SEP 2012

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Home Planning Directory Planner Resources Meeting Site Showcase Jaynie Schultz Retreat Central Expert Tip "Learning about all the things you can't have will make you feel deprived. Start with your basic needs and then build, rather than cut options." 16 ConventionSouth SEPTEMBER 2012 Small Meeting Expert Shares Her Dos & Don'ts For Keeping Your Small Events Under Budget By Marcia Bradford We recently caught up with Jaynie Schultz, partner at the Texas-based site-selection firm Retreat Central, and discussed todayʼs latest meetings trend: small meetings with small budgets. Schultz said these meetings are more common than ever before and thatʼs one of the main reasons that she and Co-Founder Debra Williams created the company. The two hospitality industry professionals say they were called to develop Retreat Central as a way to help small groups (like non-profit organizations, clubs and churches) to be able to easily find affordable places to meet across the country. As a result, Jaynie has become an expert of sorts in keeping a small meeting within budget while still providing a rewarding and memorable experience. Here are some of her "do and donʼt" secrets that she was willing to share. www.con v

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