2017 Conference Schedule

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA - September . 26 thru 28 . 2017

2017 HOST HOTEL: 

DoubleTree by Hilton - (574) 234-2000
123 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd., South Bend, IN 46601

MEETING PLANNERS : Hotel reservations for meeting planners are made through the SMMC Conference office by calling Teresa Burton at 800-628-0993

 

Tuesday . September 26 . 2017

  • Noon : Conference Registration : Welcome to Small Market Meetings Conference, meet the staff that will take care of you for the next three days.
  • 5:00 PM : Keynote Address : A motivational kickoff that will give you great ideas for setting up your meeting.
  • 6:30 PM : Opening Reception & Entertainment : Sunday’s dinner & entertainment, hosted by South Bend, Indiana CVB and their partners, has a few surprises in store for our guests. This event is always the top rated function with the travel industry.

Wednesday . September 27 . 2017

  • 8:00 AM : Breakfast : Start your day with colleagues in an atmosphere designed to boost the thought process for a great day.
  • 9:15 AM : Seminar : This Seminar is designed to help you dealing with contract issues relating to your meetings and conferences.
  • 10:15 AM : SMMC Marketplace I : Meeting planners and industry delegates meet for one-on-one discussions for potential business opportunities and computer generated appointments. Network with meeting planners and travel industry from around the country that can increase your knowledge and business.
  • 12:30 PM : Official Luncheon : This luncheon features entertainment and information from a new meeting destination. This is a great opportunity to gain knowledge on where to plan your next meeting.
  • 2:30 PM : City Sightseeing Tours : Enjoy a tour of our host city - South Bend, Indiana. Experience our host city like no other. Learn about its history and great entertainment spots! Travel Industry joins with Meeting Planners for further time to solidify relationships.
  • 6:30 PM : Dine Around : Visit South Bend/Mishawaka has a great evening event planned at the brand new Campus Crossroads Project at the University of Notre Dame Stadium. Food, Libations & Networking is included along with seeing the unique meeting space that has been added to this $500 million project.

Thursday . September 28 . 2017

  • 8:00 AM : Breakfast : Start your day with colleagues in an atmosphere designed to boost the thought process for a great day.
  • 9:15 AM : Seminar : A topic that is always of great interest to meeting planners.
  • 10:30 AM : SMMC Marketplace II : Meeting planners and industry delegates meet for one-on-one discussions for potential business opportunities and computer generated appointments. Network with meeting planners and travel industry from around the country that can increase your knowledge and business.
  • 1:30 PM : Closing Luncheon : The Closing Luncheon is designed to review the information and contacts you have collected and discuss this NEW Meeting Market. This luncheon features entertainment from our 2018 Conference Host destination... TBA!