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10 infographics to plan your next event
Event Manager Blog
Julius Solaris writes, "There is something incredibly right about infographics. The delicate mix of data and visuals delivers immediate learning. Much more effectively and quickly than thousands words. So I went into the Interweb wild and searched for some cool infographics that could actually deliver some value to different types of event professionals."
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CREATIVE INSPIRATIONS


Chefs share tips for healthy, flavorful dishes
News & Observer
Andrea Weigl writes, "Eating healthy doesn't have to mean bland food. It doesn't have to be an endless march of beige whole grains, grassy juices and skimpy salads. We sought advice from three chefs well-versed in creating flavorful food for those trying to eat healthier."
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Sochi 2014: 6 Olympics party ideas
BlogHer
The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, are almost here, and it is time to celebrate this world-wide event and learn at the same time. Having a party, no matter how big or small, can be really fun for the entire family. Using food, drink, decorations, and your own games can teach the entire family about the Olympics, sporting events, geography, and world cultures. Ready to get started?
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23 wonderful 'winter wonderland' party ideas!
Spoonful
Change winter parties into winter wonderlands with these 23 wonderful party ideas!
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Lunches you'll love
Catersource
Fresh, nutritious, unprocessed, "clean." More and more, these are the qualities customers are looking for in their lunches. Especially during corporate, social and educational functions, people want food that both satisfies and energizes the mind and body.
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See how an NYC couple pulled off southern charm in Charleston
The Knot
It all started with brunch in Manhattan—or at least that's what Megan and Rad's friends will tell you. "Everyone there that day still says they saw the immediate sparks between us," Megan explains. Despite being attached to other people at the time, both Megan and Rad knew they'd found someone special that day and began dating soon after.
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INDUSTRY TRENDS


OpenTable reveals top 25 most romantic cities in America
The Wall Street Journal
While our nation is known for its diverse food culture, our analysis revealed that romance is a popular dining trend in cities across America. In order to provide a ranking of cities where romantic dining is inherently part of the culture, the OpenTable Most Romantic Cities Index was calculated using three variables: the percentage of restaurants rated "romantic" according to OpenTable diner reviews; the percentage of tables seated for two; and the percentage of people who dined out for Valentine's Day last year.
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Hotels: A threat to quick service?
QSR Magazine
Consumer demand for more convenient, healthier foods has affected the quick-service industry for the last several years. Now the trend might be helping to create a new competitor for traditional quick-serve brands: hotels.
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New gay marriage bills would allow vendors to discriminate
Reuters via BizBash
Vendors such as florists, photographers, and cake makers would be allowed to decline to provide services to same-sex couples without fear of breaking anti-discrimination laws under proposed laws around the country. States such as Oregon and South Dakota are considering legislation, and other states have begun grappling with the issue as well.
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BEYOND BUSINESS


2 ways to find good salespeople
By Harry J. Friedman
When you went into business, did you realize that you were also going into the business of hiring? Unfortunately, staff turnover in business — particularly in retail stores — is a never-ending battle. Regardless of industry or your efforts in keeping turnover to a minimum, many people still regard retail as something to do until something better comes along. Certainly, there are many difficulties inherent to the hiring process. But there are some things you can do to eliminate, or at least lessen, some of those difficulties.
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Tapping into the event planning world: Where to start
BlogHer
If you're interested in meeting planning and need experience but don't know where to start, here are some tips to finding positions in your city. Remember, many corporations from all different industries host events. So, keep an open mind and don't rule anything out just because you aren't familiar with it.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Marriage equality creates new hotel market (Hotel News Now)
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Tina Brown's 12 tips for an engaging event (BizBash)
10 fresh ways to add roses to your wedding (Martha Stewart Weddings)
In the mood for love: Chocolate, fruit and flowers (Catersource)
5 reasons your business should have a blog (By Amanda O'Brien)

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Ellen Zilli still active in hospitality at 82
Milwaukee Business Journal
At 82-years-old, Ellen Zilli is still deeply involved in the catering business she founded in 1977, now known as Zilli Hospitality Group. The company boasts three generations of Zilli employees and recently added Boerner Botanical Gardens in Hales Corners to its lengthy list of catered venues, which includes the Mitchell Park Conservatory, the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum and the Milwaukee Public Museum. The company also operates Coast— A Zilli Restaurant in O’Donnell Park along Milwaukee's lakefront.
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Registration is open! Feb. 26 webinar on Gay Wedding Trends and Traditions
NACE
Same-sex marriage is becoming legal in more and more states and the LGBT wedding market is booming. Is your business ready to tap into this lucrative market? You will leave prepared and poised to successfully serve this emerging segment of the wedding industry. Join Bernadette Coveney Smith of 14 Stories Gay Wedding Institute for the Business of Weddings series, Gay Wedding Trends and Traditions webinar on Feb. 26 at 2pm ET/11am PT. Early bird ends 2/25: Member $35 | Non-member (public) $45. Register by 2/25 for the best rate!
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Save up to 35 percent with the all access subscription
NACE
Save when you purchase this discounted subscription and receive live and recorded access to all of our 2014 webinars in the Business of Weddings Series, Launchpad: Business 101 Series and Hot Trends Series. Member $325 | Non-member (public) $395. Click here for more information.
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Members-only February special: $100 off the CPCE exam fee
NACE
Any member who applies for the CPCE exam this month will receive $100 off the exam application fee. Normally $395, you pay only $295! This price includes the online exam and a copy of The Professional Reference Guide. For more information and registration details, please email cpce@nace.net. View all of the monthly specials for February here.
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Order your copy of the 2013-2014 Compensation Survey
NACE
For the first time in our industry, NACE has taken a comprehensive look at compensation and benefit trends. What are the average salaries for people in our industry? How does this correlate to years of experience, job function and certification level? How do people view our industry as an option for second careers? NACE has compiled all of this data into a report that is easy to read and download. Members $49 | Non-members $79. For more information, click here.
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