As most of us are well aware, landing a good job and successfully navigating your way through the corporate world has a lot to do with who know you. So how do you meet fellow professionals? One good way is to attend professional networking meetups, of which there are a ton of valuable resources and groups to be found on Meetup.com. Read on for a listing of some of the most popular networking locales in Minnesota.
900 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Downtown Minneapolis is a great place to network, possessing several classy establishments ideal for post-work dinner and cocktails. One of many great networking spots downtown, Solera is a lovely tapas bar/restaurant ideal for workplace get-togethers. Solera is also widely known as an event center, having hosted various networking events including Network After Work, a national business and social networking event company that hosts events in several cities across the country, Minneapolis included. For more information on Network After Work, visit its Minneapolis Meetup page. Solera has several event spaces for rent, from its vibrant Barcelona room to its rooftop with an amazing downtown view. There are even on-site event consultants who can assist you in making sure your next event goes flawlessly. For event reservation inquiries, contact email@example.com.
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Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill
1623 Park Place Blvd
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
What initially may strike you as an unlikely site for a networking get-together, Toby Keith’s is a regular spot for networking professionals to meet up and socialize. Members of Gettin’ Bizzy!, a business and social networking group for professionals in the Twin Cities, gather here every fourth Tuesday of the month to meet new connections, exchange business cards and catch up with fellow professionals. This informal meetup is open to all categories of business professionals. If you are looking to expand your business and meet like-minded individuals, feel free to attend. For more information on Gettin’ Bizzy!, visit GettinBizzy.com. Toby Keith’s has two semi-private and one VIP room available for rent if you are looking for a bar/restaurant to host an upcoming networking meetup.
635 Payne Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55130
Yarusso’s, St. Paul’s oldest family-owned Italian restaurant, is a popular meetup place for networking professionals. One such networking group, the Small Business Connection Network, regularly meets at Yarusso’s on the third Tuesday of each month from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. For a $13 fee ($12 in advance), attendees get access to an all-you-can-eat buffet while networking with fellow professionals and the opportunity to learn about the dos and don’ts of running a successful business. If you own or operate your own small business, the Small Business Connection Network may be a beneficial resource. Attend a meetup, network with fellow small business professionals and enjoy a delicious Italian lunch at Yarusso’s.
12475 Riverdale Blvd NW
Coon Rapids, MN 55433
The Green Mill in Coon Rapids is the regular meeting site for The North Metro Business Owners and Professional Network, hosting and sponsoring its bi-weekly luncheon that is held on Thursdays at 11 a.m. The group’s focus is on helping business owners and professionals grow and succeed in their business. Meetings frequently spotlight one or two attendees to learn more about their businesses, in addition to learning helpful networking lessons. If you are interested in learning more about this meetup, visit The North Metro Business Owners and Professional Network meetup page. Meet fellow business professionals, learn how to successfully network and expand your business and enjoy a delicious lunch spread from the Green Mill for a mere $10.
St. Croix Vineyards
6428 Manning Ave N
Stillwater, MN 55082
What better way to network than over a glass of wine at the vineyard that created it? The St. Croix Vineyards are one of Minnesota’s largest and well-known vineyards, boasting a variety of international award-winning wines. Over the years, the St. Croix Vineyards in Stillwater have served as a popular meetup location for business professionals and college alumni alike. Free tours of the vineyards are given every Saturday from April through November, and it also hosts a variety of events throughout the year (check out the St. Croix Vineyards event calendar for more information). Mix, mingle and meet like-minded networkers while sipping a glass of wine and touring the inspiring, scenic vineyards.
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A Minnesota native that was born and raised Up North, Minneapolis is where Christina Kalinowski currently calls home. Christina appreciates irony, loves bacon, enjoys a hearty libation (drink responsibly, folks), and is an avid proponent of the Swanson Pyramid of Greatness. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.