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April 21, 2015


 


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Catering ideas for off-site parties
Catersource
As America becomes more and more educated on the negative aspects of mass-produced meals and processed food, combined with an increased exposure to fine-dining options, there has been a noticeable shift in the public's eateries of choice. This shift has been reflected in the event industry, with caterers answering the call of clients seeking a dining experience similar to that of the restaurants they patronize.
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CREATIVE INSPIRATIONS


10 truths nobody tells you about being an event planner
Event Manager Blog
A lot is written and observed about the traits of event managers and what it takes to be a great event planner. On the flipside however some of these common characteristics we share and our demanding career path can actually be a nightmare for those around us, at home, work and play.
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What your rental company wishes you knew
Special Events
Clients are like precious jewels: valuable and often hard to come by. But sometimes clients can act a little precious, making demands that just aren't reasonable.
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8 ways to stay within your event budget
Cvent
Planning events is challenging for many reasons, but one of the top contenders is definitely planning and sticking to a budget. Even if you do stick to what you can afford, you have to be aware of unexpected costs that could pop up at any moment.
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INDUSTRY TRENDS


17 festival-inspired design and decor ideas from Coachella parties
BizBash
From the whimsical and bohemian to the chic and structured, these ideas provide inspiration for press walls, tabletops, seating, branding and more.
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Top 5 summer wedding cake ideas
The Knot
Five ways to give your wedding cake some summertime flair.
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5 tips for choosing your wedding wine
Martha Stewart Weddings
Think like a sommelier when picking what you will serve at your celebration with this expert advice from Sarah Tracey, wine ambassador with City Wine Tours in New York City and blogger behind The Lush Life.
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BEYOND BUSINESS


Women are owning more and more small businesses
The Atlantic
Owning your own business is often touted as the ultimate coup in the working world. Obvious challenges aside, it sounds like a pretty nice gig. Such jobs are largely enjoyed by men, who make up an estimated 71 percent of business owners in the U.S. But that might slowly be changing. A report from the Institute of Women's Policy Research shows that women are steadily increasing their presence in the world of small business ownership.
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Setting yourself up for social media marketing success
Business 2 Community
Social media marketing is an excellent way to reach and engage with your customers, clients and patients. It can be low cost and can be an easy addition to your marketing efforts, especially if you are familiar and comfortable with social media. Here are seven tips to set yourself up for social media marketing success.
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Do emoticons have a place in business communication?
By Danielle Wegert
Communication is constantly adapting to new technology. From letters, telephones and faxes to email, text messaging and social media, communication has evolved rapidly. Think about it. Acronyms are now being used as whole messages — LOL for laughing out loud. Hashtags are ubiquitous — #everywhere. And emoticons are now supplementing feelings and emotions. But is that smiley face appropriate to send to a co-worker? A business partner with whom you have a strong relationship? Your boss? A client?
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 UPCOMING INDUSTRY EVENTS
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Experience! 2015 Conference & Expo — July 12-15
NACE
Haven't registered for Experience! 2015 Conference & Expo yet? What are you waiting for? The Early Bird deadline is just around the corner on April 30. Join NACE this July in Scottsdale, Arizona so you don’t miss the only conference of its kind that serves everyone in the catering and events industry. Register today.
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Marketplace Expo
NACE
Marketplace Expo is an exciting one day tradeshow on Tuesday, July 14 during the Experience Conference produced by NACE. Over the last 7 years, exhibitors from a wide range of industry-related companies presented their wares and services to an audience of caterers, event planners and other industry professionals. The average attendee has been in the industry for 10+ years and is at a senior management or higher level. In 2014 more than 700 attendees visited exhibitors in 64 booths. The show is open from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Booths start at $695 and include breakfast and lunch in expo hall. Secure your location now! Visit www.nace.net/exhibit for more details.
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Business Academies Certificate Program — Contracts and Agreements begins May 4
NACE
Are you looking for more education in a specific category? NACE offers a unique online learning experience through the Business Academies Certificate Program. Beginning May 4, the Contracts and Agreements course will help caterers and event planners gain a thorough understanding of contract terms and understand legal responsibilities of their contracts and agreements. Sign up now.
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