Tag: Christina Blandi-James

Are there Hidden Powers of a Corporate Event?


How do you get the most out of any event, let alone a corporate one? What are the goals and strategies you need to PLAN AHEAD in order to maximize it for the ultimate “Business or Social” event?
So many corporations ask these questions and move onto handing over the responsibility to an administrative assistant or a group of people put on a committee with no defined roles, to take care of the details. They never really convey the message and goal of the event, especially if it is a “Goal/Client Schmoozing/Sales” driven event. The higher-ups just want the tasks handled. The admins main responsibilities and priorities are admin work, not necessarily event planning.
So the priority of the event, “The Goal”, gets put on the back burner and various tasks do get handled, but the tasks are sometimes thrown together and it ends up being just a so- so event. Maybe, just maybe the goal is attained and some back-end sales or client acquisition is accomplished. But it could have been done better. You can’t just throw something together and hope for the best, it has to be planned and planned effectively well in advance.
I am sure this resonates with some events where the goal is not always attained to the maximum capacity. So I ask you: Is it effective to not have a precise, goal oriented plan? NO.
How do we go about creating a GOAL oriented event that delivers RESULTS? Hopefully you would call on a professional Event Management company to take care of all the details, like CBJ Promotional Avenues, but if the budget doesn’t allow it, here are some steps you can use to deliver those sought after results.

* Set the Goal and Desired Results. i.e. driving sales, sales incentives, customer appreciation to drive more sales, employee appreciation to drive more sales, product launch, etc.
* Create the Planning Committee with defined roles and tasks.
* Financial
* Logistical & Contracts
* Marketing & Advertising
* Sponsorship if needed to offset costs
* Accommodations/ Transportation/Concierge Services if needed for out-of-town guests
* Attendee
* Staffing/Volunteer
* Day of Event Management
* Post Event Follow Up
* Set the Budget.
* Who to Invite.
* Marketing & Advertising This is the Hidden Power: The Powerful words of Persuasion!
* Registration Process
* Event Logistics
* Attendance
* Actual Event and enjoying it!
* Event Follow Up
This is the overall outline of planning an event. All of these things and more need to happen effectively and having a sequenced time line for the event to be handled seamlessly perfect. When any one of these items are not done in a timely manner, it throws the whole event off the time line and the “panic” effect takes control and everyone “runs around like a chicken with its head cut off!” Also, everyone starts to act like they could be managing the planning better and then it becomes the “Chief” syndrome…”too many chiefs and not enough Indians” Don’t let this happen.
Plan ahead far enough in advance realistically to get the desired goal and results that are needed to convey the message of the company and its goal: clients, sales, incentives, or whatever the outcome must be. When not planned out far enough in advance, that “panic” sets in and a miracle is expected and does not usually happen without the added stress for everyone involved.
So, call Christina Blandi-James at CBJ Promotional Avenues, to PLAN AHEAD and take care of all the details to attract the most attendees, clients, potential clients, etc. !
Christina Blandi-James
CBJ Promotional Avenues, LLC
919-796-5704
cbjpromos1@gmail.com

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LinkingRaleighnc.com’s After Hours Networking event, Cufflinks, Oct 26th


Join us and network with local professionals and business owners looking to establish new professional and business relationships. Contribute to the recovery of our local economy by networking.
Our guests will enjoy:
* Happy Hour Drink Specials (To be announced)
* Hor d’oeuvre
* Great Conversation
* Effective Networking
* Productive Atmosphere

Man wearing Cufflinks At the end of the evening, ONE man and ONE woman will be awarded a pair of Cufflinks and become our featured members for a month.
(Note: Business attire is strongly recommended for this event, Cufflinks are not required)
Titles of those that have attended this event
Branch Manager
Business Development
Corporate Entrepreneur
Designer & Owner
Financial Advisor
Financial Consultant
Lead Programmer Analyst
Managing Director
Owner
Partner
President
President & CEO
Principal
Principal Consultant
Realtor

CBJ Promotional Avenues Services listing


I would like to present just a sampling of my services that CBJ Promotional Avenues can provide to a possible client. Upon entering into the field of Event Management and Marketing, I have studied and lived the practices I now have a complete and utterly large passion to help others in the pursuit of gaining exposure in the marketplace. Whether it be for Event Planning or Business promotion, I take it upon myself to deliver the quality results a company needs to have in order to achieve their desired goal, to STAND OUT and GET NOTICED!
To arrange a consultation with CBJ Promotional Avenues, contact me directly either the phone number listed or via email: cbjpromotionalave@nc.rr.com
You can also find CBJ Promotional Avenues on Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin!


OpenLink event Interview to be aired Friday, Sept. 10 on My Carolina Today!



See our interview on My Carolina Today! Airing, Friday NBC 17, @ 11 am. Greg Hyer, Founder of LinkingRaleighnc.com and I, are talking about the power of networking and speaking about our upcoming event OpenLink. Sept. 16th, 6-9 pm, Solas restaurant, Rooftop. Interview to be listed and promoted on their website also, at 3 pm Friday. 
   http://www.mycarolinatoday.com/

LinkingRaleighnc.com Presents OPENLink, May 20th @ Indigo Hotel


May 20th
6-9 pm
The Indigo Hotel
151 Tatum Dr
Durham, NC 27703
Price: $0 – Members / $5.50 – Non Members
Website to register:  http://openlink3.eventsbot.com/
This is an open networking event FREE to all Linking Raleigh, NC members.
Come to connect with group members and start new professional relationships that will speed up business in the Triangle.
Sponsorship Opportunities are still available. Contact Events@LinkingRaleighNC.com for more information.
Job Seekers that decide to attend should leave their resumes at home. This is not that kind of networking event.
MLM, pyramid schemes and other network marketing activities are not welcomed at this networking event.

LinkingRaleighNC.com Presents UpLink Professional and Business Luncheon May 18th


LinkingRaleighNC.com Presents UpLink Professional and Business Luncheon May 18, 2010 11:30am to 1:30pm The Matthews House, Cary
The UpLink Professional and Business Luncheon is a networking luncheon opportunity for you to meet other local professionals and hear from local experts.
Topic: Sales, Service and Support. Working as a Team
Panelists Include:
Jim Morgan, M.A., Team Coach and Founder of TeamTrainers Consulting
Martin Brossman, Success Coach and Founder of Martin Brossman and Associates

(More Information will follow).
A buffet lunch catered by The Matthews House will be provided.
Venue Sponsor: The Matthews House Catering
Event Coordination by: CBJ Promotional Avenues – Christina Blandi-James

LinkingRaleighNC.com Presents: UpLink Professional and Business Luncheon


UpLink Professional and Business Luncheon
April 29, 2010
11:30am to 1:30pm
The Matthews House, Cary
The UpLink Professional and Business Luncheon is a networking luncheon opportunity for you to meet other local professionals and hear from local experts.
Topic: Professional and Business Networking
Greg Hyer will be sharing tips to help you succeed in professional and business networking. In addition he will be sharing tips on getting the most out of LinkedIn such as the proper usage of keywords in your profile that will put you on the first page of LinkedIn search results.
Attendees are encouraged to share experiences that have worked for them in an effort to speed up business in the Triangle.
A buffet lunch catered by The Matthews House will be provided. http://www.matthews-house.com/
To purchase tickets to attend: http://uplink2a.eventsbot.com/

Lessons Learned and Capitalizing on them! Perseverance….

I recently began my newest side of my venture, event planning. I have been thrilled to be back in the industry where I grew up and first fell in love with it as a career. After having gone through several years of being absent and raising a young family (they are teens now) and realizing that kind of life (10-12= hours a day) was not conducive to family life, I have reentered the way of life on my terms! I have been able to incorporate planning events into my already existing promotional marketing company. The added dimension has blossomed into something with so many possibilities for the future. I have appreciated the clients that have given me the influence to create the ideas I presented and have seen the value in raising their profiles in the marketplace. As well as having realized the value of being a part of two of my newest clients, www.LinkingRaleighnc.com and MA Engineering, organizations. So Thanks to Greg @LinkingRaleigh and Arvin Manitkala of MA Engineering. Thanks guys! You’re the best. I will continue to help you all attain the exposure in the market place of events helping the members of LinkingRaleighnc.com and its members gain their next opportunity and gaining more web and marketing knowledge.
In times as uncertain as these, with the market going up and down like a yo yo, I have been able to build upon something so innate to me as breathing is. Event planning has captured my heart once again and it flutters with every success I bring to the table! The thrill of it all, it really is not work at all. This passion that has captured me once again, is the same kind of passion I wish for everyone. At the time, before his passing before my upcoming marriage to my then fiance, my future father in law gave me the same advice my Dad did when I was trying to decide what to do with my life, “Always Follow Your Heart” So true are these words. I have finally begun to understand these words as my wisdom and experience has taught me. And my kids see what the perseverance efforts and feeling of pride can bring and I hope it rubs off on them and their decisions for life.

LinkingRaleighNC.com names CBJ Promotional Avenues as its Event Management Company


Raleigh, NC. – Greg Hyer, Founder of LinkingRaleighNC.com, is pleased to
announce that Christina Blandi-James, President at CBJ Promotional Avenues will
serve as primary organizer of upcoming networking events, seminars and job fairs.
CBJ Promotional Avenues is an Event Management and Promotional Marketing
company based in the Raleigh-Durham area that helps small to medium sized
businesses gain the exposure in the market place through events, promotional
marketing materials and promotional products. Christina will take the lead role in
planning and coordinating the majority of LinkingRaleighNC.com’s events.
Currently, Christina is accepting proposals for venues and sponsorship opportunities.
For more information, please contact: events@linkingraleighnc.com
LinkingRaleighNC.com was founded in April 2008 and has quickly grown to become
one of the largest local professional and business networking groups in the Triangle
with over 8500 members. Most members are part of the Linking Raleigh, NC group
on LinkedIn.com (http://LinkedIn.LinkingRaleighNC.com) LinkingRaleighNC.com’s
mission is to connect local professionals and businesses with the next opportunity.
Greg Hyer, Founder of LinkingRaleighNC.com, does this by offering free job postings
on the OpenLink job board until unemployment comes back down to 6%, press
release submissions, community contributors, and a social networking site that rivals
that of others.
In the coming weeks Hyer and James expect to introduce new events for members
of LinkingRaleighNC.com and anyone interested in becoming part of this
professional and business network.
To learn more please visit
http://www.linkingraleighnc.com/eventlink
ABOUT LINKINGRALEIGHNC.COM
LinkingRaleighNC.com is a professional and business networking group and media
resource serving the Triangle area. Site features include a professional online
networking community, advice from local experts, local job board, events calendar,
business directory, blogs, and free press release submissions.
LinkingRaleighNC.com organizes professional networking events focused on
promoting on and offline networking as well as local business growth. Events
currently include OpenLink – An open and free to attend networking event sponsored
by local businesses, SpeedLink – The speed networking event for the Triangle is
designed to bring efficiency to professional networking, and UpLink – a luncheon for
small businesses and professionals to hear from local subject matter experts on
topics that are critical to understand.
ABOUT CBJ PROMOTIONAL AVENUES:
CBJ Promotional Avenues is a Triangle area event planning and promotional
marketing company that prides itself on taking care of its clients and putting 110%
into a project using a team approach to accomplish all the tasks needed. Created in
August of 2007, CBJ Promotional Avenues vision is based on the belief that all
businesses, small and large, require the exposure in the market in a variety of ways.
Whether it be through events, promotional products, promotional marketing material,
the marketing has to make a statement about that particular company and what it
has to offer the consumer or business.

Sacred Heart Cathedral School 3rd annual Knight’s Open

Christina Blandi-James @ CBJ Promotional Avenues once again and for her last year, organizes the charity golf tournament to raise funds for Sacred Heart Cathedral School. The charity golf tournament has been taking place for about 8 years to help the efforts of the athletic department for the school. But since Christina became the volunteer organizer for the tournament, it has become quite the charity golf tournament involving the local business community and involving many volunteer in its efforts to provide the kids with much needed equipment, uniforms, referee fees, etc. This year, 2010, Cathedral School plans on raising as much needed funds to be able to purchase an activity bus to transport the athletes as well as for school field trips.
This year is special! After Cathedral Schools many activities for its Centennial year last year, we are celebrating with a combined effort to raise funds, not only with the yearly golf tournament, but also a Casino/Auction Knight to raise the funds. All in one BIG weekend event! yes, quite the undertaking, but well worth the efforts to help such a special school.
Please join us in helping to raise our funds for the kids. We want to be able to provide the best possible environment to enjoy life outside of school with its athletics and field trips! Thank you in advance and please, please join us in having some fun! See the link to register…
http://shcsgolfcasinoauctionknights.eventbrite.com/