The NMSDC Conference and Business Opportunity Fair will be held October 22 - 25 at Cobo Convention Center in Detroit, Michigan.  The Business Opportunity Exchange will take place on Monday, October 23, from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and 2 to 6 p.m.

NMSDC accepts applications for exhibit space from NMSDC-certified minority-owned businesses,resource organizations, government agencies and from national/local member corporations. The Application for Exhibit Space must be signed by a duly authorized agent of the exhibitor.  Space will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis until September 1.  After September 1, space will be assigned by NMSDC.

Exhibitor Service Manual
Your participation in the NMSDC conference is supported by an experienced exposition management staff that is always available to answer questions on exhibiting or planning your participation.  The Exhibitor Service Manual will be forwarded to all exhibitors with confirmed booths on or about August 11 to assist in the planning and operation of your exhibit.   The manual contains all of the forms necessary to order any services the exhibitor may require.  


Exhibit Service Contractor
21st Century Expo Group, an NMSDC-certified minority-owned business, is the official exhibit service contractor.

Booth Fees 

Affiliation Before 9/1 After 9/1
National Corporate Members/Government Agencies $1500 $1750
Local Corporate Members $1750 $2000
NMSDC-Certified Minority-Owned Businesses $1000 $1250
NMSDC Regional Councils/Resource Organziations $1000 $1250

To secure your booth space you must submit full payment by credit card or check within 10 days of the application being submitted.

Applications for Exhibit Space will not be processed without full payment.

Make checks payable to: National Minority Supplier Development Council.

Mail payment to:

Exhibit Manager


P.O. Box 28478

New York, New York 10087-8478

Requests for cancellations must be made in writing to NMSDC and postmarked before September 29, 2017, to receive a refund. A cancellation fee of $100 will be charged to cover processing.  No refunds will be made for cancellations postmarked later than September 29, 2017, or for no-shows. 

Business Opportunity Exchange booth rental fees DO NOT include conference registration, meals or function tickets.

Frequently Asked Questions: 

What is “Material Handling/Drayage”?

The term drayage is the moving of exhibit material from one location to another. Whether you ship to 21st Century Expo Group’s warehouse or directly to show, your materials still need to get to your booth location. Drayage services includes the accepting of your material either at our warehouse or on show site, delivery to your booth, storage of empty containers during the show, returning empty containers at the close of the show, picking up your packaged materials, returning them to the dock, and loading to the carrier of your choice.

Can I carry my own materials to my booth?

Any exhibitor may bring in his own materials providing that they can be hand carried by on person in one trip without the use of dollies; hand trucks or any other equipment. If you choose to hand carry your exhibit you will not be permitted access to the loading dock area.

What is the difference between small shipments and large shipments?

Most service contractors have a minimum of 200 lbs per shipment. It is best to send your freight as one large shipment versus several small shipments. For example, if you send on 45 lbs and one 55 lbs package separately, you are charged the minimum on each shipment. If you are planning to ship items from various locations, you may want to ship them all to a central location then forward them to the Service Contactor’s warehouse and/or show site.

What are the advantages in advance shipments versus direct shipments?

In general, it is best to ship your materials in advance to the “advance shipment” address. You can (and should) confirm that we have received your materials well in advance of the show installation. If there is an issue, it can be resolved prior to the show. In addition, another advantage to advance shipment is that your materials will be in your booth when you arrive and can begin installation immediately, thus saving you time and frustration at show site. When shipping direct, if there is a problem, there is time to resolve the problem prior to show opening.