We would love to have you come and be a part of our Thrive! Conference.
We are expecting around 5,000 attendees—homeschool parents, teens and children. These families will come from across the state of NC as well as neighboring states. The conference always generates a high level of energy and enthusiasm among conference attendees. Our keynotes and workshops cover the hottest topics in homeschooling and create conversations among thousands of homeschooling families for months after the conference is over. Events such as the teen dance and games social provide a lot of fun and are very popular with the teens. The NCHE conference is a highlight of NC homeschoolers’ year.
The conference mission is to: Equip, Encourage and Connect homeschool families.
- Equip and encourage homeschooling families through an abundance of outstanding speakers and workshops
- Equip homeschoolers with quality curriculum resources through our extensive vendor hall
- Connect homeschool families with each other to build relationships and a strong community
- Equip, encourage and connect our teens and alums through special workshops, fun activities, fellowship, and our state-wide graduation
You are invited to submit an application to be a part of the 2024 NCHE Thrive! Homeschool Conference. See the link for the application in the right side bar of this page.
The first selections are made in November. After that date, vendors will be selected on a space available basis until the vendor hall is full.
Other opportunities available for participation are conference sponsorships, conference program advertising and College Fair participation. (See applications for these in the side bar of this page.)
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
Debbie Mason, Events Director
Spencer Mason, NCHE Executive Office Manager
Vendor FAQs for 2024 Annual Conference
1. Where is the convention center?
- The M. C. Benton, Jr. Convention Center is located at 301 W. Fifth Street in Winston-Salem, NC.
2. Where do I find lodging?
- You will find lodging information on our website under General Information/Lodging. Note that the Embassy Suites and Marriott are part of the facility complex.
3. What are exempt vendors?
- Vendors may be chosen by the conference committee for exempt status. Exempt vendors do not need to go through the application process and have first choice of booth locations and have priority in keeping the space occupied or may request another location. To maintain this priority, exempt vendors need to submit their deposit by a certain date. New exempt vendors are chosen each year at the conference.
4. How does one become an exempt vendor?
- The committee looks for vendors whose product or ministry is directly related to homeschooling, who come to our conference year after year and faithfully keep our vendor hall policies.
5: What are the vendor hall policies?
- All vendors must remain in their allocated space. (Aisle space is not usable space.)
- If asked to make changes to booth configuration, the vendor has an hour to comply.
- No vendor is allowed to sublet space to another vendor unless permission has been granted by the conference committee.
- All vendors must be invited by the NCHE conference committee.
- Vendors must be considerate of other vendors. If your demonstration causes noise that becomes a nuisance to vendors around you, you will be asked to stop or lower the sound level to an acceptable level.
- Vendors are not allowed to diffuse a scent.
- Booths must be manned the entire time of the conference (allowing for short absences) unless special permission is granted.
- Vendors may sell only during vendor hall hours.
6. What is required to remain an exempt vendor?
- If a vendor does not maintain vendor hall policies, he can lose his exempt vendor status and will need to go through the selection process. Also, if a vendor misses a conference they will lose their exempt status for at least the next year.
7. What size are most booths?
- Most booth spaces are 10 feet wide and 8 feet deep and include an 8′ x 2′ table, two chairs and drapes. There are a few unique spaces available with each space being priced according to its size and location. There may also be variations in booth layouts because of structural restrictions, etc.
8. What are the set-up and operating hours for 2024?
- All vendors are welcome to begin setting up Wednesday between 3:00 and 8:30 p.m. Additional set-up time will be offered after 8:30 a.m. on Thursday. Due to facility climate control, loading dock doors will close at 12:00 noon. All vendors must be set up and ready for business by 3:00 pm on Thursday. Please note that there are no dollies provided by the convention center.
Operating hours: Thursday 3:00-8:00 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. and Saturday 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
9. How do I arrange for materials to be shipped to the convention center?
- No shipments will be received at the Benton Convention Center, the Marriott, or the Embassy Suites hotels. Shipment of ALL materials MUST go through Hollins Exposition Services. They will be contacting you with drop-shipping information closer to the conference.
10. What is the cancellation policy?
- Cancellations will receive refunds based on the following:
Received by September 30, will receive all funds paid less 40% of required deposit
Received by October 31, will receive all funds paid less 80% of required deposit
Received by November 30 will receive a 70% refund.
Received by December 31 will receive an 60% refund.
Received by January 31 will receive a 40% refund.
Received by February 28 will receive a 30% refund.
Received by March 31 will receive a 20% refund
No refunds will be given after March 31. There are no exceptions to this refund policy.
11. How do I advertise in the conference program?
- Click here to advertise in the conference program. The deadline is April 15, 2024.
12. Do you offer conference sponsorships?
- Yes, we do! You can gain even more visibility at Thrive! by becoming a conference sponsor. We have plenty of options to choose from. Find out more here.
12. Are there other ways to reach homeschoolers in NC?
- NCHE provides several other ways to reach the homeschoolers of North Carolina with your message, product or service:
The GREENHOUSE printed magazine, website ads, The Homeschool Show, social media and our weekly email. Go here for more information.
13. How many nametags are allowed for vendor workers?
- NCHE will allow 4 free vendor nametags per first booth. Two addition free nametags will be allowed for each booth after that with a cap of 10 free nametags per vendor. We will change $10 per nametag beyond the free those allowed for free.