Tulsa, Okla. – Cox Business Center joins organizations across six continents in support of Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) on April 4, and will be hosting a free event for local venues, hoteliers, and meeting and event planners in the venue’s Assembly Hall. The event “Meetings Mean Business in Tulsa”supports the industry advocacy coalition Meetings Mean Business (MMB) and will focus on the impact of meetings on local economies and how to attract more meetings in Tulsa.

Thursday, April 4, 2019 (Global Meetings Industry Day)

8:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.

Assembly Hall, Cox Business Center, 100 Civic Center, Tulsa

“Meetings Mean Business in Tulsa” will begin with registration, breakfast, and networking round tables at 8:00 a.m. before Tulsa Deputy Mayor Amy Brown welcomes the group and provides a “State of Tulsa Meetings” address. The Deputy Mayor will be followed by international keynote and TEDx speaker Kari Mirabal. Mirabal is an author and consultant focused on innovative networking strategies (“Career Dating,” Naked Networking™) to help professionals leverage the power of authentic connection. The event will conclude with a tour of Cox Business Center’s new event space. 

“Meetings do mean business in Tulsa,” said Deputy Mayor Amy Brown. “Business for our airport and attractions, and in our restaurants and hotels. It’s important we recognize this day and the profound impact face-to-face meetings have on Tulsa and around the world.”

Meetings and events at Cox Business Center created a $30-million-dollar impact for Tulsa (2017 fiscal year), and with the $55 million VISION Tulsa renovation underway the venue intends to attract more state and national meetings and conventions.

“Global Meetings Industry Day is about people coming together face-to-face and the event we’re hosting supports the aim behind this day while also helping meeting and event professionals learn more and create stronger professional relationships,” said Cox Business Center Assistant General Manager Angie Teel, CMP.

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About Global Meetings Industry Day

Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) brings together leaders from across the meetings and events industry to showcase the real impact business meetings, conferences, conventions, incentive travel, trade shows and exhibitions have on people, business and communities. Meeting professionals across the world participate in the international day of advocacy, with more than 200 events held across six continents in 2019.

About Meetings Mean Business

Meetings Mean Business is an industry-wide coalition to showcase the undeniable value business meetings, trade shows, incentive travel, exhibitions, conference and conventions bring to people, businesses and communities. By rallying industry advocates, working with stakeholders, conducting original research, engaging with outside voices and more, the coalition brings the industry together to emphasize its importance. Comprised of over 60 members, the coalition unites the meetings industry with one strong and powerful voice. For more information, visit

About Cox Business Center

Cox Business Center is a national-award winning venue in downtown Tulsa offering over 300,000 SF of event space. The facility has 34 meeting rooms, Oklahoma’s largest ballroom, over 110,000 SF of column-free exhibit space, and offers in-house catering, AV, floral and IT services. Owned by the City of Tulsa, Cox Business Center is part of Vision 2025 – a project to grow economic and community infrastructure for future generations. The venue generated $30 million in economic impact for the city in 2017, and was also one of five venues in the nation selected for the International Association of Venue Managers for the Venue Excellence Award in the same year. The venue is managed by SMG – a world leader in venue management. For more information, visit

About SMG

Found in 1977, SMG provides management services to 233 public assembly facilities across the globe and manages more than 15 million square feet of exhibition space and more than 1.5 million sports and entertainment seats. As the recognized global industry leader, SMG provides venue management, sales, marketing, event booking and programming, construction and design consulting, and pre-opening services for such landmark facilities as McCormick Place & Soldier Field in Chicago, Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, Houston’s NRG Park and the Mercedez-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. SMG also offers food and beverage operations through its concession and catering companies, current serving more than 140 accounts worldwide. For more information, visit