Save Live Events Now Coalition Writes To Congressional Leaders, Urges Additional Aid

Save Live Events Now Coalition Writes To Congressional Leaders, Urges Additional Aid “Prior to COVID-19, the live events industry was the second largest industry in the U.S. economy and the fastest-growing, with projected yearly increases above 5 percent GDP. Live events have fueled more than industry growth. Local communities and workers, including restaurants, bars, and other services, rely on these events for their own businesses. The ripple effect of this loss of industry extends throughout local communities and neighborhoods, gravely affecting your own districts and states.” Read more about the efforts that the Save Live Events [...]

How the Live Events Coalition is Lobbying for Federal Support for 12 Million Live Events Industry Workers

How the Live Events Coalition is lobbying for federal support for 12 million live events industry workers. The Live Events Coalition is staging “The Empty Event” across key cities in the US to bring awareness to the closure of the Live Events Industry and petition for federal aid. “The Washington, D.C.–based Coalition began in March as a petition asking for federal assistance for the live events industry. That petition now has nearly one-half million signatures and has evolved into a volunteer-run national coalition of local chapters focused on advocacy.” Back to Library

Industry Professionals Support ‘We Make Events’

A Coalition of Industry Professionals Supports 'We Make Events' “On September 1st, 2020, #WeMakeEvents North America, a coalition of industry professionals supported by trade bodies, businesses, unions, and non-profit associations, lit up more than 2,000 performance venues, iconic structures, and residences in red in over 75 cities and towns across the United States to raise public and media aware in support of the live events section.” You can follow their initiative via their website or all of the social platforms to see the growing support for our industry. Back to Library

Campaign Sets Sights on $1 Million for Planners in Distress

Campaign Sets Sights on $1 Million for Planners in Distress “The MPI Foundation itself contributed more than $250,000 between April and August, delivering more than 1,200 scholarships to members in need as well as supporting the MPI Academy’s free educational webinars. That leaves a $500,000 goal to hit before the end of the year. Meeting professionals facing financial difficulty can contact help@mpi.org to discuss eligibility for assistance. Donations to the One Million to Meet campaign can be made here.” Back to Library

10 Virtual Meeting Educational Resources

Important Virtual Meeting Educational Resources It should be no surprise there has been swift growth in demand for Virtual Meeting Moderators within our industry and among our clients. We have observed over a 200% increase in requests for Virtual Moderator services and we expect this trend to continue. If you haven't had the opportunity to do so, we encourage you to evaluate whether this might be a valuable service offering for your business. Below, Plannernet has included a few brief educational resources for your review. A Quick Overview of Virtual Meeting Moderator Services Virtual Meeting Moderator services [...]

Fed extends small business aid lending program by 3 months

Fed extends small business aid lending program by 3 months A new COVID-19 relief package (PPP) has been approved for small businesses created under the original CARES Act in 2020 – this reenactment was set to expire March 31, 2021. On Monday of this week, the Federal Reserve Board announced it is extending the Payment Protection Program beyond the original expiration date of March 31, 2021, to the end of June 2021 – we encourage you to check out the PPP guidelines and apply should your business be eligible. Back to Library

The Monthly Roundup March 2021

The Monthly Roundup - March 2021 To be a successful freelance meeting & event professional, you must stay one step ahead of the curve. That’s why we bring you The Monthly Roundup, a quick-hit digest of resources, news, and important industry updates from around the web. Payment Protection Program - Extended - Though you are likely already aware, in December 2020 – it was declared that a new COVID-19 relief package (PPP) has been approved for small businesses created under the original CARES Act in 2020 – this reenactment was set to expire March [...]

New Look. Same Mission. Bigger Vision.

New Look Same Mission Bigger Vision We have a new look, though our mission remains the same – connecting small businesses with large opportunities. And for over 30 years, we have done just that. We’ve built meaningful partnerships across the globe with both independent professionals and large organizations to drive economic opportunity for both. Initially founded as Professional Meeting Planners Network, our mission became to band together a network of talented event professionals and align them with enterprises to help produce and execute meaningful events. Over the years and with the evolution of [...]

Happy Holidays From Plannernet

Happy Holidays from Plannernet About a year ago, Plannernet prepared our 2020 business plan to bring long-term value to our Clients, Suppliers, Business Partners, and the overall Meetings & Events Industry. Wow, we were way off…. As we strategized back then, no one could know just how quickly or dramatically our industry and our world would shift, creating undeniably significant and painful challenges for individuals, families, communities, and businesses across the entire world. But through these incredibly difficult times, we are doubling down on what our mission has always been and with a renewed [...]

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