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Beyond the Border: Escape the Madness at J.W. Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes

Orlando is synonymous with Disney. It’s almost Pavlovian. You hear the name and you immediately conjure up an image of the Mouse. What if you could visit Orlando but stay far from the madding crowd? The J.W. Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes fits the bill. This palatial resort is blissfully free of the hustle and bustle of nearby Disney and offers a regal style reminiscent of Europe. The best part? Partnered with the adjacent Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes, this resort is truly a world unto itself.

3 Tips on Delivering Benefits to Your Sponsors that Won’t Cost a Dime

You're at a planning meeting for an upcoming event and the conversation arises about “getting sponsors” to support the event financially with hard dollar (cash) and soft dollar (services) sponsors. For more than 20 years, I’ve been collaborating with sponsors for events and conferences. The most successful sponsor programs always begin by asking, “Why should a company support the event?” Once the answer to that question is crystal clear, strategically developing the target list to contact makes sense and has purpose.

Meet Strongman Eric Moss: The Inspirational Speaker

Eric Moss was not always a “strongman.” As a kid he battled eczema and turned negative comments from others into a career as a strongman and inspirational speaker. Moss speaks about how a strongman mindset can also be applied to business and life. His main programs include: Steel Forged Self-Esteem, Becoming Strong Enough To Lead From The Front and Witness the Power of Our Potential. The programs focus on self-esteem enhancement, leadership cultivation, overcoming adversity, resilience and perseverance.

Private Dining Concierge Takes the Guesswork Out of Corporate Dining

Our neighbor to the north, New York City is a wondrous place bursting with energy and excitement. Of course, the city can also be intimidating, especially for those who may need to book a private dining event. With so many different restaurants to choose from, how does a planner pick the right one? Enter Private Dining Concierge. The online service is free for planners and is searchable by neighborhood, cuisine, size, price and even special features, such as audio-visual capabilities, outdoor seating and more.

FêteFone Turns Up the Audio With Unique Telephone Stations

Forget about greeting guests with the same old guestbook. FêteFone lets guests speak for themselves with unique telephone stations. Event planners can go to fetefone.com and select from more than 25 styles that fit their event décor. Once selected, the FêteFone hub arrives at the planned event location at least two days before the kickoff. The best part about the design? No telephone line is required. Guests can pick up the phone, hear greetings from hosts and also leave messages.

Turn Imagination Into Reality with EverBlock

Add a creative touch to your next event space with EverBlock, a building system comprised of oversized plastic blocks that can be constructed into nearly anything imaginable. Blocks come in a wide variety of colors, ensuring the ability to match any logo or theme, and they’re environmentally friendly in addition to being easy to set up and take down.

Event Snapshots: Global Pharmaceutical & Medical Meetings Summit

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The fourth annual Global Pharmaceutical and Medical Meetings Summit was held in Philadelphia on Feb. 10-12 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. The conference was attended by meeting planners and vendors who specialize in meetings for the medical and pharmaceutical community. Summit attendees networked and attended educational sessions targeted at this specific industry. 

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