Budgeting for labor costs at convention centers can be a nightmare, what with the array of rate schedules, minimums, and jurisdictions, along with issues of facility labor versus contract labor or union versus right to work. The site inspection is the planner's best tool. “Question the event coordinator about how you will be charged for all services,” suggests Richard Lewis, national sales manager, The Freeman Cos. “Every building has different revenue sources; you don't pay for chairs in ...

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