Events

GMS is a full-service resource for event management and onsite logistics execution. Beginning with site selection and contract negotiation we help you navigate around the pitfalls that could make your event unprofitable. We are devoted to growing your event with marketing, sales and publicity tactics that generate revenue from exhibits, sponsorships, advertising, attendance, professional development and more.

Our advance planning model creates all the specifications from the event schedule, room sets, catering, banquets, audio/visual design and security. We have relationships with national entertainment acts and award-winning speakers as well as some of the best local talent in the Chicago area. When you work with us, you don’t have to be concerned with quality or safety since we have a proven track record of attention to details with a flair of creativity.

We also have an outstanding record of selling out events for nonprofits, association annual conferences, public trade shows and corporate meetings. We accomplish this through a research model that establishes a matrix of competitors, target markets and the messaging currently being used in the marketplace. We are excellent communicators and can effectively demonstrate how your event is relevant and where you can find an advantage.

Site Selection

Need help navigating the event scene in Chicago? We have experience with many of the wonderfully unique cities of North America and know the best locations to host events. In particular, we specialize in the Chicagoland area. Destination management is an art form and should not be taken lightly in the planning process. We have […]

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Contract Negotiation

The details in fine print are often where an event can be made profitable or unprofitable. We have worked in the hospitality industry and know where properties need to stand firm and where they can be flexible. We understand and are able to bond with these professionals due to our many years of on-the-job experience […]

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Meeting Planning

A successful event begins with a solid and extensively detailed plan. When we plan events, the orders and specifications number in hundreds of pages because we specify everything in advance. This includes event schedules, resumes, banquet event orders, room sets, floor plans, menus and audio/visual (A/V) design. Hospitality and event professionals appreciate working with us […]

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Onsite Logistics Execution

Executing event logistics is “where the rubber meets the road” and so much of event planning lies within the event specifications. We stand ready to assist onsite. This requires management and oversight with long hours but there is no substitute for a well-trained team onsite. We also know how to be seen and found onsite […]

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Audio/Visual Design and Management

The technology experience delivered at events is more important than ever before. Attendee expectations about connectivity, sound quality, visual art and accessibility are sky high and those expectations are justified. We are in the technology age and attendees should not feel like they are giving anything up by attending your event. This applies to Wi-Fi, […]

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Marketing and Publicity

We begin by analyzing your current event marketing and publicity programs to develop new ways to improve your company’s image in your targeted marketplaces. After researching the internal situation, we look outward at the competitive landscape to begin analyzing your place within it. Based on this research, we create a matrix of strategic initiatives to […]

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Exhibit and Sponsorship Sales

We have an outstanding record of selling out exhibitions for non-profits, association annual conferences, public trade shows and corporate events. Every event needs multiple sources of revenue and we can help you find and follow the money. We accomplish this through a research model that establishes a matrix of competitors, target markets and the messages […]

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What People Say

    Grand Marketing Solutions is among the very best for creative ideas and insightful marketing strategies to change your business. The team at Grand Marketing Solutions have taken creative marketing and a solutions driven strategy to a new level. They have helped me re-define our firms focus and strategies. The team at Grand Marketing Solutions is among the very best to help small and mid-market companies. Karl Hofmeier and the team at Grand Marketing Solutions are a tremendous resource for companies that are seeking to grow their revenues and increase profits. Simply, an excellent company that delivers value to your business.
    - Berk
    I have called upon Grand Marketing Solutions to provide various web and design based services to several of my clients. In every instance, I have found Grand Marketing Solutions to be client focused, extremely responsive and cost and value conscious. I am happy to recommend Grand Marketing Solutions to my clients as a valuable resource and extension of the strategic services I provide.
    - Dennis
    Grand Marketing Solutions has been very effective for us. They are the right size firm with the right mix of talents. They spruced up our logo, redesigned our web site, printed new literature, and worked smoothly with our people.
    - Bill
    Before starting Business Image Magazine, I met with dozens of graphic designers/printers and worked with a couple before I met Karl Hofmeier of Grand Marketing Solutions. I heard Karl speak at a networking event and was impressed with his expertise. Since then, Grand Marketing Solutions has become my one stop shop for marketing advice, graphic design, printing, website design and maintenance. The service is second to none and I am happy to refer all my clients and prospects to him.
    - Tom
    We are proud to be partners with GMS. As an entrepreneur and small business owner, I value a relationship with a partner who is cut from the same mold. Grand Marketing Solutions understands what it takes to keep our company competitive in a ever changing market. They ask the right questions and treat our business as it was their own. With Grand Marketing Solutions as our partner we can focus on our core business while they execute on our marketing strategy. We've been with a handful of marketing firms over the years. Some were large, some were small, but none of them have had the impact that Grand Marketing Solutions has.
    - Rob
    It has been a pleasure working with GMS. They are knowledgeable, professional and prompt. I will continue to use their services and recommend them to clients, associates and friends.
    - Bryan
    We are proud to be partners with GMS. As an entrepreneur and small business owner, I value a relationship with a partner who is cut from the same mold. Grand Marketing Solutions understands what it takes to keep our company competitive in a ever changing market. They ask the right questions and treat our business as it was their own. With Grand Marketing Solutions as our partner we can focus on our core business while they execute on our marketing strategy. We have been with a handful of marketing firms over the years. Some were large, some were small, but none of them have had the impact that Grand Marketing Solutions has.
    - Rob

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