Plugged In: July 2014

Plugged In: July 2014

The best opportunities for networking in July.

11-15 Friday – Tuesday
MLB All-Star Game
One of the hottest tickets in town this summer, the MLB All-Star game will bring the best of America’s pastime to downtown Minneapolis. Beginning Friday, all-star activities such as the Fan Fest and the Home Run Derby continue throughout the weekend. It’s a great opportunity to showcase Minneapolis to out-of-town clients. 7 p.m., Target Field, Minneapolis,

16 Wednesday
Executive Women’s Council: Summer Social
Hosted by the Bloomington Chamber of Commerce, the Executive Women’s Council brings together top women in local business for networking events, educational meetings and support. Join other entrepreneurial and executive women at Urban Growler Brewing Co., for happy hour at this brand-new microbrewery (and the first women-owned microbrewery) in town. 5 p.m., $20-$30, Urban Growler Brewing Co., St. Paul, 612-370-9100,

20 Sunday
So the World May Hear Awards Gala
The Starkey Hearing Foundation hosts this high-profile annual celebration. Packed with local, national and international celebrities from media, sports, politics and business, the gala honors humanitarians for their work around the world. Last year 1,600 people attended the gala and raised a record $8 million, which helps Starkey provide 100,000 hearing aids per year to those in need. $1,500-$5,000, St. Paul RiverCentre, 866-354-3254,

21 Monday
Opportunity Partners Golf Classic
Network with local executives from companies such as Wells Fargo, Coldwell Banker Burnet and Affinity Capital Management over 18 holes at the Midland Hills Country Club. Lunch, dinner and golf cart rental are included in the ticket price, so plan to spend the whole afternoon on the greens. Sink a hole-in-one and you can nab a brand-new Lexus. Proceeds help Opportunity Partners provide innovative services for people with disabilities. 10:30 a.m., $199, Midland Hills Country Club, Roseville, 952-930-4253,

23 Wednesday
Minnesota Business Hall of Fame
Join business leaders honoring this year’s Hall of Famers. (Steve Vanderboom, left, presented an award to Rod Burwell at the 2013 event). Hosted by TCB, the event features a reception, dinner and program. This year’s inductees are Bill Sweasy, Red Wing Shoes; Lynn Casey, PadillaCRT; Mark Larson, Digi-Key Corp.; Pat Fallon, Fallon Worldwide; and Mark Sheffert, Manchester Cos. 5:30 p.m., $130, Hilton Minneapolis, 612-336-9288,

27-29 Sunday – Tuesday
AAEA Annual Meeting
With more than 150 educational sessions, 200 poster presentations, and ample opportunities to discuss research with the authors, the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association’s annual conference is a great place to share ideas and insights on the state of the economy. Industry, government and academic professionals will focus on topics from regional economics to international development. 8 a.m., $55-$595, Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, 414-918-3190,

28 – Aug. 3 Monday – Sunday
3M Golf Championship
Watch the professionals and mingle with Fortune 500 executives at this weeklong event. Tom Pernice (right) won it last year, and 80 golfers are expected to vie for this year’s $1.75 million purse. Times vary. General admission: free, club and VIP admissions: $30-$1,000, TPC Twin Cities, Blaine,

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