Thursday, April 20, 2017

5 Questions to Ask Before Planning a Company Conference

Imagine you’ve been given the task of booking your company’s next big meeting and you’re not sure where to start. You can’t go over budget, you need a location that is convenient for everyone attending, but you still want to wow and impress. Event planning can be tricky, but with a few pointed questions, you can set up your next business conference with ease.

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What is the Agenda for the Meeting?

Knowing the agenda ahead of time is critical. Booking a holiday party, for example, will differ from a corporate conference. Understanding the goals your company wants to accomplish in their next get-together is important and knowing the task at hand will allow you to make a list of resources you’ll need to get started.

What is the Allotted Budget for the Meeting?

Before you get carried away with your list of event materials, it’s important to know your budget. If you want to save money on your next event, a little creativity can go a long way. One example of event planning thriftiness is to use paperless invites.

Which Amenities Will We Need for the Meeting?

To get a list started, think about the meeting’s agenda and talking points. Will you have a speaker? Will there be multiple speakers? Is there ample parking available? What kind of technology will you need? While you probably have a good picture in mind, this may save you from overlooking a key part of what you need for a company gathering.


How Should I Promote My Event?

If your event is a company-wide get-together, sticking with email should be completely safe. If the budget and theme allows, a mailed invitation could spice things up. But what if your company is promoting an expo or trade show? You’ll need to meticulously plan a marketing strategy to attract the right attendees.

Do I Need a Contingency Plan for My Event?

If your event doesn’t go as planned, relax. In event planning, an important thing to remember is that leaving an option for things to go wrong increases its likelihood of happening, so a good plan B is a must-have. Visit mindtools.com for ideas on creating the perfect contingency plan.

You’ve made your list, checked it twice, and have a few extra tricks up your sleeve. If you’ve asked yourself these key questions and prepared in advance, your organization’s conference should go off without a hitch. Be sure to subscribe for more tips on event planning and view the available rooms at the St. Cloud River’s Edge Convention Center for your next company meeting.


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The Time to Book Your Company Holiday Party is Now!

As spring finally comes into full swing, the last thing most people are thinking about is the holiday season. The snow is gone, your holiday debt is nearly paid off, and that neighbor down the street finally took down their holiday lights. So, why would you start to think about the holiday season now?

As one of central Minnesota's premier event headquarters, there's no better place than the St. Cloud River’s Edge Convention Center to host your company holiday party. Below, you’ll find reasons why many companies choose the River's Edge:
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Large Gathering Spaces
Whether your business has 20 employees or hundreds, you’ll be able to find a suitable room to host your holiday party. Along with the reservation, you’ll have access to our equipment rentals, ensuring your event will be one the office will remember.
Convenient Location
Being located in the heart of historic downtown St. Cloud has its perks. Your party has access to a variety of caterers and decorators located nearby, making it easy to celebrate in style with quality food and decor.  Access to our parking facilities, as well as close distance to hotels make it easy to enjoy the holiday experience with coworkers and family.
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Book Your Office Holiday Party Now!
When should you book your office party? Many organizations in central Minnesota start booking their holiday get-together at the beginning of spring.

It’s no surprise that dozens of companies trust the River's Edge Convention Center with their holiday parties. It’s also not surprising that spaces fill up quickly. During the holidays, space becomes limited and time is short, so why not take the first steps today?

Contact the River’s Edge Convention Center on our website to get started planning.  

Monday, February 27, 2017

The Beaver Island Trail Extension Brings More Excitement to the River’s Edge Convention Center

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Construction recently finished on a very exciting project in downtown St. Cloud; the Beaver Island Trail extension. The grand staircase to enter the new trail is located on the Northside - right behind the St. Cloud River’s Edge Convention Center on your way down to the river.

While attending an event or conference at the Convention Center or simply being downtown, you can now take a stroll alongside the Mississippi and enjoy the sights. It is a whole new way to appreciate and experience the river and downtown St. Cloud. This is yet another reason why we are excited about the upcoming season at the River's Edge!

The Beaver Island Trail connects the highest traffic areas of downtown. Mayor Dave Kleis says, “From St. Cloud State University to St. Cloud Hospital you now can walk, bike, roll, or stroll without crossing a roadway. You can do that on the trail for the first time.” This is all in an effort to make St. Cloud more pedestrian friendly and invigorate our downtown atmosphere.

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The River’s Edge Convention Center has been involved with this initiative, sincerely promoting the idea of making St. Cloud Greater. Funding for the extension came from the Convention Center expansion project, as well as a federal grant and half-cent sales tax dollars.

The trail will eventually connect to the Lake Wobegon trail system, allowing pedestrians and cyclists to enjoy hundreds of miles to venture. In an interview with WJON, Mayor Dave Kleis noted that Centracare has also committed to extending the Beaver Island Trail in the future; the plan being to build from behind the St. Cloud Hospital all the way to the Sauk Rapids Bridge.

There are a lot of things to look forward to coming up at the River’s Edge Convention Center. Join us this year by attending an event or hosting one of your own and enjoy the new Beaver Island Trail while you’re in the area.  

Thursday, January 26, 2017

The St. Cloud Wedding Expo Returns to River’s Edge

On January 15th, the St. Cloud Wedding Expo brought in over 90 vendors to the River’s Edge Convention Center, creating an incredible atmosphere for soon-to-be newlyweds in the center of Downtown St. Cloud. Hundreds of forthcoming brides and grooms experienced the latest trends in wedding food, fashion, and decor and found inspiration for the wedding of a lifetime.


We would like to give special thanks to Geyer Wedding & Event Rentals for decorating the Herberger Suite for reception demonstrations. Experiences like these give brides and grooms a hands-on look and clear expectations of their upcoming nuptials. Not only does this give couples clearer choices, but it gives them peace of mind.

Once again this year, Sauk Rapids’ Granite City Lumberjacks donated a few dashing fellows to participate in the runway show. Sponsors of the runway show included Tip Top Tux, Celebrations Bridal & Formal Wear, & Mantra Salon & Spa.


Did you miss out on the wedding expo this time around? Don’t worry! The St. Cloud Wedding Expo is held twice a year, so be sure to mark your calendars. The next illustrious event will be held on September 24th from 10 AM - 2 PM and January 14th, 2018. These events will take place in the spacious Terry Haws Rooms A & B covering over 30,000 square feet for wedding inspiration.


If you’re in the process of planning a wedding, the River’s Edge Convention Center offers a truly memorable Minnesota wedding reception site in a wide variety of sizes, setups and celebration styles, as well as an unforgettable view of the Mississippi River. Unlike many other venues, you can book your wedding at the Convention Center within 12 months of your I Do’s - with easy access to our list of Caterers and Decorators.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Upcoming Events at the River's Edge Convention Center

Coming up in 2017 are several events at the St. Cloud River’s Edge Convention Center. Offering resources on weddings, recreational activities, farming, and more, make sure that you don’t miss out!

St. Cloud School District 742 Expo

January 7, 2017 – 9 AM to Noon


Expand your knowledge about the school district at this year’s St. Cloud Area School District 742 Education Expo. There will be activities and exhibits covering everything from early childhood development to area universities and colleges. Students of all ages and their parents will enjoy:
  • The Riddler’s Escape Room
  • Airmaxx Bounce House
  • On-site Interviews and Job Fair
  • Minneapolis Crayola Experience
  • A Firetruck, Police Car, and School Bus  
  • Much, Much More!


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January 15, 2017 – 10 AM to 12 PM


Twice a year, the St. Cloud Wedding Expo connects couples with an incredible network of wedding industry specialists that can make your wedding planning an exciting time. With over 80 professional businesses present, you will get a chance to experience the newest trends in wedding d├ęcor, themes, and fashion. Join us in January to begin planning your dream wedding. For ticket information, visit the St. Cloud Wedding Expo.

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January 21, 2017 – 2 PM to 5 PM


If you consider yourself a beer connoisseur, get ready for a special treat this January. The River’s Edge Convention Center will host the fifth annual St. Cloud Craft Beer Tour. With over 250 different beers from 60 local breweries and 15 cideries, there will be a plethora of cold ones for you to choose from. For a preview of beers to come, take a look at the list of breweries attending.

The 29th Annual Sportsmen’s Show
February 10-12, 2017


For the outdoor enthusiasts out there, the Sportsmen’s Show will be back in February with the best of the best for all things recreational. With top-of-the-line fishing boats, tech-driven camping and fishing gear, and the latest campers and trailers, the hardest part will be waiting for the return of fairer weather! Whether you picked up a new hobby or are hoping to gain more skills and resources, the Sportsmen’s Show will feature excellent hunting and fishing seminars that will be useful for the whole family. For a complete schedule and information on tickets, visit stcloudsportshow.com.


St. Cloud Boat Show
February 17-19, 2017


Looking to upgrade or replace your boat this year? Central Minnesota’s most popular dealers will be on exhibit this February at the Convention Center for the St. Cloud Boat Show.Boats for every lifestyle - from canoes to pontoons - will be on display. Compare models, dealers, and prices to make your best purchase. Don’t forget to check out the best docks, lifts, and other accessories available in the area.   


PleasureLand Camp & Travel Show
February 23-26, 2017


This year marks the 46th annual PleasureLand RV Camp and Travel Expo. Free to the public, there will be over 100 campers, RV’s and trailers on display. Visit the exhibits of area campgrounds and start planning your summer getaways around the state. Check out last year’s recap of the event to learn more.


The Central Minnesota Farm Show
February 28 - March 2, 2017 – 9 AM to 4 PM


The Central Minnesota Farm Show features a wonderful variety of educational opportunities in the farming industry and the agricultural field. Explore special offers and products, as well as network with farmers and agricultural educators from across the state. For event details or to sign up as a volunteer, visit the Central Minnesota Farm Show page at the St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce website.


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The Central Minnesota Builders Association Home Show
March 10-12, 2017
A homeowner’s dream event, the CMBA Home Show will feature hundreds of vendors to help with your home building dreams as well as seminars on home planning, landscaping, and the Kids Building Project. The Home Show will also feature gardening tips from KARE 11’s Bobby Jensen, who has decades of experience in environmental services and landscaping. To register for a booth or for more event details, visit the CMBA Homeshow page.

Don’t miss out on the events happening in central Minnesota this winter. There is always something new to learn and explore going on at the River’s Edge Convention Center!

Friday, November 11, 2016

Hosting Your Fundraising Event At River’s Edge Convention Center

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As one of central Minnesota's premier event headquarters, there's no better place than the St. Cloud River’s Edge Convention Center to host your fundraising event. We offer large gathering spaces, plenty of parking, and a convenient location in historic downtown St. Cloud. Dozens of organizations trust us with their fundraiser all throughout the year, but here are a few that are coming up soon or have taken place recently:

Evening For Life - Annual Birthline Benefit

On October 6th, Birthline hosted its annual benefit entitled “Evening For Life.” Admission to the fundraiser was free, and Birthline encouraged attendees to give donations. What made this benefit a success was the speaker, Chris Shepherd. He shared the story of his late wife’s act of selfless love as they chose confidently and courageously to continue her pregnancy amid a cancer discovery. This story allowed benefit participants to put themselves in the shoes of someone who could really use the help of Birthline and give donations with empathy.

March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction

Coming up on November 10th, River’s Edge Convention Center will host the Signature Chefs Auction fundraiser for March of Dimes. This benefits the research, education, advocacy and programs that help more moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies. March of Dimes raised money at this fundraiser by both selling tickets and hosting an auction. They made the event valuable for their attendees by providing a culinary tasting experience and evening program.

Holly Ball

On December 3rd, one of central Minnesota's biggest fundraisers will be hosted at the River’s Edge Convention Center; The Holly Ball. This is a gala event where proceeds benefit the St. Cloud Hospital Hospice and Coborn Cancer Center Greatest Needs Funds. The evening includes music for dancing and entertainment; this year, the main event features Boogie Wonderland and DJ Rage. There is a silent auction where guests can donate an item for others to bid on. And, of course, the benefit raises money through selling tickets to the event. Holly Ball was wildly successful in 2015, raising more than $700,000.

If you plan to host a fundraiser in the future, there is no better place than River’s Edge Convention Center. From small crowds to large ones, we service all with multiple gathering space options. To start planning your benefit, click here!

Choose River’s Edge Convention Center to ensure your fundraising event is a success.


Friday, October 28, 2016

Preview of the Cloud-A-Scope Tattoo and Arts Convention

The Tattoo You Minnesota and Cloud-a-Scope Tattoo and Arts Convention gets underway on Friday, November 11 at the River’s Edge Convention Center.

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Tattoo You has presented Minnesota some of the finest tattoo artists for 25 years and celebrated its Silver Anniversary at Grand Casino Hinckley in August, with over 100 artists and two huge contests.

The Tattoo and Arts Convention at the River’s Edge Convention Center will also feature tattoo art, contests, plus more than 100 artists. Doors open to the public at noon on Friday, November 11 and attendees will be able to purchase weekend passes for $20. Friday night’s entertainment will feature two Scarlette Revolver Burlesque shows - the first beginning at 7:00 pm and the next at 10:00 pm. Please note that this is an 18+ event due to the nature of the performance.

Tattooing and piercing continue at 9:00 am on Saturday, November 12, when doors re-open to the public. The tattoo contest judging begins that afternoon at 3:00 pm. Categories will include color size, black and grey size, portraits, lettering, hand tattoos, water color and cover-ups. All first place winners at Saturday night’s tattoo contest award ceremony will automatically qualify for the Best of Show Award on Sunday.

Don’t miss Saturday’s music headliner, City of the Weak. The dynamic and talented rockers from Minneapolis are scheduled to hit the stage at 9:30 pm.

The convention comes to a close on Sunday, November 13, but not before another jam packed day of events. Tattooing and piercing will continue throughout the morning and tattoo contest judging begins early in the afternoon. Sunday evening concludes with a grand prize drawing, as well as an awards ceremony for Tattoo of the Weekend and Best of Show.

You can find more information on the event - including a list of artists and lineup of events - on Tattoo You Minnesota’s Facebook page.