Updates on the goings-on in the event industry, TCWEP, and general items that are news worthy.

Home Grown Award TCWEP

Home Grown Award Nominees 2018-2019

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One of the coolest pieces of the groups 10 years has been to see the amazing success of companies based on their ability to grow their network. These nominees just like many companies in this room are home grown here in the Twin Cities.

The Buschillas with Historic Hope Glen Farm & Vineyard

I know they donate their venue a ton for charity work. I can see how they have grown their business by not only networking in the traditional sense, but also in being creative in how they have events come in and such. Very home grown success in my mind. – Paul M., Slingshot Branding & PR LLC.

My Choi with Paper Thick Ink

My Choi has done absolutely phenomenal work for TCWEP. Stunning, and I mean absolutely stunning event programs, nametag designs and so much more. She ALWAYS exceeds our expectations and brings the WOW factor each and every time. She is fantastic to work with and we all love her. She has done styled shoots with me, her artwork is just gorgeous. She has a natural gift and talent in her work that many never achieve. I also give her kudos as I have seen her jump in to help/assist/do whatever needs to be done at an event. Thank you My! – Michelle, TCWEP / Delight Photography

Tom O’Brien with On Site Companies

Tom is a little more reserved, but the more you meet him and talk with him the more he opens up. He brings new team members with and is actively growing his networking skills! – Jamie Spellerman

Best Networker in the Twin Cities 2018-2019

Best Networker in the Twin Cities Nominees 2018-2019

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Our group’s foundation is networking, connecting and referrals. The nominees in this next category exemplify what being a top networker does, is and acts.

Jaime Engebretson – J’aime Events

Jaime goes above and beyond making connections. I am new to this group and whenever she meets someone that could help my business, she helps broker the connection. She is always connecting people. She has been a great source and friend. – Auntie Kay’s Accessories

J’aime Events. Jaime is connecting with so many vendors in the community and loves planning. She meets regularly with photographers, venues, caterers, etc. to understand what they do and how they help one another out. Love Jaime! – Angie, Hart & Sole

Jeannine Pohl – Jeannine Marie Photography

Jeannine Marie Photography, seeks to help others improve themselves, network with others, and grow their business. Consistently attends and volunteers. – Susan Lee Wright, Perfect Day Wedding Ceremonies

Jeannine ALWAYS makes everyone feel welcome, important, and like a friend. At nearly every event, someone calls her out as doing just that. She builds relationships not just for her self but for others. She is selfless. – Gretchen Gosnell

Lori Snyder – Rodan + Fields, Rock Your Dermis

She makes time to come and visit me at my property so i can show her what we have to offer. she has many connections in the industry and is always there to help. – Anonymous

Rising Star Award 2018-2019

The Rising Star Award Nominees 2018-2019

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Recognizes individuals who have are showing passion for the industry, the hunger to succeed and the spirit of a rising industry professional.

Lexie Albers – Availed Events
Always recommends fellow vendors and is so great to work with overall.” – Evelyn, Epitome Papers

Heather Hanson – Heather Hanson Photography
“She has been kicking butt this year” – Jeannie Marie Photography

Heidi Mathson – Day Dream Dressing Rooms
“I think they have a lot of potential and they reached out to me a few times. They have done a lot in a short time.” – Tammy, Muddypaws Cheesecake

Tami Johnson, Uy Lennon, Robin Rosenberg

Difference Maker Award Nominees 2018-2019

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Recognizes the individual that makes an event a success. Their abilities and personalities were key in a successful outcome of customer events.

Tami Johnson – Studio B Floral Designs
“Tami was the event planner and florist for an event where I played for a wedding ceremony and reception. The client posed seemingly impossible logistics. Tami tactfully worked with the client and found successful solutions with grace and style.” – Sharon, Pianist for Parties

“Tami stepped in and filled in for us at Bellagala when we had a last minute scheduling conflict with one of our other floral designers (yay for teams!!). Not only did she step in last minute and save the day, but she really WOWed the couple.” – Gretchen, Bellagala

Terri Uy Lennon – Uy Lennon Floral & Events
She (Terri) is so amazing. She has given back with the Fairy Godmother project and cares about her clients. She is such a talented florist!” – Angi, Hart & Sole

“Every event someone is calling Terri out about what she has done for them, whether it is providing a centerpiece for an open house, referring a bride or gifting a wedding to a deserving couple. Terri is well deserving of this award!” – Jaime, Bellagala

Robin Rosenberg – Linen Effects
“She is always there to donate her talent on display for many TCWEP Events. Loves to make a difference!: – Anonymous

“Robin has such an eye for decor and recommending the most gorgeous combinations of color and texture with her linens. Completely transforms the ordinary to extraordinary. Thank you for all the decor you have provided for TCWEP Events, you make the process easy with fantastic results.” – Michelle, TCWEP

Volunteer Hero Award 2018-2019

Volunteer Hero Award Nominees 2018-2019

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This person is not only charitable with their time to our group but go above and beyond with generous acts in their community and beyond.

What people are saying about the nominees

Tami Cabrera with Muddypaws Cheesecake
Tami is phenomenal. She is always working with so many different organizations and loves to network. She loves what she does and it shows in her cheesecakes. YUM! Love her! – Angie, Hart and Sole Co.

Leslie Johnson with Positively Charmed
Leslie is a treasure to work with; her décor has transformed many TCWEP Events into magical, gorgeous spaces, as well as volunteering more times than I can count.  Thank you Leslie for being you! – Michelle, TCWEP

Georgene Vesey with Afton House Inn
Georgene has stepped up to help by hosting and/or contributing whenever their is a need. – Susan Lee Wright, Perfect Day Ceremonies

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TCWEP Networking Group Includes New B2B Membership

Reading Time: 1 minute Since 2009, Twin Cities Wedding & Event Professionals (TCWEP) has been making it easy for event-industry-related businesses to network in the Twin Cities. Until recently the only restriction was that monthly event attendees had to be marketing their businesses towards brides & grooms; in autumn 2018, TCWEP updated this requirement- opening it to include business-to-business (B2B) members.

B2B members that are a great fit for membership are printers, graphic designers, accountants, web designers, associations in the industry… and many more. Businesses that do commerce with TCWEP members & attendees. Businesses that will help polish and improve our general member’s businesses are welcome for B2B membership consideration.

B2B members get a discount on monthly event tickets as well:

B2B Event Tickets
Non-member/B2B attendee $50 early bird / $60
TCWEP Member $10 early bird / $20
1st Time Attendee $10

Learn more online at

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