Plugged In: June 2014

Plugged In: June 2014

The best opportunities for networking in June.

Networking, Industry and Education

ACG Upper Midwest Capital Connection
The Minnesota Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth hosts this conference, attended by more than 500 corporations, private equity groups, attorneys, accountants and other financial experts. Those looking into acquisitions or divestitures should pre-register for the DealSource session, which features intermediaries and private equity firms. Capital Connection is a networking opportunity with representatives from private equity firms, hedge funds, and mezzanine providers. The conference kicks off with a golf tournament and opening-night reception June 9; see the Awards and Galas section for more information.
7:30 a.m.., $350-$550, Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, 612-590-1041,

IMA’s 95th Annual Conference and Expo
The Institute of Management Accountants’ annual gathering lands in Minneapolis this year, just in time to celebrate 95 years of balancing the books. With about 900 accountants and finance pros attending, it promises to be a worthwhile investment. Seminars include budgeting, forecasting, compliance, leadership and more, while the social sessions include receptions, recreational activities and formal dinners.
7:30 a.m.., $330-$1,545, Minneapolis Hilton, 800-638-4427,

MNSearch Summit
Getting your business noticed among tens of thousands of search results can be a challenge. This conference covers topics such as SEO, paid advertising and content marketing to optimize your online presence. Keynote speakers Rand Fishkin (Wizard of Moz) and Lee Odden (TopRank Online Marketing) headline this summit on websearch.
8 a.m., $399, University of St. Thomas-Minneapolis, 612-567-2736,

Galas and Awards

ACG Golf Outing and Opening-Night Reception
Kicking off the ACG conference, the golf outing is a great way to break the ice before getting down to business. Join as a group or register individually (separate registration from the conference). Afterward, head to Orchestra Hall to meet up with the non-golfing conference attendees for a craft beer tasting featuring local brewers such as Surly, Lift Bridge and Fulton. 9 a.m., buses leave Minneapolis Hyatt, 11 a.m. shotgun start at Minneapolis Golf Club; $275 individual play.
Reception open to attendees of Capital Connection, Orchestra Hall, 612-590-1041,

Northern Spark Festival
Starting at precisely 9:01 in the evening, the Northern Spark Festival is an all-night art barnstorming experience, with attendees ranging from tattooed art students to classical music buffs. This year’s theme is “Projecting the City,” and artists from all genres—including interactive installations, video, spontaneous performances—will be on hand, challenging you to see Minneapolis through new eyes. Make sure you’re adequately caffeinated for this dusk-to-dawn romp through the heart of the city.
9:01 p.m., free, various locations in central Minneapolis,

Bloomington Chamber of Commerce Golf Classic
Join fellow chamber members and guests for a full day of friendly competition. Event includes lunch, and, after a day on the links, dinner and an awards presentation.
10:30 a.m.., $175 individual; $675 foursome, Minnesota Valley Country Club, 612-370-9123,

Wayzata Art Experience
For over 10 years, the Wayzata Art Experience has been drawing art lovers on the shores of Lake Minnetonka. Take in the sights and sounds, take a bite of local culinary masterpieces, and take home a new art masterpiece.
10 a.m., free, Lake Street and Depot Park, Wayzata, 952-473-9595,

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