Chicago Planner Magazine – July/August 2017 Issue

We’re excited to be releasing our first official issue!  Articles include: How the Travel Ban is Affecting the Events Industry Women in Business featuring Jessica Denay, Lisa Nation and Winnie Sun. Plus tips on starting your own event planning company! Staying Healthy While Being Busy with Shea Vaughn Increase Your Event Sales Take Our Quiz! … More Chicago Planner Magazine – July/August 2017 Issue

Being Your Own Cake Boss: An Interview with Courtney Hopkins, Award-Winning Entreprenuer & Cake Extroardinaire

The best advice I got was to “Not Give Up.” There are times when things don’t work out… but you have to learn from your mistakes and move on. … More Being Your Own Cake Boss: An Interview with Courtney Hopkins, Award-Winning Entreprenuer & Cake Extroardinaire

Read of the Month: Start Your Own Event Planning Business

  This Month’s Reading Feature is “Start Your Own Event Planning Business” from Entrepreneur Press.  Every event planner should know how to run the show and in case you think it’s time to venture out on your own, here is your go-to guide.  But even if you choose to remain working for a company, event … More Read of the Month: Start Your Own Event Planning Business

Crazy Successful

Just about every person has been through the “what are your strengths and weaknesses? What qualities do you have that will make you successful?”  We ask ourselves this all the time.  I love reading articles on successful people and observing exceptional, professional individuals.  It would seem like they are completely organized, on top of things … More Crazy Successful

Being Better at Business: An Interview with TravelPod Creator and TripAdvisor’s VP of SEO, Luc Levesque

I believe that the best event planners are creative business people.  You have to come up with great solutions – sometimes at the last minute – manage employees, vendors and client expectations while delivering amazing results.  Not everything can always be perfect, but you always need to be moving.  This requires constant learning and I … More Being Better at Business: An Interview with TravelPod Creator and TripAdvisor’s VP of SEO, Luc Levesque

4 Reasons Why Events Are More Than Just a Party

In the past decade, the field of event planning has grown exponentially.  Certifications and organizations have developed in addition to the fact that it is now a legitimate college major.  A lot of people tend to think it’s an easy, fun job and while it can be, a good event planner has to be just as creative and … More 4 Reasons Why Events Are More Than Just a Party

10 Signs You May Be in the Presence of “Net-twerking”

Networking is a powerful tool.  It gets your name out there, it gets you business and it gives you the chance to interact with other professionals who aren’t clients or colleagues.  I’ve attended a lot of networking events, especially recently, and it is interesting to see the difference between serious networking events that are very specific … More 10 Signs You May Be in the Presence of “Net-twerking”

5 Travel Marketing Trends for 2014 (by Frederic Gonzalo from Social Media Today)

This is a great article that I’ve decided is a must-share regarding travel and marketing.  For event planners, not only do we travel but our clients are usually traveling too.  Why I love reading articles like these is that it helps us event planners stay in the know about how our clients are getting around … More 5 Travel Marketing Trends for 2014 (by Frederic Gonzalo from Social Media Today)