South Carolina Education and Business Summit
Wardlaw 115A
820 Main Street

Columbia SC 29208 us


Proposal Deadline: March 15, 2017

proposal Guidelines

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 Thank you for your interest in presenting at the 2017 Education and Business Summit (EBS)!  The conference theme for 2017 is: “ConneCTEd and Ready: Creating Career Connections”. The event will be held at the TD Center in Greenville, SC, June 25-28, 2017.

 The deadline for submission of proposals is March 15, 2017.

Our goal is to bring together the diverse expertise contained in the career and technical educational field to provide content knowledge, professional development, and information of interest to our participants.

We are seeking high-quality proposals that address a full range of issues or barriers facing educators, administrators, career guidance, business partners, and students.  The programming available at the Education and Business Summit is designed to educate attendees about topics related to leadership, effective partnerships, accountability, technology integration, building and sustaining successful Career and Technical Education (CATE) programs, and other topics related to college and career readiness for the students in SC. 

Please read ALL of this information before submitting a proposal.

Proposal Specifications

The information gathered during this process will be used to promote the programming at the EBS and to prepare the printed program, website, and mobile app. Please be sure that the information you provide is complete, accurate and grammatically correct.

  • Title of Session (Limit: 80 characters)

  • Session Description (In 150 words or less, provide a summary of the content of the session) 

  • Bio of Presenter(s): In 300 words or less, provide a summary of the biography of the presenter(s)

  • Session Category:
    • Administrator
    • Career Guidance and Counseling
    • Educator
    • General

  • Lead Presenter and up to four additional presenter’s information

Other Information
All meeting rooms will include a podium, microphone, screen, laptop, and LCD projector. If using an Apple device or tablet, presenters need to provide the appropriate projector connection (dongle).  Rooms will be set in theater style.  Due to space and other scheduling conflicts, there is no guarantee that special room formats will be granted.

All presenters must be registered to attend the 2017 Education and Business Summit.  The primary and secondary presenter fees will be waived; however, all additional presenters in a session must pay the registration fee. 

Program sessions will be 60 minutes in length. 

If you are submitting a proposal on someone’s behalf, please submit the contact information for the presenter only. 

Submitting Your Proposal
The proposal must be submitted using the online system.  Emailed, faxed, and mailed proposals will not be accepted. 

Exhibitor Proposals
Vendor proposals must include a “value-add” beyond the promotion of products, materials, or services in order to be considered for professional development sessions at the EBS.   Vendors must also be a paid exhibitor in order to be selected. Individuals who wish to be an exhibitor should contact Ray Boland at boland@scacte.info.

If a presentation uses ANY kind of vendor materials, that information and the name of the vendor must be included in the program presentation information.

Proposal Selection
Our selection committee will be choosing sessions that feature high-quality CATE programs with proven track records of success; offer strategies for successful collaboration, implementation and innovation at the classroom, district or system level; and/or provide opportunities for participants to engage in interactive and hands-on learning activities.

High-quality proposals that include best practices and "how-to" strategies are of particular interest.   Notice of acceptance will be sent to the lead presenter no later than April 12, 2017.  If you do not receive a confirmation within 24 hours after you submit your presentation, please email us at ebsummit@mailbox.sc.edu to ensure successful submission of the proposal.

If accepted, please send an electronic copy of your presentation to rrutledge@ed.sc.gov by May 15, 2017 for posting on the event website.  For a highly effective session, please provide electronic presentation materials, handouts and/or follow-up materials for our event participants before, during, or after the event.

Speaker Agreement
By submitting a proposal for the EBS 2017, you agree to:

  1. Register, and if not a primary or secondary speaker, pay the registration fee.​
  2. Present your session on the date(s) and time(s) assigned to you. 
  3. ​Permit the South Carolina Department of Education to edit presentation titles and descriptions for length and content.
  4. ​​Agree to allow EBS to use your session and contact information for promotion. 

 Thank you for your interest in presenting at the Education & Business Summit!

If you have questions, please contact Rachel Rutledge, Education Associate at the South Carolina Department of Education, 803-734-8438, rrutledge@ed.sc.gov.