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Industry Partners

Event associations and brands are what keeps our industry thriving, and gets us all involved. We’re excited to join forces with some incredible partners for our 2017 events.

Find the association that best fits your needs, and get active! Attend a meeting, join the board, or just expand your skills and network.

National Partners

International Live Events Association (ILEA)

The International Live Events Association, ILEA, is a global community of thousands of creative event professionals whose skills, expertise and experience power some of the most recognized and respected live events around the world. For creative events professionals who seek deeper connections with like-minded individuals, ILEA provides the education and collaborative networking opportunities that achieve creative experiences.

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National Association for Catering and Events (NACE)

The National Association for Catering and Events (NACE) is the first non-profit national organization for caterers, event planners and event professionals. It is a community for those looking to keep current on trends, produce creative ideas and continually build upon a network of innovative professionals to remain successful and competitive.

Whether you’re just starting out or are an experienced professional, NACE provides education, certification and a network of resources for members in all segments of the hospitality industry.

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Association of Bridal Consultants (ABC)

The Association of Bridal Consultants (ABC) is a professional organization for the wedding industry and has over 4,000 members – in 26 countries on six continents. ABC is a membership service organization, designed to increase awareness of the wedding business and improve the professionalism of members. Membership is open to all wedding-related vendors. As a member, you can benefit from a local and national networking system, educational programs, and more.

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Florida Festival and Events Association (FFEA)

The Florida Festivals & Events Association (FFEA) supports event industry professionals through professional development, networking and educational opportunities. Since 1994, FFEA has grown to represent 500 members in the Special Events Industry in Florida including major festivals, fairs, non-profit organizations, Chambers of Commerce, and tourism and Government Agencies. Our membership represents over 3,500 events with an estimated buying power of $198 million per year. Their events attract over 30 million attendees annually. Event professionals and other stakeholders look to FFEA as a trusted source of advice, research and to be a spokesperson for the Event Industry in Florida. We welcome you to join our community of colleagues.

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Meeting Professionals International (MPI)

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) is the largest meeting and event industry association worldwide. The South Florida Chapter consist of more than 400 members. Our organization provides innovative and relevant education, monthly networking opportunities and business exchanges, and acts as a prominent voice for the promotion and growth of the industry.

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SEARCH Foundation

The SEARCH Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to assisting special events, meetings and hospitality professionals in times of need or crisis. SEARCH is here to help.

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