• Podcast Recommendation: "Meeting Minds"

    Mind Meld: Find fresh industry insight from peers and innovators on the go. 

     
    POSTED October 1, 2019
     

While the meetings and events industry may be tricky to navigate, it never hurts to have a friend or two in the business on hand to bounce ideas, share experiences and offer tips and tricks. Enter EideCom CEO Charles Eide and Senior Vice President of Sales Lisa Mendenhall Johnson—hosts of “Meeting Minds,” a new podcast specifically for event professionals. From true entertainment costs to the value of a professional emcee to tips for weeding out hidden fees or producing events with a true purpose, planners can tune in on the way to a site visit or between meetings for helpful insights from industry leaders and innovators on all things events. Stream all three seasons to hear how fellow planners build vendor relationships, navigate contract surprises, perfect event flow and more at meetingminds.org/episodes.

Sometimes small communities are overlooked as meeting and event destinations when frequently they have the capacity to host moderate-sized groups in an affordable and enjoyable fashion, especially if the towns are used to welcoming tourists. It may take some piecing together of lodging and venues, but Minturn (located between Vail and Beaver Creek) demonstrated how by hosting MountainCon 2019 from May 3-5.

 

Denver-based Dazbog Coffee has delivered a taste of Russia and Colorado through its eye-catching packaging, branding, small-batch roasting and blending of hand-selected coffee from around the globe. Leonid and Anatoly Yuffa immigrated to The Mile High City from St. Petersburg, Russia with their family in 1979 and later combined their skill sets and business savvy to launch Dazbog Coffee in 1996. Today, the company has more than 30 coffee shops across Colorado and Wyoming and a product line with names like KGBlend and White Nights Espresso.

 

There is no denying the stunning daytime scenery of Colorado, but the state’s amazing celestial landscape after normal meeting hours provides all sorts of great options for groups.

Twice each month from May through September, groups meeting in Leadville or nearby can enjoy a stagecoach ride beneath a full moon with Halfmoon Packing & Outfitting. Based on the 19th-century tradition of mail delivery by stagecoach, moonlight rides are offered on the eve and night of the full moon.