Plan Your Trip

Meeting Location:
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
4750 Amelia Island Pkwy, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
(904) 277-1100

Conference registration deadline is Friday, May 15, noon CDT. See Registration page.
Travel arrangement deadline is Wednesday, May 20, noon CDT. All Kauffman-covered travel must be booked through Travel and Transport, and confirmed by this date. Contact Travel and Transport at 1-877-504-7643 to arrange travel.

Note:  If you do not use our link, please share your itinerary with Mette Kramer,, so that we can ensure all other conference-related matters are coordinated.

Travel Planning:
Please plan to be in Amelia Island by 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 17 for the 6:30 p.m. welcome reception and dinner.

The New Entrepreneurial Growth Conference will begin with breakfast at 8 a.m. at The Ritz-Carlton on Thursday June 18, and will end at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, June 19.

Covered Expenses:
The Kauffman Foundation will provide one round-trip, lowest-priced, reasonable ticket for each invited participant. The Foundation will be directly responsible for shuttle service to and from the hotel, hotel accommodations, sleeping room maid gratuity, and conference meals. If you prefer, the Foundation will alternatively cover rental car expenses for three days.

Expenses Not Covered:
All charges, fees, additional fare costs, luggage expense, seat upgrades, penalties incurred from changes, or cancellations made to airline reservations after they are ticketed are solely the financial responsibility of the participant.

Dress Code:
Business casual

Cancellation Policy:
As a courtesy, we ask that all cancellations be made at least 14 days in advance by contacting Mette Kramer at
Note:  If airline reservations have been confirmed and ticketed prior to cancellation, the participant will be financially responsible for the full cost of the airfare. By making reservations with our travel agency and accepting covered travel accommodations, you acknowledge and accept the terms of this cancellation policy.

RSVP is required for all participants and their guests to attend conference meals. See Registration page.

All participants and their guests are welcome to join us for the welcome reception and dinner as well as breakfast each morning. Lunches are reserved for conference participants only. Please make sure to register dietary needs on the Registration page, Special Requests.