We sincerely apologize for the cancellation of our Mid-Year Symposium and we look forward to next year where we can network and meet new faces!

The NIC Mid-Year Symposium (formerly known as All Regions Meeting) will be held on Saturday April 25 and a half-day on Sunday, April 26. The symposium will be held at the IP Casino Resort Spa Hotel located at 850 Bayview Avenue in Biloxi, Mississippi.

 


 

Registration Form (enclosed in this packet of information). The registration fee must be paid in advance, as there will be no on-site registration. Payment may be made by check, warrant, etc., as NIC is not set up to accept credit card payments at this time. That said, NIC is in the process of developing online registration and payment capabilities for this event. The information for online registration will be provided at a later date. For those attendees who prefer to register and pay the applicable fee online, you may lock in the registration fee noted below by providing me the names of the individuals who plan to attend the symposium. That information may be emailed to me at debranorton@sbcglobal.net

 

Registration Fee Schedule:

 

Registration Schedule Early Registration
February 2020
General Registration
March 2020
Late Registration
April 1-10, 2020
Registration
on Site
Registration Fee $100 $125 $175 Not Available

 

The registration fee includes the welcome reception on Friday evening. If you plan to bring a guest to the welcome reception, the fee is $45 for each guest and payment must be received on or before April 10, 2020. Tickets to this function will not be sold at the door. Fees for registration and/or function ticket are refundable if notice of cancellation is received on or before April 17, 2020.

 

Hotel Reservations: The deadline date for making hotel reservations is Tuesday, March 31, 2020. The guest room rate for single/double accommodations on Friday and Saturday nights (April 24-25) is $159.99 plus a $14 resort fee each night for a total of $173.99 a night plus applicable taxes. The guest room rate for Sunday night (April 26) is $69.99 plus a $14 resort fee and applicable taxes. The tax rate is currently 12%.

 

All reservations must be guaranteed to a major credit card. The first night’s reservation room and tax will be charged at the time the reservation is made. The hotel policy for cancellation of a reservation is at least 24 hours prior to 4:00 p.m. (CDT) of arrival date. A credit card in the guest’s name is required at check in for the $100 security deposit. If a debit card is used at check in, please note that banks put a “hold” on the $100 funds for several days (usually 3-5). As such, a credit card is the recommended choice.

 

A limited number of guest rooms are blocked. The discounted room rate is available until Tuesday, March 31, 2020 or until the block sells out, whichever comes first. As such, it is important that individual attendees make their room reservation as soon as possible. Room reservations may be made online at www.ipbiloxi.com/groups and using the Meeting Group Code (S200283). Room reservations may be made directly with the hotel’s reservation department at (888-946-2847 #1). To receive the special rate you must provide the Meeting Group
Code (S200283) or our Group name “National Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology”.

 

Check in time is available after 4:00 p.m.; check out time is 11:00 a.m. The hotel cannot guarantee that all guest rooms will be available at 4:00 p.m. but will make every effort to accommodate guests arriving early.

 

Airport, Ground Transportation and Parking. The hotel is approximately 18 miles from the Gulfport-Biloxi Airport (GPT). GPT is serviced by Delta, American and United Airlines. The hotel does not provide airport shuttle
service. GPT is serviced by taxis and share rides (Lyft & Uber). The average taxi fare is $35 – $40 one way. For attendees traveling by car, parking at the hotel is complimentary for valet, garage and street-lot parking.

 

Attire: Business casual attire is suitable for the meeting. It is advisable to bring a light jacket/sweater to the meeting as we can not regulate the room temperature to accommodate everyone. Friday Night: The symposium will be preceded by a welcome reception on Friday, April 24, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served and a cash, no-host bar will be available. Casual or business-casual attire is suitable for the reception.

 

Agenda: A tentative agenda and registration form are included in this packet of information. Please complete the registration form and send it with the applicable registration fee to the NIC Office at 7622 Briarwood Circle, Little Rock, AR, 72205. The deadline date for registration & payment of the applicable registration fee is April 10, 2020. Please make checks payable to the National-Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology. The NIC’s Federal ID number is 57-0529397. As noted above, for those attendees who prefer to register and pay the applicable fee online, you may lock in the registration fee by providing me the names of the members/staff that plan to attend the symposium. That information may be emailed to me at debranorton@sbcglobal.net. The information for online registration will be provided at a later date.

 

ATTENTION EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS: The Executive Directors will meet Friday, April 24. The Executive Directors Committee will send information about the meeting along with registration materials. We look forward to seeing everyone in Biloxi. If you have any questions please contact Debra Norton at 501-227-8262.