85th MSBO Annual

Conference & Exhibit Show

April 23-25, 2024

Welcome Conference Attendees!

For up-to-date Conference information, session presentation files, and more, visit our 2024 MSBO Annual Conference Mobile Site. The page’s password information can be found in your Conference Program, Conference-at-a-Glance brochure, or your Know-Before-You-Go email.

Road Detours and Construction Alert

Northbound US-131 will completely close at 28th Street in April.  Entrance ramps to northbound U.S. 131 will be closed from 44th Street to Market Avenue. A single lane will remain open from Burton Street through the downtown area so that some traffic can pass through.

US-131 from 28th Street to Pearl Street will have lane closures for the entirety of the project due to joint repairs.

General Conference Information

Online registration has closed. You can register onsite beginning Monday, April 22, 24 at 3:oo pm.

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 $220 $330
Certification – Half Day (Tuesday) $110 $165
Certification – Full Day $220 $330
Single Day $220 $330
Full Conference $430 $645

View Orientation Recording View Presentation Slides

Whether this is your first MSBO Annual Conference or it has been a while, join us for a live webinar and get all the details on this year’s Conference. There will also be time to get your questions answered.

CPEs for 2024 Annual Conference

You will earn SCECHs/CPEs based on the sessions you attend. Attendees will have to complete and turn in the SCECH/CPE form included in their conference bag to receive credit. Boxes for completed forms will be located near MSBO registration in the Center Concourse at the Amway.

  • 50 minutes = 1 CPE
  • 60 minutes = 1 SCECH. SCECH credit is rounded down to the quarter hour. There is a maximum of 19.25 SCECHs that can be earned.

Download the list of CPEs

*Accounting and Auditing

150d — Grants Management 101* (1.5)
150h — Financial Reporting and Transparency Requirements for Beginners* (0.9)
170g — Accounting and Auditing Update* (1.0)
170h — Is Your District Prepared for the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Cliff* (1.0)
B06 — School Nutrition Program Financial Reporting and Auditing Considerations* (1.2)
B07 — Bond and Sinking Fund Audit and Reporting Requirements* (1.2)
B11 — Acccounting and Auditing Update* (1.2)
B14 — Special Education Finance 101* (1.2)
B21 — MDE Potpourri* (1.2)
B25 — Fundamentals of Purchasing Policies and Procedures* (1.2)
C05 — Frequently Found Audit Issues* (1.2)
C07 — The Importance of Internal Controls* (1.2)
C10 — Budgeting in Today’s Landscape of State and Federal Funding* (1.2)
C12 — Bulletin 1022 Accounting Manual Overview* (1.2)
C15 — Food Service Excess Fund Balances* (1.2)
C22 — Payroll Processing and Legal Compliance* (1.2)
E06 — Grant Processing A-Z* (1.2)
E08 — ESSER Monitoring: Lessons to Apply Before American Rescue Plan (ARP) ESSER III Grants Expire* (1.2)
E09 — Prevent Fraud: Districts Who Learned the Hard Way* (1.2)
E15 — Understand the Implications of School District Audit and Financial Statements* (1.2)
F05 — MDE Accounting, Financial Reporting and FID Updates* (1.2)
F06 — How to Accurately Prepare Your SEFA* (1.2)
F10 — How to Prepare for a Headache Free Audit* (1.2)
F12 — Creating an Ethical Environment** (1.2)
H08 — Bonded Construction Fund and Sinking Fund Audits* (0.6)
i07 — The ABC’s of Your Single Audit* (0.6)

All other sessions qualify under Other.

Download the FAQ

Q1: Is there a virtual option for this conference? 

A1: There is not a virtual option for the 2024 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: When is onsite conference registration open? 

A3: Conference registration is at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, and here are the hours: 

  • Monday, April 22: 5:00 – 7:00 pm 
  • Tuesday, April 23: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm 
  • Wednesday, April 24: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm 
  • Thursday, April 25: 7:00 am – 3:30 pm 


Q4: How many CPEs/SCECHs can I get? 

A4: You will earn CPEs/SCECHs based on the number of sessions you attend. Attendees will have to complete the 2024 MSBO Annual Conference SCECH/CPE form which will be included in your conference materials. Be sure to indicate all sessions attended and turn the form in before you leave. You will receive an emailed Certificate of Completion for SCECH and CPE (CPA) credits.


Q5: Where should I park at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel? 

A5: Amway Grand Plaza Hotel Parking (availability and pricing are subject to change): 

  • How much is parking for registered hotel guests? 
    • $45 per night for self-parking $41 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. 


Q6: Is other parking available? 

A6: Yes. A downtown Grand Rapids Parking Map is available on the MSBO Conference webpage. 


Q7: What is the attire for the Conference? 

A7: The attire is business casual. 

  • 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.

The Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids will serve as host hotel for the 85th MSBO Annual Conference & Exhibit Show – April 23-25, 2024.  Room blocks for this year’s conference are sold out. Rooms may still be available at the following hotels. They will not be available at the MSBO rate and are available outside of the MSBO room block.


Hampton Inn & Suites Grand Rapids Downtown
433 Dudley Place Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Phone: 616-456-2000
$144 with discounted $16 daily parking.
Reservations Due by: Friday, April 12
Booking link: https://group.hamptoninn.com/dha5vs

JW Marriott Grand Rapids235 Louis St. NW • 3-minute walk/ Connected to Amway via skywalkPhone: 616-242-1500Website Courtyard by Marriott Downtown GR11 Monroe Ave. NW • 4-minute walk/Connected to Amway via skywalkPhone: 616-242-6000WebsiteHoliday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown310 Pearl St. NW • 6-minute walkPhone: 616-235-7611Website Homewood Suites by Hilton Grand Rapids/Downtown161 Ottawa Ave NW • 3-minute walkPhone: 616-451-2300Website AC Hotels by Marriott Grand Rapids/Downtown50 Monroe Ave NW • 3-minute walkPhone: 616-776-3200Website Hyatt Place Grand Rapids/Downtown140 Ottawa Ave NW • 4-minute walkPhone: 616-984-1200Website Other Area HotelsCity Flats Hotel Grand Rapids/Downtown83 Monroe Center St NW • 6-minute walkPhone: 616-608-1720Website The Finnley Hotel Grand Rapids/Downtown65 Monroe Center St NW • 8-minute walkPhone: 616-622-2110WebsiteBooking Link Residence Inn by Marriott Grand Rapids/Downtown40 Louis St NW • 8-minute walkPhone: 616-776-5905Website Canopy by Hilton Marriott Grand Rapids/DowntownThe Canopy is offering a discounted rate of $179 per night for attendees of the MSBO Annual Conference & Exhibit Show. Book online using the group booking link or call Canopy Grand Rapids at 616-456-6200 and use the code MSBG by Monday, April 8 to secure the discounted rate. Requests for additional rooms at this rate are not guaranteed.
131 Ionia Ave SW • 13-minute walkPhone: 616-456-6200Website MSBO Annual Conference & Exhibit Show Schedule

  • Tuesday, April 23, 2024 – Pre-Conferences and certification classes
  • Wednesday, April 24 – Thursday, April 25, 2024 – Annual Conference & Exhibit Show

Hotel Room Nights

  • Monday, April 22, 2024, if you are planning on attending Tuesday, April 23
  • Tuesday, April 23, 2024, if you are planning on attending Wednesday, April 24
  • Wednesday, April 24, 2024, if you are planning on attending Thursday, April 25

If you have any questions, please email Deneen Hansen at dhansen@msbo.org.


Don’t Let This Happen to You 

MSBO does not work with outside companies for overnight accommodations. 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 2024 MSBO Annual Conference, they are not being truthful!

Amway Grand Plaza Parking
$41 per night for self-parking and $45 per night for valet parking 
(Both allow 24-hour in-and-out access). 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.

The city of Grand Rapids has an interactive visitor map for bus routes and parking available downtown.

Downtown Grand Rapids Map: Hotels, Parking and Restaurants

View All Exhibitors and Sponsors

Immediately following the lunch and keynote, visit hundreds of 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 24, 2024: 2:15 – 5:00 pm
  • Thursday, April 25, 2024: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

“Early Birds” Get the Prizes
If you register by March 1, 2024 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.

Thursday, April 25, 2024 • 7:00 am

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Get up and get going early at the SET SEG Fun Run/Walk 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 29 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.

  • Downtown Grand Rapids: Utilize this map to see what there is at and around your hotel!
  • 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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