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Missouri Means Business.

Connect Missouri is an education conference and appointment-only trade show. The event brings together the most active planners, suppliers and experts in Missouri association, corporate, specialty, and sports meetings and events for two days of career-boosting education, preset appointments and quality networking.




Share the Gift of Generosity at Connect Missouri.

Connect is proud to partner with Branson to benefit kids in the Branson school district. Get in the holiday spirit by bringing a Target or Walmart gift card to the event to support this worthy cause.







Connect Missouri is the business marketplace, where RFPs are placed, dates are secured and relationships are developed for future business.


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2019 Agenda

Subject to Change

Monday, Nov. 11
3-5 p.m.Registration
3:30-4:30 p.m.Welcome and Education Session: Amp Up the Energy—Presented by Mimi Brown
5-6 p.m.Marketplace Appointments
7-9 p.m.Opening Reception
Tuesday, Nov. 12
9-10 a.m.Breakfast
10-11 a.m. General Session: Innovate Your 4x4 Event Strategy—Presented by Julie Holmes
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.Marketplace Appointments
12:30-1:30 p.m.Lunch
1:30-2:30 p.m.General Session: Kirk Elmquist
3-5 p.m.Marketplace Appointments
5:30-9 p.m.Branson Tour and Closing Reception at Andy B's Bowl Social NOTE: Meet in Hilton lobby at 5:30 p.m. for transportation.
Andy B’s Bowl Social is a unique mix of boutique bowling, attractions and dining. Modern American cuisine, local craft brews, wine and craft cocktails, plus lots of social games to bring everyone together.
Wednesday, Nov. 13
All DayDepartures




A professionally dressed chauffeur will meet you at the concourse exit holding a Connect Missouri sign.
Should you experience a flight delay, please share an update via text to 417-593-1994 (Mariya Baker, Branson CVB).
NOTE: Airport shuttle only available for meeting planners, staff and speakers. Suppliers should arrange other transportation.

2019 Education

Subject to Change

Monday, Nov. 11
3:30-4:30 p.m. | Welcome Education Session Sponsored by Lake of the Ozarks

Presented by Mimi Brown

Nowadays, a goldfish has a longer attention span than a human. Most attendees are distracted by the latest gadget. The key is to captivate your audience, increase interaction and make content more experiential. Explore how to freshen up your meetings and breathe life into the agenda while leaving a lasting impression that will foster positive word of mouth and inspire your audiences to return each year.

Tuesday, Nov. 12
10-11 a.m. | General Session

Presented by Julie Holmes

This is the perfect time to up your event game by developing your 4 Before and 4 Beyond Event Strategy. In this interactive program, we'll be using proven innovation strategies to create your personalized plan to increase excitement and engagement 4 weeks before your event and to extend the impact and value 4 weeks after.

Learning Objectives:
> Expand the impact of your event by developing a pre and post event strategy during the session
> Increase attendance and enthusiasm for your upcoming events without having to increase your budget
> Build engagement (and raving fans) after your event by understanding what matters most to your attendees
> Keep Innovating your events and processes on demand when you master how to Spark the Ideas

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