Conferences and Meetings


NBEA 2016 Annual Convention

The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas
March 22—26, 2016

Educating for Success in Business and Life!

The excitement is building as NBEA is coming to the “Entertainment Capital of the World” for the NBEA 2016 Annual Convention, March 22-26, in Las Vegas, Nevada. This year’s convention will be held at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Located in the heart of the Las Vegas strip, you are just steps away from all that Las Vegas has to offer. Las Vegas continues to build upon its reputation as a vibrant showcase for the extraordinary by offering the grandest hotels, the biggest stars in entertainment, the highest caliber of award-winning chefs, and the brightest lights.

In addition to over 70 educational sessions, hands-on technology workshops will be offered to expand specific skills and introduce additional technology. In addition, keynote speakers, the trade show, exhibitor sessions, and networking functions provide business educators with an exceptional opportunity to learn new ideas and skills that can be utilized in the classroom and workplace.   

Program Topics 

Do you need new ideas for your classroom? Do you need to re-energize your passion for teaching? Then the NBEA 2016 Convention is the place for you! The Convention Program Committee is hard at work putting together cutting-edge, thought-provoking, and relevant educational sessions for business educators at all levels. A sampling of the topics on the 2016 program includes Social Media Marketing; Building and Maintaining Business Relationships; Professionalism: Attitude & Perception; 8 Power Tools to Enhance Gamification; Forensic Accounting, Google Classroom; Technology and Online Tools in Teaching Accounting; Business Law; Middle School Business Curriculum; Expanding Critical Thinking Skills; You Flipped Your Class…Now What?; Ethics; Branding & Recruiting Your Program; Personal Finance for Wealth Building; Entrepreneurship; Community College Issues and Trends; Assessment; Investing; Innovations in Technology; Teaching Techniques & Strategies that Cultivate Employability Skills; Using LinkedIn in the Classroom; How and Why to Use Twitter in Teaching; Business of Entertainment; and many more!


One can no longer stereotype Las Vegas as a place that just offers slot machines, blackjack, craps, and poker tables. Las Vegas has something for the entire family! Whether it is amusement rides, the World of M&M’s, shopping venues, dining, top entertainers, and the best Cirque du Soleil shows in the country, there is something for everyone. Here is just a sampling of what Las Vegas has to offer…don’t miss the excitement!

Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

Five times a year: Chinese New Year, spring, summer, fall, and winter, the Bellagio Conservatory team creates a full-blown floral production. The horticulturalists, who are artists in their own right, create jaw-dropping displays that transform the nearly 14,000 square-foot space with tens of thousands of flowers, trees, and plants. Don’t miss seeing these spectacular displays of beauty and creativity!

Cirque du Soleil Shows in Las Vegas

Only in Las Vegas can you have access to eight breathtaking and entertaining Cirque du Soleil shows! Visit the website below for descriptions, show times, and ticket prices to the following shows:
• “O” at Bellagio
• Michael Jackson ONE at Mandalay Bay
• Mystére at Treasure Island
• The Beatles LOVE at The Mirage
• Zumanity at New York-New York
• Criss Angel Believe at The Luxor
• Zarkana at ARIA Resort & Casino at City Center
• KÀ at MGM Grand

CBS Television City Research Center at the MGM Grand

Ever thought you could do the job of a network executive, deciding which shows are put on the air and which ones end up in the waste bin? Network jobs are hard to come by, but you can weigh in on the decision-making process by letting your opinions be known at the CBS Television City Research Center at MGM Grand. Viewers can pick up tickets in front of the research center and then register at the counter in front of the center and line up about 10 minutes before their scheduled time. Five minutes before the screening begins, viewers are led into one of four studios to watch the latest offerings from CBS, MTV, Nickelodeon and other Viacom networks. The attraction also offers testing for commercials, websites and technology-based products.

Ethel M Chocolate Factory and Botanical Cactus Garden 

If you want to take a break from the Las Vegas Strip, then Ethel M is sure to be a sweet stop. Only a 15-minute drive from the Strip, this is the only Ethel M factory in the world. Forrest Mars Sr. opened the location in 1981, and named the brand after his mother Ethel, who made chocolates from scratch -- right in their own kitchen. The factory follows the same traditions of Ethel's kitchen. The recipe for the chocolate never changed and to this day, chocolates are still hand-packed into the boxes. As NBEA will be in Las Vegas the week of Easter, you won’t want to miss the festive Easter flavors and packaging. Just next door is the unique, three-acre Botanical Cactus Garden. It features more than 300 types of cactus including spotted aloe, agave plants, Texas prickly pears, and yuccas.

Graceland Presents Elvis: The Exhibition

For the first time in 40 years, Elvis is back in the building at the newly renovated Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino. Previously known as the International Hotel, it was in this building that Elvis performed over 600 sold-out shows in Las Vegas. The only permanent Elvis exhibit outside of Graceland, the exhibition encompasses 25,000 square feet of space in the North Tower of Westgate resort, where visitors will experience an unprecedented journey through Elvis’ life and career. Graceland-produced videos guide guests through the experience, concluding with a 26-minute retrospective film featuring Elvis’ greatest performances. Exhibition highlights include:
• Tupelo and Memphis
• Elvis Mania
• Elvis in the Army
• Graceland
• Elvis in Hollywood
• Elvis in Las Vegas
• Elvis on the Road
• 1968 Comeback Special
For complete descriptions about the exhibition, hours, and tickets, please visit

M&M’s World

Stepping into M&M's World is like waking up in chocolate heaven! Once you step inside this M&M's wonderland, you'll instantly feel the energy with the bright colors, upbeat music, and playful M&M's memorabilia. On the main floor, choose from a variety of charms, mugs, personalized key chains and just about every souvenir imaginable. The rainbow wall on the second floor features 22 different M&M's colors like teal, hot pink, lime green, gray and purple -- what a treat! Located on the third floor, the first-ever “My M&M’s” allows you to personalize the candies with your own custom message. On the fourth and final floor, get an up-close look at an M&M's sponsored Toyota Camry race car and a bunch of NASCAR-themed M&M products like model cars and candy dispensers. As you're traveling between floors by escalator, see a timeline of how the M&M's characters evolved throughout the years. M&M's World really brings out the kid in all of us!

Fountains of Bellagio

One of the most popular attractions in Vegas, this choreographed water feature dazzles the crowd as the fountains seem to dance to the light and music. Shows take place every 30 minutes in the afternoons and early evenings, with shows taking place every 15 minutes between 8:00 p.m. and midnight. This 8.5-acre lake has 1,214 jets that rocket streams of water 460 feet into the air. The dancing streams of water are illuminated from within and seem to dance to the pulse of the music playing.


Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden & Dolphin Habitat 

Located at the Mirage Las Vegas, this is a nature lovers dream! Come face-to-face with some of nature's most exotic and majestic creatures. Explore, learn and play in an enchanting world of bottlenose dolphins, white tigers, white lions, and leopards.


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

2016 NBEA Convention Hotel Reservations at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is the official convention hotel for the NBEA 2016 Annual Convention. As an attendee of the NBEA 2016 Annual Convention, two room types are being provided for your selection:

City Room (2 queen beds) - $177 per night
Terrace Studio (spacious king room with private terrace) - $197 per night

To make your hotel reservation by phone, please call 702-698-7575 (local) or 855-435-0005 (toll free). When making your reservation by phone, please reference the group name of NBEA 2016 Annual Convention, and provide the group code, SNBEA6.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas requires a credit card be provided at the time of booking a reservation.  The credit card will be charged a deposit of one(1) night's room and tax to secure the reservation.  Reservations must be made by February 26, 2016.  Cancellation of a hotel reservation must be made 72 hours prior to arrival date or one night's room and tax will be charged and the reservation will be cancelled as a no show.

You may also book online via the following link:

Convention Flyer and Hotel Room Form

Convention Registration Fees:

NBEA Professional Member:  $255 (before 3/2/2016); $330 (after 3/2/2016)

NBEA Student Member:          $170 (before 3/2/2016); $245 (after 3/2/2016)

NBEA Retired Member:           $190 (before 3/2/2016); $265 (after 3/2/2016)

Nonmember:                             $435 (before 3/2/2016); $510 (after 3/2/2016)

Spouse:                                     $100 (before 3/2/2016); $125 (after 3/2/2016)

(non-teaching; non-student only)

For an overview of the convention schedule, click on 2016 Convention School at a Glance

NBEA 2016 Convention Schedule at a Glance

Convention Program Brochure and Registration Forms

Convention Registration

Technology Workshops

Professional Development Seminars

Benefits of Attendance

Business Education Research Conference Program Sessions

General Sessions

Program Information

Exhibitor Information

General Convention Committee


First-Time Attendee Stipends