Minnesota Meetings + Events

Aerial Fitness Spices Up Your Group’s Workout

For a workout that will literally send you flying, Northeast Minneapolis’ The Aviary is the gym for you. Established in 2015, The Aviary is a boutique fitness studio that offers full-body workouts and yoga classes using aerial hammocks. If that sounds intimidating, rest assured that this low-impact activity is anything but.

Hot Dogs, and Italian Beef and Chocolate Cake, Oh My!

Minnesotans, get excited. The tantalizing menu at Portillo’s—Chicago’s fast casual restaurant that serves Chicago-style cuisine—will now be available in Woodbury. The restaurant will be located at 8450 Hudson Road. They are set to begin construction in the coming months and are slated for a summer 2017 opening—the perfect seasons for hot dogs, a menu favorite.

MetroConnections Director of Tour Guide Services Given NCA Award

Tracy DeJong, director of tour guide services for metroConnections, has been honored with the 2016 National Concierge Association Affiliate Volunteer of the Year Award. DeJong is also a board member of the Minnesota Chapter of the NCA. Previously, she was co-chair of the fundraising committee for NCA’s Minnesota Chapter.

“Tracy DeJong is a public relations asset,” says David Graves, president and CEO, metroConnections. “She works hard at getting out into the industry and showcasing metroConnections. We appreciate her efforts and congratulate her on this well-deserved award.”

How To Give Attendees More With Give-Back Events

Social responsibility has always been a prominent and important part of our personal lives. As the interconnectivity between our personal and business lives grows, so does the desire for employees to give back at work. To this end, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) events are on the rise as they create goodwill with attendees and the community. Corporate groups of varying sizes are able to come together through a mix of different programs set up to benefit local or national nonprofit organizations.

When It Comes to Flexible Dependability, Take McDonald's as an Example

I spent 10 years working for an online university that put on monthly academic conferences for doctoral students. Because these conferences are required as part of students’ degree programs, it’s essential that there’s consistency in programming and experience, regardless of where in the country or world the conference takes place. A robust planning system involving templates with details for hotel specifications, audio-visual orders, speaker preparation materials and other documents promises success month after month.

Flipbook Fun Turns The Page On The Traditional Photo Book

Looking for a fun keepsake to feature at your next event? Look no further than Flipbook Fun, or as owner Jon Cermin likes to call it, “60 seconds of animated fun.” Guests are recorded dancing in front of a screen for seven seconds and then the video is converted into a 60-page flipbook. A team of three can crank out one flipbook per minute. All that’s needed to accommodate the photo area and printing station is a 10-foot-by-10-foot space, and access to electricity and lighting.

Minnesota Transportation Museum Offers a Mobile Event Venue

From the Minnesota Transportation Museum, The Jackson Street Roundhouse—built in 1907 by Jim Hills Great Northern Railroad—offers meeting and event planners a unique way to host an event. There is a $150 nonrefundable deposit to rent the classic bus; the price is $425 for the first three hours and $60 per hour beyond that point. While the Minnesota Transportation Museum does not offer catering or alcohol, groups are able to hire independent caterers and a licensed beverage server for their event.

New Venue Spotlight: Zio Modern Italian

On the third floor of Mall of America is Kaskaid Hospitality’s newest culinary venture, Zio Modern Italian, which opened December 2015. “Zio Italian has a welcoming atmosphere and is a space where families and friends can enjoy the authenticity of Italian food, wines and hospitality,” says Vittorio Renda, Zio Italian Brand Ambassador.

McNamara Alumni Center’s Event Team Paused its Workday to Assist a Nonprofit

McNamara’s parent company, Cushman & Wakefield/North Marq, encourages employees to take a day out of their busy schedules to volunteer. McNamara’s seven-person event staff recently took advantage of this opportunity and spent a day in January working with the Give Us Wings team on its upcoming annual gala, which was held for the sixth time at McNamara Alumni Center in April.

The MSAE Proves to be a Valuable Resource to Association Professionals

It is sad that there is an association for everything—every industry, profession, charity, social group and sports organization! Did you know there is an “association for associations?” Well there is, and here in the Midwest it is the Midwest Society of Association Executives (MSAE). MSAE’s mission is simple: to advance and serve associations in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.


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