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Cozy Cordial

by Lisa A. Grimaldi | December 19,2014
Serve this warm, aromatic drink at a winter reception.

Spreading Blooms

These flowers fill space and save dollars.
Business Travel

Sealed Shut

This bag will shield precious items from the elements.

Spill-Proof Travel Kit

Frequent flyers will love this leak-proof toiletry kit.

Web University

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

Smart Sounds

Let the power of music refocus your attention.

Interactive Giving

Give donors a say in what charity to support.

VIDEO: Double-Duty Centerpieces

VIDEO: These fruity centerpieces double as donations.
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.

Paper Flower Centerpiece

These light-up blossoms can be used again and again.

Tapered Candle Holders

Dress up your tablescapes for holiday events and beyond.

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

Cozy Cordial

Serve this warm, aromatic drink at a winter reception.

Energy Shot

Serve this energizing drink in place of coffee.

Edible Cookie Dough

This treat doesn’t need baking.

Mail-Order Munchies

Holiday gift ideas (5 of 5): This healthy gift is for the snack lovers on your list.
Green Meetings

Personal Water Filter

Green Gatherings (4 of 5): These eco-friendly bottles make make great meeting gifts.

Zero-Waste Tips

Green Gatherings (3 of 5): Aim for greener events.
Guest Meetings

Family Affairs

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

Rank and Recognition

These handcrafted awards double as works of art.  

Into the Wood

This incentive gift card isn't made of plastic.

Easy Find

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

Savvy Scanner

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

Games for Grown-Ups

These giant versions of children’s games will appeal to kids of all ages.

GIF Booths

This service is a new take on the photo booth.
Social Networking

GIF Booths

This service is a new take on the photo booth.

Wall Displays for Tweets

This service projects messages and images during an event.

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.

Hop to It

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

Cheesy Fun

Here's a different way for groups to get interactive in the kitchen.

Sand Art

Team-building tips (4 of 4): This creative activity is ideal for beach resorts.

VIDEO: Ingenious Desktop Solution

VIDEO: This Bluetooth keyboard keeps you organized and on task.

Carryall Computer

Holiday Gift Guide (2 of 4): This gadget is portable and functional.

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.
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.

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.

Sealed Shut

This bag will shield precious items from the elements.

VIDEO: Multipurpose Pillow

VIDEO: This plush portable travel companion will have you resting soundly.


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Here's why those one-on-one meetings between suppliers and select qualified buyers are becoming increasingly popular at trade shows across the country.


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Verbatim comments from M&C's 2015 outlook survey.

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