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Q Center news, industry insights, and helpful tips.


  • 5 Reasons Companies Use Off-Site Training

    “If employers want engagement and commitment, they must put money into training,” says Kristen Fyfe, a spokesperson for the American Society of Training & Development, in this Fortune article. Industry leaders create “a culture of learning” at their organization, which enables them to attract the best employees, she adds. Every organization…   Read More >

  • 5 Questions Meeting Planners Should Ask Before Booking an Eco-Friendly Event

    In light of corporate responsibility, today’s meeting planners have a new challenge: they must find spaces that meet both the event requirements and their client's “green” values.  As you well know, this is easier said than done. Especially when many facilities that claim to be eco-friendly just aren’t! We’ve put together a few…   Read More >

  • Eco-Friendly Events & Meetings

    Meetings and events are often seen as a reflection of an organization’s values. As corporations become more conscious of the leadership role they play in fostering communities and building a sustainable future, meeting professionals are finding themselves tasked with making that mission a practical reality.  Environmental stewardship is at the…   Read More >

  • Bringing Q with You

    In an increasingly global environment, meeting planning has taken on an extra level of complexity. This is particularly true for off-site events. More than ever, meeting planners need to make sure that they are asking the right questions when hiring a corporate event production team. From the latest technology to scenic designs to translation…   Read More >

  • Get in the Game: Enhance Your Meeting with Interactive Solutions

    One of the first rules of meeting planning is that no two meetings are completely alike. Programs must be designed from a scalability standpoint, taking into account your goals, group size, and budget amount. The only element that is universal to all meetings is that attendees’ do not want another experience in which they are lectured for hours…   Read More >

  • Holiday Greetings from Q Center

    On behalf of the Q Center team, we would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season! In light of this special time of year, Q Center has decided to show its support and donate to United Way of Central Kane County – a nonprofit organization located in our home of St. Charles, Illinois. United Way of Central Kane County is committed…   Read More >

  • Inspired Technology Applications to Engage Meeting Attendees

    Am I getting the most out of my event budget? What is the most efficient and cost-effective way to make an event come together? How can I ensure that participants are fully engaged with the presenter’s message? These are just a few of the questions meeting planners ask themselves on a regular basis. How do you ensure your meeting or event is…   Read More >

  • The Flavors of Winter: Menu Selection for Winter Events

    Creating a menu that offers a little something for everyone to enjoy can be a challenge, especially when hosting guests from across the country or around the world. For the ideal culinary experience, offer a variety of options and include a mix of seasonal ingredients so the food is fresh, flavorful, and nutritionally balanced. Don't believe the…   Read More >

  • The Power of Community: Q Center Partners with United Way in Support of Hunger Relief

    At Q Center, we believe everyone should experience the best in comfort, security, and quality service. For this reason, we support the efforts of local organizations that are making a difference. One of these organizations is Lazarus House, a homeless shelter in mid Kane County, Ill. that provides hospitality, food, safe shelter and support to…   Read More >

  • Putting a Signature Touch on Special Events Catering

    There's an ephemeral beauty to a well-catered event. It's a bit like building castles in the sand. To create something awe-inspiring takes a great deal of dedication and skill, yet it comes with the knowledge that your work will disappear soon after. Caterers, event planners, and chefs know that the more delicious the food and visually-appealing…   Read More >

  • Innovation & Imagination in Meeting Planning

    The next time you are seeking innovative or inspirational meeting planning ideas, we invite you to join us on Pinterest. Pinterest is a popular online resource for special events planners.  Q Center is using this application to share examples of our customized work with meeting professionals around the world. Using our Pinterest boards, event and…   Read More >

  • Tools & Strategies for Blended & Virtual Meetings

    As communication technology continues to evolve, an increasing number of business leaders are seeing the advantages of hosting virtual and blended meetings. Our expert staff has worked with organizations to make the most of these innovative events, at both a national and global level. Blended meetings create many possibilities for event organizers…   Read More >

  • Drive Engagement with Powerful Presentations

    Imagine a world where technology can help to produce a creative and engaging learning environment in which presentations go beyond the use of sight and sound. Envision a presentation so finely tuned that the presenter never even stops to press a button, but navigates through slides, videos and live conversations just by the movement of his hands.…   Read More >

  • Bring Extra Flavor to Your Event

    It's been said that nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking, if they weren’t both a pleasure and a necessity. The perception of value and overall cost are top considerations for most groups when it comes to menu selection. As an unfortunate tradeoff, food at many corporate events has earned a reputation for being bland or boring.…   Read More >

  • Engaging and Affordable: Understanding the Modern Meeting Planner

    Companies are seeking innovative yet effective ways to link their teams through in-person, virtual and blended meetings. In response to this trend, meeting planners are looking for the following offerings for 2012: creative meeting spaces, flexible bundled packages, and team building events. Other critical components of selecting the venue include…   Read More >

  • Presenting Our On-Site Support Services

    There are many factors you have to consider when it comes down to selecting a venue for a meeting – location, cost, accommodations, and on-site services.  The ultimate goal for every meeting planner is a successful, cost-effective, well-planned event – along with happy, satisfied guests. Q Center is pleased to feature three on-site support…   Read More >

  • New Year, New Bar, New Drinks

    Happy New Year!  As we move into a new year, we're making new changes here at Q Center.   We have recently added a new bar called Tower Bar.  It's located in Q Tower, right above the main dining room.  We’re excited to have this as another place for our guests to gather over a cocktail and a sporting event on our flatscreen TVs.  Starting…   Read More >

  • Holiday Cobbler Recipe

    Do you know what dessert you’re making for the holidays yet?   In case you don’t, we thought we would share one of our dessert recipes with you: Cranberry and Apple Cobbler.    Whether it’s for a holiday dinner or just to warm you up on a cold evening, this dish is perfect.  The flavors of apples and cranberries complement each other…   Read More >

  • Warning: This meeting may be hazardous to your planet’s health

    There’s been a lot of talk about green meetings in the past few years. And, thanks to some vigilant crusaders, we have seen some really positive change. The three Rs (Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle) are in full use at most meeting venues. A/V equipment manufacturers are producing more energy-efficient gear all the time. And bottled water consumption…   Read More >

  • Home Security Tips for the Holidays

    The holiday season is upon us and with all the visiting, decorating, shopping and celebrating, we sometimes forget about home security just when we need it most. According to the FBI, close to 400,000 burglaries take place in the United States between November and December each year.  It seems criminals shop for the holidays, too… only they do…   Read More >

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