Conference registration is online
Make your plans today to attend CMAA's 84th World Conference and Club Business Expo - Feb. 24-28, 2011. This year's event features more than 70 education sessions and several networking opportunities including the annual Networking Event at Universal Studios' Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Full Conference information, event registration and housing are now available. See you in sunny Orlando.
Safe driving is serious business
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Oct. 4-8 is Drive Safely Work Week. The Department of Transportation has created a number of resources to help employers. The 2010 campaign materials focus on the dangers of distracted driving, particularly as related to the use of cell phones and texting while driving. Download sample policies as well as education materials for your staff. More
DOL broadens definition of son or daughter for FMLA purposes
The Department of Labor has clarified the definition of son or daughter under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The broader definition of "son or daughter" is intended to reflect the reality that many children in the United States live with a parent other than their biological father and mother. Under the FMLA, an employee who actually has day-to-day responsibility for caring for a child may be entitled to leave even if the employee does not have a biological or legal relationship to the child. The definition of "son or daughter" is limited to children under the age of 18 or individuals who are 18 years of age or older and incapable of self-care because of a mental or physical disability. More
Get away with Preferred Golf
As a CMAA member, you and the members of your club qualify for a complimentary three-year membership to Preferred Golf ($885 value), an exclusive network of the world's most prestigious golf resorts. Preferred Golf Club affords its members priority access, complimentary golf and unique benefits at more than 100 golf resorts including Pinehurst Resort, The Broadmoor, The Coeur d'Alene Resort, The American Club, Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club. More
2011 Membership Renewals
All current CMAA members should have received their 2011 membership renewal notice in the mail. If you'd like to save time and postage, renew online today. We are looking forward to another great year ahead.
Special promotion for IHMRS Show
CMAA members can receive one complimentary registration to attend the International Hotel, Motel & Restaurant Show, Nov. 13-16,at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. With more than 700 exhibitors and 30,000 attendees anticipated, this is the world's largest showcase and exchange of industry products, trends and developments. CMAA members receive their complimentary registration (a $50 value) by registering online and using the following special promotional code: CMAA10. Additionally, IHMRS offers dozens of informative seminars, special events, displays and features. More
New Broadcast Music, Inc. fee structure
BMI recently announced a new fee structure for licenses for restaurants and bars that went into effect on Oct. 1. This is an annual fee increase in accordance with the Consumer Price Index. The license with revised fees will be available October 1 online at www.bmi.com/ede.
Golf driving on despite tough economic times, says KPMG
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According to a golf industry survey from accountancy and business consultancy KPMG, during 2009 more than 6,000 players competed for total prize money of $647 million. The report comes as the Ryder Cup golf tournament between Europe and the U.S. is under way in Newport, Wales. KPMG's report says that, despite the focus in the coming days being on Europe and the US, golf has strong potential to grow "in the rapidly emerging markets" of Asia and South America. The report says that the sport in South America will be given a boost when the sport returns to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. More
Treasure Island yacht club to become Vegas-style entertainment venue
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Las Vegas-style entertainment, top chefs and amenities rivaled only by exclusive New York City clubs are just some of the events and services promised by the operator of the newly renamed the Club at Treasure Island. "I want this to be a one-stop social center for Central Florida," entertainment impresario Bill Edwards said. "The club will offer world class entertainment, exclusive events, celebrity chefs, Las Vegas style shows and the most thorough concierge service anywhere in Florida." More
Luxury was a constant during ownership turmoil at Four Seasons
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The newly shorn bentgrass at the 18th hole stood taut and lean, awaiting the next golfer. Yards away, inside the kitchen at Four Seasons Resort and Club in Irving, Texas, a pastry chef crafted chocolate and peppermint into a stadium scene complete with a football and Cowboys star. The confection will be perfected in the months leading to Super Bowl XLV, when the Four Seasons will be booked solid for the better part of a week. The combination of everyday activities and future focus has helped the roughly 700 workers at the expansive resort weather a withering spate of publicity that usually began with the phrase "largest local hotel foreclosure in years." More
Chicago club that set world-wide tennis standard celebrates 40 years
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The club that started a tennis revolution in Chicago, has welcomed celebs from Billie Jean King to Elton John, and was the site of Andre Agassi's first USTA junior tournament victory at the age of 12, is celebrating its 40th anniversary. When it opened on Oct. 16, 1970, the Midtown Tennis Club was the world's first and largest indoor facility built from the ground up specifically for tennis. Fast forward to Oct. 16, 2010, when Midtown marks 40 years with day-long festivities including a charity pro-am benefitting Chicago's Tennis Opportunity Program and an evening celebration featuring some of the biggest names in the world of professional tennis. More
Rising regulatory costs strangling small business?
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Just when we need entrepreneurship the most to help lead us out of the recession, the factors stifling entrepreneurial activity are getting worse. We have already seen increases in taxes and fees that impact small businesses, a growing complexity of the tax code (now more than 100,000 pages if you are keeping score at home), and increased tax compliance enforcement by the IRS targeting smaller businesses. And now the news gets even worse. Just when we should be getting out of the way of entrepreneurs, we are instead witnessing a sharp increase in the cost of regulatory compliance for small businesses. More
21 ways to generate business-boosting ideas
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The light bulb. Bubble wrap. The Post-It. The iPod. The Snuggie. Facebook. Twitter. These inventions, products, and businesses all started with an idea. An idea that to anyone other than its creator(s) may have seemed like an insane thing to invest much time, money or effort in bringing to fruition. But for the masterminds behind these great ideas, the risk paid off and so too can your next great idea. More
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