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Use the New SGMP website to sign-up for the 2015 SGMP NEC & Expo
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SGMP has launched a totally redesigned and enhanced database and website as a key upgrade to our communications and marketing efforts as part of your National Board's ongoing commitment to provide our members with better service and timely information. Members may now login to the new system by going to www.sgmp.org and the "Member Login" area. Your new username is the primary email address we have on file and your new and temporary password is Password1 (once you login, create and save a new password).

Members: Expand your expertise RIGHT NOW by using the website to:
  • download and complete a national scholarship application for the NEC & Expo (due Nov. 17)
  • register for the NEC as a General Attendee
  • renew your SGMP membership
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    6 strategies for building planner-supplier relationships
    Meetings Net
    For planners, forming long-lasting partnerships with suppliers requires a mindset shift toward more trust and inclusiveness. For suppliers, it means repositioning yourself as a trusted advisor. Below are six reliable tips for making these relationships more successful for everyone.
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    Troops, Defense employees will have less money for extended travel starting Nov. 1
    Government Executive
    Service members as well as Defense Department civilians on long-term government travel will receive smaller per diems starting Nov. 1, the Pentagon confirmed. Troops on long-term TDY (temporary duty) are subject to the same lower reimbursement rates for lodging, meals and other expenses as their civilian colleagues under a new policy aimed at saving the department money.
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    8 cost-saving strategies for meetings
    Bizbash
    Yes, it is possible to reduce the cost of meetings and events without skimping on the experience. Here are eight tips from event professionals that can boost your bottom line.
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    Stat: The biggest business travel savings
    Travel Agent Central
    Negotiated discounts (90 percent), better policy management (81 percent) and more efficient processes (79 percent) lead to the biggest business travel savings, according to a new study by the Global Business Travel Association. The largest costs for travel managers justifiably come from the TMCs, including transaction-based fees and after-hours booking fees or services.
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    Why the Meetings Mean Business event was such a highlight at IMEX America
    Prevue
    First developed during the economic dog days of late 2008, the Meetings Mean Business Coalition brings together tourism and hospitality industry leaders in every sector to promote the ROI of face-to-face events [as a CIC member, SGMP is represented in this coalition]. Over the last year we attended MMBC sessions at IBTM America, MPI and DMAI, where industry leaders emphasized the coalition's primary message that meetings and events should be viewed as business investments that drive growth. At IMEX America in Las Vegas in October, the coalition had a new story to tell, and it’s a good one.
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    Event pros share 7 things you need to know now
    BizBash
    Some of the most creative minds in events shared their tips for success — and avoiding disaster — during the Event Innovation Forum at BizBash Live: The Expo New York, held Oct. 28 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. The two sessions of the forum covered a lot of ground, but here are some key takeaways.
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    Hotels don't want guests to have to linger at the front desk — or even stop by at all. New programs are helping speed up the check-in process for busy travelers, or in at least one case, letting them go straight to their rooms by using their smartphone to unlock doors.
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    Marriott Hotels woos millennials with mobile apps and wireless charging
    Forbes
    What does it take to win over the millennial traveler? It's a question that is preoccupying hotel brands like Marriott as America's largest generation prepares to hit its peak spending years. The good news for hotel owners is that adults born after 1982 are an altogether different type of customer than the serious, briefcase-toting generations that proceeded them.
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    Ballot-measure results: An election 2014 highlight reel
    Government Executive
    This isn't every attempt at direct democracy that passed or failed on Nov. 4, just everything that seemed like it might be of interest to a national audience.
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