Looking for a band, performer, speaker or service for your next event? GigSalad provides nearly 60,000 performers and service providers from 584 categories including musical acts, speakers and other event-related services for hire. This booking marketplace is available across the U.S. and Canada.

GigSalad eliminates the tedious process of searching for bands, speakers or musicians on individual company websites. It centralizes all of the talent in your area to one site and reduces the time planners spend on organizing this faction of events.

The idea was formed in 2007 when co-founds Mark Steiner and Steve Tetrault started a simple online directory for planners to find the perfect entertainment for their events. The idea grew into GigSalad and the company now has offices in Wilmington, NC and Springfield, MO.

The process for booking talent through GigSalad is simple and can be done on your own terms. The process can be broken down into three steps.

1. Submit free quote requests to as many performers as you’d like. The vendors will then contact the planners with a price quote and to work out the details.

2. Book online by entering payment for an easy, iron-clad contract.

3. Enjoy the event!

When browsing through performers and services, planners are able to view photos, watch videos and check out reviews. Note: GigSalad does not perform background checks so, planners, do your homework!

Located in Oregon’s wine country, The Allison Inn and Spa is offering some new team-building options for meeting planners. Experiences include:

» Smith Teas Tasting: Claire Boyer, Smith Teamaker’s head of education, offers a hands-on class uncovering the exotic world of tea.

» Lotion Blending: Awaken the senses and heighten creativity with a hands-on lotion and essential oil-blending workshop.

 

The International Floral Distributors each year teams up with Produce Marketing Association and a designer to create the “Flower Trends Forecast.” For 2020, the organization enlisted Helen Miller, AIFD, CAFA, CF, and Derek Woodruff, AIFD, CFD, CF, PFCI, AAF. Miller owns Flowers & Such in Adrian, Michigan. Her work has been showcased in publications such as Floral Management, Florists Review, and The Knot.

 

The Pacific Northwest is now home to a new and unique subterranean event space: The Sanctuary at The Society Hotel Bingen in Bingen, Washington. This one-of-a-kind dome-shaped building is tucked into a hillside in the northeast corner of the hotel property, which is located in the Columbia River Gorge.

The Sanctuary is now accepting reservations for wellness retreats and private groups for yoga, meditation, qigong, musical performances, sound healing, dance parties and more.