Small Market Meetings

FEB 2017

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Kelly Tyner 866-356-5128 kelly@grouptravelleader.com SMALL MARKET MEETINGS is published monthly by Pioneer Publishing, Inc., 301 E. High St., Lexington, K Y 40507, and is distributed free of charge to qualified meeting planners who plan meetings in small and medium size towns and cities. All other meeting industr y suppliers, including hotels, conference centers, convention centers, destinations, transpor tation companies, restaurants and other meeting industr y-related companies may subscribe by sending a check for $39 for one year to: Small Market Meetings, Circulation Depar tment, 301 East High St., Lexington, K Y 40507. Phone (866) 356-5128 (toll-free) or (859) 225-1452. Fax: (859) 253-0499. Copyright SMALL MARKET MEETINGS, Inc. All rights reser ved. Reproduction of editorial or graphic content in any manner without the written consent of the publisher is prohibited. MAC T. LACY PUBLISHER/PARTNER maclacy@grouptravelleader.com HERBERT SPARROW EXECUTIVE EDITOR/PARTNER hsparrow@grouptravelleader.com BRIAN JEWELL EDITOR brianj@grouptravelleader.com DAVID BROWN ART DIRECTOR production@smallmarketmeetings.com STACEY BOWMAN ACCOUNT MANAGER sales@smallmarketmeetings.com KELLY TYNER ACCOUNT MANAGER sales@smallmarketmeetings.com SAVANNAH OSBOURN STAFF WRITER CHRISTINE CLOUGH COPY EDITOR RENA BAER PROOFREADER www.smallmarketmeetings.com For Sales Call Febuary 2017 Volume 18 Issue 2 Creative Fundraising Ideas Go beyond the silent auction with these modern fundraising techniques. .16 Adult Sports Destinations Consider these cities when planning tournaments for adult sports groups. . . . .19 Get to Know Grand Rapids This western Michigan city is on the rise and hungry for group business. . . .26 The Gem of New England Newport, Rhode Island, brings a quaint, coastal feel to meetings. . . .30 The Lodge at Deadwood This resort property showcases the best of the Black Hills. . . . . . . . . . .32 Southern Meeting Guide Discover historic sites, waterfront venues and suburban destinations that are great for small meetings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 16 19 26 On the cover: Gorgeous homes overlooking the Atlantic Coast are a hall- mark of Newport, Rhode Island. Photo by Denis Tangney, Jr. Courtesy Experience Grand Rapids Courtesy Visit Muskegon Courtesy Visit Spokane

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