If there was a common theme at the Special Event 2007 (produced by our sister magazine Special Events), held January 9-12 in Los Angeles, it was that this industry, which started out as a cottage industry (or a “garage business,” as insiders like to describe it), has finally evolved into a profession. But as some event planners admitted during a panel discussion at the show, there really is no bar to entering this business. For example, the latest trend is for vendors (mainly ...

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