MM&E Kansas City Expo to welcome planners, suppliers, exhibitors this fall

October 10, 2013

It’s official… Missouri Meetings & Events’ 2013 Kansas City Expo is on the way! Prepare to broaden your business portfolio and make new connections on November 12 and 13, 2013, at the newly updated and renovated Kansas City Marriott Downtown. You’ll join colleagues and potential business partners from around the state as you forge key relationships and learn new ways to make your events stand out. MM&E Expos are a proven formula for bigger, better business. Attendees consistently remark that the speakers, sessions and exhibitors provide ample ideas and inspiration to help them take events to a higher level. For an idea of what to expect from the Kansas City Expo, take a look at some of our survey responses following the spring 2013 St. Louis show.

Questions asked of planners: How would you rate the overall educational value of MM&E Expo? 4.46 points out of 5 Did you learn something new at the Expo? 100%: Yes Was attending the Expo worth your investment? 97%: Yes Did you experience new properties and services at the Expo? 94%: Yes

Questions asked of exhibitors: How would you rate the overall educational value of MM&E Expo? 4.27 points out of 5 Did you meet new planners at the Expo? 94%: Yes How would you rate the quality of planners at the Expo? 4.38 points out of 5 Did you book business on the Expo floor? 88%: Yes or Possibly

MM&E Kansas City Expo Schedule Day One Tuesday, November 12 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Exhibitor Setup and Planner Registration 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Educational Session 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Educational Session 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Planner Reception Hosted by Kansas City Marriott Downtown. This reception is for planners only! Includes food, drinks, and a tour of the newly renovated hotel and meeting space. Remember to bring copies of your RFP for a more accurate proposal. 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Missouri Meetings & Events Opening Reception and Meet® Business Exchange.  All are welcome. Now you have the chance to have some extra time with the suppliers and service providers of your choice. The Meet® Business Exchange (MBE) offers face-to-face appointments with six suppliers. All planners who complete the full MBE session will receive a gift card! Register early – space is limited! Enjoy a night of food, drinks, business networking, and entertainment!

Day Two Wednesday, November 13 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Registration and Breakfast 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Exhibitor Setup and Planner Check-In 8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. General Session 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Exhibit Area Open; Prize Drawings and Networking 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  Three Concurrent Educational Sessions 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Exhibit Area Open, Prize Drawings and Networking 12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch and Keynote Speaker; Closing Remarks and Farewell Reception; Grand Finale Prize Drawings   To get your wheels turning, here’s just a sampling of the high-quality organizations you can expect to see at the Kansas City Expo:

AMTRAK 314-962-5399 • 800-USA-RAIL Amtrak St. Louis is located in the Gateway Transportation Center. Ride north toward Chicago, west toward Kansas City, or south into Texas. For schedules, fares and information, call 800-USARAIL or visit

BIG CEDAR LODGE 800-225-6343 • Big Cedar Lodge is the Ozarks’ premier wilderness resort offering unique, upscale accommodations including lodge rooms and cabins. Features include spacious meeting facilities, casual dining, full-service marina, stables, spa, team-building activities, complimentary Internet and much more. New at Big Cedar are the Billiards Room and fresh renovations to nearly all accommodations. Coming soon you’ll find a new spa; Lady Liberty, a 62-foot dinner yacht; the Garden Chapel; and Top of the Rock.

BRANSON ZIPLINE CANOPY TOURS 417-561-0736 • 800-717-0998 • Imagine a world-class eco-adventure with ziplining, hiking, shopping and a catered meal. We accommodate groups of all sizes for team building, strategic planning, team bonding and pure fun.

CHARITY RESOURCE LLC 314-497-7591 • We are a full-service production company offering audio-visual equipment rental, technical support, scenic services, media creation and speaker support for associations, charities and other nonprofits.

CHATEAU ON THE LAKE RESORT, SPA AND CONVENTION CENTER 417-243-1725 • Southwest Missouri’s only AAA Four-Diamond Resort, the Chateau on the Lake features a new, $6 million Spa Chateau and the most perfectly designed convention center, with 43,500 sq. ft. of high-tech meeting space for 10 to 3,000 attendees, all on one level under one roof.

DMI HOTELS 314-270-3117 • DMI Hotels offers a unique collection of more than 100 hand-picked hotels, DMCs, CVBs and upscale retreats in popular event and meeting destinations throughout the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean.

DOWNSTREAM CASINO 913-919-9516 • Casino resort with entertainment and hotel. Weddings, spa, 15,000 square feet of banquet facilities. Golf course, executive boardroom, indoor/ outdoor pool. Tri-state market (Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma).

EVENT PLANNERS ASSOCIATION (EPA) 866-380-3372 • Event Planners Association membership offers a unique support system for professionals in the event and amusement industries. Our mission is to provide the foundational elements of a successful business and facilitate the highest standards of excellence and professionalism.

EVENTS IN AMERICA Find events, trade shows, meetings, conferences and conventions in America’s top trade show and conference directory, Events in America. Use our tools to search for events; save them; share them with colleagues; add your own personal notes to event records; build local, regional and national event calendars for your staff; and network with other professionals before, during and after events.

GMS INCENTIVES LLC 636-236-1106 • GMS Incentives offers perfect items to meet every goal, for every occasion. Ad specialties, awards, embroidery, food gifts, health and wellness, printing, screen printing, signage and more!

THE GRAND PLAZA 417-336-6646 • 800-850-6646 • Full-service conference center hotel has restaurant, lounge, meeting and banquet space. Upscale accommodations presenting a combination of luxury and hospitality. Complimentary hot breakfast buffet including Grand amenities.

HILTON GARDEN INN KANSAS CITY 913-342-7900 • Going to Kansas City…Reardon Center, here I come! We have 22,000 sq. ft. of dynamic meeting space with on-site catering. Convenient access to highways and complimentary parking. Connected to Hilton Garden Inn, we also have a complimentary business center, fitness facility and indoor pool. Hotel restaurants serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner starting at 6:00.

HILTONS OF BRANSON 417-243-3492 • A 220,000-square-foot facility with flexible event and meeting space including 15 breakout rooms. From boardrooms for 10 people to a 47,000-square-foot exhibit hall, the Branson Convention Center has it all.

IMMPA 314-614-7977 • IMMPA is a global association that helps connect members of the medical and veterinary meeting professional communities. IMMPA also helps provide conformity in medical meeting professionals’ education, training, certification, networking and supplier relations efforts.

KANSAS CITY CUPCAKE CO. LLC 913-256-5228 • We provide custom cupcakes, dessert buffets, breakfast meeting platters and more! Free delivery to metro KC businesses. We can even include your company logo!

KANSAS CITY MARRIOTT DOWNTOWN 816-421-6800 This premier convention hotel has two distinct towers: the Marriott Tower and the Muehlebach Tower, offering 983 luxury guest rooms and nearly 100,000 sq.ft. of diverse function space. Guests are connected to the KC Convention Center via enclosed walkway, and are just steps from the Power & Light District.

KLEERTECH® 636-677-6610 • Manufacturer of registration supplies: badge holders, lanyards, ribbons, paper products and bags. Traditional and “green” versions available. Registration services include online and onsite, AR coding, educational session tracking, lead retrieval.

LAKE OF THE OZARKS CVB 800-386-5253 • 573-348-1599 • Central Missouri’s premier destination, offering 350,000 square feet of meeting space, championship golf courses and the best spas and shopping in the state.

LIBERTY EXPOSITION SERVICES 816-891-9500 • A full-service exposition contractor providing professional solutions for conventions, trade shows, corporate meetings and special events. We provide total services from initial planning to close of show.

THE LODGE OF FOUR SEASONS 573-365-8795 • 800-711-8983 Missouri’s premier conference, golf and spa resort with 60,000 sq. ft. of meeting and event space. Rated #1 Resort by Midwest Traveler readers and Missouri Golf Association. Celebrating 50 years of “show me” hospitality on Lake of the Ozarks.

LODGING HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT (LHM) 314-212-2160 • LHM owns and operates the Sheraton Westport Hotels, DoubleTree Westport Hotel, DoubleTree Chesterfield Hotel, Hilton St. Louis Airport, Marriott St. Louis Airport, Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark, and the St. Louis Union Station Hotel, a DoubleTree by Hilton. These hotels offer thousands of square feet of meeting and exhibit space.

MISSOURI MEETINGS & EVENTS 314-781-8880 • Missouri Meetings & Events strives to serve the meeting and event industry in many ways, including publishing Missouri Meetings & Events magazine and resource directory, and hosting two expos each year. Stop by our booth with your questions regarding your next event. Let us provide you with the best in meeting resources.

THE PARKWAY HOTEL 314-256-7777 • 866-314-7700 • The Parkway Hotel has 217 guestrooms. Select from our VIP, executive level rooms and suites. Our 1,360 square feet of meeting space ranges from pre-set boardroom to pre-convene areas, with space for up to 50 people. Connected via skywalk is a beautiful conference center with 21,000 square feet of space also available.


SHERATON CLAYTON PLAZA HOTEL 314-719-4304 • Full-service hotel located in the heart of Clayton. From corporate meetings and events to social events, we’ll help make your program a success. Ask about our kosher kitchen.

SIGNUP 4 866-744-6874 • SignUp4 offers customizable, cost-effective and powerful software tools that help corporations manage all aspects of their meetings and events, from registration to travel and spending.

STONEY CREEK INN 800-659-2220 • Columbia and St. Joseph locations. 181 guest rooms, 11,000 square feet of meeting space, indoor-outdoor pool, hot tub, dry sauna. A hotel experience that will leave you refreshed and relaxed. Our overnight guests also enjoy complimentary hot breakfast and Wi-Fi.

TAN-TAR-A RESORT 573-348-8550 • 800-826-8272 • Tan-Tar-A Resort features more than 90,000 square feet of indoor meeting space, 30 meeting rooms, 700 guest rooms, low tax rate, exceptional service staff and central location. It’s a planner’s dream!

VISIT TOPEKA INC. 800-235-1030 • Visit Topeka is the convention and visitors bureau for Topeka, Kansas. We promote and market Topeka as an exceptional destination for tourists, conventions, and national, regional and state sporting events.

VIVANT ENTERTAINMENT 314-808-4659 • Unique entertainment for any event! Vivant means “living” in French, and custom designed living entertainment is what we specialize in. We offer strolling tables, champagne divas, colorful characters such as the candy girls and living red carpets with many more creative ideas in the works. We can tailor any of our talent to meet the needs or theme of your event.

WEST PLAINS CIVIC CENTER 417-256-8087 • 877-256-6034 • Conventions, trade shows, concerts, sports events, business and social meetings, weddings, exhibits.

THE WILDWOOD HOTEL 636-733-9102 • A boutique hotel with 109 smoke-free guestrooms, 5,400 square feet of flexible meeting and banquet space, located within walking distance of restaurants, a movie theater and shops. For more information about the exciting learning and networking opportunity that is your MM&E Kansas City Expo, stay tuned to or contact group publisher Joseph Clote at (314) 781-8880 or [email protected] Expo sponsorships are available as well. See you in Kansas City!

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