Special D Events

Special D Events

Meeting/Event Planning Company of the Year

March 12, 2009

Well, it’s really true what they say… It’s an honor just to be nominated. I just learned that Special D Events has been named a finalist for “Michigan’s Best Meeting/Event Planning Company” award. Thanks to our Michigan clients and colleagues who cast their vote for us. Wish us luck on May 13 when they announce…

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Debit Cards at Cash Bars

April 9, 2009

Does anyone carry cash anymore? I don’t. My debit card does the trick — except when it comes to cash bars. I had a client ask me the today to arrange for a credit card machine at a cash bar, and the hotel thought I was crazy. I agree, it could slow down the process…

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Alternative Event Venues

April 28, 2009

Looking for an alternative event venue for your non profit or community event? We are currently investigating the use of a high school for a client’s membership event. It’s non traditional, for sure. But, it offers the breakouts (classrooms), general session (auditorium), and parking we need. If you can get the school administration to agree,…

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H1N1 Virus/Swine Flu and Meetings/Events

May 1, 2009

Special D Events has many corporate events scheduled nationwide in the coming weeks, and we have NOT experienced cancellations in registrations/RSVPs due to attendee concerns over N1H1. However, as professional meeting planners, we adhere to the Boy Scouts’ motto, “Be Prepared.” Consequently, our staff outlined the steps we are taking to respond to this situation….

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Delta Offers Meeting Fare Discounts

June 1, 2009

Delta Air Lines will start offering discounted fares to those of us planning meetings and events. Apparently, the discounts will be based on a program once offered by Northwest Airlines that allowed travel buyers to negotiate discounts of between 5 and 7 percent, excluding taxes and fees, for meeting-goers. The policy was particularly helpful when…

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Staycations & Corporate Events

June 2, 2009

High gas prices and even higher unemployment rates are prompting many people to opt for a “staycation.” The idea is to take a vacation in your own neck of the woods, discovering unique activities and places that are right under your nose. This concept could easily be applied to summertime corporate events as well. Few…

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Working a Presidential Event

July 17, 2009

Special D Events’ staff had the opportunity to assist with the speech/event this week by President Barack Obama in Warren, Michigan. Regardless of your politics, working on a presidential event is an amazing opportunity. The staff on the White House Advance Team are experts at high pressure, last minute high level event situations. And, when…

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Tavern on the Green Files Bankruptcy

September 17, 2009

On September 10, 2009 the legendary Tavern on the Green restaurant in New York’s Central Park filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. In the world of special events, Tavern on the Green is an icon. From gala weddings, to corporate holiday parties, to film premieres, the restaurant has played host to an endless list of soirees….

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Wall Street Journal Makes Case for Face-to-Face Meetings

September 28, 2009

A new study by Oxford Economics, a global research firm, provides clear evidence that business travel directly leads to an increase in both corporate revenue and profits. The study found that every dollar invested in business travel results in $12.50 in added revenues and $3.80 in new profits. The Wall Street Journal recently referenced this…

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Stragglers’ Reception

October 16, 2009

With industry conferences getting shorter and shorter these days, attendees need to make the most of their networking time. Here is an idea that will help them do just that. If your conference ends at 4 or 5 pm, many of your attendees will be able to catch a flight out that night. But, some…

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