Fermenta: Female Craft Brewers Hop Toward Trade Group in Michigan

Associations Now

A group of Michigan women in the craft beverage industry hope to increase its diversity by launching a new association next month—complete with a selection of new brews. The idea for Fermenta, a new Michigan nonprofit for women involved in all alcoholic craft beverage industries, was first discussed in April. The group announced in mid-June that its official launch would be at the Michigan Summer Beer Festival in Ypsilanti in late July.

Michigan, Harbaugh's Contract and Association Image

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While University of Michigan fans excitedly applauded the hiring of Jim Harbaugh as the university’s new football coach, some questioned the mega million dollar contract he will be paid. In the case of the Jim Harbaugh and University of Michigan, either the University failed to outline the source of funding or the media failed to provide it.

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Michigan Cider Association Vies for a Spot at the Tap

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The Michigan Cider Association, a new industry group for cider manufacturers in the state, hopes to leverage the existing strength around the craft-beer industry as a whole to improve brand awareness for the product. And Michigan, already one of the country’s largest producers of apples and a hub of some serious craft brews , wants to leverage that position of strength in building its hard cider industry.

Best Benefit Ever: Navigating Michigan’s Entrepreneurial Scene

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Businesses, investors, and self-starters now have an interactive online guide to Michigan’s community of entrepreneurs. The Michigan Venture Capital Association is all about fostering connections, so what better way to do that than by giving members (and nonmembers) a resource to guide them through their community? With that in mind, MVCA launched the Michigan Entrepreneurial & Investment Landscape Map.

Bonus content – Event Garde e-news – September edition

Aaron Wolowiec

Bob Thomas, Michigan Chamber Foundation. Q & A with Bob Thomas , senior director of operations and executive director, Michigan Chamber Foundation at Michigan Chamber of Commerce. Filed under: Learning , Social Media Tagged: Bob Thomas , Event Gardeian of the Month , knowledge transfer , Learning , Michigan Chamber Foundation , Michigan Chamber of Commerce , networking.

Bonus content – Event Garde e-news – September edition

Aaron Wolowiec

Bob Thomas, Michigan Chamber Foundation. Q & A with Bob Thomas , senior director of operations and executive director, Michigan Chamber Foundation at Michigan Chamber of Commerce. Filed under: Learning , Social Media Tagged: Bob Thomas , Event Gardeian of the Month , knowledge transfer , Learning , Michigan Chamber Foundation , Michigan Chamber of Commerce , networking.

Vote for us for best meeting planning company!

Aaron Wolowiec

Again this year, Event Garde has been nominated for the best meeting planning company for the Michigan Meetings + Events 2016 Best of Michigan Awards. Each year, Michigan Meetings + Events sponsors the readers choice awards. With 3,000 votes received for 2015, last year’s Best of Michigan Awards final voter tally set a record, so let’s do it again! From Atlanta to Florida to Michigan, he spoke at 25 events on a range of topics.

25 meeting management resources revealed

Aaron Wolowiec

Aaron Wolowiec facilitates an “Ask the Experts” panel during the 2013 Michigan Meetings Expo. I may not be your nerdy best friend ; however, I was pleased to have the opportunity to partner with Destination Michigan earlier this year to help facilitate the 2013 Michigan Meetings Expo. Michigan Meetings + Events.

What’s in store for 2014?

Aaron Wolowiec

This week’s guest blog post is by Alexa Stanard , editor of Michigan Meetings + Events magazine. Alexa Stanard, editor of Michigan Meetings + Events magazine. Michigan hasn’t been a trendsetting state since the heyday of the American-made automobile. At Michigan Meetings and Events, we’ve taken a few educated guesses at what will matter in our industry this year: A little dirt is a good thing. Farm venues are hot, and Michigan has some great ones.

Big picture thinkers vs. detail doers

Aaron Wolowiec

6, McClintick will give the keynote address at Destination Michigan’s Showcase of Ideas , which will be held at Eagle Eye Golf Club in Bath. But for now, McClintick writes a blog and hosts “Leadership Lowdown,” a radio segment on Michigan Business Network. . Allison McClintick, founder of FlightLead Consulting. I can’t imagine how scary it was for Allison McClintick, founder of FlightLead Consulting , to move across the country without a plan.

Silence isn’t golden in the dark

Aaron Wolowiec

By now, many of you may have heard about the epic public relations failure of BWL in response to mid-Michigan’s days-long power outage after a major ice storm, dubbed “Icepocalypse.” In other words: mid-Michigan’s second largest utility company had no idea what to do and therefore nothing to communicate – which is probably why it took three days for messaging to trickle out on social media. It was Dec.

It’s an emergency! So now what?

Aaron Wolowiec

So important it was the topic of Destination Michigan’s Michigan Meetings Expo 2014 , which was held on May 8 at the MotorCity Casino and Hotel in Detroit. After the event, Destination Michigan compiled scenarios and recommendations from the idea exchange. So I encourage you to read Destination Michigan’s peer recommendations for the 10 scenarios. Imagine: Your conference is thriving. Rooms are packed and vendors are happy.

Rolling out the ORGPRO 2013 welcome mat

Aaron Wolowiec

Henry Center for Executive Development at Michigan State University, and Aaron Wolowiec, founder and president of Event Garde. From the editor: Considered Michigan’s premier education and networking event for professionals in the nonprofit sector, ORGPRO 2013 will be held from July 8 to July 10 at the Radisson Plaza Hotel at Kalamazoo Center. Facilitators Cassandra Jorae, from the Michigan Economic Development Corp., Shana Killips, sales manager for the James B.

Bonus content – Event Garde e-news – June edition

Aaron Wolowiec

Henry Center for Executive Development , Michigan State University. Filed under: Meetings , Young Professionals Tagged: Event Gardeian of the Month , Meetings , Michigan State University , Shana Killips , The James B. Meetings Young Professionals Event Gardeian of the Month Michigan State University Shana Killips The James B. Shana Killips, sales manager, The James B. Henry Center for Executive Development. Q & A with Shana Killips, sales manager, The James B.

Bonus content – Event Garde e-news – June edition

Aaron Wolowiec

Henry Center for Executive Development , Michigan State University. Filed under: Meetings , Young Professionals Tagged: Event Gardeian of the Month , Meetings , Michigan State University , Shana Killips , The James B. Meetings Young Professionals Event Gardeian of the Month Michigan State University Shana Killips The James B. Shana Killips, sales manager, The James B. Henry Center for Executive Development. Q & A with Shana Killips, sales manager, The James B.

Not just any top five list: Innovative and interactive learning formats according to you

Aaron Wolowiec

On May 23, Destination Michigan hosted its annual Michigan Meetings Expo at the Bavarian Inn Lodge in Frankenmuth. This year, instead of a traditional keynote session, the opening general session comprised five different speakers – each delivering one of five top Michigan meetings trends in five minutes or less.

Bonus Content – Event Garde e-news – February edition

Aaron Wolowiec

Elyse Kopietz, director of communications, marketing and events, Michigan Manufacturers Association. Q & A with Elyse Kopietz , director of communications, marketing and events, Michigan Manufacturers Association. Filed under: Associations , Learning , Professional Development Tagged: certification , Elyse Kopietz , Event Gardeian of the Month , knowledge transfer , Learning , Michigan Manufacturers Association , networking.

Lame duck act threatens some associations (MI)

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Q: I’ve heard that there may be some issue with community associations’ recorded governing documents expiring next March if they are over 40 years old, is that right? Read the Q&A……………………………… Legal & Legislative News Legislative Articles Michigan Condo & HOA News

Just two little words

Aaron Wolowiec

Destination Michigan believes that giving back to the communities in which we hold our events is an integral part of the meeting experience,” said Kim Corcoran, general manager. “If 6, Destination Michigan held a food drive at its showcase, donating 425 pounds of food to the Greater Lansing Food Bank. 6, Destination Michigan collected 425 pounds of food, which it donated to the Greater Lansing Food Bank. Throughout the last couple weeks, my kids have been making cute turkeys.

Celebrating two years

Aaron Wolowiec

Wolowiec now writes a regular column in Michigan Meetings + Events magazine and he’s been featured as part of two magazine cover stories. It’s the first-ever Michigan association meetings industry survey examining the characteristics of senior education/professional development staff, characteristics of association meetings, professional speaker hiring practices, industry speaker preparation and compensation and meeting evaluation practices.

The X, Y and Z of membership

Aaron Wolowiec

Working on a college campus (my fulltime job is at Michigan State University ) I see the wide-eyed, go-get-the-world naiveté of Gen Y every day. Filed under: Associations , Membership Tagged: associations , baby boomers , generation , Generation X , Generation Y , Generation Z , members , membership , Michigan State University , millennials , networking , online communities , Sarah Sladek , The End of Membership as We Know It , virtual communities , XYZ University.

Bluff Road Residents Question Road Commission Plans (MI)

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In a letter to the Grand Traverse County Road Commission (GTCRC) dated August 26, Jim Raphael says their handling of the Bluff Road situation has been “pathetically clumsy, but not totally surprising.” Read the article…………………………… Michigan Condo & HOA News

Mission possible: Finding and keeping volunteers

Aaron Wolowiec

For more information on this topic, please read Aaron Wolowiec’s column in the fall issue of Michigan Meetings. It’s the first board meeting of the year and the room is packed with enthusiastic volunteer board members. And later that month, committee members flock to your building to discuss the assignments for the year. But slowly, throughout the year, people stop coming. Projects hit roadblocks.

Engage volunteers, take a page from the magazine

Aaron Wolowiec

For the last year I’ve had the opportunity to serve on the editorial advisory board of Michigan Meetings + Event s magazine. Dudek is a meetings manager for the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants in Troy – and she’s an exemplary role model for the meetings industry. If you’re not yet receiving Michigan Meetings + Events magazine, order your free subscription today. The Summer 2014 issue was just released here in Michigan. “Busy.”.

Leveraging strategy to amplify education initiatives

Aaron Wolowiec

So, as a self-proclaimed “meetings coach” and Michigan native, I’m pleased to have been invited by Brian McGrain of CEDAM (Community Economic Development Association of Michigan) to submit a presentation proposal for this year’s summit. I consider my own work with the Michigan Association of REALTORS earlier this year. Aerial of downtown Detroit Riverfront Photo Credit: Vito Palmissano. On Oct.

Call for Presentations: Dead or Alive?

Aaron Wolowiec

According to a study conducted by Event Garde in collaboration with the Michigan Society of Association Executives (MSAE) in 2012, when asked how many months before their 2011 major meeting associations closed their call for presentations, a majority of respondents (54%) indicated they did not issue one for this meeting.

Planners and suppliers tell all

Aaron Wolowiec

Kelly Van Dyke presenting June 18 at the Michigan Meetings Expo. Kelly Van Dyke, CMP and I had the pleasure of delivering the highest rated education session at the Michigan Meetings Expo on June 18 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. Best Practices Meetings association challenges collaboration extreme trends grateful holiday weekend Jeff De Cagna Kelly Van Dyke Kristen Parker Michigan Meetings Expo relationship signature event Suburban Collection Showplace

A new face, a new format and all things ORGPRO

Aaron Wolowiec

Since 2008, Kristen has worked as a communications manager for Michigan State University, serving in the university’s central public relations office. Kristen Parker Digital Communications Manager. It’s every blogger’s worst nightmare. You have the ideas, the insights and the expertise to share, but your “day job” prevents you the necessary time to sit down and actually write the posts. And, as we know all too well, the world around us isn’t so forgiving.

Sharing our Great Ideas

Aaron Wolowiec

Donna Oser, director of executive search services, Michigan Association of School Boards. Donna currently serves as the director of executive search services for the Michigan Association of School Boards ; however, she also has extensive experience as a management consultant, coach and facilitator and specializes in membership, non-dues revenue and business innovation. The ASAE Great Ideas Conference is right around the corner.

Motown magic continues to attract business

Aaron Wolowiec

Filed under: Innovation , Meetings , Professional Development Tagged: American Society of Association Executives , ASAE , bankruptcy , Cobo Center , Comerica Park , CVB , Detroit , Detroit Free Press , Detroit Metro Airport , Detroit Metro CVB , diversity , Greektown , innovation , John Graham , Larry Alexander , marketing , meeting planners , Meetings , Michigan , Motor City , Motown , reinvention , U.S. Detroit’s Cobo Center.

The Meetings Report: Five game-changing tactics redefining education strategy and success

Aaron Wolowiec

In a nutshell, The Meetings Report strives to describe the state of the Michigan association meetings industry. Likewise, it was edited by Kristen Parker , a media communications manager for Michigan State University. Finally, the finished product was jointly published by the Michigan Society of Association Executives (MSAE) and my Grand Rapids-based consulting firm Event Garde. In December 2012, I was pleased to finally release Event Garde’s first research project.

Volunteer management: I gotta feeling

Aaron Wolowiec

Scanning my current commitments, I now serve on the editorial advisory board for Michigan Meetings + Events magazine, I’m a subject matter expert and facilitator for MSAE , I’m the luminaria chair for the East Lansing Relay for Life and I’ve recently been appointed to the ASAE 2014-2015 Professional Development Section Council.

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Snow day productivity: Briefer, clearer, funner communications

Aaron Wolowiec

Every couple of months, as I write my column for Michigan Meetings + Events magazine , I have the opportunity to practice this very same exercise. Filed under: Communication , Marketing Tagged: attendance , authentic , brand , brochure , collateral , electronic , engagement , key message , letter , membership , metrics , Michigan Meetings + Events , open rates , print , prospectus , readership , reflection , relatable , style guide , time , voice.

Court Holds That Extensive Short-term Rentals Violated Residential Use Restrictions (MI)

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In Cherry Home Association v. Keith Barker, et. the Leelanau County Circuit Court held that several lot owners violated residential use restrictions by engaging in extensive online short-term rentals.

What’s trending?

Aaron Wolowiec

Robertson and Cheryl Ronk, president of Michigan Society of Association Executives (MSAE), will close ORGPRO with a session titled, “ Association Trends – Future Strategic Issues.”. Susan Robertson, executive vice president of American Society for Association Executives. From the minute we get up to the minute we go to bed, we’re surrounded by it: social media. Facebook. Twitter. Instagram. Skype. Sometimes it’s hard to keep up.

Interns have rights too

Aaron Wolowiec

Next week, I’ll be talking with Cheryl Ronk, president of Michigan Society of Association Executives , about MSAE’s intern program. Filed under: Best Practices , Young Professionals Tagged: associations , Cheryl Ronk , compensation , employers , employment , Fair Labor Standards Act , hiring , Intern Bill of Rights , Intern Match Report , InternMatch , interns , internships , Michigan Society of Association Executives , Nathan Parcells , nonprofit , paid vs. unpaid internships.

Instructional Design: The New Normal

Aaron Wolowiec

26, 2015, I’ll be further exploring what this means to associations in a webinar I’m developing for the Michigan Society of Association Executives. I fled this week from the blustery temperatures of Grand Rapids, MI to a warmer climate in Dallas, TX. Always the bridesmaid (facilitator) and never the bride (learner), it was a chance for me to turn the tables and become a participant in ATD’s Master Instructional Designer Program. It all started at Gerald R. Ford International Airport.

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Back to basics: Education programs

Aaron Wolowiec

I recently facilitated two sessions on meeting planning and professional development for the Michigan Society of Association Executive’s (MSAE) Academy of Association Management. Vieder , delivery , Event Garde , experiences , facilitators , goals , instructional design , logistics , Michigan Society of Association Executives , MSAE , networking , objectives , planners , Professional Practices in Association Management , Ralph J.

To Amend, or Not to Amend….That is the Question (MI)

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With all of that information flying around, one question that has arisen is whether Condominium or Homeowners’ Associations should consider amending their governing documents to better address COVID-19 related issues in the event that this type of situation arises again in the future. Read the article……………………… Amending Documents Coronavirus (COVID-19) Michigan Articles

Overcoming your fear of “messing up”

Aaron Wolowiec

Crenshaw, southeast zone adviser of the Michigan District of Key Club International, to present two breakout sessions on public speaking and confidence building at the organization’s 2012 Fall Rally in Wayland. It’s been several months now, but I was invited by Bryan L. As a former club president and district board member, I was eager to give back to this next generation of leaders and (fingers crossed) association professionals.