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A place to sit: renting tables, chairs and everything else

A place to sit: renting tables, chairs and everything else

You have the site selected, and the menu chosen. But if the location isn’t at an event center or hotel, you might need to come up with all the hardware – from tables and chairs to tablecloths, plates, glasses and a sound system. Luckily – if it’s needed for a special event, you can rent it.For starters, get clear about the...

Putting on the perfect fundraising event

Putting on the perfect fundraising event

Just weeks after the 21st annual American Cancer Society's Cattle Baron's Ball in Eaton, Colo., Nancy Clarke is already starting to plan next year's event. As the American Cancer Society's Great West Division senior specialist for distinguished events, Clarke will make phone calls to sponsors and donors to see what they enjoyed about the event....

Planning your first business event

Planning your first business event

Every year hundreds of businesses contact the Boulder Convention and Visitors Bureau looking for just the right venue for a conference or business event. Boulder is nestled at the foot of the Flatiron Mountains and home to the University of Colorado, where businesses are typically looking for a unique venue that offers outdoor recreation...

Bottagaro steps out of character

Bottagaro steps out of character

“Mario the Peddler” is originally from Sicily, but has made his home in New York City where he is a street peddler, philosopher and humorist.“Poppy the Explorer” is an adventure seeker and storyteller who is always looking for something new he hasn’t seen before.And Tony Bottagaro is a Colorado resident, father and...

Think outside the inbox to promote your event

Think outside the inbox to promote your event

Email invitations and reminders can be a great way to promote your event, but use care. Email burnout can backfire and make your potential audience tune you out. How much is too much? We asked events specialists for their take on the topic..“We have found email is part of the story, but often you still need to think about those traditional...

Catered to your needs

Catered to your needs

Hooking up with the right caterer requires more commitment than a wink on a dating site.“It’s a relationship similar to a marriage,” according to Mitchell Ray, director of catering at Boulder-based Savory Cuisines.His approach and advice is to find out how you and a caterer mesh rather than just sending an email to a company...

Engaging audiences through technology

Engaging audiences through technology

In the University of Wyoming’s new $25.4 million Energy Innovation Center, millions beyond the bricks-and-mortar price tag went into technology to bring it up to speed with industry. The building is a showcase of newer technologies for delivering digital presentations. For instance, in the BP Collaboration Center – a large room that...

Hunting down a holiday venue

Hunting down a holiday venue

With a wooden floor, small stage, French doors and a full catering kitchen, Mary Mountain is not surprised that the Alice Hardie Stevens Center, which is housed on the grounds of the Ivinson Mansion in Laramie, books so quickly during the holiday season. Paired with sparkling lights and holiday decorations, Mountain said the center becomes a...

The speaker search

The speaker search

Similar to the way a travel agent can weave together a trip that fits wishes, budget and timelines, a speakers bureau can help fit the bill for an event.Clarifying your purpose for bringing a speaker in, whether for motivation, leadership development or something else, is step one in the hunt, according to those in the know.“It used to be...

Planning the blowout event

Planning the blowout event

Looking for a weekend getaway or a date night venue can be challenging, but finding a chic, unique location for a special event throughout Wyoming and northern Colorado is just a matter of choosing the right fit. With environments ranging from urban to rustic and dining options from bistros to upscale restaurants, attendees and hosts alike can...

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