ELFA 2020 Business LIVE!

FAQs

General Information


ELFA 2020 Business LIVE! is an innovative virtual event that will deliver value to the entire ELFA membership. This isn’t just another video conference. We’ll use cutting-edge technology tools to learn—and network—together. We can’t wait to show you our interactive virtual platform featuring unique opportunities you’ve never experienced at an ELFA event. Get ready for top-notch programming, lower registration fees, no hotel and travel costs—all designed to help ELFA members come together as a community to create connections, share insights and prepare for what’s coming next.

This exciting event will be held October 27-28, 2020.

Registration is now open. Register online today!

We are inviting all ELFA members to join us at this exciting event. Drastically discounted registration fees and expanded content will make it easier for you and your colleagues—representing a wide range of job responsibilities and experience levels—to attend. We hope that in addition to our regular attendees, we’ll see a lot of new faces, including those who planned to attend other events this year that were cancelled, or those who’ve never attended an ELFA Annual Convention.

Yes. You won’t want to miss our multimedia exhibit hall, featuring first-rate solutions for the equipment finance industry. From live presentations to Q&A sessions, you’ll discover the latest resources for your business.

You’ll have multiple opportunities to expand your professional network, engage with other attendees and create lasting connections at ELFA 2020 Business Live! A number of unique networking opportunities are available to you from within the virtual conference platform, from online lounges to other virtual gathering spots. Highlights include:
  • Head to the networking lounges to chat with your peers about industry hot topics or continue the dialogue from sessions. The conference will feature a variety of lounges where attendees can network, with chats focused on best practices in specific areas.
  • Engage in private 1:1 chats with other attendees at any time throughout the event.
  • Participate in group chats within sessions to exchange thoughts with other attendees on the topics at hand.
  • Visit the virtual exhibit hall to network with industry service providers. Attendees can engage in private 1:1 chats with exhibitors and also participate in private “in-booth” group chats with exhibitors and other attendees. In addition, exhibitors have the ability to schedule and conduct 1:1 video chats within the platform.
  • Exchange emails with individual attendees.

At ELFA 2020 Business Live! you’ll experience stellar keynotes, top-notch and highly focused breakout sessions, interactive networking, an online exhibit hall… and you’ll even have some fun! You and your staff will enjoy multiple opportunities to learn and connect with your colleagues—and get ready for what’s coming next.

  • No plane tickets or hotel rooms needed. You can attend from anywhere.
  • Drastically discounted registration fees and expanded content make it easier for you and your employees— representing a wide range of job responsibilities and experience levels—to attend.
  • Expand your professional network with formal and informal virtual networking.
  • Focus on the issues that matter to you through targeted sessions and interactive discussions with experts.
  • Sessions will be recorded and you'll have access to them for a full year. Join us in real-time or watch sessions on-demand.
  • Visit the multimedia exhibit hall to discover solutions for your business.

The ELFA Board of Directors and professional staff have been monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic. As always, the safety of our members, event participants, community and staff are our top priority. After talking to members and weighing a number of factors, we believe the decision to hold a virtual event instead of an in-person Annual Convention is in the best interest of everyone involved.

  • $595 for Members
  • $795 for Non-members
Registration is for the entire virtual event. No partial registration is available. The full registration fee is payable in advance in U.S. funds. No registrations will be considered complete until payment is received.

You may register online at https://www.elfaonline.org/2020buslive

Yes! If your company is an ELFA member and sending 10+ people from your company, please contact Janet Fianko at jfianko@elfaonline.org to register at the bulk rate:
  • $500 for 10 or more people
  • $450 for 20 or more people

Unfortunately no. The registration fee allows for access on both days.

Yes! The schedule may be found here:
http://apps.elfaonline.org/events/2020/2020buslive/sched.cfm.

The breakout sessions have already been procured through the ELFA BCSCs and Committees.

Virtual Exhibitor Information


As an exhibitor purchasing one booth, you will receive 2 complimentary registrations with your booth purchase. As many colleagues as you would like are welcome to attend the event at the registration rate of $595 for members and $795 for non-members. In addition, if you plan on having 10+ people attend from your company, you will receive a discount for “bulk” registration. The threshold for bulk registration is 10+ attendees, so in an exhibitor’s case, that would be 2 complimentary attendees and 8 paid, to receive Bulk Pricing.

Yes, the booth complimentary registrations include access to the general and breakout sessions, as well as all the networking forums. No extra fees.

Once the Exhibitor Prospectus comes out, this will be answered in more detail. But in short, you will provide images, logos, banners and videos to our virtual platform provider who will build your booth for you. The cost of the booth build is included in your exhibitor fee. The virtual provider will build your booth and 2-3 weeks after the content is provided, you will be given a link to approve your booth or make changes.

Virtual Conference Information


After you register for the virtual event you will receive a separate email on October 22nd with your own personalized link to gain access to the virtual conference. Please note the conference virtual platform will not be accessible until 3-5 business days before the conference dates.

You’ll have multiple opportunities to expand your professional network, engage with other attendees and create lasting connections at ELFA 2020 Business Live! A number of unique networking opportunities are available to you from within the virtual conference platform, from online lounges to other virtual gathering spots. Highlights include:
  • Head to the networking lounges to chat with your peers about industry hot topics or continue the dialogue from sessions. The conference will feature a variety of lounges where attendees can network, with chats focused on best practices in specific areas.
  • Engage in private 1:1 chats with other attendees at any time throughout the event.
  • Participate in group chats within sessions to exchange thoughts with other attendees on the topics at hand.
  • Visit the virtual exhibit hall to network with industry service providers. Attendees can engage in private 1:1 chats with exhibitors and also participate in private “in-booth” group chats with exhibitors and other attendees. In addition, exhibitors have the ability to schedule and conduct 1:1 video chats within the platform.
  • Exchange emails with individual attendees.

It's an online event that mimics many of the qualities of an in-person event. On the ELFA 2020 Business LIVE! virtual platform, attendees can move around the conference hall, clicking from one virtual area to the next. You can also connect with other attendees for networking and discussion, visit a multimedia exhibit hall, stop by a help desk with any questions, and go back and watch recorded sessions, available immediately and posted for up to six months after the event.

Some members have asked about firewall and/or videoconference access issues. The virtual platform for ELFA 2020 Business LIVE! is user-friendly and is not hosted on the Zoom video conferencing platform. You should not encounter access issues once you receive your personalized ELFA Business Live conference link several days before the event. However, it never hurts to check your system using this System Check a few days before the event to make sure you can access the platform and make any adjustments necessary.