Kathryn Gleesing, MBA, CMP, DMCP was recently awarded a Certificate in Pandemic On-Site Protocol through Event Leadership Institute. Gleesing is owner of Dm-Connection and Events and felt it was extremely important to have this certification as events start to come back. "Safety of my clients is the top priority and after having taken this certification, it opened my eyes that a lot of work needs to be done in preparation for the event especially after the pandemic. Communication is critical to the attendees, vendors and staff in order to keep everyone safe. The design of the event space with good air flow is crucial and having safety measures on site like temperature checks and mask wearing is extremely important. We can have safe, successful events, it will take more time and effort to do this, but it will be well worth it in the long run".
The U.S. Travel Association just released new statistics showing how decimanted the Leisure & Hospitality Industry has been and continues to be during the pandemic.
Some industries are starting to show signs of recovery, however, the pandemic continues to take a toll on travel, hotels, meeting and events, catering, venues, transportation, the list goes on. This industry needs additional help in order for it to come back stronger than ever. Write your Congressperson and tell them how vital this industry is to jobs, small businesses and travel in general. We continue to need support.
#eventprofs #liveevents #hospitality #ustravelassociation
As meeting professionals we have been challenged to find new ways to hold meetings or events. The move to outdoor spaces for events was the answer initially and still works today (weather permitting of course). A recent article in Meetings Today featured the top 5 outdoor venues in Milwaukee to hold events, receptions or small intimate gatherings. Some spaces provide a great view of the city, while others feature a water element or a serene setting located just outside of the bustling downtown area. Each venue is unique and presents a different perspective of the city, which lends to the built in backdrop for your event! You can read the entire article here.
#milwaukee #eventprofs #outdoorspaces #dmconnection
Dm-Connection & Events was recently invited to a small, private tasting in the kitchen of The Wisconsin Center District with Levy Restaurants. The District's slogan is BPX which stands for Bold, Proud and Experience Obsessed. That definitely held true with the event that was produced last night. Walking in the door to be greeted by the WCD and Levy staff, we followed a carefully carved out pathway to the kitchen created by warming ovens. Once inside the kitchen, the catering staff served our first appetizer course on a mini-tray that came down a conveyer belt with a social distanced cocktail for one (in a bag), very clever!
You can hold events during a pandemic, it was a small, socially distanced event, the guests sat on couches with a small table in front of us for our food and drinks. We watched as Chef Chris Pulling created a signature mustard and also the waffles for one of the dishes. Everything was served on small plates with mini samples, including the drinks: a Bloody Mary with beer chaser! The highlight of the night was hearing more about the Wisconsin Center District's expansion (300,000 sq. ft. addition), the GBAC accreditation, which is the gold standard for what people who use facilities will look for as as far as sanitation, cleanliness, according to Marty Brooks, CEO.
The Center and Catering staff outdid themselves with a bold event (held during a pandemic), being proud of the center and food they serve and providing our group with a great intimate dining experience in the kitchen.
#WiscCenter #LevyRestaurants #milwaukee #meetingprofs
Braise Restaurant just unveiled their two new rooftop domes this week named - Summer and Winter. Milwaukee restaurateur's have been adding unique ways to bring customers outside to dine in the cooler months while allowing social distancing due to COVID-19. The domes popped up at Cafe' Benelux several years ago and were a huge hit. The addition of the Domes will help restaurants serve their customers and allow for a unique dining experience. Braise overlooks the Rockwell Clock Tower in The Walker's Point neighborhood of Milwaukee and provides a different perspective for dining. In order to Dine in a Dome, Braise is taking reservations online after downloading this app: www.exploretock.com/app/
To explore all the delicious food at Braise: www.braiselocalfood.com/
#milwaukee #diningindomes #eventprofs
Photo credit: Braise Restaurant
The statistics are staggering for Wisconsin alone, yet Nationwide this is and remains a huge issue for the recovery of the events industry. Small businesses, hotels, restaurants, DMC's,AV companies, staging, etc. need Government help to stay afloat.
*The Wisconsin Hotel & Lodging Association reported from an internal survey that an estimated 47% of lodging facilities could close within 12 months without any loan or grant assistance. The survey also indicated that over 50% of Wisconsin hotel staff remains furloughed or laid off.
*Prospects for Wisconsin restaurants looked slightly better than the nationwide number — 37% — of restaurants that reported they were unlikely to still be operating in six months if no additional relief is available from the federal government.
*The Live Events Coalition recently surveyed businesses across the country, receiving over 1200 responses. The shocking truth that comes from asking just one question: “How much longer can you hold on and keep your business afloat, without further aid from the government?”
7.44% My business has already folded.
12.43% My business can make it less than another 30 days.
27.56% My business can make it for 30 to 90 more days.
20.85% My business can make it for 3 or 4 more months.
27.06% My business can make it for 5 to 9 more months
5.23% My business can make it from 9 months to more than a year.
4.66% My business will not be undone by COVID-19.
With federal relief efforts stalled and live event workers & businesses missing out on up to $1 trillion in income due to COVID-19 shutdowns, the industry is finding that the majority of its businesses will go under in the coming months, unless the stalemated U.S. Congress is able to deliver the next relief package soon. Continue to write to your Congressperson and let them know how important events are to the economy and how we need help now!
We are proud to announce that Dm-Connection & Events is now a member of the DMC Coalition. As we navigate through the unchartered territory of a pandemic and the aftermath, it is important than ever to be connected with colleagues from around the world and the DMC Coalition gives us that opportunity. Check out the link and see the resources available to members or non-members.
Dm-Connection & Events celebrates four years in business today. As I ponder how well everything has come together and the great clients my team had an opportunity to assist, 2020 threw everyone in the meeting/event industry a curve ball.
The meeting and live event industry has been decimated and we need the help and support of everyone to take immediate action here and send a letter to Congress asking them to support live event workers and the industry.
Tonight Milwaukee will be lit in red to show support of an industry that is hurting and hurting bad. Outside Fiserv Forum will be a 'non-event' which will feature an empty event set up to show the meetings and events industry has an economic impact of over $1 Trillion annually on the US Economy.
I know many small business owners that are on the brink of closing their doors, some have been in business for 20+ years. Many people have been laid off permanently and those people cannot afford to put food on their families tables. Another statistic: 77% of people in the events industry have lost 100% of their income, including 97% of 1099 workers.
Please help Save Live Events, don't let them go Dark! Thank you.
#WEMAKEEVENTSMKE #SAVELIVEEVENTS #REDALERTRESTART #EXTENDPUA #EVENTPROFS
The PGA of America and Ryder Cup Europe jointly announced today the Ryder Cup scheduled September 22-27, 2020 at Whistling Straits has been postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The new dates will be September 21-26, 2021, the tournament will still be held at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin. The event is scheduled to bring in an estimated impact of $135 million to the local economy.
#RyderCup #visitmke #golf
Businesses are starting to open up for events after COVID-19, which is great news for the meeting and events industry, especially in Milwaukee. One company took the opportunity to continue with renovations during the pandemic to have their event space ready for July 2020. The new event space is called The Factory on Barclay, which is home of The Original Cheesehead Factory.
The Main Factory event space features 3,500 square feet of space that can accommodate up to 400 guests (300 seated). Currently with social distancing rules, that is less. The space offers the Milwaukee cream city brick and beautiful wood accents throughout with plenty of natural light. The chandeliers provide additional accent to the beautiful space.
A full service bar is made of reclaimed barn wood and hosts a diverse selection on local, craft and micro beers on tap as well as a barista bar. There is a list of exclusive caterers and the space has an ample size kitchen with an area for loading/unloading of food/decor/sound equipment, etc.
I toured the space and felt it very warm and inviting especially with the natural light. The company will be adding a deck off the back which overlooks a bike trail and offers some additional greenery. Parking is a breeze either on the street or in locations right next to the building.
You can incorporate a team building activity within your event and have teams build their own cheeseheads or have them take the factory tour. The space lends itself to gala's that have silent auctions, since there is a separate space to have the auction items and dancing.
Here is a link to their webpage for further information and to book: www.thefactoryonbarclay.com
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