2019 marks the ten year anniversary of TCWEP.
See what happens when TCWEP holds our monthly event around Twin Cities venues, bringing in sponsors and volunteers to make the location and talent involved really shine. From catered food to decor that knocks-your-socks-off.

Crowne Plaza AiRE

Crowne Plaza AiRE – Planes, Trains, and Automobiles!

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Crowne Plaza AiRE
3 Appletree Square
Bloomington, MN 55425

Location, location, location! Just minutes from the Minneapolis/St. Paul Airports and literally right on the Twin Cities Blue Line light rail system by the Mall of America; and as if that’s not enough they have their own stacked parking lot with ample parking for all your automobiles. A wonderful place.

This month we were WOWed with the potential to turn a hotel ballroom into a BEAUTIFUL wedding venue! Maggie and her staff from the Crowne Plaza AiRE was so kind and welcoming, and all of our volunteer sponsors did such a great job with the decorations and food.

Balloon Wall Balloon Artistry by Mandana

The food was served by Crown Plaza AiRE’s own catering team and dessert from Nothing Bundt Cakes Minnetonka. Believe me when I say it was DELICIOUS.

Tomato Basil Bruschetta
Tomato Basil Bruschetta
Walleye Cakes with Remoulade
Walleye Cakes with Remoulade
Petite Chicken Satay glazed with Sweet Pepper Sauce
Petite Chicken Satay glazed with Sweet Pepper Sauce
Nothing Bundt Cakes
Nothing Bundt Cakes Minnetonka; Chocolate, Lemon, Red Velvet, & White Chocolate Raspberry

Table Discussion: To commemorate TCWEP celebrating 10 years of Event Industry Networking; Discussion: Where were you in your business 10 years ago?

Here are some discussion that was at my table:
“10 years ago I was just finishing up college and working for Savvi Formalwear, so that was kind of my entrance in to the wedding industry, getting to help brides and grooms with their wedding attire. I graduated from school with a retail marketing and management degree and ended up going a corporate route but always had something side hustle-y in events. I couldn’t get weddings off my mind so two years ago I decided to launch Aveiled!”
– Lexie, Availed Wedding & Event Planning

“10 years ago I was working full time in a bridal shop. My mom owned a bridal shop for 25 years and I literally grew up on the floor of that shop since I was 5. I worked with brides full time selling dresses on a sales floor for at least 6 years and I also owned another company at the time in the modeling and pageant world. We taught models and contestants how to prepare for those industries in safe and healthy ways.”
– Ashley, VP of Forever Bride

“10 years ago I was a Corporate America girl. I had worked my way up the ladder at a corporate recruiting organization that supported medical manufacturers around the Twin Cities and western Wisconsin. Some stuff happened at the top and I had just decided I was done and I went back to school and started my own business, so here I am two years later!”
– Amy, Multi Media Makeup Artist

Maggie and her team were kind enough to give away a hotel night stay for the giveaway drawing.
Jackie Kaelble with Weddings by the Broz / A’Britin Catering was the winner.

Winner of Crowne Plaza AiRE overnight stay
Pictured: left to right: Jackie K and Maggie S.

Check out some of the wonderful testimonials given at this event, and hear stories of the reasons why we are here every month networking and growing relationships.

Thank you to all of our event sponsors!

Crowne Plaza Suites Msp Airport – Mall Of America – Maggie S.
Balloon Artistry By Mandana – Mandana M.
Mandana Moshrefzadeh is an international award-winning balloon artist with over 18 years experience in providing balloon entertainment! She is a Certified Balloon Artist (CBA) with mastery in professional balloon décor and amazing balloon twisting! Whether you’re looking for incredible, customized, and gorgeous balloon décor, or fantastic, exciting, and impressive balloon twisting for a wedding, birthday, special celebration, or important corporate event, Balloon Artistry by Mandana will provide the best professional and personal service to help you celebrate and create unforgettable memories!
Coppersmith Photography – Amy C.
Editorial photography company specializing in corporate event and marketing photography. FAA drone certified pilots and Photoshop experts.
EMI Audio – James E.
Nothing Bundt Cakes – Minnetonka -Jamie C.
Sitting Pretty Décor – Jennifer E. – Ceiling Drapery and Backdrop
Guest Contributing Writers: Studio Veil – Shania K., Slingshot Branding & PR LLC. – Paul M.

Registration Volunteers:  
A’BriTin Catering & Hospitality – Jackie Kaelble
All American Classics – Stephanie H.
Amy Rastetter – Multimedia Make Up Artist
Union Depot – Dawn Westermann


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Event Review: CSPS Hall St Paul

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Best Networking Tips to Engage Your Business

VIEW SHORT VIDEO: TCWEPs Table Topic: Best Networking Tips to Engage your business

  • Partnership – Buddy system; Show Up, Find Events that you can be present at; share info with each other; find someone to go with to open houses, attend networking events, et.
  • Remember Seven Points of Contact; 1st time meeting a person is to get to know about them.
  • Forgot person’s name – Okay to call yourself out if you don’t remember their name; be honest;
  • Two questions should always ask:  How can I help you?  Who are good referrals to send your way? Who do you know that would be good for me to meet with?  Expand our networks.  
  • Be more interested in the other person, than you are interested in telling about yourself.
  • Open Houses – Have a Brand Ambassador; wing people to talk about your business
  • Build relationships with people; don’t try to sell something
  • Prepare, go into networking events with a plan; make genuine connections;  get 3 business cards from people; have 3 conversations with new contacts. 
Dawn Bulera – CSPS Hall St Paul

Sweet networking event at CSPS Hall St Paul.   Great space, a hidden gem with huge potential for all kinds of events.   We were wow’ed by the wait staff that volunteered their time in order to showcase this space, believing in the vision of working future events in this venue.   What an amazing team!

Thank you Sponsors that made this event shine!
CSPS Hall St Paul – Dawn B.
Vintage Dress – Marsha’s Stitches
Men’s Bohemian Folk Suite – Dawn Bulera
Steady Pour Beverage Company – Jeff S.
Geneva 338 – Personal Chef Leonardo Boone
Unique Dining Catering – Amanda T.
Silks and Images – Sandra O.
Pajarito – Steve H.
Victrola Man – Phonograph Disc Jockey
Volunteer Photographer:
Bellagala – Christine

PR & Media: Slingshot Branding & PR, LLC

CSPS Hall St Paul - hand painted scenic backdrop stage with vintage dress and bohemian folk suit
Vintage Dress – Marsha’s Stitches;  Men’s Bohemian Folk Suit – Dawn Bulera
3 champagne flutes on wood counter
Steady Pour Beverage Company
pasta salad and appetizers on wood table
Geneva 338 – Personal Chef Leonardo Boone
Unique Dining Catering - sliders
Unique Dining Catering
Marsha’s Stitches – Veils – Marsha Chizek
Marsha’s Stitches – Custom Veils
Glorious stage at CSPS Hall St Paul; hand painted backdrops
phonograph disc jockey victrola man
Victrola Man – Phonograph Disc Jockey – Todd Juzwiak
Victrola Man =Phonograph Disc Jockey
Victrola Man =Phonograph Disc Jockey – Todd Juzwiak
wood table setting with silverware and glasses with napkin flute
Lots of history here at CSPS St Paul …. wood tables are amazingly 90+ years young
round table setting with white linens, chair covers and white cups/saucers with red tulips centerpiece
Round table options – CSPS Hall St Paul
CSPS Hall St Paul - tcwep networking event
CSPS Hall St Paul – View of Balcony Level
Framed TCWEP logo compliments of Jaguar Blu

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JEFE Hall of Kings Event Venue – Medieval Splendor

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jefe hall of kings

jefe hall of kings
Gorgeous table décor by Positively Charmed Boutique Wedding & Event Decor

What a great way to start the New Year Networking at Jefe Hall of Kings!
Be sure to scroll below for Powerful and Moving Testimonial  given by Calvin – Lake Country Productions
Thank you Sponsors:
Venue: JEFE Urban Hacienda 
Décor: Leslie with Positively Charmed,
Dessert: Cocoa and Fig
Videography: Luke with Moving Tree Media
PR & Media: Slingshot Branding & PR, LLC

Thank you volunteers:
Gretchen, Bellagala
Kelsey, CRAVE Catering
Lena, Lena Lakoma Photography and Photo Art Direction
Cheri, Personal Touch Bridal Agency
Lori, Rodan + Fields – Rock Your Dermis
You all make our events shine! Thank you!

Cocoa & Fig
What sweet treats provided by Cocoa & Fig

TCWEP Networking
Victoria B – Jefe Hall of Kings Event Venue & Taylor J – Entourage Events
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Susan L – Perfect Day Wedding Ceremonies and Lori S – Rodan & Fields Rock Your Dermis

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Leslie J – Positively Charmed Boutique Wedding & Event Décor (pic left)

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Dawn W. – Union Depot and Michelle T – Delight Photography

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TCWEP MC: Matthew S – Complete Weddings + Events
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TCWEP Networking at Jefe Hall of Kings Event Venue

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Powerful, Moving Testimonial by Calvin – Lakes Country Productions

Mindblowing TESTIMONIALS by Calvin – Lakes Country Productions about James – EMI Audio and Jeanne Marie Photography – See Video Clip Here

Jefe Hall of kings
A lil fun – Knighting with a Sword (pic left: Matthew S. and Knight: Tom O

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Decor by Leslie – Positively Charmed

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