Non-Profit, Pro-Revenue: Making Money in the Not-For-Profit Sector

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Originally featured on Corporate Meetings Network in September 2018. It’s that time of year again: More financial considerations for not-for-profit meeting planners. I’m not sure what it is about this time of year, but at the end of the summer season my financial concerns are always top of mind. It …

Site Visits 101

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Site visits are an essential part of planning an event.  An in-person look at your event space is important to ensure that your next event will run smoothly and that attendees will have a memorable experience. Earlier in the year, Redstone conducted a site visit at Blue Mountain Conference Centre …

The Latest in Event Technology

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In the past decade, technology and innovation have been two critical elements in event planning, both contributing to successful and unique events. At Redstone, we are always looking for the latest trends in technology and how we can enhance the overall event experience. When guests leave an event, it’s the …

Resourceful Ways to Stretch a Small Meetings Budget

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Originally featured on Corporate Meetings Network. Meeting planners don’t generally lack original ideas for how to wow attendees. It’s fun to daydream about having a limitless planning budget and all of the things we could do, from infamous speakers, to the highest quality of food and beverage, and holding events …

Do’s and Don’ts for Events Geared Toward Young Professionals

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Originally featured on Corporate Meetings Network. Young professional events can be super tricky to plan, because of the wide range of individuals attending (often anywhere from 21 to 35), varying from junior, to mid, to sometimes even senior-level professionals. Considering that you’re probably marketing to both Baby Boomers and Generation …

Three Key Grant-writing Tips for Not-For-Profits

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Not-for-profit (NFP) associations depend on external funding to maintain their operations and programs. Successful NFP associations diversify their non-dues revenue by leveraging sponsorships, event revenues, and grants to support their budget. One of Redstone’s primary services to our clients is acquiring and maintaining sustainable revenue sources. Our team has successfully …

Succession Planning for Small Organizations on a Budget

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This article was originally featured on Corporate Meetings Network in July 2016. Whether you’re working for a small association or startup business, you may be facing some difficult choices (read: limitations) when it comes to financially investing in your organization’s future. However, succession planning is a critical component to any organization …

Four Ways to Get Ready for Spring

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This post was originally featured on Corporate Meetings Network.  Planning an event without a budget? Read this first. If you’re like many meeting planners that work in conference and professional development event management, your peak season is the spring. During this time you’ll see many multi-day conferences, award shows, annual general …