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Unbridled Solutions Moves to New Historic Landmark

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What happens when a company outgrows its trendy downtown office space in LoDo on Blake Street and faces a booming Denver real estate market? Unbridled Solutions LLC, an event management, production and creative agency headquartered in Denver and with offices in Boston, San Diego and Grand Rapids, bought the 16,000-squarefoot Grant Street Mansion in 2014 and relocated its growing family of businesses to the historic landmark in May 2016. The property has 36 rooms and 14 fireplaces and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2004.

Courtyard Minneapolis Downtown Unveils Ballroom

The Courtyard Minneapolis just opened its 5,200-square-foot East Town Ballroom. The venue can host receptions, weddings and other events in downtown Minneapolis. Featuring custom catering, a 10,000-square-foot pre-function space and a central, downtown location East Town aims to be one of Minneapolis’ top venues.

The hotel’s executive chef produces unexpected and custom day-of catering options for events. The Courtyard Minneapolis has won a Couple’s Choice award two years in a row.

3 Tips on Delivering Benefits to Your Sponsors that Won’t Cost a Dime

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You're at a planning meeting for an upcoming event and the conversation arises about “getting sponsors” to support the event financially with hard dollar (cash) and soft dollar (services) sponsors. For more than 20 years, I’ve been collaborating with sponsors for events and conferences. The most successful sponsor programs always begin by asking, “Why should a company support the event?” Once the answer to that question is crystal clear, strategically developing the target list to contact makes sense and has purpose.

Tetherow Resort Introduced Major Improvements

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Located less than 10 minutes from the shops and restaurants in Bend and 20 minutes from skiing and activities at Mount Bachelor Ski Resort, Tetherow Resort has completed several improvements including 21 vacation rental homes, adventure cabins, a swimming pool and a year-round event pavilion. The 3,100-square-foot event pavilion with golf course and mountain views has retractable floor-to-ceiling glass doors and a variety of room sizes, including a separate boardroom and executive meeting space, holding groups of up to 350.

Westin La Paloma Celebrates 30 Years with New Features

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Nestled among the foothills of Arizona’s Santa Catalina Mountains in Tucson, The Westin La Paloma is celebrating its 30th anniversary with several new options of interest to groups. A serenity garden was created in partnership with the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and has informative signs to educate guests about their cacti and succulent-infused surroundings.

Geocaching Treasure Hunt Across Utah

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Under direction of the Utah Office of Tourism, a team of volunteer geocachers have thoughtfully placed geocaches in locations of exceptional scenic, historic and cultural interest throughout the state. Groups and individuals can download an app from geocaching.com that highlights all of the stashes.

Woo Clients with Gluten-Free Goodies from Among Friends

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Got a client with a gluten aversion? Or just looking for a fun new treat to give as a thank-you gift? Check out Ann Arbor-based Among Friends Baking Mixes.

The company, the creation of best buds Susie Miller and Lizann Anderson, offers a range of gluten- and GMOfree cooking and baking mixes, all made from whole grains. Choices include cornbread, brownies, pancakes and waffles, and a variety of cookies. (A tasting by MIM+E of the cookies and pancakes found them to be delectable.)

New Venue Spotlight: Polk Penguin Conservation Center

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Whether or not your event is black-tie, host it at the Detroit Zoo’s Polk Penguin Conservation Center and at least 80 guests will be wearing tuxedos.

The King Penguins, Gentoo Penguins, Macaroni Penguins and Rockhopper Penguins, to be exact. The stunning new center for the four species, designed by Jones and Jones and Albert Kahn Associates, resembles a gigantic Arctic glacier.

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