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Meet Market: More business leaders seeking atypical event solutions

Competitors always seek an edge over an opponent.

That’s especially true in business where corporate meetings and team-building events are taking competition to a whole new level.

“We will do more than 1,000 corporate events this year,” says Scott Sanders, founder and president of Octane Raceway, which offers high-speed kart racing on an indoor-outdoor track in Scottsdale.

Octane is part of a growing trend that has seen a growing number of companies move away from staging their corporate events at the nearest airport hotel meeting room and evolving their events into more unique, fun and fresh environments.

“Companies are looking for different ways to engage their employees,” Sanders says. “One of the things we pride ourselves on is creating a memorable event. It’s not like people leave and say, ‘We went to a meeting and accomplished our business objective.’ When they come to Octane, they get to go off site, experience something together and get their competitive juices flowing. Companies are starting to recognize that team building not just as a line item on their budget, but something that has a true return on investment when it comes to having productive teams and having employees who feel appreciated.”

Octane Raceway isn’t the only place in the Valley where business leaders can effectively mix business with pleasure and team building. Here are just a few options:

casino-del-solCasino del Sol
In addition to its 18,000-square-foot ballroom that divides into five smaller rooms to allow meeting planners to hold multiple events side-by-side throughout their stay, Casino Del Sol Resort offers its corporate visitors world-class gaming, a Ty Butler- and Notah Begay-designed golf course, scenic hiking trails, mountain bike trails and horseback riding. casinodelsolresort.com

tontoClubhouse at Tonto Verde
The Clubhouse at Tonto Verde offers companies a unique way to recharge after a half-day or full day executive meeting on its 18-hole natural grass putting course, offering a fun alternative event for golfers and non-golfers alike. The Clubhouse at Tonto Verde has customized programs to meet your business needs that include a variety of food and beverage packages. tontoverdeweddings.com

dave-and-bustersDave and Busters
With all the amenities of a hotel plus customized team building options, D&B guests attend an experience, not just a meeting. By-products of a D&B event result in building team cohesion, melting strong personality types and re-energizing your strongest asset – your employees. Now that’s a way to justify your meeting dollars. daveandbusters.com

hardrockHard Rock Cafe Phoenix
The Hard Rock is the perfect venue for parties and special events, large and small. Located in the heart of downtown Phoenix, Hard Rock can host a variety of events, from corporate meetings to elegant galas, each with a custom design to fit clients’ specific needs. The venue provides guests with a legendary culinary experience, along with a one-of-a-kind memorabilia collection, giving each event its own built-in vibe. hardrock.com

Hot-AirHot Air Expeditions
Hot air balloon flights and tethered rides are fun and unique activities for meetings and events. Tethered rides are a great addition to an event and balloon flights are perfect for bonding outside of the office and showcasing the beautiful Sonoran Desert. Post-flight gourmet cuisine and optional teambuilding events and activities are available. hotairexpeditions.com

Mastro’s private dining space offers corporate clients an exclusive, fine dining experience in a business-minded atmosphere complete with audio-visual capabilities and high-level service. Options include Mastro’s Steak House, Mastro’s Ocean Club and Mastro’s City Hall. mastrosrestaurants.com

mimMusical Instrument Museum
MIM offers a stunning and unique setting for events, with world-class service, sumptuous cuisine, magical entertainment, and incomparable musical and cultural exhibits. Displaying more than 5,000 musical instruments and artifacts from around the world, MIM provides a one-of-a-kind event experience for seated dinners, cocktail receptions, corporate meetings, weddings, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, fundraising galas and other special events. mim.org

octaneOctane Raceway
Companies can do a couple races per person with a catered breakfast, lunch or dinner. Off-track activities that can supplement the experience include a rock wall, Phoenix International Raceway Pit Crew Challenge, Segway course and other games. Expect to pay just $30-$60 per person or go all out and do the Octane Olympics for $100 per person. octaneraceway.com

rawhideRawhide Western Town and Steakhouse
at Wild Horse Pass

Rawhide offers companies an opportunity to enjoy a unique memorable experience with a true taste of the Old West. Rawhide can accommodate groups from 20 to 7,500 and has more than 14 different private Western-themed venues so corporate groups can enjoy a unique journey back in time. rawhide.com

stratumStratum Laser Tag & Event Headquarters
Stratum specializes in “meetings with a mission;” out-of-the-box programs with an out-of-the-ordinary and affordable setting. Teams will incorporate their meeting message, team-building effectiveness, entertainment, camaraderie and fun along with upscale food and bar packages, all at a lower cost than a hotel and within a unique setting. stratumhq.com

tpcTPC Scottsdale
TPC offers word-class golf accommodations for all corporate groups. Besides golf, TPC offers post0event function spaces, private meeting spaces and banquet areas that allow for corporate groups to enjoy a round of golf while including business activities. This can include a power point presentation before teeing off or a large post-event function area to entertain clients before or after their round. pgatourtpc.com

wild-horse-passWild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino
With 12,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, Wild Horse Pass offers a great option for memorable meetings, epic events and special celebrations. Its showroom features amazing production possibilities for a general session for up to 1,400 people or a meal for up to 300. The venue also boasts five unique spaces from swanky lounges – including the popular AiRIA Unplugged — to a sports bar. wingilariver.com

Wrigley-MansionWrigley Mansion
The Wrigley Mansion is a breathtaking landmark built in 1932 by chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr. as a 50th anniversary gift to his wife. Now celebrating its 20th year under the Hormel family’s ownership, the Wrigley Mansion offer a historical venue that specializes in meetings, conferences and every milestone celebration from a sit-down event for 20 to 300 to a reception-style event for up to 1,500. wrigleymansionclub.com

Photo: Desert Ridge Marketplace

Desert Ridge Marketplace Events For November & December

Mark your calendars! Desert Ridge Marketplace in Phoenix has many events planned for this holiday season:

Super Saturday Turkey Drive

When: Saturday, Nov. 17, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: Albertson’s at Desert Ridge Marketplace
What: Help St. Mary’s Food Bank provide thousands of families with a real holiday meal by donating a frozen turkey. Everyone who donates a frozen turkey can enter to win prizes from Desert Ridge Marketplace.

Holiday Ice Skating at Desert Ridge Marketplace

When: Black Friday Weekend: Friday through Sunday, November 23, 24 and 25; 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., FREE event
Where: Near AMC Theatre
What: Skip the Black Friday crowds and come enjoy some holiday family fun on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. near the AMC Theatre for some free holiday ice skating! The skates are free as well. All skaters must be at least 5 years old.

First Snow Fall with Radio Disney at Desert Ridge Marketplace

When: Monday, November, 19, 5 – 8 p.m., FREE event
Where: AMC Fountain at Desert Ridge Marketplace
What: Come watch Desert Ridge Marketplace transform into a winter wonderland at the First Snow Fall with Radio Disney. Bring the family out for fun and entertainment with Radio Disney’s Rockin’ Road Crew and enjoy four shows throughout the night. This will be a spectacular holiday experience unlike any other!

Salvation Army Angel Tree

When: Friday, November 23 – Saturday, December 22
Where: Dave & Buster’s at Desert Ridge Marketplace
What: The Christmas Angel Program provides new toys and clothing to children who otherwise would not have gifts to open during the holidays. The gifts contain tags with the name, age, clothing size, and toy requests of an underprivileged child. An annual program offered by the Salvation Army, Arizona’s Family 3TV and Mix 96.9, the Christmas Angel Program runs from Friday, November 23, through Saturday, December 23.

Snow What Fun Nightly Snowfalls at Desert Ridge Marketplace

When: November 19 – December 24, 7 p.m. & 8 p.m., FREE event
Where: AMC Fountains
What: It will snow each night between November 19 through December 24 (except for Thanksgiving) promptly at 7 & 8pm within The District at Desert Ridge Marketplace. Out of thin air, flakes of fluffy white show will float down from the sky, transforming the AMC Fountain and Fireplace into a snow globe.

United Blood Services Blood Drive

When: Monday, November 26, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Near Dave & Busters
What: Give a life-saving performance by donating blood Nov. 26, and you’ll receive a voucher for one complimentary ticket to a concert, courtesy of the Phoenix Symphony! But that’s not all; all November blood donors will be automatically entered into a raffle to win 50,000 Marriott Rewards Points, courtesy of the JW Marriott Desert Ridge. Use your points at more than 3,600 hotels in 70 countries or for great name-brand merchandise in the Marriott Reward Store. The Thanksgiving holiday period is one of the most difficult times of the year to meet patient blood needs, so find the hero in you. Give blood this holiday season. Potential donors must be in good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 16 years old. Additional height/weight restrictions apply for donors ages 16–22. For donor eligibility questions, call (480) 675-5497. To schedule your preferred donation time, visit BloodHero.com.

Snow Day with 98.7 The Peak

When: Sat. Dec 8, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Where: Sandbar parking lot, off Tatum Blvd.
What: Whether you’re a kid or just want to feel like one for the day, grab your mittens and head over to Snow Day with The Peak in the Sandbar parking lot, located just off of Tatum Blvd. If you can’t make it to the snow for the holidays, we will bring it to you! With more than 35 tons of snow to play in, and holiday crafts, cookies and milk, Mrs. Claus and live music, there is something for everyone!

Story Time with PBS Channel 8

When: December 5, 12 & 19, 5 – 7 p.m.
Where: District Stage
What: Bring the kids out to get in the holiday spirit and enjoy free hot chocolate and cookies from California Pizza Kitchen, story-time readings of holiday classics, dancing and exercises by The Little Gym and special guest characters presented by PBS Channel 8. Remember to get here early to grab a seat! Catch Clifford the Big Red Dog on Wednesday, December 5 from 5-7 p.m., Arthur on Wednesday, December 12 from 5-7 p.m. and Curious George on Wednesday, December 19 from 5-7 p.m.

Desert Ridge Marketplace

21001 N. Tatum Blvd.,
Phoenix, AZ 85050
(480) 513-7586
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