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Three Issues On The Radar For Association Leaders

There’s an awful lot happening in the greater environment that impacts associations. Here are three issues association leaders will want to be aware of: Temporary Payroll Tax Deferral Several weeks ago, President Trump signed an Executive Order issuing a temporary payroll tax deferral for...

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Lessons In Leadership

Every association professional has likely witnessed or contributed to the 'all in the family' style criticism that exists between local, state, and national branches of associations. (I liken it to the unspoken rule that exists in my family among the five siblings – we're allowed to criticize...

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Virtual Events Have Boomed In The COVID-19 Era. But Are They Here To Stay?

In mid-March, the United States was flipped on its head. We went from a nation on-the-go to a nation of slippers and Zoom meetings in the space of less than a week. As the coronavirus forced shut-downs across the country, the events and meetings industries pivoted quickly to provide virtual...

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Safe Meetings In Michigan: Attendee Responses To Important Industry Questions

More than 175 industry professionals joined us for the Safe Meetings in Michigan Virtual Conference, held June 16-17. It was a truly fascinating learning experience, which sought to discuss and address the gorilla in the room; what would the future of conferences and meetings look like for the...

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Real Strategies To Manage Risk

These days, risk management is top of mind for association leaders. Last week, I had the opportunity to discuss event risk management with Jeff Tenenbaum. Jeff is one of the nation's leading association attorneys. He (literally) wrote the book on association tax compliance and currently sits on...

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How To Add A Virtual Component To Your Event (without Losing Your Mind)

COVID-19 has completely changed how members view meetings and events. For as long as there are still new cases across the country, potential conference attendees are going to hesitate to join a few hundred (or thousand) of their peers in a singular location and sit in big rooms with other people...

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Worried About Offering A Virtual Conference Experience? You're Not Alone

We recently held a call with a host of association executives, meetings professionals, event planners, and property sales executives. The main topic of our discussion centered around ORGPRO, MSAE’s annual conference that brings in hundreds of attendees from various association-related industries...

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MSAE Team Introductions: Aaron Wolowiec

Over the last few months, MSAE has had a complete transformation. We said farewell to some truly fantastic association professionals, as they retired or moved on to new adventures. Fortunately, we’ve been able to call on some fantastic people to help us serve our members and to take MSAE forward...

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Safe Meetings In Michigan: Call For Volunteers

By Aaron Wolowiec, CAE, CMP - Director of Education & Meetings As you likely know by now, MSAE has convened a Safe Meetings in Michigan (SMIM) Work Group. This is a short-term workgroup whose purpose is to develop recommendations/guidelines for groups of 10 – 10,000 to meet safely. ...

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Up North Businesses Build Common Good In Tough Times

(The Following is Contributed Content) In northern Michigan, several resorts and hotels are working together to ensure associations can continue to meet member's needs well into a post-COVID market. Mission Point on Mackinac Island recently took the initiative in beginning conversations...

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