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Javits To Finally Expand in The Big Apple?

Was recently reading in Trade Show Week that the Javits Center expansion is now back on.  It seem that this has been a point of contention with each passing quarter.  Is it going forward or not going forward?  According to the Governor, it’s back on again and the administration recognizes that during these tough economic times it is the best time to make changes.  I’m curious if the administration likes the idea of a bigger facility or the jobs it creates to actually make it bigger?

New York Gov. David A. Paterson announced the Public Authority Control Board approved a plan that will add 100,000 square feet to the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center of New York. The expansion will contain 40,000 net sq. ft. of exhibit space. “In these challenging economic times, it is vital that we invest in projects that spur local business and create new employment opportunities," Paterson said. "This project achieves both, while also ensuring that we improve upon an invaluable asset.”

I would like to check out the facility behind the scenes.  I was recently in New York at an event and was not able to get a look at their facility.  I am hoping that in the near future I will get a chance to speak in New York and see this center and how it looks now to see how the changes are going to make it a better "asset" for the city.  Good luck.

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Taxi Service For Your Trade Show or Convention

I have been doing a large amount of traveling to events this year that I have not been doing in the past and one of the things that seems to be high on my list of priorities is the ease of which I can get from the airport in a host city to the hotel and to the vent itself.  I think that one of the best things a hotel can provide is a free shuttle service to events and to major metropolitan cities.

I was in Austin Texas this year for SXSW and one of the best experiences I can remember about that trip was the fact that I did not have to worry about getting to the convention or trade show by Taxi. One of the things that I abhor is trying to carry enough cash to get me from event to event.  I would rent a car actually if I knew I had plenty of parking which is a huge problem for many locations.  If you were at the event in New York City like I was the other day, finding a parking sport for that event was more difficult I am sure than winning the New York State Lottery or the Powerball.

When planning an event, I know this never really enters into the plans of an event or show, but maybe this could be a way to differentiate your self from the crowd.  Make attendees get from point A to B with ease.  I say this and type this as my wife chauffeurs me to Omaha, Nebraska from Denver and I work on my laptop.  Now this is living.

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Javits and the Big Apple Get Some Expansion?

I have heard that the economy has frozen some of the plans for convention sites to upgrade and to expand.  This is apparently not the case for the Javits Center in New York.  This from Trade Show Week on the announcement:

The Empire State Development Corp. board of directors has approved the $463 million expansion of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center of New York. The 100,000 square foot expansion will include 40,000 net sq. ft. of exhibit space and will be funded with proceeds from Hotel Unit Fee-secure Revenue Bonds that were issued by the ESDC in 2005.

I had a debate with another person in the convention and trade show industry that many sites will scrap all plans for expansion and I guess my side of the argument is not coming to fruition.  I am holding to my idea that plans for expansion will hold until the economy gets a boost, this may be an anomaly.  Problem is I think I lost a bet and it is going to cost me a beer.

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Be Careful When Planning A Keynote Speaker You May Reach Saturation

I come from a world of speakers. In fact I do a fair share of speaking around the country.  As a conference chair myself, I am in charge of putting together a large group, nearly 300 in number, of speakers for a convention and trade show in my industry.  It seems like there is in every industry, the rock stars that everyone want to be a keynote speaker at their event or conference.  In my industry, you can’t afford the huge names, but there are those that build a brand around the fact that they are on the "A-list".  They want to be seen as the top dog.  How do they do this?  They keynote for conferences.

We are fully into the conference season now and every week there is the "best conference" the "most important meeting" and the "must attend event."  The problem is that we tend to get the same echo chamber of speakers at each place.  Worse yet, there are only so many rock stars to go around.  This was the case recently with an event that was in New York.  They had a keynote speaker that had the very same discussion on stage that he did 2 weeks earlier in Las Vegas. 

Make sure that this does not happen to your event.  Make sure that you check out what is on the schedule and ask your keynote where they will be going before they speak at your event or conference.  Make sure if they are keynoting the week or so before your conference, they at least are changing the topic of discussion.  With the speed at which some conferences are reported, the echo chamber may still be ringing in the ears of the people that saw the same presentation online or in blogs or live streamed not long before.  You want your event to stand out so make sure you get a rock star that people want to see but make sure they are not just a talking head saying the same robotic speech to everyone.

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Friday Feature: ICC Rents, A Company of Convenience

reneejain I had the opportunity to sit down and speak to Renee Jain (pictured left) of ICC Rents to discuss a little about what their company does and what they offer to convention, trade show and event planners.  ICC Rents began as a family owned business as the vision of Ganpat “Jim” Jain, Renee’s father, in Chicago in 1979. The company began as a computer rental company and has exploded into one of the top rental companies in the trade show world.  What was once only servicing the Chicago area and McCormick Place, now is nationwide and services all the major conventions centers from Orlando to Las Vegas to New York and L.A.  Renee can recall the business in her father’s den when they first started and talks about the long hours it took her father, and later her brother  Raj Jain, to build this business to its current state of a 24/7 full on customer service shop servicing the nation with over 100 employees.

logo ICC Rents is a company that can provide all of your technology needs from a laptop for your tradeshow booth to that 103″ Plasma TV or seamless Video Wall.  They provide all the back end support as well.  Once you rent a component, you can rest assured that it will be at your show, on time, working, and will be backed by support should anything go wrong.  They have touch screen monitors, interactive kiosks and just about anything that will set your tradeshow booth apart from the competition.  They can help get you noticed on the show floor.

I asked the simple question of “why can’t I just buy a television from the local store and use it?”  She was well prepared with a response and raised many questions I had not thought of, like extension chords, cables, set up and delivery, and many other reasons why renting is a smart investment for using a company like ICC Rents to handle your needs.  Technology becomes obsolete, many pieces of equipment break down and many other reason why having a support team is important in renting the proper equipment.  There are many hidden costs that she discussed as well.  They are truly knowledgeable in the industry and have become quite trusted in more areas than just for a tradeshow.  They have corporate clients that use their services as well for onsite training and setting up meeting and events.  I could not begin to cover all the areas where they can help you with your technology needs.

In addition, and because I am serial procrastinator, this statement she said stuck in my mind:

“We are the last minute provider” ~ Renee Jain

What she meant is that many people forget about something like a required hard case for that 50″ plasma TV for their wall, or they forget that they needed a wall mount for that television or of a cable needed to make it work. When this happens they can be there immediately to cure any forgotten item or to make sure your trade show booth comes off without a hitch.  I think am going to put that number in my pocket for my future trip to Vegas in September as chances are I’ll need it.  With 24/7 service such as theirs, I can rest easy because we all know I’ll forget something.  They can help.

ICC Rents handles any type of tradeshow and not just the technical market.  Everyone is needing technology to catch attention of convention attendees and tradeshow attendees.  She mentioned the bridal industry and agricultural industries and many other areas where technology can enhance your tradeshow experience and produce more leads.

Back in March of 2008, ICC Rents was merged with Smart Source Rentals, a powerful partner that has taken their service and their ability to service trade shows and conventions to the next level.  Give ICC Rents a call for your needs, be it a computer laptop to a wall mounted television to an interactive kiosk.  Tell them Convention Insider sent you!

Is Your Business Making The Next Step To Green?

gogreenexpo I have discussed the issue of going green here before in a play on words in conjunction with Saint Patrick’s Day.  The movement is catching on with many other businesses as well, and a new show is going to be launched this month in New York City called Go Green Expo.  The Go Green Expo is scheduled to take place on April 26-27, 2008 and will be held at the Hilton New York Hotel.  The expo is the idea of Bradford Rand and his company at Expo International. Rand states:

“There are almost always environmentally-friendly alternatives to everyday tasks and products,” states Go Green Expo’s CEO, Bradford Rand, “we hope to enlighten, entertain and educate both consumers and business owners with ways in which they can do their small part to change the current climate crisis that faces our world today.”

The expo has the backing of some very large and influential companies and many non-profits are also taking part in the expo and will receive the benefits of more exposure and donations that will help their cause.

Co-locating with the Go Green Expo is Business Goes Green which will be held on Friday April 25, 2008.  Their purpose is to allow companies to explore how they can make a difference and described better on their site:

Climate change, renewable resources, carbon footprint, energy consumption, water conservation, responsible investing, global supply chain, alternative fuels — terms that once were used only by environmental activists are now considered essential to global business strategy. It’s no longer acceptable to create and sell products without considering the environmental implications on your supply chain, raw materials, employees, consumers, partners, customers, and of course, the planet.

This is a movement that will only get more press and more momentum as activists begin to get their message out to companies and their leaders.  As a company that wants to make a difference, they will need a resource to provide them with the tools to make a difference and the Go Green Expo and the Business Goes Green conference are only the beginning of what will be an important convention or trade show to attend in the future.  The Go Green Expo is also planning an event in Los Angeles but details have yet to be published to their web site.

Conventions and Trade Shows Going Green

shamrock On this day of celebrating all things Irish and the partying and all else, I myself think of “green” as a different idea than drinking beer that bears the color.  I think about the new green movement. Everyone is talking about it these days.  It’s all about the carbon footprint or what we can do to make the world a better place.  Conventions and Trade Shows are doing the same things these days.

I tend to look at many convention and trade show locations and not just the big ones like Las Vegas, or New York, and many of the other huge and more popular locations.  There are sections of websites devoted to the fact that convention or trade show centers are taking their buildings “green”.    Many of them are claiming to be the first or the best, or the leader in the green movement.  I like the fact that they are doing this and I hope that more and more convention centers take on the charge to become green.

Web 2.0 Expo Goes Coast To Coast

Web2.0Expo I have been making plans to attend the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco coming up in April 22-25, 2008.  The Web 2.0 Expo is a large web app convention taking place at the Moscone Center West.  Many companies and attendees will be attending this event in its second year.  The first year they indicate on their site that they had 8,500 attendees at the event.  This is an excellent number given that it was in its inaugural year,  The event is hosted by CMP Technologies and O’Reilly Conferences.  The website explains the convention as:

The second Web 2.0 Expo San Francisco takes the pulse of the Web ecosystem and looks to its future, training a spotlight across the Web 2.0 universe to illuminate how the Internet Revolution is being created and delivered. Web 2.0 Expo is for the builders of the next generation web: designers, developers, entrepreneurs, marketers, business strategists, and venture capitalists, people who have experiences to share and a passion for learning–the hot new thing, lessons from failures, innovations and inspirations, and the practical applications of all of the above. What will you do with the power of Web 2.0?

I’m trying to get out to the expo in San Francisco so if you plan to attend, please look me up and we can go over notes as to how you and I can change the world using Web 2.0.  Perhaps we can discuss Conventions 2.0?

If you register before March 20, 2008, you save $350 off the registration price. 

The other news about the Web 2.0 Expo is that it intends to also have an event on the East Coast in New York City at the Jacob Javits Center on September 16-19, 2008.  If they can support both a west coast and an east coast conference it will be interesting.  Hopefully they won’t dilute the attendance of their already proven expo.  They have also had an Expo in Berlin and an Expo in Tokyo.  Finally they also hold a conference called the Web 2.0 Summit.  Hopefully I’ll be able to make it to the Expo in San Francisco, and I can report my attendance there.

Help Wanted: Event Planners

helpwanted I was running through my inbox last night and as I scanned the content of a few emails at a time, something caught my eye as it related to some event planning opportunities.  There is a group that I follow and a terrific organization that puts on a convention  each year, and in fact has split the convention into two parts, one being business and the other its flagship event, BlogHer.  The convention I refer to is the folks at BlogHer.org.  I thought I would help them spread the word that there is a need for them to have some event planners nd perhaps if you are looking for an opportunity they have some work:

Speaking of having a full roster…

As you may have heard, in addition to our BlogHer Business event in New York (April) and our Annual Conference in San Francisco (July), we are embarking on our first BlogHer road show — the “Reach Out Tour” in October of 2008.

And we would like a little help from our community.

Specifically, we are looking to hire local event planners to help with some of the on-site conference elements in each of our Tour cities. So, if you have prior professional experience as an event planner and are local to one of our Reach Out Tour stops, please contact Kristy. Don’t forget to include your contact info., relevant background info., and resume.

As a reminder, our Reach Out Tour stops are:
Boston
DC
Greensboro
Nashville
Atlanta
New Orleans

Thanks in advance

I can remember when this group was a small handful of people thinking that it would be cool to put together a conference like this and I’m glad they have made it happen.  If you are an event planner and have a need to get your services noticed, this group is definitely the group to unite yourself with in being noticed.  If you live any any of the cities they are planning their events, give them a line and see if you can help them out.