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Meet Jessica Brooks, Juggling Expert

Jessica Brooks has lots of updates for her LinkedIn page. Now all she has to do is find the time to make them.

Brooks, vice president of operations for the Crystal Gardens Banquet Center, in Howell, was already overseeing general operations as well as advertising and marketing for five sister banquet centers when, in 2007, she launched a new offpremise catering service for the business. “I actually started that program as part of my master’s program,” says Brooks, who earned a Master of Science degree in general administration from Central Michigan University, also in 2007.

Get Up Close with 16 Small Spaces that Pay off Big

When it comes to built-in ambiance and engaged attendees, intimate spaces can trump traditional meeting spots. Small venues often offer a cooler vibe, says Angela Butorac, founder of Butorac Events and co-founder of EventTrender.com. Attendees are more focused, and the spaces’ relaxed atmosphere can help people open up. “You’ll get some of those people who you never hear from who will probably get more engaged in the conversation,” she says.

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