Exhibiting at the Vendor Fair and Maker Market

Vendor Fair

Reach a captive audience of 2,000+ LGBTQIA+ students and student leaders from around the Midwest.

Organizations at the fair typically seek to promote opportunities, recruit future employees, sell merchandise, or reach out to an amazing group of college students and their advisors. What will your organization do?

  • Hours of operation: Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

  • Set-up time: Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. (Friday set up hours available upon request)

  • Location: Greater Columbus Convention Center

Need special arrangements? Please contact us.


For all vendors, pay what you can: $150, $250, $350, $500.

Recommended contributions:

  • Small non-profits at $150

  • Businesses selling goods at $350

  • Corporations at $500

All exhibit spaces come with one 8' table and two folding chairs. Exhibitors are responsible for supplying any desired table linens. The exhibit hall is in a prominent, high-traffic location. Exhibitors are responsible for the security and storage of their property.

Maker Market

The Maker Market invites conference attendees and vendors to buy, sell, and trade their creations and participate in makers-stations that may include design-your-own-swag tables, prize giveaways, arts and crafts, skill-share demos, and much more!

This space is intended for queer and trans creators to sell/trade or provide demonstrations on a skill, craft or art form.


Friday only
For queer and trans creators participating in the Friday maker market only:

Creator type


Independent creator


Small established business
(annual sales under $100k)


Large established business
(annual sales of $100k+)


Vendors not selling goods/providing an activity or demonstration only


2-day pass
Participate in the Maker Market and the Vendor Fair. Only those who qualify to participate the Maker Market will be considered for the 2-Day pass.

Pay what you can—recommended contributions:



Small non-profits


Businesses selling goods





This space is intended for queer and trans creators to sell/trade or provide demonstrations on a skill, craft or art form. We also welcome vendors who represent or sell majority queer and trans content, such as independent booksellers, media outlets, clothing companies, etc.Unsure if you qualify? Contact us and we’ll chat about your options.We are obligated to remind those selling merchandise to obtain the appropriate seller's permit and licenses. Information about Ohio sales and general excise tax is available from the Ohio Taxpayer Service Center. More information about registering for a Vendor's License or Seller's Use Tax Account is available from the Ohio Department of Taxation.

Let us help you obtain a seller's permit

The Midwest Institute for Sexuality and Gender Diversity is registered as a marketplace facilitator with the Ohio Department of Taxation (#99138154). With this license, we can collect and pay sales tax on your behalf. To get started, fill out the application form below and select "No, I need assistance with obtaining a permit" when asked if you have a seller's permit. A member of our team will be in touch to discuss how we can collaborate.

Apply to participate

Please describe your merchandise, demonstration, or activity and how it aligns with the intentions of the market

Please provide your Ohio seller's permit number


Send us a note with any questions or comments about the Vendor Fair or Maker Market.

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