Equipment Rental

If you need it, chances are very strong that we’ve got it. With equipment to offer ranging from a 60″ HD LCD monitor all the way to coat racks and tape, the George W. Neilson Convention Center has everything your meeting could possibly need.
NOTE: Some equipment is provided with room setups. Please check with your Sales Manager or Event Lead for more details.


Food & Beverage Services

Ensuring your meals run smoothly, our on-site management team is available before, during and after to guarantee you the highest level of customer service.

From grand receptions of 1,000 to intimate affairs or your everyday needs of concession services, our catering team embraces the challenge of captivating your palate and exceeding your expectations. Our mission is to make your event run impeccably.

Food Sampling
Food and/or beverage samples may only be distributed directly from an exhibit booth, within the show floor exhibit space.
Food and/or beverage samplings are limited to products manufactured, processed or distributed by the exhibiting company.
All items distributed are limited to SAMPLE SIZE:

  • Food portions are limited to 2 ounces
  • Non-alcoholic beverages are limited to 5 ounces.
  • Alcoholic beverages are limited as follows:
    • Beer – 3 ounces
    • Wine – 1.5 ounces
    • Liqueur or Cordials – .75 ounce
    • Distilled Spirits – .50 ounce

Exhibitors who wish to distribute alcohol samples from their booth must arrange with the Sanford Center in advance for fees and regulations involved with sampling under the Sanford Center’s liquor license. The Sanford Center reserves the right of final approval on the dispensing of beer, wine or other alcoholic beverages by exhibitors.


Leslie Cluff, Director of Food & Beverage

(218) 441-4014



Guest Services

At the Sanford Center, we offer high-quality services to ensure your attendees make the best of their experiences in Bemidji.

Administration Office
The Administration Office is conveniently located off the main entrance of the Sanford Center on the ground floor. Assistants can provide directions, building & facilities information, and offer hospitality and tourist assistance. Brochures, maps, magazines and other hospitality publications are available for guests to collect and reference.

Hours of Operation: The Sanford Center’s Administration Office is open Monday through Friday – 9AM to 5PM.

Event safety and security are things that you should never have to worry about during an event as a planner, and you can rest assured that our experienced and professional security team will take care of your event. We offer this level of protection for events:

  • Medical Services: First aid personnel on the floor.
  • Police Officers: Provided through the Bemidji Police Department.
  • Security & Ushers: Providing show security including ticket takers, door guards, overnight guards and ushers for Arena and Ballroom events.

Event Planners Note: Please request these services during the planning discussions with the Sales Manager.