A unique North Shore team-building experience is now available at Larsmont Cottages in Two Harbors with their Larsmont Center for Strategy and Team Development. “The North Shore really is untapped as a destination for corporate meetings,” says Chuck Paton, general manager of Larsmont Cottages.

The Ropes Challenge Course, a key part of Larsmont’s team-building offerings, was installed in the fall of 2014. Ideal for groups of 25-40, the Ropes Challenge Course takes two-and-a-half to three hours to complete and can be paired with the other team-building opportunities offered by the resort such as an Iron Chef competition, a wine-pairing seminar or a series of Northwoods Olympics challenges. Staff from Larsmont will work with the group to align the team-building experience with the goals or struggles of the organization. “Ultimately it’s about getting teams in the same place, learning more about each other and being vulnerable with each other,” Paton says.

When it’s time to get to work, Larsmont’s private meeting room can hold up to 60 in a function space looking out onto the majestic Lake Superior and is fully equipped with A/V capabilities.

Over the years, any corporate event planner can admit to spending countless hours researching the perfect venue or vendors for their gatherings. After attending or hosting hundreds of events, New York-based Daphne Hoppenot was no stranger to this research and was frustrated by its repetitive nature. However, it was planning her wedding in 2018 that pushed her to realize the lack of resources in the corporate events market compared to the wedding industry, and set out to see if other meetings and events professionals were struggling with the same problem.  

 

"Elektra" opened the 2019-20 Minnesota Opera Season, providing inspiration for the highly anticipated and ultra-chic Minnesota Opera Gala, which transported 290 guests from Ecolab World Headquarters to Athena’s City of Argos. 

 

Freelancing has become a new ball game since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, as many companies cannot afford to keep full-time positions, but still need those tasks completed. Although many more professionals have had to join the freelancing community since March, Tracy Judge had the passion for the freelancing community two years ago–long before the pandemic hit–and founded her company Soundings Connect in order to directly connect meetings and events industry freelancers with customers.