with further details, directions to the Lansing Center, and all other necessary information will be emailed to each exhibitor upon receipt of your online registration form and payment.

    • REFUNDS: If after becoming an approved vendor, for some reason you need to cancel your attendance and request a refund please note that a 50% refund will be given if notice is received prior to April 1. After this date refunds will not be issued.

The successfulness of exhibitors at our conference is evidenced by the fact that most return year after year...

If you've never attended before, please consider making 2014 your first of many INCH Conferences!

If you are one of our faithful returning vendors, WELCOME BACK!

We hope you'll join us for this year's conference!

Click Here for Vendor Application