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2023 Industry Update with Michael Dominguez


EIC Releases Accepted Practices Guides

  1. Meeting and Event Design Accepted Practices Guide: It is intended to serve as a resource and educational tool for industry professionals to utilize as they put new standards into practice. The guide includes a Code of Conduct, which serves as a reminder of the role we all play as individuals and participants to ensure the resilience of our industry and event ecosystem. See guide here.
  2. Health and Safety for Hotels: In August 2020, EIC released the second guide, pertaining to health and safety for hotels. EIC also released two sections from this guide as stand-alone documents: Principles for Recovery and Key Questions for Hotels and Event Planners. See guide here.
  3. Resources for Workforce and Wellness Accepted Practices Guide: The latest addition to the series of accepted practices guides includes: Duty of Care standards, Resources for career reskilling and restarting, Frameworks for workforce, wellness and well-being, Events industry wellness programme case studies, and COVID-19 resources.  See guide here.

EIC announced the launch of a Career Centre on its website.

Events Industry Council Supports COVID Relief Now Coalition  

On 30 September, a new coalition of nearly 250 public and private sector groups in the United States, the COVID Relief Now Coalition, urged the U.S. Congress to not leave town for the 2020 elections without passing additional COVID economic relief. The Events Industry Council is a coalition member.

Here is a link to the letter coalition members sent to U.S. Congressional leaders.

Go LIVE Together unites the expertise of trade show, event, exhibition, meeting, incentive and conference experts to mobilise resources to ensure that local, state and federal legislators support policies that accelerate recovery,” said Calvert.   EIC partnered with Go LIVE Together to support recent efforts and letter writing campaigns.

Events Industry Council Expands Testing Options for CMP and CMP-HC Exams

Global candidates can take exam at home via remote proctoring or at a test centre, with year-round testing now available

Washington, DC, USA – In its ongoing effort to support industry professionals seeking to earn their Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) certification, the Events Industry Council today announces new options for taking the CMP exam, including remote proctoring and year-round testing. more…

Colorado Event Alliance

Colorado Event Alliance is a newly formed 501c3 created by a multi-faceted group of event industry business leaders to offer situational assistance to special event industry workers during times of need. When members of the Colorado event community find themselves in need of assistance – they will be there for them with your support.

Mission: Colorado Event Alliance will shine a ray of hope on the frontline workers in the Colorado Event industry, through monetary donations, advocacy and hands-on support.

Vision: Colorado Event Alliance will be the primary resource for all special event professionals in Colorado who have suffered a hardship or are in need of support.

Who they serve: An employee or independent contractor in good standing with a Colorado-based special event industry business.

If you are interested in learning more or making a donation, please click HERE.

GBAC Star Program

Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) is working to assist facilities, institutions, companies and governments Prepare, Respond & Recover from pandemics and help create safe environments for public health. GBAC is a division of ISSA, the leading trade association for the cleaning industry worldwide.
Together with the Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC), a division of ISSA, we offer education, training, and business resources to help you manage the COVID-19 outbreak. If you need to reopen your business or facility with confidence following the pandemic, learn more about the new GBAC STAR™ Facility Accreditation, a program with the right protocols and best practices for biohazard response 

GBAC Star Facility Accreditation

GBAC STAR™ is the cleaning industry’s only outbreak prevention, response and recovery accreditation for facilities.

GBAC STAR is the gold standard of prepared facilities. This accreditation means that a facility has:

  • Established and maintained a cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention program to minimize risks associated with infectious agents like the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2).
  • The proper cleaning protocols, disinfection techniques, and work practices in place to combat biohazards and infectious disease.,
  • Highly skilled cleaning professionals who are trained for outbreak and infectious disease preparation and response.

Go Live Together

Go Live Together is a new site for news, resources and advocacy efforts as it relates to CV19, including the Trade Show Recovery Act.

This organization started with 80 founding partners at the time of launch to over 1,400 partners and 500+ organizations! These partners and organizations have added their brands to the cause because they know that protecting the events industry means protecting a key contributor to the global economy. Go Live Together exists to urge local, state, and federal legislators to consider measures for support and recovery.

Go Live Together wants you to share your stories and draw attention to our industry. If you have any press releases, videos/webinars, or other content relevant to the promotion of Go LIVE Together and what they want to accomplish, please send them to

Interested in learning more? Check out

Trade Show Recovery Act
A critical request to Congress to help support attendees and exhibitors returning to events.

MIC’s Member Organizations are finding ways to give back and support the events community and Colorado community at large. Here are a few ways some of our 13 organizations are creating huge impact!

CFEA (Colorado Festivals & Events Association)

CFEA is compiling free and inexpensive webinars and providing weekly updates to their members. They are also hosting virtual meet ups each Thursday at 3:00pm to check in with fellow event industry professionals, ask questions, share ideas, and connect! For more info on attending these events or to get on their mailing list, email

CSAE (Colorado Society of Association Executives)
CSAE is focusing on communication with senators and representatives to keep 501 c 6 organizations top of mind in future relief packages. For the relief that already exists, they are helping members with information so they can complete the processes necessary to tap into vital funds at this time.


IAEE collaborated with many prominent industry organizations on the highly anticipated white paper that provides general information for consideration by exhibition organizers when planning for and producing an exhibition during a pandemic.

Essential Considerations for Safely Reopening Exhibitions and Events, Version One is available for members and non-members and can be downloaded HERE.  For more information on IAEE’s Coronavirus Resources, click here HERE.

IAEE and the Exhibitions Mean Business coalition have joined over 225 partner organizations representing millions of U.S. employers to form the COVID RELIEF NOW Coalition and deliver a stark call for relief from Washington that Congress and the administration must reach a bipartisan agreement on relief legislation, and the exhibitions industry cannot wait a single moment longer.

There are several ways for you to help our efforts. The Coalition has released a toolkit with resources including an action alert, social media guide, sample talking points and fact sheet.

IAEE Rocky Mountain Chapter

IAEE (International Association of Exhibitions and Events) RMC is hosting pertinent webinars for this season.

CEIR Data-Fueled State of the Industry, presented by Cathy Breden, CMP, CAE, CEM – CEO of the Center for Exhibition Industry Research and COO of IAEE, gave a comprehensive view of the current COVID 19 environment as well as projections related to expectations of economic recovery.  You can view the recording HERE.

IAEE Rocky Mountain Chapter Presents: Coffee and COVID – panelists shared their thoughts on past and future events, ensuring steady continuity for their companies, and flexibility in times of chaos and uncertainty. Panelists included David DuBois, CMP, CAE, FASAE, CTA, President & CEO of IAEE Bob McLean, Jr., CPA, CAE, CEM, Executive Vice President, PPAI and 2020 Chairperson of IAEE Board of Directors, and Jim Kelley – Vice President, Marketing & Industry Relations, FERN. The webinar can be viewed HERE.

Recruitment & Job Applications: An Insider’s Perspective presented by the Young Professionals of IAEE RMC provided an insider’s look at the process a company takes to post a job, what your resume needs to stand out, and how to build a network. The webinar can be viewed HERE. The goal of the webinar was to help those who have lost jobs in our industry to feel confident in finding new ones and give those just entering the workforce a toolbox for success.


MPI is also offering $100 off membership and $100 off select MPI Academy certificate courses. Click here for more info:

The MPI Foundation continues to serve MPI members during this challenging time. As a member of MPI, if you are currently up for renewal and facing financial distress, then reach out to or call 1.972.702.3053.

For more information on MPI’s initiatives to support industry members, check out

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) and the National Coalition of Black Meeting Professionals (NCBMP) are now offering a dual membership.  This dual membership provides incredible depth in access to content and resources between two of the meeting and event industry’s strongest associations while furthering professional advancement in diversity, equity and inclusion.  More info.


It’s Time To Celebrate!
While we were unable to gather for our annual GalAuction in June, the hard work and dedication of many of our members could not go unrecognized. With a very small crew taking the recommended precautions, the 2019/2020 Membership Awards were presented over the last week. So grab your favorite cocktail and raise a glass to this year’s nominees and award winners. See the video…

SGMP (Society of Government Meeting Planners)
SGMP National will be hosting the 2020 NEC Virtually! Plans are in the works to hold a virtual version of the education conference featuring multiple speakers over three days, May 19-21, 2020, including the much anticipated Annual Sam Gilmer Awards Celebration on Wednesday evening May 20th.

Membership Renewals: National has decided that SGMP members will have 90 days past their membership expiration date to renew before membership privileges cease, thus allowing flexibility for these turbulent times. Please renew when you are able, but know that you’re still connected in the meantime.

DID YOU KNOW – National provides free webinars to all SGMP members?

Visit Denver

Let To Go Denver helps you find some of the Denver metro area’s best restaurants that are ready to serve up delicious food for carryout, curbside or delivery service.

Virtually Denver: Events and Things to do this weekend – all week long
Here are some safe ways to practice social distancing by having some unique cultural experiences. Most of these are virtual activities and are available anytime.

Feel Good Fridays – Weekly emails that highlight stories of goodwill during this time. VISIT DENVER will be highlighting some of those stories from across the city’s tourism and hospitality community.

Mile High Mondays – Mile-High Fitness Inspiration emails are sent to partners every Monday.