Located on the southern tip of the New Jersey peninsula in Cape May, South Jersey Marina offers offshore team-building activities for companies and groups that come to the area for conferences and meetings. Groups can rent charter boats, with six people on each boat, and sail offshore to get a tour of the unique area. Groups also have the option to dolphin or bird watch and, of course, fish. “There is nothing that builds teamwork better than sport fishing,” says Marketing Director Mark Allen. From birding to dolphin watching to sport fishing, South Jersey Marina provides all the necessary accommodations to make every boating experience productive and pleasurable.  

Over the years, any corporate event planner can admit to spending countless hours researching the perfect venue or vendors for their gatherings. After attending or hosting hundreds of events, New York-based Daphne Hoppenot was no stranger to this research and was frustrated by its repetitive nature. However, it was planning her wedding in 2018 that pushed her to realize the lack of resources in the corporate events market compared to the wedding industry, and set out to see if other meetings and events professionals were struggling with the same problem.  

 

Freelancing has become a new ball game since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, as many companies cannot afford to keep full-time positions, but still need those tasks completed. Although many more professionals have had to join the freelancing community since March, Tracy Judge had the passion for the freelancing community two years ago–long before the pandemic hit–and founded her company Soundings Connect in order to directly connect meetings and events industry freelancers with customers. 

 

Retreats and off-site meetings present wonderful opportunities for groups to collaborate, strategize and build relationships away from their normal office environments. With proper planning, these sessions can be highly effective and even pivotal in setting a new direction. However, off-sites may present some unforeseen challenges that can quickly deflate the energy in the room if not anticipated and addressed in advance.