Meeting planner Suzette Eaddy remembers a particularly pleasurable convention experience. The city was centrally located for members; it was affordable, and the convention staff was hospitable and “truly wonderful.” The city? Cleveland. The popularity of smaller cities for meetings is growing, says Eaddy, CMP, director of conferences for the National Minority Supplier Development Council in New York City. “Smaller cities are more flexible. They're hungrier. They'll do whatever it takes to ...

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