Going to a conference only to leave with a headache from loud speakers can be counterproductive. In a large conference, it can be almost impossible to find a place in the auditorium that doesn’t either leave you with ringing ears or straining to hear from being too far away.

Enter Silent Events, a company that can accommodate events large or small. The company provides attendees headphones with personal volume controls and three separate channels. If you’re at a trade show and only interested in one product, you can easily tune in and focus on that specific product. “You can have all three programs talking simultaneously, you don’t have to waste your day and wait for the next session at a later time,” says Ryan Dowd, creator and owner of Silent Events.

Silent Events is not just a headphone company, it’s a full-production company that can run your event or simply deliver headphones.

Event planners often prepare for the worst, but one thing they likely didn’t anticipate was a global pandemic when selecting event cancellation insurance policies for their 2020 gatherings. Panicked planners began contacting Marcia McKinney, owner of Northeast Insurance Advisors, in late February and early March, but as meetings and events ground to a halt, they were already out of luck.

“It’s kind of like trying to buy homeowner’s insurance as your house is starting to catch fire... it’s too late,” says McKinney.

 

Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth is one of six recipients of the James Beard Foundation’s 2020 America’s Classics Award, which is given to locally owned restaurants that have timeless appeal and are beloved regionally for quality food that reflects the character of their community. Per the foundation, “Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth, a chicken dinner behemoth positioned between Detroit and Michigan’s summer lake destination, is decidedly on the beaten path. William Zehnder Sr. and his wife, Emilie, bought a former hotel in 1928.

 

In early April Detroit’s TCF Center became a 1,000-bed alternate care site to help ease the burden on local hospitals during the COVID-19 crisis. The 723,000-square-foot facility became the TCF Regional Care Center. According to Pure Michigan’s Michelle Grinnell, who serves as public information officer for the state’s alternate care sites, 39 patients were treated at TCF, the last of whom was discharged on May 7.