Independent & Small Business Owners

Support for the Independent and Small Business Meeting Planner.

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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.


Board members:

MaryAnne Brobrow -

Susan Piel -

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Members of the Independent and Small Business Owners community receive all the benefits of MPI membership, plus so much more.

MPI Academy Webinars

Free community-related educational webinars

Meeting Planner Online Communities

Access to the MPI Independent Small Business Owners online community


WEC Event Planner Education

Experiential Planner-focused education at MPI’s  World Education Congress (WEC


Invitations to community meet-ups and other social activities

MPI Academy Certificate Courses

24/7 access to on-demand community-relevant education.
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MPI Academy White Papers

Free access to the Essential Guide to Safety and Security.


Who is Eligible to Join?


ISBO community resources and education are designed for independent event service providers, independent meeting planners, and small business owners to serve them at every stage of their career. However, anyone with an entrepreneurial spirit or business management responsibilities will find value in connecting, learning and exchanging ideas with this community. MPI members opt-into the community by editing communications preferences on their member profile by logging into, and can join the community's online forum on MyMPI.

Additional Education and Community Resources

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CMM Graduates 2020

Certificate in Meeting Management

Earning your CMM shows the world that you're a strategic thinker ready to assume a leadership role.

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Venue Sales Certificate

Learn to create high-impact pitches and tools that make their venues shine brighter than the rest.


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Women In Leadership

Discover the necessary skills to be considered for executive leadership roles.

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Inclusive Event Strategist

Discover how to keep a strategy of inclusion at the center of your event’s design and execution. 

Discover dedicated articles related to your community on MPI blog.

ISBO committee shares insights on staying positive and grateful during this new alternate reality of COVID-19.
As event professionals and business owners, understanding how to account for risk is second nature. None of us, however, could have prepared for our businesses to have come to a grinding halt in a matter of weeks, affecting cash flow for months to come.
In 2019, a small group of MPI members came together as the Independent and Small Business Owners Advisory Board and set out to lay the foundation of the ISBO Community.

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