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
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...