Should we change our policy of not including sponsorship for our meetings ?

We are facing some significant increases in the cost of administering and running the Beverly Hills Academy of Dentistry. To off set these expenses and reduce the cost of meetings and membership to our members we are considering professional sponsorship. You will have seen how virtually every other dental organization uses this mechanism to add color to the meetings and underwrite the cost of the venue.

Your carefully considered responses will inform us as to to how we should best proceed.

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* 1. At a time when professional speakers command speaking fees in the range of $1000 - 4000
Should we consider raising our speaker compensation from the present amount of $400.

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* 2. As we consider the increasing cost of maintaining on line web presence, with the advantages of being able to reply and communicate on line, and link to our websites, and be searchable, should we consider ways to offset the cost or should we increase our annual membership dues.

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* 3. Do you like to convenience of being able to reply to Academy communications online

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* 4. If professional sponsorship could allow us to bring top notch speakers to address our meetings, would you be in favor of it?

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* 5. Would you be interested in a system that would allow us to review previous meetings and lecture materials online

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* 6. Would you be interested in an online discussion board accessible only to members

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* 7. Do you have concerns about the type of sponsorship we would solicit

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* 8. Would you be interested in an additional social event at which we could mingle with members and their spouses, friends and staff in a less formal atmosphere.

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* 9. Is the opportunity to dialogue with your professional colleagues on line on a bulletin board about treatment options of interest to you.

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* 10. Would you like to be able to quickly ask your colleagues for temporary staff

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