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The Business Centre is a Wellington-based provider of services that offers; Direct business advice and support. Access to Business Coaches and a wide range of Industry Experts. Financial and Accountancy services that are affordable yet provide the relationship and support small businesses need to succeed. Channels to help small businesses advertise and promote offers to one another.

Xero and SaaS


Recently Software as a Service (SaaS – see here for a great explanation of the term) in New Zealand got some fantastic validation with Xero , the online accounting application, releasing some fantastic sales figures, along with news that they’d successfully raised another $23million in funding. On a personal level we’re really happy with Xero’s success – they’ve been something of an inspiration to us, showing how successful software businesses can be built from New Zealand.

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A Guide to Serving F&B on the Exhibit Floor

PCMA Convene

During the Alzheimer’s Association 2009 International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease in Vienna, discarded cups became such a nuisance that AIM chose to ban F&B samples at all of its future shows. During the Alzheimer’s Association 2009 International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease in Vienna, one of the exhibitors served heavily garnished, nonalcoholic fruit drinks. “We

Creating The Highly Energized And Engaged Conference Participant

Velvet Chainsaw

2009 ; Hidi & Baird, 1996 ; and Mitchell, 1993 ). Too often our conference programming fosters helpless patterns of attendee responses ( Dweck & Master, 2009 ). Are 50%-80% of your conference attendees in your programming at any given time?

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Event design is not just visuals and logistics

Conferences that Work

In 2009, Jill and Kevin created the JKWeddingDance for their Big Day, and the traditional Western wedding was enriched forever. I love David Adler ‘s creativity, support, drive, ingenuity, and enthusiasm.

US Hotels See Strongest Demand Since 2015

Smart Meetings

Next year, an increased supply of hotel rooms without a similar increase in demand is anticipated to result in the first annual decline in occupancy since 2009.

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WRG promotes Maddy Allen to management team

Event Industry News

Allen joined the agency as a project co-ordinator in 2009 and has worked her way through the ranks in production and client services. WRG has promoted Client Director Maddy Allen to its management team.

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Brazil Hotel Industry Faces Big Challenges

Smart Meetings

Brazil had every reason to be optimistic about a healthy afterglow in 2009, when it was awarded the games, and this instigated a wave of hotel building. At the end of 2009, the country had 201,301 hotel guest rooms; by June 2016, the number had increased to 235,288, according to STR.

Travel Portland’s Karen Martwick Plays Her ACES

Connect Your Meetings

I’ve been an active member of ACES since 2009 and joined the board in 2012. What happened when full-time Travel Portland (Oregon) editor and part-time American Copy Editors Society executive committee member Karen Martwick took on the volunteer role of ACES conference organizer?

7 Changes Coming to Disney’s Epcot

Smart Meetings

The cuisine from India will be returning for the first time since 2009 and Spain will make its first appearance since 2010. Photo Credit: Gene Duncan Meeting professionals, take note.

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The Valisade Group Parts Ways With COAA After 13 Years

Connect Your Meetings

It was a bittersweet moment for Lisa DeGolyer and Valerie Delaney, Valisade’s partners since 2009, who are moving on without their next client in place. “We Like a proud parent, association management company The Valisade Group sent its sole client, Construction Owners Association of America , out on its own this year. We feel like it’s ‘mission accomplished,’” says DeGolyer, who began working with COAA in 2003.

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Nurturing Young Professionals at Events

PCMA Convene

C2 Montréal The annual business event that has celebrated the intersection of creativity and commerce in Montréal each May since 2009 doesn’t have an official recognition or fellows program, but offers something in that vein. TED Fellows at a reception during TED2017.

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Friends don’t let friends give away their content

Conferences that Work

As a result, this website is now the largest source of client inquiries for my consulting and facilitating services — something I would never have predicted when it went live in 2009. Friends don’t let friends give away their original content to third-party platforms.

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SpotMe to open new office in New York City

Event Industry News

Image: New York, New York, United States – October 9, 2009: People walk past Noguchi’s Red Cube in front of the HSBC bank building in New York.

What You Need to Know about Apple’s New App Approval Rules


We started in 2009 and have produced thousands of apps. Have you heard the news? Apple has updated their app store regulations and many event apps are being rejected because they fail to meet the new guidelines. Apple’s new rules specifically target spam apps to keep them from filling up the app store. The additions they added to their rules ban “cookie cutter” or “template style” apps. Sometimes these are also referred to as “white label apps”.

How Will New Travel Policies Affect International Meetings and Events?

PCMA Convene

When I think back to the efforts to recover from the financial fallout in 2009 and 2010, the single biggest driver in the recovery was outbound inter-national business travel, and group, meeting, and incentive travel played a big role.


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Zkipster , launched in 2009, is an application that I have loved for years. I remember my most frantic check-in process at the start of my career — flipping through tens of printed Excel sheets, trying to locate a high-profile donor’s name.

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How The Economy Is Affecting B2B Exhibitions in 2017

PCMA Convene

The Great Recession may be in the rearview mirror, but business-events professionals remember suffering through poor attendance and a string of cancellations; in 2009, the CEIR Index reported a 10-percent decline for trade shows.

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Event Catering: Flavour Trends for 2017

Canadian Special Events

His love for new challenges brought him into corporate sales where he and the Seventh Heaven team won Best Catered Event for Canadian Linen’s “The Great White North” – Facility Grand Opening in 2009. by Gino Spano.

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2017 Association Trends that Impact Travel, Trade Shows & Hotels

Smart Meetings

For professional associations and meeting planners, membership does have its privileges. As 2017 gets underway, what are the top trends to watch out for if you’re in the meeting planning industry?

How to Save Money on Event Rentals with These 6 Steps

Social Tables

De-de Mulligan has been an active blogger since 2009 and writes meeting and event related pieces for CRE Computer Rentals. If you’re like me when planning a meeting or event, the rentals portion of the budget can consume all of your time and energy. Good news: it doesn’t have to.

9 Airports with Super-Fun Ways to Pass the Time

Smart Meetings

Since its concert series began in 2009, JetBlue has welcomed superstars such as Taylor Swift and Sarah McLachlan for performances exclusive to JetBlue customers and contest winners. Waiting in an airport is almost always a drag. Meeting and event planners know this better than anyone.

Bibles are Disappearing from Hotel Rooms: What Planners Need to Know

Smart Meetings

Since 2009, the hotel has allowed guest to request a complimentary copy of any religious text for the duration of their stay. Religion is a very tricky topic in modern America. Ideally, there would be a simple way to make everyone feel accepted and accommodated.

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10 Best Historic Hotels in the U.S.

Smart Meetings

The hotel went through a renovation in 2009 and debuted upgrades to Mailani Tower in April 2015. The popularity of the hit Broadway musical Hamilton has made history cooler than ever.

Christine ‘Shimo’ Shimasaki on Opportunity

PCMA Convene

Christine ‘Shimo’ Shimasaki, CDME, CMP . Christine “Shimo” Shimasaki. President, 2Synergize, Inc. EDUCATION Bachelor of science in kinesiology, University of California, Los Angeles; master of business administration, San Diego State University.

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Busy Times for ASAE

Smart Meetings

“Prior to 2008 – 2009, we may have been getting better at executing, but we were doing the same things,” says CEO and President John Graham. Photo from @asaeannual.

Beyond the Imagination of Stage Design

Canadian Special Events

The event bgena in 2005 but the evolution of the stage design really took off in 2009 when tickets sold-out for the first time, generating enough capital for major expansions. Tomorrowland is one of the largest music festivals in the world drawing approximately 200,000 music lovers globally.

Ryans Cleaning: Working hard to keep venues litter free and in perfect condition

Event Industry News

Ryans Cleaning are event cleaning specialists with offices in Birmingham and Ireland and they have been cleaning Hyde Park since 2009. The company’s first gig at Hyde Park was none other than the 2009 British Summer Time Event and since then have worked a whole host of vibrant and diverse events. 2012 was an especially […]. The post Ryans Cleaning: Working hard to keep venues litter free and in perfect condition appeared first on Event Industry News.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom to Bring Avatar to Life

Smart Meetings

Set to debut in Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida , Pandora transforms the mythical universe depicted in Academy Award-winning filmmaker James Cameron’s smash 2009 film Avatar into a real-life wonder. Pandora–The World of Avatar, courtesy Walt Disney Imagineering.

5 Midsize Cities Using Their Local Knowledge Economies to Bring In Meetings

PCMA Convene

For the inaugural Big Omaha program in 2009, SPN brought in high-profile speakers such as Gary Vaynerchuk of VaynerMedia, and WordPress cofounder Matt Mullenweg. In many cases, bigger isn’t always better: cars, personal technology, portion size — and, increasingly, cities.

The Top 20 Most User-Friendly Event Management Software Report

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According to BizBash , the 2009 presidential inauguration had a budget of $63 million. Events are becoming bigger and more extravagant than ever – even for presidential inaugurations! Also, the countless balls and other events surrounding the inauguration hosted more than 27,000 guests.

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The Meetings Mean Business Coalition Goes Global

PCMA Convene

The Meetings Mean Business Coalition (MMBC) is distinctly American in its origins—formed in 2009, during the recession, to advocate for the business-events industry in the face of perceived attacks by U.S.

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Tailor-Made Team Building

Smart Meetings

Spin opened a New York City flagship in 2009, followed by clubs in Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Toronto, with more locations to come. Editor’s note: We’re trying something new! We handpicked a few of our stories from the March issue and decided to give you a sneak peek.

Best in Show 2016

PCMA Convene

Nominated by Lauren Parr, American Geophysical Union, for RAPS Convergence (Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society), 2009–2016 “Doug and his team were an incredible resource for my organization during these years.

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Here’s What to Include in Your Meeting’s Harassment Policy

PCMA Convene

Editor’s Note: This was orginally published December 13, 2013. In 2013, John Scalzi, a New York Times best-selling author and well-known figure in the science-fiction community, posted an entry on his popular blog called “ My New Convention Harassment Policy.”

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How Smaller Cities Are Leveraging Their Culinary Resources

PCMA Convene

In 2009, Food Network’s Rachael Ray came to visit as part of her “Rachael’s Vacation” show, and the chef at local mainstay Gracie’s appeared on NBC’s “Today” show. Once upon a time (well, 2005) in Providence, Rhode Island, some troubling news spread through the convention and visitors bureau.

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Casablanca Catering Hire

Event Industry News

Casablanca Catering Hire was formed in 2009 and is now one of London’s biggest and busiest catering hire companies. We have a very large stock of catering equipment from glasses to cutlery, crockery and linen.

Picking The Perfect Event Venue – #EventIcons Episode 35


He called me up in 2009 when the entire world was in chaos and as guys who had been in business together before he said, “Chris, every single thing about the world is about to change because of just the stirring of the panther was in 2009.

Royal College of Physicians achieves BDRC VenueVerdict Gold Standard Accreditation

Event Industry News

Having first achieved the prestigious accreditation in 2009, The RCP has once again achieved the gold standard for the VenueVerdict Event Planner Feedback module in 2016 after consistently providing customers with an exceptional experience when visiting […].

Getting to the Root of Food Waste

PCMA Convene

in London in 2009, Feeding the 5000 events have circled the globe in an effort to raise awareness of food waste. Who says there’s no such thing as a free lunch? Five thousand Calgary residents were invited to one in downtown’s Olympic Plaza on June 15, no strings attached.