Before the economy took a turn for the worse, companies were spending billions of dollars each year to host and attend industry conferences across the United States. Unfortunately, what has now become a global recession has greatly affected the expo and convention industry, causing companies to look closer to home for educational and networking opportunities. If you are thinking about hosting a business conference in Massachusetts and are looking for a dynamic venue for hosting a training seminar event, consider The Crystal Room Conference Center.
Located in Milford, MA, The Crystal Room has a wide variety of amenities, options and advantages that have attracted local and regional businesses to our area. It is perfect for an educational industry conference, expo, training workshop or other type of business related event. Our team of experienced event coordinators can help you choose the best rooms, dates, options, catering selections and more to create a complete conference in no time. We provide a wide variety of audio visual options, including flat panel screens, microphones, specialty lighting and much more.
Why Local is Better
If you are thinking about hosting a training seminar or conference in the New England area, there are certain advantages to keeping your event local. Not only will it cost less for companies to send their employees to your event due to its proximity to their own offices, but it will also be more convenient and require less time away from the office to attend. Located just a minute off the I-495, The Crystal Room Conference Center is convenient for attendees from Boston, Cape Cod, Rhode Island, Connecticut and even from New Jersey and New York.
Being able to attend a business conference in Massachusetts without having to pay for airfare, hotel lodging, per diem for meals and other related expenses, can make your local event even more attractive to businesses who could benefit from an educational industry conference, but can’t afford to go to some tropical location just to learn about sales. Local also means being able to send more employees to the conference instead of just one or two. This can be a big benefit to companies that require training for new employees, but can’t afford to host their own training seminar at the office.
Local gatherings at the Milford conference hall are also good for your networking opportunities. Being able to work with companies that are in your local region, perhaps even forge a working relationship with related businesses, can be a win-win for all parties involved. Many alliances and partnerships have been formed at industry conferences. Hosting a training seminar and business conference in Massachusetts where a majority of the attendees are all from the same reason can open up many new doors.
Plan for Success
If this is your first time planning an educational industry conference and networking opportunity or if it is just your first time planning a local event in the South Coast area, make sure to take time to work with the on-site event coordinators to plan your event carefully in order to maximize the return on your investment. Investment can come in the form of time spent getting sponsors and putting the word out about the event, scheduling speakers and doing research on what industry hot buttons would attract the most attendees. Investment also comes in the form of money that you have invested to get your conference or expo off the ground. It is important to weigh the benefits of all your investments every step of the way.
Questions to ask yourself while planning an industry conference:
- why would people attend your event?
- how much would they be willing to spend to attend?
- would you be better off giving free admission to registrars and off-set the costs through sponsorships and other types of support?
- what types of seminars would people most like to attend?
- what do you want attendees to gain from attending your event?
- is the location that you have chosen convenient and accessible?
- do they offer ample parking, useful amenities and tech-based options?
- should you include refreshments, a buffet lunch or other offerings?
- how many attendees do you think you will be expecting?
- should invitations go out industry wide or be limited to specific companies?
The way that you answer these questions while you are planning on hosting a training seminar or convention at the local Milford conference hall should help you make important decisions about your event. An educational industry conference should have a basic set of elements in order to offer value to your attendees, but beyond that, what else do you want to offer? Consider attending another local business conference in Massachusetts to see how your plans measure up and don’t be afraid to ask questions. The more data you can get, the better you will be able to make your own plans.
Contact The Crystal Room Conference Center in Milford, Massachusetts by calling 508-478-7800. We can schedule a tour of our facility, answer any questions you might have about our venue and help you choose the amenities and options that will best suit your needs.