ISBO Meeting Planners

Independent and Small Business Owner (ISBO) Overview

Are you an independent meeting planner, a small business owner or an entrepreneur?
If so, you know the business landscape can change overnight. That’s why mentorship, business opportunity, and a supportive network is so important.

According to the Small Business Association, 70% of mentored businesses survive more than five years. And MPI’s community of more than 18,000 members in countries around the world means unlimited regional, national and international business exchange options.

Members of the ISBO community receive all the benefits of MPI membership, plus so much more.

Discover the benefits of the ISBO Community

Free educational webinars featuring community-specific education
Access to the ISBO online community
ISBO-focused education at MPI’s World Education Congress (WEC)
Invitations to educational and social community events
24/7 access to on-demand community-relevant education
Free access to the Essential Guide to Safety and Security: Best Practices for Meeting and Event Planning
Online My MPI Community

Additional Education and Community Resources



Certificate in Meeting Management (CMM)

Earning your CMM shows the world that you're ready to assume a leadership role as a meeting professional. This intensive three-part executive program packs the highlights of a world-class MBA program into a long weekend (3.5 days), followed by 8-hours of advanced-level online coursework and a final project focused on solving a real-world business problem.





Inclusive Event Design Certificate

Participants will explore the practical actions need for inclusive environments at events and what event participants need to fully participate. The actions are couched in the framework of an event planner’s role as an inclusion broker, a professional who applies various strategies to support the participation of individuals and groups.



Venue Sales Certificate

Discover how to create high impact, powerful sales tools that sell your venue and generate great results. This course helps you understand and apply consultative sales approaches so you increase your chance of closing more business.



Women in Leadership: Executive Leadership Skills

Create a personal action plan to overcome the common career obstacles women face. This course is designed to help you identify what’s holding you back and give you the tools to take your career to the next level.


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On-Demand Education

Watch archived educational sessions when and where it's convenient for you. These clock hour-certified courses can help you achieve or maintain your CMP or CMP-HC designation. 


Every month, MPI produces new webinars on hot topics as well as ones specific to this community.  If you're working to achieve or maintain your CMP or CMP-HC designation, these webinars offer essential clock hours and just-in-time information.