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How to be in 5 countries in one day

We’re a regional agency, which means we have to be in several countries at the same time, on any given day. The #1 question we’re asked by new clients is, “do you have a local agency in each country?” Our answer is, simply, no. Why would you want to hire an agency that has to hire another agency?

We approach it differently. We rely on a network of in-country event coordinators who we work with on a per-project basis. Most have been with us since our founding and all are committed to go above and beyond in achieving successful events.

As an important member of our planning team, an in-country coordinator not only executes the vision and plan that we’ve turned over to her but she also keep us up to date on local trends, hot venues and best of breed vendors. And when a client requires it, she’s there to meet with them one-on-one.

How do we ensure that our in-country coordinators are truly our local eyes? In one word, Skype. Around here, it’s not unusual to see a video conference of a site inspection or of an event set up in progress.

Near or far, we all work together to provide our clients with a quality experience.

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Putting A Personal Stamp on Our Workplace

Forums Event Design & Production was recently featured in an Entrepreneur.com article about using creativity to boost employee morale. Learn about how our team has been responsible for decorating our offices for the past several years.

http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/224070

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The Secret to Our Success

When it comes to planning an event, it all starts with a clear, solid vision. Getting into a client’s head, figuring out what’s most important for her and then consistently striving towards it- that’s what great service is.

Getting your team to understand this is key.

At Forums, we require every employee to hang a vision board over their desks. They’re asked to post up pictures and meaningful words that represent their individual goals and also the goals they’d like to achieve for our company and for their clients. This one simple exercise is constantly motivating us, whether or not we’re aware of it.

Just as it is important to have a vision in our personal lives, it’s important for businesses who regularly want to be a step ahead of the competition, to understand who they are, what’s most important and what they want.
A lot of people ask us how we’ve managed to keep growing even during tough times. The key to making it work, is to hold onto the inspiration that drives us and not give up until it comes true.

And this is what helps us pave the way for success.

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How to Thrive in Tough Times

Forums was featured in an interview with “Dr Woody” Woodward, a motivational speaker an author of “The YOU Plan: A 5-Step Guide to Taking Charge of Your Career in the New Economy”. Dr. Woody uses our story as an example of how family-run businesses can thrive, even in an economic downturn.

To watch the interview, click on: http://video.foxnews.com/v/1411973057001/keep-your-family-business-thriving/?playlist_id=162726

To read Dr. Woody’s blog, click on: http://www.foxbusiness.com/personal-finance/2012/01/23/thriving-in-tough-timestips-for-family-run-business/

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We’ve made it on the Inc. 500/5000 list!

Forums is proud to announce that we’ve made it on the Inc 500/5000 list of fastest-growing small companies in America! We ranked a little over half on the list, proving the success we’ve had since launching our business. Based upon percentage of revenue growth from 2007-2010, the list is meant to acknowledge entrepreneurs for their successful turn-around, along with their ability to stimulate the economy by creating more jobs. With a 76% increase over the past three years, it’s evident that we’ve been passionate about learning, growing and exceeding the goals we’ve set for ourselves- and for our clients.

Our next step? Reaching the top, of course…

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