Sequestration, shutdown take a bite out of contractor revenue

Originally posted by Frank Kankel on FCW

WHAT: A study titled "Sequestration and Government Shutdown Negatively Impacting Majority of Government Contractors" by MarketConnections Inc. and Lohfeld Consulting Group, released Dec. 17.

WHY: Federal contractors took major financial hits from sequestration and the 16-day partial government shutdown in October. According to the study, nearly 31 percent of contractors reported revenue declines of more than 10 percent in 2013, with another 30 percent reporting declines of less than 10 percent. Sixteen percent of contractors surveyed - a mix of 220 large, medium and small businesses - flat-lined revenue, while 15 percent managed moderate to significant growth.

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10 Tips to Make Your Government Events More Successful

Originally posted by Allan Rubin on immixGroup

Several weeks ago I participated as a panelist at two events for government marketing professionals. At both theMid-Atlantic Marketing Summit, and the GovMark Council's panel on Life After Tradeshows Part II, much of the conversation focused on how marketers were dealing with decreased attendance from government attendees at live events.

Those in attendance shared common questions and angst. How long will the events drought last? What impact will Sequestration have? How do I get government speakers to commit and government employees to attend? How can I use money that was earmarked for cancelled trade shows to support my sales pipeline? Will virtual conferences replace in-person events? What should I tell my sales team?

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SMPTE Conference Offers Free Admission to Government Workers

Originally posted on TVTechnology

Group seeks to offset effects of sequestration

WASHINGTON-- The Washington, D.C. SMPTE Section has decided to offer free admission to its upcoming regional technical conference for federal government employees. According to conference organizer, Peter Wharton, this plan came about as a result of restrictions on government employee attendance due to the continuing sequestration.

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Government budget cuts begin to impact Orlando convention business

Originally posted by Megan Anderson on Orlando Business Journal

Cutbacks in government travel are beginning to have an impact on Orlando's convention business, Orlando Sentinel reports.

The most recent example was the cancellation of the General Services Administration's training forum, which would have brought a $13 million boost to the local economy, the Sentinel reports.

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As sequester grounds federal researchers, conference organizers sing the blues

Originally posted by Emily Yehle on E&E Publishing

More than environmental programs, more than salaries, pensions, contracts or research, politicians love to cut government travel.

It's an easy target as lawmakers look to scale back government spending; since 2011, the White House has forced agencies to cut billions of dollars from their travel coffers. In a world of email, Skype and webinars, flying thousands of miles for face-to-face meetings seems like a luxury.

Now, as agencies pare down budgets under sequestration, travel again is on the cutting block.

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