Time Into Pixels, owned by Gregory and Irina Burt, offers a fun alternative to the traditional photo booth while also encouraging social media participation at events. Using a live hashtag printer that recognizes your event’s designated hashtag, attendees are able to pick up prints of the pictures they’ve posted to Instagram and Twitter within one minute. The cost starts at $649 and varies depending on customization and how long the event goes.
Minnesota Meetings + Events
Danielle Ottman wants you to think beyond football when you see U.S. Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis. The sales manager for the up-and-coming sports facility, which is managed by SMG, has been telling meeting and event professionals about the site’s capabilities for months.
“We’re trying to sell something that doesn’t really exist yet,” she explains. “That’s what I found is a real challenge. You’re selling them on a dream.”
Transformed spaces, new meeting rooms and tasty food and beverages highlighted the Sheraton Bloomington Hotel’s grand opening celebration in August. The $15 million renovation included enhanced guest rooms, a refreshed lobby, the addition of the brand’s upgraded lounge destination, Sheraton Club, and a new restaurant, Lela, adjacent to the hotel. Three new meeting rooms were also introduced: the 1,500-square-foot Gibson, 663-square-foot Oxborough and 400-squarefoot Harrison.
The Vanderbilt, located on the Atlantic coast in the Condado District of San Juan, Puerto Rico, makes a solid argument for not leaving the property: Some of the best food on the island is served on-site at a variety of restaurants; pool lounges feature butler service; and a spa sanctuary offers Puerto Rico’s only private Hammam, a water-focused treatment with ancient purification rituals.
No one ever needs an excuse for a party, but throwing one that does some good is as good a reason as any to bring people together. Fundraisers provide a voice for causes all over the world, generating money to help those who need it and uniting people for one mission on one night.
Behind every stunningly decorated event are the people who put their blood, sweat and tears into making it flawless. That garbage you didn’t throw away at the end of the night? Someone’s picking that up and making sure it gets categorized correctly as a recyclable, compostable or trash. And the garbage you threw away in the Biffy? Someone’s pulling it out. Ever wonder if your driver gets sick of driving? MNM+E talked to four industry professionals who make your meeting easier or special event shine—the ones who make good despite the bad and the ugly.
That famous north woods lumberjack is a perfect representative for this vibrant Minnesota city, since Bemidji, like Paul, is historic, rugged and strongly connected to nature. “Gathering by the lake and among the tall pine trees makes every event more peaceful, productive and refreshing,” says Susan Goudge, executive director, Visit Bemidji. “We’re small enough to be comfortable and large enough to be convenient.”
Venues for the Small, Medium and Large
It's always nice to attend an event at a venue that has an appealing atmosphere and good food. It’s even nicer when there’s picturesque scenery to boot. And, Minnesota being the beautiful state that it is, it’s no surprise that the “Land of 10,000 Lakes” is home to a number of locales that provide just that to meeting and event attendees.
Windows on Minnesota
It's a universal truth: There’s no such thing as bad pizza. Sure, some places do it better than others, but what’s not to like about bread, tomato sauce and cheese? Good thing for us, Minnesota pizza joints know what good pizza is, and what’s more, they know how to deliver (both literally and figuratively speaking). ¶ So, if you’re feeding a group, why not go for the sure thing—the thing that everyone loves, or at the very least, likes? Pizza!
Meeting Professionals International recently introduced MPI Academy, an institute providing learning opportunities for business professionals at all levels. These include training courses, webinars, certificate programs and tools for career development such as the MPI Professional Development Roadmap, which allows individuals to map out their success in order to plan their future career.