Professional Growth and Enrichment

Contract Negotiations, Liability and Risk Factors for Event Planning

Contract Negotiations


Friday, December 8, 2017 - 9 am-4 pm
WCU Biltmore Park, Asheville, NC
$119 (per workshop)
6 PDCs available at the successful completion of the program


In this one-day workshop participants will learn about the importance of contracts in event planning and compliance with federal, state, and local laws. Key issues will be addressed related to working with other organizations and how to guard against legal matters related to fundraising, liability, finances and other potential risks. Professionals from varying backgrounds will also share their experiences including lessons learned and advise how to safeguard against what might go wrong, and how to handle the situation when everything doesn’t go as planned.

Participants will learn:

  • The importance of contracts in event planning, including the basics of contract law such as form, content, and compliance with federal, state, and local laws
  • Key issues that can and should be addressed via contract with vendors, venues, presenters, advertisers and other service providers
  • What duties and responsibilities can and should be addressed via contract regarding fundraising, fiduciary duties, premises liability and other potential pitfalls


Ken Sanney, WCU Assistant Professor, Business Law

Certification Requirement:

A case study review project will be distributed at the end of the workshop for those people interested in completing the certificate program. The Case Study should be completed and returned to WCU Continuing and Professional Education once all of the 6 workshops are completed.


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