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SGMP no longer sends membership dues invoices by mail. If you are in your renewal cycle and have logged into the member portal, you can print your invoice or simply pay online. You can login at www.sgmp.org by simply entering the primary email address we have on file as your username and then enter Password1 as your new and temporary password (once you login, create and save a new password). The new website and database are key components of your National Board's ongoing commitment to provide our members with better service and timely information with which to grow our membership. The new website features direct social media interaction, better newsfeeds and member information, plus an easier to navigate user interface with full optimization for mobile and tablet use. Thank you for your membership!
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5 key trends that will impact convention centers in 2015
Professional Convention Management Association
No matter where you turn in the meetings industry, you'll find one common characteristic: change. From planners who are rethinking attendee engagement strategies to exhibitors who are redesigning booth spaces to sponsors who are reevaluating where their dollars go, conferences and trade shows are breaking up with tradition. Convention centers, with their tens of thousands of auditorium seats and millions of square feet of exhibit space, are in a period of transformation. As the industry looks ahead to 2015, here is a preview of five key trends that will impact convention centers.
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The power of displaying passion for your work
Government Executive
There's something infectious and likeable about someone who displays obvious passion for their work, particularly when the enthusiasm is anchored in fixing, improving or innovating around something meaningful to others and to the organization. For professionals climbing the rungs of the organizational ladder or navigating boundary crossing in highly siloed organizations, visible enthusiasm for your work will serve you well during your journey.
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2015 small meetings trends
Successful Meetings
Recently, Successful Meetings sent a survey out our readership asking their opinions on small meetings. The survey drew 142 responses. Of that number, 52 percent were corporate planners, 23 percent worked for associations, 25 percent were independent or third party planners and 3 percent worked in site selection. Here's what they had to say.
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Early Bird discount for exhibitor registration to the SGMP 2015 NEC & Expo
SGMP
All registration categories are open for our 2015 NEC & Expo on April 28-30 in Minneapolis. Exhibitor registration is now offering an "Early Bird" discount for a limited time only — you save $300 if you register by Dec. 15. Supplier members, go to our website for more information and to register now.
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Spending, immigration and tax fights will dominate final days of 113th Congress
Government Executive
Lawmakers reconvene Dec. 8 for the final two weeks of the 113th Congress, with some Republicans clamoring to use the power of the purse to block President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration and Democrats warning that such a strategy could lead to another government shutdown. House and Senate appropriators this week will work to finalize details on a so-called omnibus measure tying together all 12 annual spending bills in a package lasting until next Sept. 30, the start of a new fiscal year. They face a Dec. 11 deadline for passage of such a measure, because that's when a temporary bill that has been keeping government funded and operating expires.
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A ban on carry-on bags? Travelers say 'no way'
KTVT-TV
Could there ever really be a ban on carry-on bags when you fly? According to a report by National Public Radio, a ban on carry-on luggage was discussed by U.S. counter-terrorism officials. The spokesperson said as always TSA will make adjustments when necessary to meet the ever-evolving terror threat. A TSA spokesperson told CBS 11 News it's "not anticipating any further changes in the carry-on bag policies."
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CWT: More meetings mean more success on trips
Meetings and Conventions
Business trips are largely successful, and even more so when travelers add more meetings and spend a higher percentage of their trip time in meetings, according to new research from the CWT Solutions Group. The consulting arm of Carlson Wagonlit Travel surveyed 10,000 business travelers to compile the results into The Value of Business Travel: The Travelers' Perspective, to gauge traveler return on investment.
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Sheriff's office in Washington state faces public records request for every document it has
Government Executive
It's not uncommon for public records requests made by members of the media, public interest groups or ordinary citizens to frustrate local governments. But in Snohomish County, Washington, local officials are dealing with a very different type of public records request predicament. An anonymous man recently requested every document that the sheriff's department has in its possession.
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'12 Days of Christmas' items cost more than $116K
The Associated Press via Yahoo News
The cost of six geese-a-laying spiked considerably this year, while most of the items in the carol "The Twelve Days of Christmas," saw little to no increase, according to the 31st annual PNC Wealth Management Christmas Price Index.
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