FOCUS Conference Sponsorship Information


This page is your one-stop shop for all sponsor information as you prepare to join us at conference. If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected].


Booth Details

Each 10’ x 10’ booth will be set with a 8' backwall drape‚ (1) 6’ x 30” black skirted table, (2) Limerick® chairs and (1) wastebasket. Your exhibit cannot exceed 10’ high.  

Please ensure your exhibit does not exceed the 10' x 10' booth space due to fire safety and traffic flow.

The exhibiting company, Freeman, offers additional furniture options to make your space more unique. Those options will have an applicable charge. You can view those options in the web portal that Freeman will email you. 

Deadlines & Refund Policy

October 6: Online Sponsorship Registrations confirmed.

November 1: Submission of all benefit items (e.g. logos, ads, mobile app components).

December 1:  Add or remove attendees: Hotels and Registrations. Need all attendees confirmed in the online sponsorship registration and hotels by Dec. 1.  

The following is the refund schedule for sponsorships:

  • August 15, 2017: 75% refund of deposit after this date
  • September 15, 2017: 50% refund of deposit after this date
  • October 6, 2017: Registration and deposit deadline
  • December 1, 2017: Final payment due. No refunds after this point.

Reception, Check-in & Move Out

NOTE: Time Change - Sponsor Welcome Reception and Early Check-In: Monday, January 1, from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in Great Lakes AB (Marriott).  Start ahead of the game with early check-in. Enjoy complimentary refreshments and fellowship as a thank you for your sponsorship!  

Booth Move-In & Check-In: Tuesday, January 2, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: All sponsors move in to their booths. Sponsors must be moved in by 12:00 PM. Check-in is for those who did not attend the reception on January 1. Students will begin check-in at 12:00 p.m., so it is necessary to be set up before then.

BOOTH MOVE-OUT: After Mass on Saturday, January 6, until 3:00 p.m. 

Required Items to Submit

Log in to your registration account here. Click Modify > Registration (next to Primary Registrant's name). Ensure all fields have responses and that file uploads are submitted. It is critical to click Next until you see and click Finish. For example:

Hotel Information

To book your rooms or view the hotels click here.

  • All rooms are on a first come, first serve basis.
  • There is a limit of 6 rooms per sponsoring organization.
  • Rates are $119-$129 plus taxes and fees. Both the Marriott and Hyatt are attached to McCormick Place where SLS is held. There are a limited amount of rooms at these rates. The Marriott and Hyatt have additional rooms available after the FOCUS block is filled, however, they’re a higher price and first come, first serve.
  • If you have any questions regarding hotels, please contact our exclusive provider: Connections Housing: [email protected] or 702-675-6547 Mon – Fri, 6 a.m. – 3 p.m. (PT). 
  • Buyer Beware: Connections Housing is the only approved, official housing vendor for SLS18. We understand that unauthorized housing companies may contact you and advertise cheaper rates, or may imply or claim an affiliation with the SLS18. Unfortunately, some past attendees have fallen prey to these companies and were unable to recuperate the money they spent on rooms that did not exist. If you are contacted by any company that is NOT Connections Housing, please notify the SLS18 Housing Management at [email protected] before providing any information to a secondary housing vendor.

Hyatt Regency McCormick Place
2233 S King Dr.
Chicago, IL 60616
312-567-1234

Marriott Marquis
2121 S Prairie Ave.
Chicago, IL 60616
312-791-6517

You are welcome to book any accommodations of your choice. You are not required to stay in the above hotels.

Shipping / Electricity / Wi-Fi Options for Your Booth

Our exhibiting company, Freeman, will soon send you instructions for their web portal, which you can view here: Freeman web portal. This web portal gives instructions of where to send booth materials and how to purchase electricity for your booth.  

For questions regarding services through Freeman please contact Exhibitor Services: phone (773) 473-7080 or email at [email protected]

Shipping: If you will be shipping anything to the convention center,  you MUST ship to our exhibiting company, Freeman using the below information. You can ship to Freeman through your provider (FedEx, UPS, etc.), but Freeman will do all the handling to the convention center. There are applicable rates for this service.

Wi-FI: Wi-Fi is a flat $200 rate for the entire conference. To sign-up for wi-fi, email your benefit fulfillment contact or email [email protected] to confirm that you want to purchase wi-fi.  The login information will be emailed to you a couple days prior to the conference and available upon check-in.

Scavenger Hunt

There will be a scavenger hunt through the mobile app with a QR code scan provided to you by FOCUS. FOCUS will promote the scavenger hunt to attendees to help drive traffic to your booth; You’re encouraged to utilize the scavenger hunt by engaging attendees who come to the booth for the scavenger hunt to participate in your raffle if you choose to provide one. 

Schedule & Venue

For the full conference schedule, please click here.

For a more detailed schedule from the conference program, please click here

NOTE: Time Change - Sponsor Welcome Reception and Early Check-In: Monday, January 1, from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in Great Lakes AB (Marriott).  Start ahead of the game with early check-in. Enjoy complimentary refreshments and fellowship as a thank you for your sponsorship!    

In addition to the above schedule, we're offering a Sponsor Hospitality Suite on Thursday, January 4, from  7:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. Come recharge and relax! 

Want to maximize your exposure at conference during times of heavy traffic?  

SLS18 will be hosted at McCormick Place, located on South Martin Luther King Drive just minutes away from the heart of Chicago. For driving directions and parking garage options, click here.

McCormick Place
2301 S King Dr.
Chicago, IL 60616

First Time Sponsors

We're excited to have you join us! As first time sponsors of our conference, here are a few helpful tips:

  • Hotels are not included with your sponsorship. View hotel information here.
  • Wi-fi is not included with your sponsorship. View wi-fi information here.
  • If you are shipping to the convention center, additional charges apply. View details here.
  • To have a great experience, ensure you engage with the attendees. View best practices here. And, remember to have fun! 
  • Parking

    Paid parking is available at these locations below. They all include in-and-out privileges. Please note that some parking options in the area do not include in-and-out privileges, and may charge you each time you use the lot.

    McCormick Place Exhibitor Parking (limited availability)  -http://www.mccormickplace.com/exhibitors/exhibitors.php#egparking

    Marriott Marquis attached to McCormick Place - http://www.marriott.com/hotels/fact-sheet/travel/chimq-marriott-marquis-chicago/

    Hyatt Regency attached to McCormick Place -  https://mccormickplace.regency.hyatt.com/en/hotel/our-hotel/map-and-directions.html

    Meals & Food

    Your SLS18 sponsorship includes lunch on January 3, 4 and 5. 

    Other Chicago food options:

    Best Practices

    Over the past few years, we have learned that the most successful sponsors are the ones that are proactive in engaging attendees. Taking this information, we have put together a guide of best practices to help you make the most of your SLS18 sponsorship!

    What do you want to accomplish as a sponsor?

    • Once you’ve established your goals, you can begin to come up with some creative ideas
    • Most of our sponsors have one of the following goals:
      • Gather contact information
      • Sell products
      • Have conversations and make connections with attendees


    If you want to gather contact information:

    • Have an award or incentive for getting that information
      • i.e., signing up for a raffle
    • Have some fun props that attendees can take a picture of/with and then email that picture to the attendee after the conference


    If you want to sell products:

    • Display your products on and behind your booth
    • Tell students as they walk by that they would look great in your apparel
    • Ask them if they’ve ever heard of anything you are selling

    If you want to have a presence at SLS18, have conversations with attendees and make connections:

    • If you’re a religious sponsor, consider bringing a “How would you look in a habit/vestment” photo booth cut-out so students can take photos of themselves in it!
    • Fun props
    • Interactive games

    Other ways to generate traffic flow:

    • Stand in front of your table – don’t just sit behind it
    • Actively engage anyone who walks by
    • Make eye contact
    • Talk to them – do something fun!
      • "Do you want to sign up for a raffle?"
      • "Have you ever heard of the _________?"
      • Hand them an iPad with an interactive app or something that they can’t walk away with
    • Have students stop by your booth during a certain time to get a free giveaway
    • If there is enough buzz and excitement surrounding your booth, people will come and find you


    Remember, 60% of these attendees are college students, so you should engage them like college students!

    • College students have late hours
    • They don’t want to be marketed to
    • They want an experience
    • They love free stuff and food
    • They will rarely initiate a conversation with sponsors
    • Make yourself interesting and relevant to them!
    • Be casual. Anything too formal could make you seem unapproachable to students
    • Things to catch the eye:
      • Matching outfits
      • Interesting booth set up
      • Logos
      • Something fun!


    What to bring for your booths:

    • Laptop for video
    • Monitor, etc.
    • Posters
    • Brochures
    • Business cards
    • Signup sheets
    • Raffle prizes
    • Flair to help your booth look cool

    Booth Ideas


    Matching

    To help match your organization with your ideal audience at conference, we ask you questions during the registration process. Attendees can then filter by category at www.sls18.com/sponsors/ to view which sponsors align with their interests.

    Lead Generation Scanning Device

    Use a handheld device to scan attendees' wristbands to collect contact information and other demographic data for your organization to keep. You'll receive post-event reporting with the collected information. (No need for pen and paper!)  

    $550 -- The registration deadline for this has passed.

    Maps

    McCormick Place: SLS18 will be in the West Building. Click here.

                                                         

    FOCUS' Expectations

    FOCUS faithfully adheres to the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. We strive to create a faith-filled, orthodox environment for conference attendees.

    For this reason, FOCUS reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to refuse applications, pull or close any exhibits or events that frustrate its mission or contradict the teachings of the Magisterium of the Catholic Church as outlined in the following profession of faith:

    With firm faith I believe and profess each and everything that is contained in the Symbol of faith, namely:

    I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible. I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages. God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father; through him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven, and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate, he suffered death and was buried, and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and his kingdom will have no end. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church. I confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.

    With firm faith, I also believe everything contained in the word of God, whether written or handed down in Tradition, which the Church, either by a solemn judgment or by the ordinary and universal Magisterium, sets forth to be believed as divinely revealed.

    I also firmly accept and hold each and everything definitively proposed by the Church regarding teaching on faith and morals.

     Moreover, I adhere with religious submission of will and intellect to the teachings which either the Roman Pontiff or the College of Bishops enunciate when they exercise their authentic Magisterium, even if they do not intend to proclaim these teachings by a definitive act.

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