• Prom Planning Season

    August 1, and we’re back at school. That means in just a few short months homecoming football games will be played and Thanksgiving will be here. Traditionally this is also the time of year that school administrators begin booking prom venues and developing themes for the annual end-of-school-year celebrations. Prom season usually begins in March and ends in early May, allowing less than a dozen weekends to schedule this important event. Though commonly held on Saturday evenings, some schools have moved to Friday nights to secure the desired prom weekend.

    Whatever day or date is chosen, having a fun and engaging theme helps to create memories of a lifetime. Here at the Clarence Brown Conference Center we’ve hosted many proms with designed to fit all budgets. Whether you are planning a night at the circus or a thriller in Gotham City, Clarence Brown Conference Center is an ideal prom venue north of Atlanta, offering exclusive access and a convenient location.

    Be sure to see Buzzfeed’s take on a recent Clarence Brown Conference Center prom straight from the pages of a J.K. Rowling novel. Call today to begin planning your high school prom, 770-606-5763.

  • Are You Getting Left Behind?

    Think you’ve hosted a successful meeting? One clear indicator that you have is when your guests are so engrossed and energized that they run from the meeting venue to put their ideas into action, while sometimes leaving important things behind. What gets left behind after meetings? Mittens, retainers, sunglasses, and a pumpkin are just a few of the treasures currently residing in the Lost-and-Found at the Clarence Brown Conference Center.

    Why is this important? Well, like most things in business it is ultimately a reflection on reputation. Suppose a guest leaves something behind at your meeting. Your staff doesn’t find it. If the item is never returned, then your event will have a negative note with at least that one guest. But the guest has friends, and whether socially online or face-to-face, the story of the lost item will be told more than once, diminishing the meeting results each time.

    Having a venue that you can trust before, during, and more importantly after your event, is key to hosting successful meetings. That level of confidence is the reason why our Lost-and-Found includes a scarf, cellphone, seven different single earrings, a broadband stick, a USB adapter, earphones, a sweater, a VGA adapter, lip balm, an Epi Pen, not to mention the mittens, retainers, sunglasses, and yes, pumpkin.

    Keep this is mind when planning your next meeting. Call our professional and trustworthy event planners at 770-606-5763. Rest assured we will take care of all the details before, during and after your event!

  • Is Your Event Hurricane Proof?

    As Hurricane Matthew spirals up the east coast, news stories turn to those moving inland for safety and to others who have had to change their wedding or event plans for the weekend. Natural disasters often spawn good and bad behaviors from individuals and businesses. News reports of event venues stepping in to save the day for the bride and groom can be overshadowed by lost deposits and greedy price gougers taking advantage of the situation. But do we get the whole story in the two-minute video or 500 words presented?

    In defense of all east coast event venues, a hurricane is an act of nature that cannot be avoided. Each venue has policies that must be met and costs that must be covered. However, when disaster strikes and the client shoulders the consequences, it makes one wonder if the event planner did his/her homework before choosing the venue. It’s made us at the Clarence Brown Conference Center evaluate how we might be rated if natural disaster interrupted our clients’ events.

    Whether you are planning a destination wedding or planning your office holiday party, do your homework and choose your venue wisely. Meet with the venue’s event planning team well in advance of making a deposit. Ultimately as a client it is your responsibility to ask the “What If…” questions, but it’s the venue staff’s responsibility to guide you through their policies and procedures – including their Force Majeure clause. If the venue does not have a clause that addresses their responsibility should uncontrollable circumstances force your event to be cancelled, you might want to rethink the venue.

    Consider who the ultimate decision makers are when it comes to policy enforcement. Is your venue operated by offsite corporate management, a public authority or board of directors, or an independent business owner? The Clarence Brown Conference Center, is operated by the Cartersville-Bartow County Convention & Visitors Bureau through an intergovernmental agreement between Bartow County and City of Cartersville. Yes, we have policies concerning deposits, event payments and refunds; however, we also have compassionate leadership that seeks good will by putting community first. And, that community extends well beyond our neighbors in Georgia. Rest assured that if a natural disaster strikes, the Clarence Brown Conference Center team will work diligently to find solutions at other venues, or to reschedule your event at the earliest possible date. With the drive to exceed all expectations, we understand that business is business, but good character is priceless.

  • Meeting Extras

    Most meeting planners would agree that finding the best resources for all those little extras needed to take your conference or sales meeting over-the-top can really chip away at your valuable time. The events team at the Clarence Brown Conference Center can assist with those needs whether you’re seeking a Wild West Gunslinger, a photo booth at the right price, or an action photographer to capture that historic occasion for your company.

    Here are a few thoughts on photography:

    • What should your photos say about your company? Decide in advance whether you want candid images that capture the bright side of your workforce, or if formal photographs are needed to document your event.
    • Give the photographer a clear picture of your event. Share how many people will be in attendance, give them an agenda of when photography is off-limits, and discuss lighting for different room settings
    • Create and share hashtags for your attendees to use when posting their own event photos. Give a selfie-stick to every 10 th registrant to get a unique perspective from your team’s point-of-view.

    Need help with your next event? Put us to work at the Clarence Brown Conference Center. We’re eager to get started on your successful event today!

  • Burnett Original Snow Village Displayed Through Jan. 9

    The Clarence Brown Conference Center received an early Christmas present this year. It is a fabulous Department 56® Original Snow Village® Christmas Collection that was 30 years in the making, lovingly added to each year by long-time Cartersville resident, the late Zel Burnett.

    The village consists of hundreds of vintage houses, shoppes, vehicles, trains and the miniature residents of the village who enjoy the perpetual Holiday cheer of their town. The village was lovingly reconstructed this past fall for the first time since Mrs. Burnett’s passing in 2014 by her daughter Tracy Earwood and friends. The assembly started in November and was completed earlier this month.

    The Burnett Christmas Snow Village® will be on display in the lobby of the Clarence Brown Conference Center until after the first of the New Year. Anyone interested in dropping by to enjoy the village is encouraged to do so Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. till 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 11:00 a.m. till 4:00 p.m.

    The Clarence Brown Conference Center & Georgia Regional Visitor Information Center is located at 5450 Georgia Highway 20, in Cartersville, Georgia, less than 2 miles west of I-75 Exit 290. For more information, call 770-606-5763.

  • Spicy Autumn Meetings in Cartersville

    The events planning team at the Clarence Brown Conference Center has been inspired by the crisp mornings and hint of fall color around the center’s 20-acre campus in Cartersville. It’s a stunning season filled with warmth and great flavors, so we’re adding a little spice to our beverage breaks. Corporate clients can now create custom beverage bars with warm apple cider, hot tea and honey, and decadent hot chocolate. And the savory flavors continue with all-new autumn menus from our select list of the region’s top caterers.

    Don’t worry about eating well and falling asleep. Remember, the Clarence Brown Conference Center is LEED® Gold certified, built to bring in plenty of natural light. Pair this with warm and inviting décor and engaging HD technology for vibrant and successful meetings in all seasons. Give us a call today to plan your next corporate event.

  • Exceeding Meeting Trends

    Wow! It’s been a busy year at the Clarence Brown Conference Center. In taking time to recycle some magazines, we came across Agatha Gilmore’s article “The Top Four Meeting Trends in 2014” in the January 26, 2014 edition of Successful Meetings . The trends were simple and always applicable so we decided to share them.

    1. Meetings are experiences . While our chairs are comfortable and the technology is effortless, memorable moments of discovery often happen outside the conference center. Imagine learning to wake board at Terminus Wake Park, or spending a day on target at SpringBank Sporting Club. These are just two of many excursions that the Georgia Regional Visitor Information Center staff can plan for your attendees from their office inside the Clarence Brown Conference Center.
    2. Attendees want a sense of place . “Let’s meet in Cartersville” might surprise your colleagues, yet we promise their curiosity will soon turn to enlightenment as our small town welcomes them to two Smithsonian Affiliate museums, a pre-historic Mississippian cultural site, and a vibrant downtown filled with music, great food and art galleries. Everyone will enjoy the easy drive just north of Atlanta and parking is free across the city.
    3. It’s a seller’s market . Gilmore encourages meeting planners to get those contracts in as conference centers and hotels are seeing higher occupancy. But here at the Clarence Brown Conference Center, the client still comes first. Our professional event planners will work to exceed your expectations. Best of all, there are no “price pressures” here afforded by our north metro location.
    4. Mobile technology is here to stay . For planners who wish to build an engaging app for their conference, the Cartersville-Bartow County Convention & Visitors Bureau marketing team has all the digital resources necessary to entice new attendees and direct registrants throughout their conference visit.

    Be a trendsetter. Call us today to plan your next meeting.

  • Seeing Red?

    Seeing red? The color red is never more prevalent than at Christmas, but this classic color is a choice of event planners in every season. Here’s why. Red evokes energy, passion and action. It is warm and inviting and visually stimulating. Simply put, it is the color of lifeblood. A classic choice of brides across the globe, red depicts passion, purity and also wishes of luck in many cultures. The traditional color for Valentine’s Day can be combined with pink and crimson to create romance and sensuality. Here in the United States, red is symbolic of our patriotism and the blood shed for life and freedom. No summer event would be complete without a splash of red, white and blue. Like a bull charging the cape, wise meeting planners incorporate red into their tablescapes to mobilize the audience in accordance with the corporate message delivered. Red also arouses the appetite. Using red with burlap and chocolate in autumn will heighten the senses to satisfaction. Regardless of the season, the Clarence Brown Conference Center offers a custom centerpiece and event décor service to its clients to easily use red, or your choice color, to efficiently accomplish your vision. Ask about this service at your next event consultation.

  • See Santa & Mrs. Claus this Saturday at Holiday Expo

    Santa & Mrs. Claus will be available for free pictures from Noon-2 PM this Saturday, December 6, 2014 at the Clarence Brown Conference Center in Cartersville. Moms will enjoy shopping in the Women’s Holiday Expo 9 AM-3 PM. One lucky winner will receive a $300 gift basket. Enjoy free health screenings, too. Admission is free! Come shop from the exhibitors shown here.

  • Holiday Expo Coming December 6

    Please all the ladies on your Christmas gift list with one visit to the Women’s Holiday Expo, Saturday, December 6, from 9 AM-3 PM. Direct sales consultants, local vendors and handcrafters will be present to introduce and sell their products. Gentiva Home Health and Hospice will be on hand to offer free preventative health screenings. The first 200 adults attending will be elligible to win a magnificent gift basket valued at $300. Admission is Free, so you instantly save more to give more. A small sampling of the trend-setting products available are pictured here.