Meetings and events

Uncertain Times, Necessary Connections

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With the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, most people are working from home. Many are social distancing or quarantining with their children, who have transitioned to online classes. Restaurants, bars, coffee shops, offices, stores and so much more have been temporarily shut down in many states, affecting daily life in the most unexpected of ways.

Meetings Mean Business Reacts to New Federal Guidance on Mass Gatherings

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Sunday recommended that all gatherings of more than 50 people be cancelled or postponed for the next eight weeks, in order to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. The recommendation covers events like parades, concerts, festivals, conferences, sporting events, weddings and more.

Meet Elizabeth Anderson

These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to brittany.trevick@tigeroak.com.

Elizabeth Anderson was recently hired as the sales coordinator for the McNamara Alumni Center in Minneapolis.

1. What are you looking forward to in your new role as sales coordinator at McNamara Alumni Center?

Meet Julia Hamilton

These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to brittany.trevick@tigeroak.com.

Julia Hamilton was recently hired as event manager at Conference Chicago.

How to Achieve Corporate Social Responsibility

What exactly is social responsibility, how does it become part of who we are as individuals, and how can it become widely embraced in the meetings and events industry? Social responsibility is an ethical/ moral framework which suggests that any individual or organization has an obligation to do something that can benefit society at large. It can be something as simple as preserving the ecosystem we live in to make the future a better place for generations to come.

Signature Drink: Jersey Fresh Blackberry Smash

The Montclair Food & Wine Festival is an annual event held in the early summer in Montclair. The weeklong event includes food and wine tastings, gala dinners and book signing events held at venues such as the Montclair Art Museum and the Manor, as well as local independent bookstores. Proceeds benefit St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital and MACHE - Montclair Academy of Culinary & Hospitality Education. This drink recipe, courtesy of the Montclair Food and Wine Festival, should benefit your next event.

Meet AC Launches New Websites

Meet AC, Atlantic City, N.J.’s tourism development agency, is shaking things up with three new websites this year and three in the pipeline set to launch within the next six months.

Recently, the organization established the convention website, which holds its convention calendar, a number of meeting planner tools and marketing materials. The convention center website merged with Meet AC. Soon, exhibitors will be able to make purchases directly through the website.

Winter Is in the Air

All planners know the importance of looking ahead—the earlier the details fall into place, the less stress one has to deal with as the event nears.

A smattering of event venues have started holding receptions decorated for holiday parties to give planners an idea of what a holiday event would look like there and to have soirees booked far in advance. We know Christmas in July sounds crazy, but it really is a planner’s dream. With all the heat and sunshine, winter feels light-years away.

Nomad Pizza’s historic food truck delivers smiles

When you want something that sparks both the appetite and a conversation, hire Nomad Pizza’s unique food truck. This isn’t your average white box truck. Instead, it’s a restored 1949 REO Speedwagon that just so happens to come equipped with a wood-fired brick oven. Thin-crust pizza that makes even the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Craig LaBan ooze with compliments is what Nomad does best, with two locations in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Hopewell, New Jersey. The truck is limited to events within 30 miles of Hopewell.

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