The Business Centre Goes Live

Arlo Training & Events Software

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.

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Xero and SaaS

Arlo Training & Events Software

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

zkipster: Custom Event Invitations with Style [Review]


Since launching in 2009, the Swiss company has grown to offer a fast, reliable, and secure suite […]. zkipster event management software has just launched new event invitation features to add to its current functionality. Here is our review. zkipster: What Is It?

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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?

What’s the Economic Impact of the Meetings Industry?

PCMA Convene

These are among the takeaways of “The Economic Significance of Meetings to the US Economy” report, which updates the 2009 report by the same name, from Oxford Economics, the Events Industry Council, and the Meetings Mean Business Coalition, released in February.

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Event Technology Awards 2016 judge’s spotlight: Alex Barbero

Event Industry News

Passionate for consumer technology, Alex has been linked to the events industry since he was 18, in Grupo eventoplus since 2009. Joining the Event Technology Awards judging panel for 2016 is Alex Barbero – Technology Evangelist & Senior Sales Executive at Eventoplus.

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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 […].

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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.

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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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Copper Canyon Grill


In 2009, the Copper Canyon Grill team realized the need — and opportunity — to start an “upscale casual” restaurant that served dishes all made from scratch and served in a fun atmosphere. The Copper Canyon Grill team has always offered private dining, but it wasn’t until they opened their Orlando location that they realized the real potential for events.

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Campus No. 805


Stone Middle School until 2009. The space now occupied by Campus No. 805 , an Alabama- based brewery and entertainment venue, has a rich history. Originally, the property was home to S.R. Butler High School back in 1951, and then Roy L. In 2014, the property was purchased to create a unique development that would preserve the legacy of the school. Thus, Campus No. 805 was born. Campus No. 805 is more than just a venue.

Dave Beachnau Is Detroit’s Good Sport

Connect Your Meetings

An avid sports fan, Beachnau counts scoring the 2009 Final Four—at the height of Detroit’s financial problems—as his biggest accomplishment. Dave Beachnau is the Detroit Metro CVB’s new vice president of sales, marketing and sports.

Interviews with Planners - Harris Schanhaut


He was on the Board of Directors of the Trade Show Exhibitors Association until July 2009, where he received the President’s Award for service.

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Apple’s App Store Policy for Event Apps


We’ve Been Riding Shotgun with Apple Since 2009. We’ve been riding shotgun with Apple since 2009, as the first native app developers in the event space. As mobile app developers, we understand that our products must work with another company’s technology and processes. So it’s just good business to recognize who is in the driver’s seat. It’s always been our strategy to stick with their policies and best practices, and to work on our client’s behalf to maintain compliance.

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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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Convene Investment Targets Small Meetings

Smart Meetings

Founded in 2009, Convene has been named one of America’s 100 Most Promising Companies by Forbes and one of America’s fastest growing companies by Inc.

2018 52

New Meetings Mean Business Study Shows Industry Contributes $446 Billion to GDP

Smart Meetings

The fact that the industry has grown 23 percent since measurements first started in 2009—a year many predicted the decline of the industry—is also a strong argument for the prospects of a career in bringing people together face to face , something you probably also already knew.

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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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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”.

Apple App Store Approval Updates


Core-apps has been one of Apple’s top developers since we started in 2009 and we know Apple’s guidelines very well. This notice is to make all of our current and future client’s aware of some information that is being circulated in the events industry by various mobile app developers regarding Apple’s app store. Many of these mobile app developers have been getting their apps rejected by Apple.

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PCMA Convene

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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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?

The New Economic Significance Study: Making Sense of the Numbers


Direct spending on meetings increased 23 percent since 2009 when Oxford Economics conducted its first study on the economic significance of the meetings industry.

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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.

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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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.

How Pavegen can Electrify Your Event

Connect Your Meetings

It was founded by Laurence Kemball-Cook in 2009. The future of meetings lies in the hands of event technologies like Pavegen , a temporary or permanent flooring system that generates electricity and captures data from footsteps. Henry Holme, live executive at Pavegen in charge of sales and events, discusses what the technology can do at meetings. How did Pavegen come to fruition?

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Why Data Ethnography Matters

PCMA Convene

In 2009, tech ethnographer Tricia Wang spent some time in China, living with migrants, working alongside street vendors, and crashing at internet cafés. Without it, Wang argues, companies are basing important business decisions off incomplete data — like Nokia was in 2009.

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Pieter Swart Never Stops Learning

PCMA Convene

Pieter Swart, CMP, CMM Founder and Managing Director, Conference Consultancy South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa. EDUCATION Thirty years ago, my priority after leaving school was to earn a living.

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Are Meetings in a Bubble?

Connect Your Meetings

Regardless if you feel the economy’s growth has been fast enough or not, the fact remains the country has been on an upward swing since 2009. “We’re Despite a remarkable string of growth, the meetings industry may be under a false sense of security. That’s the fear of MPI President and CEO Paul Van Deventer and others who warn that all good things come to an end. Does that mean the industry’s bubble is about to burst as it did a decade ago? It’s too soon to tell, but beware these signs.

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A TED-Inspired Street Party in Long Beach

PCMA Convene

The design of the “hangable” open-air street-party was adopted directly from a special event held during the five years — from 2009–2013 — that TED was held in Long Beach. The Cove at Seaside Way, which debuted in an underpass at Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center.

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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.

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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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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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 Top 20 Most User-Friendly Event Management Software Report

Capterra Event Management

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.

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.

Welcome to Phoenix, Where 1 Million Points is Just the Beginning

Smart Meetings

Since 2009, every major hotel in downtown Phoenix has undergone an extensive renovation, been reflagged, or is a completely new property. Fast-growing Phoenix has long been a draw for meetings and events.

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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.