Industry News

Meetings Industry Council (MIC) of Colorado focuses on a community of collaboration. COVID-19 has dramatically affected many in the events industry. It is imperative that as an events community we come together to support, advocate, and strengthen our events community and Colorado community at large. As such, we would like to highlight amazing work being done by events organizations locally, nationally, and internationally.

APEX COVID-19 Business Recovery Task Force presented by Events Industry Council
Washington, D.C., USA (8 May 2020) – The Events Industry Council today announces the members of the APEX COVID-19 Business Recovery Task Force, an inclusive body that will work toward providing resources that support the industry’s recovery globally.
The task force plans to meet bi-weekly and will share updates as its work progresses. It will follow two parallel paths. The first path is to address the immediate need for guidance on accepted practices and work already underway to reopen the industry when it’s safe to do so. The second path addresses the long-term need to examine adaptation and transformation for the future stability of our workforce, and the relevance and resiliency of our industry.
The APEX COVID-19 Business Recovery Task force members include: Co-Chairs Michael Dominguez, President and CEO, Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) and Kristin Horstman, Senior Director, Strategic Events, Salesforce as well as Colorado’s own Gary Schirmacher, CMP, Senior Vice President, Industry Presence & Strategic Development, Maritz.
Anyone interested in contributing may contact

GBAC Star Program

Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) is working to assist facilities, institutions, companies and governments Prepare, Respond & Recover from pandemics and help create safe environments for public health. GBAC is a division of ISSA, the leading trade association for the cleaning industry worldwide.
Together with the Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC), a division of ISSA, we offer education, training, and business resources to help you manage the COVID-19 outbreak. If you need to reopen your business or facility with confidence following the pandemic, learn more about the new GBAC STAR™ Facility Accreditation, a program with the right protocols and best practices for biohazard response 

GBAC Star Facility Accreditation

GBAC STAR™ is the cleaning industry’s only outbreak prevention, response and recovery accreditation for facilities.

GBAC STAR is the gold standard of prepared facilities. This accreditation means that a facility has:

  • Established and maintained a cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention program to minimize risks associated with infectious agents like the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2).
  • The proper cleaning protocols, disinfection techniques, and work practices in place to combat biohazards and infectious disease.,
  • Highly skilled cleaning professionals who are trained for outbreak and infectious disease preparation and response.

Go Live Together

Go Live Together is a new site for news, resources and advocacy efforts as it relates to CV19, including the Trade Show Recovery Act.

This organization started with 80 founding partners at the time of launch to over 1,400 partners and 500+ organizations! These partners and organizations have added their brands to the cause because they know that protecting the events industry means protecting a key contributor to the global economy. Go Live Together exists to urge local, state, and federal legislators to consider measures for support and recovery.

Go Live Together wants you to share your stories and draw attention to our industry. If you have any press releases, videos/webinars, or other content relevant to the promotion of Go LIVE Together and what they want to accomplish, please send them to

Interested in learning more? Check out

MAY 12, 2020 – SISO Invests $250K for Go LIVE Together’s Legislative Efforts
The Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO) announced it is investing $250,000 to aid with legislative advocacy efforts to support industry recovery and to help government officials understand the true impact events have on economies and job creation. “SISO and Go LIVE Together will provide the industry with a stable platform and strong voice so that when it’s safe, the industry is ready and able to restart,” said Douglas Emslie, SISO Chair.

Trade Show Recovery Act
A critical request to Congress to help support attendees and exhibitors returning to events.

MIC’s Member Organizations are finding ways to give back and support the events community and Colorado community at large. Here are a few ways some of our 13 organizations are creating huge impact!


Through May 31st, MPI is offering the MPI Academy on-demand education as a free resource. There are many great webinars available such as “Coronavirus Dialogue Series: Unlocking Engagement in a Remote World with Digital Events,” live starting at 12:30pm MST tomorrow for 1 CE credit. Visit

MPI is also offering $100 off membership and $100 off select MPI Academy certificate courses. Click here for more info:

The MPI Foundation continues to serve MPI members during this challenging time. As a member of MPI, if you are currently up for renewal and facing financial distress, then reach out to or call 1.972.702.3053.

For more information on MPI’s initiatives to support industry members, check out

CSAE (Colorado Society of Association Executives)
CSAE is focusing on communication with senators and representatives to keep 501 c 6 organizations top of mind in future relief packages. For the relief that already exists, they are helping members with information so they can complete the processes necessary to tap into vital funds at this time.

IAEE Rocky Mountain Chapter
IAEE (International Association of Exhibitions and Events) RMC is hosting pertinent webinars for this season.
Recruitment & Job Applications: An Insider’s Perspective presented by the Young Professionals of IAEE RMC provided an insider’s look at the process a company takes to post a job, what your resume needs to stand out, and how to build a network. The webinar can be viewed HERE. The goal of the webinar was to help those who have lost jobs in our industry to feel confident finding new ones and give those just entering the workforce a toolbox for success.
IAEE Rocky Mountain Chapter Presents: Coffee and COVID Coping on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 – 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM MST. Panelists will share their thoughts on past and future events, ensuring steady continuity for their companies, and flexibility in times of chaos and uncertainty. Panelists include David DuBois, CMP, CAE, FASAE, CTA, President & CEO of IAEE Bob McLean, Jr., CPA, CAE, CEM, Executive Vice President, PPAI and 2020 Chairperson of IAEE Board of Directors, and Jim Kelley – Vice President, Marketing & Industry Relations, FERN. Register HERE!

ILEA Denver
ILEA Denver collectively donated 1,386 meals provided by 105 donors to medical teams and first responders. Biscuits and Berries Catering started Feed The Frontlines – Denver in an effort to raise money to feed Colorado’s ER & ICU staff, EMS workers among others.
During this unprecedented crisis, Biscuits and Berries is using its commercial kitchen space and resources to produce safe lunches and dinners to be distributed to our selfless frontline workers. By purchasing meals through Feed The Frontlines – Denver, you will be directly helping to feed our healthcare and first response workers, while also supporting local business and their employees. For more information on Feed The Frontlines – Denver created by Biscuits and Berries and to donate, click here:

ILEA Denver donated over 75 meals via The Gourmet Kitchen to the pharmacy and emergency departments at Good Samaritan Medical Center in Broomfield. Every Monday The Gourmet Kitchen will be donating warm drinks and goodies to frontline workers. If you would like to help with their efforts to provide meals for our healthcare workers please order using the link below and The Gourmet Kitchen will match your donation!
The Gourmet Kitchen – 303-601-6680 – – Click HERE to donate.

Service Systems Associates’ Denver-based teams are working with the City of Denver and their partners at National Western Stock Show to help serve the homeless community in these unprecedented times. While taking the necessary precautions, National Western Stock Show and SSA Group are able to provide both housing and three meals to 600 men each day. SSA is an award-winning visitor amenities company.

SGMP (Society of Government Meeting Planners)
SGMP National will be hosting the 2020 NEC Virtually! Plans are in the works to hold a virtual version of the education conference featuring multiple speakers over three days, May 19-21, 2020, including the much anticipated Annual Sam Gilmer Awards Celebration on Wednesday evening May 20th.
Membership Renewals: National has decided that SGMP members will have 90 days past their membership expiration date to renew before membership privileges cease, thus allowing flexibility for these turbulent times. Please renew when you are able, but know that you’re still connected in the meantime.
DID YOU KNOW – National provides free webinars to all SGMP members?

Visit Denver

Let To Go Denver help you find some of the Denver metro area’s best restaurants that are ready to serve up delicious food for carryout, curbside or delivery service.

Virtually Denver: Events and Things to do this weekend – all week long
Here are some safe ways to practice social distancing by having some unique cultural experiences. Most of these are virtual activities and are available anytime.

Feel Good Fridays – Weekly emails that highlight stories of goodwill during this time. VISIT DENVER will be highlighting some of those stories from across the city’s tourism and hospitality community.
Mile High Mondays – Mile-High Fitness Inspiration emails sent to partners every Monday.