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Meet new contacts . Learn about the industry . Book business

Wednesday, November 8, 2023
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Saint Charles Convention Center
St. Charles, MO

In partnership with the

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The Top Networking Event for Meeting Planners and Suppliers

Business is all about relationships, so meet new contacts in one day and one place by attending the MEET Missouri Fall 2023 MEET Up! Taking place on November 8, 2023 at the St. Charles Convention Center, the Fall 2023 MEET Up! will help you build and expand your database of contacts, whether you are a seasoned professional or new to the meetings and events industry. We are thrilled to join forces with the St. Louis Business Expo, reunite planners and suppliers, and provide a day of networking, education, and resources that can help meeting professionals stay current as the way we continue to do business evolves.

What's Included

Networking

Make new contacts, discover new venues and services, and find new clients

Education*

Receive new meeting and event insights and receive continuing education units (CEUs)

Familiarization Tour

Learn more about planning events at the Saint Charles Convention Center

Boxed or Plated Lunch*

Boxed lunch provided at standing show floor rounds; plated lunch provided at seated award ceremony

Award Ceremony*

Opportunity to vote for and win a MEET
Elite Award

Giveaways*

Chance for registered attendees to win door and booth prizes

*Premium education, familiarization tour, boxed lunch, award ceremony, and giveaways only apply to MEET Up! badge holders

Access Levels

Unbadged Attendees

Badged Planners

Badged Suppliers

Networking with industry professionals

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Access to breakout education sessions

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Opportunity to vote for and win a MEET Elite Award

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Certificate of attendance for education sessions (CEUs)

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Familiarization tour of St. Charles Convention Center

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Attendance and lunch provided at award ceremony OR boxed lunch provided at standing show floor

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Access to premium education session

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Goody bag from MEET Missouri

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Goody bag from exhibitors

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Inclusion in complimentary grand prize drawing

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What Meeting Planners Say

The [MEET Up!] was an excellent opportunity to visit with hotel representatives and suppliers at the same time. The speakers provided were top quality... I even contracted with one for my conference next year! The [MEET Up!] was very well planned and we implemented the Focus Group concept at our convention this month. Thank you for planning such an extraordinary event and providing me the opportunity to participate.
Meeting Planner
Missouri League for Nursing
Your group did a great job at coordinating this event, and although it was my first time to attend, it will not be my last! I not only got to see familiar faces from the events we already plan, I got to meet some new faces that will possibly turn into future partners of ours in upcoming events.
Meeting Planner
Midwest Public Risk
Love the variety of meeting/event options available in MO. Have used some of the sponsoring agents/products also. Great resource… Keep it up.
Meeting Planner
Grant Thornton LLP

Speaker Sessions

Kickoff Seminars (starting at 9:00 AM)

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Successfully Working Tradeshows

Presented by: Richard Avdoian, Founder/CEO, Midwest Business Institute
9:00 AM - 9:45 AM, Rooms 104-105

In this session, Richard Avdoian will provide proven insights on achieving tangible outcomes from tradeshows. While these events attract attention to products/services, the significant cost of attending tradeshows underscores the need for careful planning. Learn what you can do before, during, and after attending tradeshows to maximize return on investment.

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Why Video Works and 4 Strategies You Should Try

Presented by: Nick Niehaus
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, Rooms 104-105

In this session with Nick Niehaus, learn why video is the future (and present) of marketing, PLUS 4 straightforward strategies you should use! This introductory training is meant to help you start using video the right way, while avoiding the burnout and overwhelm many faces when they first get started. 

About Nick Niehaus
 

Nick Niehaus is a serial entrepreneur, the CEO of Business Video School, the former host of the Bourbon Friday Show and Immediate Past President of AMA St. Louis. After helping thousands of small businesses create compelling video content through his video production business, Connect Video, Nick discovered a passion for teaching business owners how to communicate through video. From creative marketing content to streamlining internal operations, Nick finds innovative uses for this new form of communication. Through Business Video School, Nick coaches thousands of professionals around the world to help them overcome the challenges of transitioning to video communication and marketing.

11:30 AM - 12:20 PM

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10 Questions to Strengthen Your Business in 2024

Presented by: Tabetha Sheaver
11:30 AM - 12:20 PM​, Room 104

Come learn 10 questions you must answer to help strengthen the six key areas of your business,
drive a higher enterprise value, and get your life back. 

About Tabetha Sheaver

Tabetha Sheaver is a seasoned business strategist and Certified EOS® (Entrepreneurial Operating System) business coach, dedicated to helping businesses thrive and achieve their full potential. With over a decade of experience in guiding companies toward success, Tabetha brings a unique blend of expertise in strategic planning, organizational development, and fostering high-performance cultures.

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Happy Food, Happy Meetings

Presented by: Chef Kimber Dean
11:30 AM - 12:20 PM​, Room 105

Chef Kimber Dean graduated from California Culinary Academy in 2008, worked in several bakeries and restaurants, and is cofounder of Nourish Café & Market in Columbia, Missouri. She currently owns and operates Happy Food Catering, where she provides restaurant consulting, recipe creation, meal planning, and catering services for individuals and events, and co-owns Happiness Drinks Co.  In this session, Chef Kimber Dean will share menu ideas that can energize and nourish attendees at meetings and events while still tasting great.  Chef Kimber will also provide a blending demo and resources to help attendees begin a happier (and healthier) experience with food and beverages.

At the end of this session, you will receive a Happiness Drinks Co supplement and a copy of Happy Food Cookbook.

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TBA

Presented by: Vie Media
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Stage 1 (on showroom floor)

12:30 PM - 1:20 PM

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Use This One Phrase To Sell More In Q4

Presented by: Tim Burt
Room 104

Bring your phones, because you’re going to create a single post – during this presentation – that you’ll blast out on social media. Once the responses start rolling in (which they will), we’ll craft the simple follow-up message. Tim Burt will show you how this one simple post (and corresponding strategy) can help you “Sell More in Q4.”

About Tim Burt

With more than 30,000 ads to his name and over $500M in worldwide revenue, Tim Burt makes commercials that make money. After spending 25 years in radio (KMOX, Y98, KEZK), Tim now runs his own digital media conglomerate, Tim Burt Media. Inventor of The QR Market and Cybermall.TV. Tim’s official website is www.MarketingWithTim.com

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Insurance Basics

Presented by: Roy Reichold
12:30 PM - 1:20 PM​, Room 105

In this session, Roy Reichold will discuss how to mitigate risk and protect you and your company. He will look at the many myths of what general liability coverage does and does not include. Learn about many of the risks you need to consider when seeking new insurance policies to cover various aspects of your business and/or planning your event, and what coverage will protect you.

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Putting Together a Content Marketing Strategy in Under an Hour

Presented by: Brandon Towl, Words Have Impact.
12:30 PM - 1:20 PM​, Stage 1 (on showroom floor)​

Business owners will learn 1) How to tell if content marketing, or some other approach, is most worthwhile for them, 2) What kinds of content approaches (SEO, guest blogging, email campaigns, etc.) will work best given their goals, and 3) How to put together a quick and easy plan to meet those goals.

About Brandon Towl

Brandon Towl founded Words Have Impact, a content marketing agency, in 2011. Through Words Have Impact, Brandon helps companies large and small get a handle on their content. Brandon is also a past board member of the BMA (Business Marketing Association) and holds a PhD from Washington University in St. Louis.

1:30 PM - 2:20 PM

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How To Actually Use AI For Marketing In Your Business

Presented by: Brian Moncey, CEO of Black Raven
1:30 PM - 2:20 PM, Room 104

Learn what AI can (and can’t) do for your business and how these advancements are changing the way teams are marketing. We’ll take a high level look at the big ideas of AI and LLMs like ChatGPT and get specific on tactical ways to enhance your marketing process with AI today.

About Brian Moncey

From for-profits to non-profits, Brian has spent the last 15 years helping organizations connect with their audiences. He’s done this in roles as creator, manager, vendor, and client. Born in St. Louis to a large Irish family, he’s a husband, a dad, a novelist, amateur student of astrophysics, zoology, and learning to drink good bourbon.

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Creating a Functional Event Website

Presented by: Olivia Orman
1:30 PM - 2:20 PM, Room 105

In this session, Olivia Orman will explain what small businesses that use events to promote their business and event planners that coordinate meetings for their organization can consider when creating an event webpage/website, along with common content management systems (CMS) and page builders business owners and event planners can use to accomplish this.  This session will also provide a step-by-step breakdown for how to build, test, and promote an event website from start to finish and a checklist to follow when going through this process.

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6 Steps to Build a Successful Business That Works for You

Presented by: Dr. Mike Smith
1:30 PM - 2:20 PM, Stage 1 (on showroom floor)

In this session with Dr. Mike Smith, we explore the six key steps in a business Don’t you owe it to yourself to invest some of your time learning how your business can reach its full potential? Of course, you do.

About Dr. Mike Smith

Dr. Mike Smith has broad experience from start-ups to opening new franchise locations to running franchisee operations and acquiring franchisees back into company stores. He later joined a fast-growing industry roll-up that acquired over 200 companies into a global firm while earning his MBA in Strategic Management and leading in senior leadership roles. He enjoyed developing strong teams, and developing and coaching them to lead top company performers. 

2:30 PM - 3:20 PM

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Building a Strategy to Embrace Digital Transformation

Presented by: Mike Martin, Acropolis Technology
2:30 PM - 3:20 PM, Stage 1 (on showroom floor)

The speed at which technology is disrupting business models and creating new ways to innovate, collaborate and evolve one’s business requires leaders to think about their IT strategy and partnerships in a different way. Mike Martin with IT Solutions will share an industry perspective on how one should approach “digital disruption” and the partnerships needed to support’s one’s business goals.

About Mike Martin

An expert in service and operational excellence, Mike excels in leading organizations to achieve exceptional business outcomes. Mike is a decisive leader with expertise in identifying market shifts and developing new offerings that align technology solutions & services to fuel business growth organically and through M&A. As a results-centric leader, Mike understands all things are accomplished through people. He uses purpose-driven leadership to leverage the team’s collective skills, listening to the process and creating a culture of collaboration while rationalizing business objectives into workable plans

Schedule

9:00 am – 10:00 am:

10:00 am – 10:45 am:

10:45 am – 11:15 am:

11:20 am – 1:00 pm:

1:15 pm – 2:00 pm:

2:15 pm – 3:00 pm:

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm:

Registration and booth setup

Concurrent breakout session 1

Open networking with meeting professionals

Awards ceremony luncheon/continuation of open networking

Concurrent breakout session 2 + high-value education session

Concurrent breakout session 3

Open networking with meeting professionals + grand prize giveaway

9:00 am – 10:00 am:

Registration and booth setup

10:00 am – 10:45 am:

Concurrent breakout session 1

10:45 am – 11:15 am:

Open networking with meeting professionals

11:20 am – 1:00 pm:

Awards ceremony luncheon/continuation of open networking

1:15 pm – 2:00 pm:

Concurrent breakout session 2 + high-value education session

2:15 pm – 3:00 pm:

Concurrent breakout session 3

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm:

Open networking with meeting professionals + grand prize giveaway

Registration and booth setup

Concurrent breakout session 1

Open networking with meeting professionals

Awards ceremony luncheon/continuation of open networking

Concurrent breakout session 2 + high-value education session

Concurrent breakout session 3

Open networking with meeting professionals + grand prize giveaway