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Q Center news, industry insights, and helpful tips.


  • 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 >

  • Presenting? Don't leave home without reading this...

    If you're like most people, public speaking is one of the most stressful experiences you can imagine. The last thing you need is for some technical glitch to force you to entertain your audience by making shadow puppets on the projection screen! Before you leave your desk with your presentation, take a look at these tips. One of them just may be…   Read More >

  • Blurring the lines between video and computer images…

    Do you ever wonder how event producers can switch so quickly from one video feed to another? So many types of video signals in all different formats and resolutions… and many times it’s all done live, on the fly. It seems like you’d need some pretty slick gear to pull it off. You do… and it keeps getting better. One of the most important…   Read More >

  • Themes That Thrive

    Now that you’ve been assigned the task of planning your company event, you need to choose the perfect theme.  How do you decide on the perfect theme?  It’s all about your attendees.   Your décor, music, entertainment, and food and beverage, should all encompass this theme and not clash with it.    As you are brainstorming ideas, ask…   Read More >

  • The Monumental Task

    It’s time consuming. It’s tedious. It’s the job that just won’t go away. Of  all the items on the meeting planner check list, tracking of transportation arrangements and guest room reservations is one of the most challenging. Even when the monumental task of recording everyone’s information is done, the job is far from complete.…   Read More >

  • Turkey Tips

    If you’ve hosted Thanksgiving before, you know that being tasked with cooking THE turkey can be stressful.  Not only is cooking it important, but carving the turkey is just as vital.  Have you ever found yourself struggling as you bang into that annoying wishbone when you’re carving the turkey?  Here’s a tip: take out the wishbone before…   Read More >

  • Checking your Checklist

    In today’s world, meeting planners are busier than ever. You are constantly balancing more than the usual share of projects, short-term travel and different event venues.  As a result, you must often rely on the facility's conference planning manager. This helps you stay ahead of key deadlines, identify creative solutions for new concepts,…   Read More >

  • Q Center Kicks Off United Way Campaign

    On Thursday, October 13, we kicked off our annual United Way campaign with two events. Lunches for the Homeless This is the second year we have made lunches for the local homeless shelter, Lazarus House. Staff members contributed various lunch ingredients like bread, cheese and lunch meat.  On Thursday morning, several people teamed up to…   Read More >

  • Got MUCK?

    You know those milk commercials where famous people have a left-behind milk moustache? That moustache is the by-product of a natural process – drinking a great glass of milk a little too fast. A beautiful pond can have a similar by-product of its natural processes. All ponds – whether created by nature or by man – go through a natural life…   Read More >

  • Meetings Tech Tip - October 2011

    Business videoconferencing Skype deserves a lot of credit for being a quick, cool option for face time with your daughter who’s off at college or your grandma in Scottsdale. But if you’re looking for a business-class solution, you might want to consider High Definition or TelePresence videoconferencing. While pricey, these systems are…   Read More >

  • Having a Holiday Party?

    Why not give it some personality with some themed decorations! The Holiday Season is rapidly approaching and sooner or later we will all be hosting a Holiday Party.  A great way to make the party unforgettable is to decorate it with a unique theme.  Simple items that you can find in your own home, your own backyard, or at a flea market can really…   Read More >

  • Meetings Tech Tip - September 2011

    It's your job to keep meeting costs in check, right? And your IT department just got a great portable LCD projector for the sales team to use on the road. So why not take that LCD to your next meeting and reduce your hotel A/V charges? The answer is: It depends. A projector that's perfect in a conference room might not fare as well at your…   Read More >

  • Game Shows in the House

    Who can resist the drama of one hand behind your back and the other hovering above a buzzer just waiting to be smacked? The bells, the whistles, the “ZONK!” sound effect that comes up when the big red “X” indicates a wrong answer… it’s all so much more engaging than listening to a monotone presenter click through yet another PowerPoint…   Read More >

  • Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme...

    ...plus basil, tomatoes, eggplant… and maybe some pumpkins.   A garden is a wonderful thing. It can provide food for your table (and sometimes for local wildlife), beauty for your landscape, an educational and fun activity for your family and support for the ecosystem. Planting herbs is a great way to get started gardening. Most of them are…   Read More >

  • What's New at Q?

    At the risk of being shamelessly self-promotional, we gotta say that we’ve been busy this summer! In June our favorite photographer, Scott Thompson, spent two days capturing the fun available outdoors at Q Center. If you’ve ever been on a photo shoot with Scott, you know we had two fun-filled (emphasize FILLED) days! The end result was over…   Read More >

  • Building Blocks of Video

    Researching new video display options When you need to design memorable event that has a significant impact on your audience, how do you choose between the limitless options for video display? Even if you’re familiar with all the buzz words like LCD, LED, DLP, plasma and projection, how do you decide which one’s best for your event?  Is cost…   Read More >

Q Center offers a robust variety of support services and helpful meeting planning options. I highly recommend them.

Debbie Mack, Pivot Point International, Inc.

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