Conferences and Meetings


NBEA 2018 Annual Convention

Baltimore Marriott Waterfront  • Baltimore, Maryland
March 27—31, 2018

Educating for Success in Business and Life!

Rich in history and East Coast charm, Baltimore serves as the location for the NBEA 2018 Annual Convention, March 27-31, 2018. The Baltimore Marriott Waterfront will serve as the location for the NBEA 2018 Annual Convention. Located at the Inner Harbor, Baltimore’s shining jewel, the hotel is surrounded by renowned attractions, a variety of restaurants, and unique shopping within walking distance to Harbor East and historic Fell’s Point.

Program Topics 

The NBEA 2018 Annual Convention is the only convention solely dedicated to the profession and advancement of business education. You won’t want to miss the variety of thought-provoking and cutting-edge sessions for all teaching levels. A sampling of sessions on the 2018 program include: Cybersecurity, Personal Finance Resources & Strategies, Community College Forum, Suicide Prevention & Resources, Programs for Learning to Code, Jump In and Learn How to Create Your Own Video Tutorials, Cyberbullying, Sports Marketing, Social Entrepreneurship, Infographics, Accounting Strategies, Top 10 Technology Strategies, Using Assessment to Enhance Student Learning, Finding Your Fit: The Importance of Incorporating Workplace Culture into Career Exploration, How to Integrate STEM in the Business Education Curriculum, Social Media: Business Education’s New BFF, and many more.


With more than 130 attractions, museums, historic sites and performing arts groups, Baltimore promises something for everyone. From “The Star-Spangled Banner” to African American history, to The Baltimore Basilica (America’s first cathedral), there is something exciting around every corner. Below are just a few of the exciting attractions that await you!

American Visionary Art Museum

The American Visionary Art Museum has been hailed “a treasure house" full of the most outstanding creations born of intuition and self-styled imagination. Three historic buildings house wonders created by farmers, housewives, mechanics, retired folks, the homeless, as well as the occasional neurosurgeon—all inspired by the fire within.

B&O Railroad Museum

The B&O Railroad Museum brings alive the magic and adventure of railroading every day! This historic national landmark allows you to see, touch, hear and explore the most important railroad collection in America. Start your journey with a visit today!

Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum

The Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum is located at 216 Emory Street, three blocks west of Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Just follow the 60 baseballs painted on the sidewalk from the Babe Ruth statue at the ballpark to the Museum. Born in Baltimore in 1895, Ruth was signed by the minor league Baltimore Orioles, before his contract was given to the Boston Red Sox. Visit the museum to learn more about the life and times of George Herman “Babe” Ruth, Baltimore’s native son who became America’s first sports celebrity and an international icon.

Baltimore Basilica 

The first metropolitan cathedral constructed in America after the adoption of the Constitution, it serves as a symbol of religious freedom and an historic treasure for Americans of all faiths. In 2008, the Pope John Paul II Prayer Garden was opened at the corner of North Charles and Franklin Streets, just around the corner from the Basilica. A visit to the garden is a wonderful complement to your Basilica experience. For complete information on mass, tours, gift shop, and the Prayer Garden.

Edgar Allen Poe House

The Edgar Allan Poe House, a National Historic Landmark, is open to visitors every Thursday through Sunday. Exhibits tell the story of Edgar Allan Poe’s life and death in Baltimore and significant artifacts such as Edgar’s portable writing desk and chair, a telescope, and china and glassware used by Edgar when living with the Allan family in Richmond, Virginia. Changing exhibits and tours occur throughout the year. Edgar Allen Poe’s memorial grave is at the Westminster Hall and Burial Ground, located at 515 West Fayette Street in Baltimore.

Fell’s Point

Named for the Englishmen who founded a ship-building company here in 1726 that would go on to produce the famous "Baltimore Schooners," Fell's Point is a spirited waterfront community in perpetual celebration of Baltimore's British nautical roots. The neighborhood's appearance has remained largely unchanged and attracts many visitors. Chesapeake Bay cuisine is at its best here too, whether you crave oysters on the half shell at a local pub, or fresh seafood at an upscale restaurant.

Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine

This 18th-century fort defended Baltimore Harbor during the War of 1812, and is also the birthplace of our national anthem. The Visitor Center provides a video and exhibits, and you can walk to the fort, which contains additional exhibits.


Harbor East 

One of the hottest destinations in Baltimore and the Mid-Atlantic, Harbor East is a preeminent center of designer-filled boutiques, 5-star restaurants, and extravagant events. Located just steps away from the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront (NBEA headquarters hotel), experience everything that Harbor East has to offer.


Maryland Historical Society

Here’s your invitation to travel through time! Let our programs and exhibits breathe life into history and provide a better perspective on current events. See the original manuscript of Francis Scott Key’s “Star Spangled Banner” and four galleries exploring the era, culture, and conflicts that led Key to write our National Anthem. Other exhibits include Maryland in the Civil War, Four Centuries of Maryland History, Woman of Two Worlds, and Baltimore Civil Rights Era.


Maryland Zoo 

Don’t just see the animals—experience them! Bring your sense of adventure as you come face-to-face with elephants, chimpanzees, lions, cheetahs, zebras, giraffes, and hundreds of other wildly unique species, many of which are endangered. Don’t miss the chance to get closer than ever to African penguins at the Zoo’s award-winning Penguin Coast Exhibit. There’s so much to zoo!


National Aquarium 

Located at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, the National Aquarium offers stunning exhibits, 20,000+ aquatic animals, the Upland Tropical Rainforest, Australia: Wild Extremes, the Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens, and much more! The Aquarium is one of Baltimore’s most popular attractions.


Oriole Park at Camden Yards 

When Oriole Park at Camden Yards opened on April 6, 1992, a new era of Major League Baseball began. The park was a brand new, state-of-the-art stadium, yet still quaint and old-fashioned. Oriole Park at Camden Yards inspired a generation of ballpark construction. Ballparks would now be created to fit neatly into existing neighborhoods and play key roles in the revitalization of urban America. Home to the Baltimore Orioles, citizens of Baltimore and all of Maryland, take great pride in the fact that their team makes its home in the ballpark that forever changed baseball.


Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture 

This museum highlights the history and accomplishments of African Americans, with a special focus on Maryland. A Smithsonian Affiliate, the museum engages visitors through its permanent and special exhibitions, and recourse center, as well as its film series, live music series, and family programing. A full calendar of events is available on their website.


Washington Monument and Mount Vernon Place 

This centerpiece of a National Historic Landmark has its origins in Baltimore, as its residents wanted to erect a monument to George Washington, the first President of the United States. A competition was held for the monument’s design, which Robert Mills won in early 1814. Mills is credited with being the first native-born American to become a professional architect, and would decades later design the Washington monument in Washington, D.C. Baltimore’s Washington Monument recently underwent a major restoration in 2015. As Baltimore’s historic cultural center, Mount Vernon is home to internationally-recognized art museums, opera halls, libraries, historical museums, theatres and symphony orchestras as well as fabulous restaurants—which all contribute to its rich cultural fabric.


Information for the links below will be posted as it becomes available.

2018 NBEA Convention Hotel Reservations at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront

Room rates at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront are: $175 Single; $175 Double; each additional person in room is $20. Online reservations are now being accepted through the following link:

Rates are subject to applicable state & local taxes (currently 15.5% per night) in effect at time of check in. Reservations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis and subject to availability. Please note that room types cannot be guaranteed, but are listed as a request on your reservation. Your credit card holds your room reservation until 6:00 p.m. the day of arrival. You must cancel your reservation 72 hours prior to your arrival date or you will be charged one night’s room & tax for the arrival date and your reservation will be cancelled as a no show. Check-in time is 4:00 p.m.; check-out time is 12:00 noon. Those booking rooms in the NBEA room block must be registered convention attendees or registered exhibitors. Reservations must be made by March 5, 2018.

Convention Flyer and Hotel Room Form

Convention Registration Fees:

NBEA Professional Member:   $285 (before 3/7/2018); $360 (after 3/7/2018)

NBEA Student Member:    $170 (before 3/7/2018); $245 (after 3/7/2018)

NBEA Retired Member:     $210 (before 3/7/2018); $285 (after 3/7/2018)

Nonmember:    $475 (before 3/7/2018); $550 (after 3/7/2018)

Spouse:    $125 (before 3/7/2018); $200 (after 3/7/2018) -- (non-teaching; non-student only)

For an overview of the convention schedule, click on 2018 Convention Schedule at a Glance

NBEA 2018 Convention Schedule at a Glance

Benefits of Attendance

Convention Program Brochure and Registration Forms

Convention Registration

Technology Workshops

Professional Development Seminars

Pre- and Post-Convention Tours

Business Education Research Conference Program Sessions

General Sessions

Program Information

Exhibitor Information

General Convention Committee