84th MSBO Annual

Conference & Exhibit Show

April 25-27, 2023

Attendee Conference Information

Walk in registration available at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel



More Information

Click here to register online. To register online you will need your username, password, and a purchase order number or credit card information. You will earn SCECH and CPE credits based on the sessions you attend.


Conference Pricing

All conference and pre-conference meal tickets are provided with your registration. Registration fees include breakfast and lunch.

Regular Pricing Member Non-Member
Pre-Conference $210 $315
Certification – Half Day (Tuesday) $105 $160
Certification – Full Day $210 $315
Wrap-Up Only $90 $135
Single Day $210 $315
Full Conference (Wed-Thurs) $410 $615


Registration Hours at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel:

  • Monday, April 24: 5:00 – 7:00 pm
  • Tuesday, April 25: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday, April 26: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Thursday, April 27: 7:00 am – 3:30 pm

You will earn SCECH/CPEs based on the sessions you attended.  We recommended that you use the Conference At-A-Glance in the program to create a personal record of what sessions you attended. You will receive an emailed Certificate of Completion for SCECH and CPE (CPA) credits. Additionally, if you are in the MOECS system, your credit will be uploaded. If you have any questions on SCECHs, please email Deneen Hansen. 50 minutes equals 1 CPE and 60 minutes equals 1 SCECH. SCECH credit is rounded down to the quarter hour. There is a maximum of 20 SCHECH hours that can be earned. 


CPEs for 2023 Annual Conference

Click here to download the PDF CPEs.

*Accounting and Auditing

150e — Grants Management 101* (1.2)
170d — COVID Relief Funds Monitoring* (0.6)
170g — Accounting and Auditing Update* (1.0)
170h — ESSER Funding Progress Report* (1.0)
B05 — How to Prepare for a Headache Free Audit* (1.2)
B07 — Special Education Finance for ISDs* (1.2)
B22 — Fundamentals of Purchasing Policies and Procedures* (1.2)
C05 — GASB Update: Statement 96 and Beyond* (1.2)
C06 — Creating an Ethical Environment** (1.2)
C08 — How to Accurately Prepare Your SEFA* (1.2)
E06 — ESSER Funding Progress Report* (1.2)
E07 — Frequently Found Audit Issues (MDE vs. Auditor Perspective)* (1.2)
E10 — Grant Processing A-Z* (1.2)
E13 — Understand the Implications of School District Audit and Financial Statements* (1.2)
F09 — The Importance of Internal Controls* (1.2)
F14 — Accounting Manual and Financial Reporting for New Business Managers* (1.2)
G01 — Wrap-Up/Ethics** (1.0)
H09 — COVID Relief Funds Monitoring* (0.6)

All other sessions qualify under Other.

  • If you have questions about registration procedures, please email Nancy Jungkans  or call 517.327.5920.
  • If you have non-registration questions, please email Deneen Hansen.

Q1: Is there a virtual option for this conference?
A1: There is not a virtual option for the 2023 Annual Conference. It will be great to see everyone in person!


Q2: Will there be limited class sizes?
A2: We do not plan to limit the class sizes and will do our best with spacing.


Q3: Does MSBO have COVID protocols for the Conference?
A3: MSBO’s top priority is always the health and safety of our attendees. MSBO monitors coronavirus information from the conference host hotel – the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel and the DeVos Place, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local Michigan Departments of Health and Human Services. MSBO will update attendees concerning information that may impact the Conference.


Q4: Do the conference hotels have COVID protocols?
A4: Yes. Some hotel amenities may be limited or not available. Be sure to check with your hotel to learn their current protocols.


Q5: When is onsite conference registration open?
A5: Conference registration is at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel and here are the hours:

  • Monday, April 24: 5:00 – 7:00 pm
  • Tuesday, April 25: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday, April 26: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Thursday, April 27: 7:00 am – 3:30 pm


Q6: How many CPEs/SCECHs can I get?
A6: You will earn CPEs/SCECHs based on the sessions you attend. Attendees will have to complete the 2023 MSBO Annual Conference Evaluation and SCECH/CPE SurveyMonkey. A link will be provided on the Annual Conference website. Be sure to indicate all sessions attended. You will receive an emailed Certificate of Completion for SCECH and CPE (CPA) credits.

There is a maximum of 20 SCECHs that can be earned.


Q7: Where should I park at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel?
A7: Amway Grand Plaza Hotel Parking (availability and pricing are subject to change):

  • How much is parking for registered hotel guests?
    • $35 per night for self-parking $39 per night for valet parking (Both allow 24-hour in-and-out access).
  • Are both valet and self-parking available?
    • Valet and self-parking are available to overnight guests. Valet parking is located in the motor lobby off of the Pearl Street entrance. Self-parking is available in the Amway Grand Parking Ramp. The Amway Grand Parking
      Ramp entrance is located on the corner of Pearl Street and Monroe Avenue.
  • Where is the motor lobby/main hotel entrance located?
    • If heading south on Monroe Avenue, make a right onto Pearl Street to locate valet and self-parking. If headed north on Monroe Avenue, make a left onto Pearl Street to locate valet and self-parking.


Q8: Is other parking available?
A8: Yes. A downtown Grand Rapids Parking Map is available under the Experience Grand Rapids accordion.


Q9: What is the attire for the Conference?
A9: Both business and business casual are acceptable for all meetings and events. We recommend using the “layered method” to give you flexibility to adjust to the room temperatures.

Click here to see all our sponsors and exhibitors.

Immediately following the lunch and keynote, visit 350 exhibit booths. We are proud to have the largest educational exhibit show in Michigan where you can explore many options for products and services in one place.

Exhibit Show Hours:

  • Wednesday, April 26, 2023: 2:15 – 5:00 pm
  • Thursday, April 27, 2023: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Thursday, April 27, 2023 • 7:00 am

Click here to register.

Get up and get going early at the SET SEG Fun Run during the MSBO Annual Conference & Exhibit Show! Join SET SEG and MSBO for a 5K Run/Walk around downtown Grand Rapids. Participants who register early will receive a commemorative t-shirt and prizes will be awarded for the fastest times! *Participants must register by Friday, March 31 to be guaranteed a t-shirt.

Meet in the lobby by Ruth’s Chris Steak House in the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel by 6:50 am.

“Early Birds” Get the Prizes
If you register by March 3, 2023 you are automatically eligible for the Early Bird Prizes. Winners will be noted in individual exhibitor booths.


Exhibitor Drawings

On Thursday, participating exhibitors draw for prizes from business cards collected in their booths. Winners will be displayed on a centrally located bulletin board.


Closing Session Drawings

Prizes, such as overnight stays at MSBO event hotels, will excite and entice you to stay for this year’s MSBO Annual Business Meeting.

Don’t Let This Happen to You 

MSBO does not work with outside companies for overnight accommodations. We recommend only booking overnight rooms directly with hotels using our room blocks so you can get the preferred rates. If you are contacted by someone claiming to be with MSBO or any company that says they are closely associated with MSBO and want to book your accommodations for the 2023 MSBO Annual Conference, they are not being truthful!

MSBO has secured overnight room blocks at the following hotels:

Canopy by Hilton Grand Rapids Downtown
131 Ionia Ave SW • 13-minute walk or DASH Downtown Area Shuttle
Book online: Canopy Hotel Reservations
Code: MSBG
Phone: (616) 600-0128 or (800) 445-8667
Rate: $179
Cut-Off Date: March 25, 2023

Embassy Suites by Hilton Grand Rapids Downtown
710 Monroe Ave NW • 15-minute walk or DASH Downtown Area Shuttle
Book online: Embassy Suites Reservations
Code: MSBO
Phone: (616) 512-5700 or (800) 774-1500
Rate: $189 (includes breakfast and manager’s evening reception)
Cut-Off Date: March 26, 2023

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton – Grand Rapids Downtown
433 Dudley Place NE • 7-minute drive
Book online: Hampton Inn Reservations
Code: MSB
Phone: (616) 456-2000
Rate: $179
Cut-Off Date: March 21, 2023

The following MSBO hotel room blocks are sold out and additional rooms will not be added within the MSBO blocks at a discounted rate. You may be able to book rooms outside of the MSBO block.

  • Amway Grand Plaza Hotel – Host Hotel – Phone: (616) 774-2000
  • AC Hotels by Marriott Grand Rapids/Downtown – Phone: (616) 776-3200
  • Courtyard by Marriott Downtown GR –  Phone: (616) 242-6000
  • Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown –  Phone: (616) 235-7611
  • Homewood Suite by Hilton Grand Rapids/Downtown – Phone: (888) 861-8331
  • JW Marriott Grand Rapids – Phone: (616) 242-1500
  • Downtown Grand Rapids: Utilize this map to see what there is at and around your hotel!
  • Parking – Click here to view the parking map for downtown Grand Rapids (last updated December 2022 – be aware prices and availability are subject to change)
  • DASH – Downtown Area Shuttle: Our Downtown Area Shuttle (DASH) offers downtown visitors and workers a great way to get around downtown. DASH buses pass every stop every 15 minutes. What a service!
  • Grand Rapids Attendee Exclusives: Grand Rapids rolls out the red carpet for convention attendees! We’ve arranged discounts at a number of local restaurants, attractions and other businesses to help you truly experience the city while you’re here. These savings are not available to the general public – they’re our way of saying thank you for making the trip to Grand Rapids. Redeem your discounts simply by presenting the digital coupon on your phone. It’s that easy! Visit exclusives.
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Click here to view the parking map for downtown Grand Rapids (last updated December 2022 – be aware prices and availability are subject to change)

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