Find your niche: business opportunities available in conventions and conferences.

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According to the Detroit Metro Convention and Visitor's Bureau, there are already 100 conventions and conferences scheduled in the Detroit Region in the next 10 years. Haven't had time to figure out how your business can fit in? Cobo may provide the space for the NAIAS, but companies provide the rest. Here are some ideas of how your business can fit in.

What you don't see here

* Equipment rental, such as computers, laptops, walkie talkies, copiers and projectors

* Service-oriented businesses, such as catering operations

* PR and communications opportunities

* Registration services and software

* Logistics teams

* Vendor kiosks

Video walls are a type of new technology that's utilized at most conferences.

Special flooring is built to suit the needs of exhibitors.

Temporary lighting is brought in by production companies.

Plasma screens and other high-tech equipment rental is high in demand.

Signs are used throughout the display area and present opportunities for writers, graphic designers and printers.

The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) consistently draws a large crowd and is one of Detroit's annual conventions.

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Michigan Recreation & Park Association

Feb. 3 - 6, Hyatt Regency Dearborn

Michigan Education Association

Feb. 3 - 6. Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center

Michigan Concrete Paving Association

Feb. 18-19, The Inn at St. John's

Michigan Science Teachers Association.

Mar. 4 - 8, Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center

Michigan Association of Computer Users in Learning

Mar. 17 - 21, Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center

AA - Michigan Chapter

Mar. 20 - 21, Hyatt Regency Dearborn

Michigan Lodging and Tourism Association

Mar. 22 - 24, Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center

National Association for College Admission Counseling

Mar. 31 - Apr. 2, Radisson Hotel Detroit - Livonia

American Federation of Teachers

Apr. 3 - 5, Radisson Hotel Detroit - Bloomfield Hills

Pickle Packers International

Apr. 13 - 16, Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center

SAE International

Apr. 20 - 24, Cobo Conference Center

Airports Council International-North America

Apr. 21 - 24, The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit

Population Association of America

Apr. 25 - May 3, Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center

Michigan School Business Officials

Apr. 28 - 30, Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center

Michigan Association of Chiropractors

May 1 - 3, Hyatt...

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