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A Safer Handbag

by Lisa A. Grimaldi | April 17,2015
This purse offers pickpocket protection.
Budget

Spreading Blooms

These flowers fill space and save dollars.
Business Travel

A Safer Handbag

This purse offers pickpocket protection.

Shower-Proof Bag

This smart toiletry kit literally goes anywhere.
Career

Web University

These free online classes can help you move up the ladder.

Smart Sounds

Let the power of music refocus your attention.
Charity

Gifts for a Cause

These monthly gifts satisfy in two ways.

Interactive Giving

Give donors a say in what charity to support.
Corporate Social Responsibility

CSR Central

Stumped on how to give back? Check out this clearinghouse for volunteer activities.

Savvy Skill Set

This unique fund-raising model is ideal for miniscule budgets.
Decor

Sustainable Flower Finder

Use this website to source florists who work with U.S.-grown blooms.

Vintage-Look Buckets

Spring Flings (3 of 3): Use these charming buckets to enhance a farmers-market-style event.
Entertainment

Spokes People

Guests provide their own pedal power with this unique transportation idea.

Star Sessions

This firm brings top-name celebrities to your events.
Food and Beverage

BBQ-Donut Boats

Small groups man the tiller -- and the grill -- on these cute vessels.

VIDEO: This Cutlery Has Chops

VIDEO: Try these fun and multifunctional utensils to give attendees a choice.
Gifts

Gift Boxes for Golfers

This custom gifting service is designed specifically for golf events.

Fin-Shaped Tongs

These whale-themed servers make a memorable gift.
Green Meetings

Sustainable Flower Finder

Use this website to source florists who work with U.S.-grown blooms.

Boxed Water

This H2O packaging is better for the environment.
Guest Meetings

Family Affairs

Does your summertime conference meet with chronically low attendance? Next year, try this.
Incentives

Rank and Recognition

These handcrafted awards double as works of art.  

Into the Wood

This incentive gift card isn't made of plastic.
Negotiation

Easy Find

Book a boardroom at the last minute with this Expedia of event spaces.
Networking

Savvy Scanner

This time-saving app is great for trade shows and networking events.
Programming

Second City Session

Give attendees a comedic way to learn networking and presentation skills.

Foot Golf

Here's an easy way to introduce golf to attendees of all ages.
Social Networking

Instagram for Events

Add a real-time photo slide show to liven up receptions and breakout sessions.

GIF Booths

This service is a new take on the photo booth.
Speakers

Star Sessions

This firm brings top-name celebrities to your events.

App Class

Help attendees break down the tech barrier with this savvy speaker.
Special Events

Star Sessions

This firm brings top-name celebrities to your events.

Farm and Fork

Bring the outside in with this green event theme.
Staffing

Hop to It

Is D-Day for your event nearing? Hire extra hands to help tackle your to-do list.
Team Building

Cooking Challenge

Fun with F&B (4 of 4): Amp up the energy with a hyper-local Iron Chef contest.

Hook and Cook

Fun with F&B (1 of 4): Fish dinners don’t get any fresher than this.
Technology

Cellphone Cleaner/Charger

This device takes care of two mobile phone chores in one fell swoop.

Event Cord Control

This organization tool offers a sleek solution to messy wires.
Theme

Party Pop

Delight attendees with this clever event theme.

Hands On

Creative Theming (Part 5 of 5): Get attendees involved with do-it-yourself elements.
Third Parties

Temporary Tattoos

Attendees will enjoy wearing these funky washable ink "photos."
Trade Shows

Payment App

App Happy (1 of 3): Use this app to collect payments anytime, anywhere. 

Fully Charged

Appease sponsors and attendees with this sure-to-be-popular kiosk.
Transportation

Are We There Yet?

In-transit attendees will love this special perk.

Pool Pitch

Meet Green (Part 4 of 5): Cut down on transportation with carpooling.
Travel

Smart Toothbrush

This gift will help recipients keep those pearly whites gleaming.

Travel-Friendly Cocktail Kit

Here's a new-fangled take on old-fashioneds.

Features

Best Places to Work in the Meetings Industry

M&C's popular annual feature highlights how some of the most progressive and iconic companies in the meetings/hospitality universe put their employees...

The Latest Spin on Gaming

Our annual roundup covers new developments in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Reno and other major meccas in the casino industry.

Robots Are Coming!

A new generation of remote-controlled mobile electronic entities are turning up at meetings and exhibitions to wow the crowds, deliver presentations and more.

Marriott's Wi-Fi Mix-Up

This special report examines the fallout from Marriott Hotels' recent attempt to block some attendees from setting up personal Wi-Fi hot spots in meeting space...

Research

Should Politics Matter?

Should politics matter in site selection? A controversial new law in Arkansas prompts M&C's latest planner poll.

Meeting in a Politically Charged Atmosphere

Readers share comments on destinations that pass laws that some citizens perceive as discriminatory.

Planners Hate Paying for Wi-Fi

We offer statistical proof that meeting planners hate paying for Wi-Fi in hotels.

Planners Sound Off on Hotel Wi-Fi

What's wrong with the current state (and cost) of connectivity?
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