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Platform Scottsdale: Your turn to schmooze, not stress!

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Whether it be a big conference for your company, a fundraiser for the charity near and dear to your heart, your best friend’s wedding, or your own kid’s birthday party – we all know that it is high season for events, of all types, here in the Valley!

No matter if the event is designed to celebrate, educate, or motivate – the process has the potential to be stressful. Yet nearly every single day, I’m still asked WHY someone should hire an event planner. So here’s the long and the short of it…

Top 10 Reasons to Hire an Event Planner

10. It’s YOUR Budget
Some people think hiring an event planner costs too much money – not true! You set your budget and in the end, an event planner’s job is to help you save money and time!

9. Eeeny Meeny Miny Moe
We don’t pick sides! When everyone has an opinion and everyone thinks it’s “their party/event,” we approach the situation without bias, act as a buffer, and help all parties involved see and understand the different perspectives.

8. Fire Fightin’
We are skilled in crisis management, or “putting out fires”. We’ve got backup plans galore and can handle almost all situations with style and grace, without ever skipping a beat.

7. Read between the Lines
Contracts can be very intimidating and overwhelming – especially when you’re dealing with so many at one time! We’ve reviewed hundreds of contracts, from all types of vendors, and we know what to look for to help clients get the most bang for their buck!

6. In the Know
Lucky for us (and you!), it’s our job to stay up on the latest industry trends! We’re the first to know of the season’s hottest colors, popular themes, new venues and entertainers, and we also know when something has run its course!

5. You’re Busy
You have a lot going on! Between your job, volunteer work, driving carpool, blah, blah, blah – who has time to plan an event? We do! And we will help keep you and all of the vendors on track by managing a very detailed timeline.

4. Our Peeps
In short, we know good people. We align ourselves with the best of the best. Many event planners build their businesses on relationships. And because of this, we have great working relationships with many vendors. This translates to improved experiences and better deals for our clients!

3. Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Make me a Match 
There are dozens of qualified vendors in each category and even though it may sound like fun, there is no need to meet with every single florist or caterer in the state of Arizona! Let us save you time, energy (and a few headaches!) and match you with the most qualified candidates that meet your needs, and together, we can narrow down from there.

2. The Big Picture
The band or DJ you hire is going to knock your socks off when it comes to music, and your florist is going to have all of your guests saying “oooh” and “aaah”! While each vendor is going to be so focused on impressing you with what they know best, as they should, your event planner will be embracing the big picture and making sure every aspect of your big event goes smoothly.

1. Mix & Mingle
Another perk of being an event planner, is that we get to help our clients look good! By coordinating vendors, making sure everyone is where they need to be and when, we take the stress off of you on event day. It’s your day – you should be able to mix, mingle, network, and celebrate all you want!

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

MastroMastro’s
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

Oktoberfest

Top 5 Things to Do This Week in Scottsdale

With fall in the air, we can’t wait to get out of the office and start enjoying this beautiful weather! Here are some must-try/see events for this week and weekend. Don’t forget to share with us your photos of you enjoying these events with the hashtag #SL5 and follow us @scottsdaleliving on Instagram!

Oct. 11th – Help celebrate the W Scottsdale’s birthday at their ‘Romance in Rio’ party!
W Scottsdale will transform into a vivacious Brazilian carnival complete with standing mask pillars and vibrant decorations. Attendees will make their way up the grand staircase and step into a night filled with dancing, music and multiple performances that represent the heart and soul of Rio de Janeiro. Guests can enjoy performances by Samba dancers, themed stilt walkers that will tower over the party and Capoeira Brazilian martial arts dancers, which incorporates theatrical and acrobatic movements well known to the Brazilian culture.

Address: 7277 E. Camelback Rd.
21+ Event
Doors open at 8 p.m.
For VIP table reservations, please call 602.405.0099  or contact vip@triyar.com

Oct. 12th – Amenzone Fitness Grand Opening!
The new 2,200 sq. ft. facility owned and operated by brothers Rich Coolen and Clint Currie will be the first fitness center ever to operate in the Biltmore Fashion Park. The grand opening event is complimentary for all and will be a fun-filled, action packed morning of classes showcasing the primal workouts, boxing, personal training and the Amenzone philosophy of true self-care. There will be a professional DJ for the kick-off as well as a number of fitness-oriented vendors.

Address: 2502 E. Camelback Rd. Suite 160 in Phoenix
All Ages
Doors open at 9:30 a.m. and classes are from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
For more information, visit www.amenzone.com

Oct. 12th – Dust off your Das Boot and start drinking at Oktoberfest!
Come celebrate Oktoberfest at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick and where you’ll find more than 20 beers and experience a full day of fun entertainment! Participate in the Bags Tournament or the WarFit Challenge Obstacle Race, learn some new tips at the cooking demonstration stage, and let the kiddos have fun at the Kid Zone. Not only can you taste all different kinds of beer, but there will be 15 kinds of sausage to try, too!

Address: 7555 N. Pima Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85285
$10; Kids 12 and under are free
9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
http://www.saltriverfields.com/Events/Octoberfest.aspx

 

Oct. 13th – Get “Outta Your Mind” and take “Shots” of Don Julio Tequila with Lil Jon at Maya Day + Nightclub!
Guests will have the opportunity to dance, swim and enjoy plenty of Don Julio Tequila poolside. Don Julio has always been Lil Jon’s drink of choice and he will join the Don Julio crew in Scottsdale for an amped up, high-energy pool party. Maya will also offer specialty cocktails featuring Don Julio Tequila throughout the day. Grammy Award winning artist, DJ, TV star and entrepreneur – Lil Jon – is best known for his songs “Get Low,” “Yeah!,” with Usher and Ludacris (which hit the No. 1 spot worldwide and platinum in the U.S., Germany, Canada and Australia) “Shots” with LMFAO and “Get Outta Your Mind” which was featured on So You Think You Can Dance. 

Address: 7333 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale
21+ Event
Doors open at 11 a.m.
To purchase tickets, please visit www.mayaclubaz.com. For VIP table reservations, contact Nolan at 602.810.0736  or Nolan@MayaClubAZ.com .

Oct. 14th – Slow your weekend down with “An Evening with the Winemaker: Slo Down Wines”
After a non-stop weekend of fun, spend your Monday night enjoying great wine and food! Twisted Rose Winery & eatery is hosting an evening of fine food and wine featuring the wine and winemaker of Slo Down Wines. A four-course meal and variety of wine pairings will be offered.

Address: 15040 N. Northsight Blvd.
$45, 21+ Event
6:30pm
For more information, call 480-398-7700 or visit http://www.twistedrosewinery.com/; Reservations required.

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Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row: Jon Pardi And A Boy Named Sioux To Perform For Grand Opening, July 4

Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row will celebrate its official grand opening this Fourth of July with live performances from Jon Pardi and A Boy Named Sioux.

Jon Pardi is a country singer signed by Capitol Records Nashville who peaked in the Billboard Country Airplay Charts top 40 in 2012 with his widely popular single, “Missin’ You Crazy.” He has also shared the stage with the likes of Eric Church and Luke Bryan.

Arizona natives A Boy Named Sioux will join the rising county star.

The group, which consists of R.E. Toney, Greg Ahmann, Austin Goff and Steve Danielak, has won numerous awards, including “Country Group of the Year” in the Phoenix/L.A. Music Awards. They, like Pardi, have graced the stage with country royalty, including Lee Brice and Keith Urban.

The event will begin at 11 a.m. at Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row in Old Town Scottsdale.

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Discover New Wines at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

In an effort to raise funds, the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will host a wine tasting event June 23.

AJ’s Summer Wine Spectacular Tasting Event, which is in partnership with AJ’s Fine Foods, will feature 40 wines, all of which are said to have been hand selected by AJ’s “cellar masters.”

The wine will be complemented by gourmet food, and guests will receive recommendations on wine choice and food pairings.

The event will also feature live music and a silent auction offering wine and other items from AJ’s and its partners.

All proceeds will benefit the Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts, a nonprofit organization.

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Arizona SciTech Festival Opens Call for 2013 Events

Through a partnership formed between Arizona Science Center,  Arizona State University, Arizona Technology Council Foundation and the Arizona Commerce Authority, the Arizona SciTech Festival is gearing up for its second annual event designed to excite and inform Arizonans of all ages about how science, technology and innovation affects their everyday lives and will expand their economic future. After a successful Festival kick-off conference that brought together over 375 partners in industry, education, research, entrepreneurship, community, arts and culture, now is the time for all Arizonans to submit their ideas for events for the 2013 festivities.

“Our Festival network is growing and so is the excitement for the 2013 Arizona SciTech Festival,” said Dr. Jeremy Babendure, Festival director. “The 2012 inaugural Festival was a great success with over 200 amazing expos, celebrations, exhibitions, discussions, and tours delivered to over 220,000 young people and adults in venues located not only in Greater Phoenix and Tucson, but also in communities such as Casa Grande, Flagstaff and Showlow. We’re calling on all Arizona citizens to help us reach our goal of doubling those numbers by submitting their ideas and spreading the word about the Festival through their networks.”

Become a Collaborator Today! Deadline is November 10.
Although the 2013 Arizona SciTech Festival will take place throughout the state February 9 – March 17, all ideas for activities year round are welcome.  ACollaborator Portal (http://azscitechfest.org/collaborator-portal) on the Arizona SciTech Festival website serves as a place to submit events that are already organized, as well as a repository to match the needs between individuals and organizations that have ideas for content or venues to offer.

Specifically, the Collaborator Portal allows individuals and groups to do the following:
· Sign on as an official Collaborator
· Post an official Arizona SciTech Festival event that will go on the website and program schedule
· Post a venue – if you have a location and are looking for content, the Collaborator Portal can help those with content find your location
· Post your content – if you have content and are looking for a venue, the site can help match you with those who have locations
To become an official Collaborator and submit your events or ideas, please visit the portal today.  November 10, 2012 is the deadline for posting.

“The Arizona SciTech Festival would not be possible without the generous support of its sponsors,” said Steven G. Zylstra, president and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council. “These generous businesses, agencies, institutions and individuals are ensuring that the future of Arizona is full of innovation and growth.”