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A Taste of Minneapolis

A look back on Connect Marketplace 2023

There was excitement in the air as event professionals gathered for Connect Marketplace 2023 (hosted by Connect Meetings and BizBash)in Minneapolis, MN. Held at the Minneapolis Convention Center, there were great opportunities for networking, education, and enjoyment over the conference’s three days. From delicious food and beverages, creative tradeshow booths, interesting educational sessions, and even a puppy petting area, the tradeshow floor buzzed with excitement as event professionals gathered together. Perhaps the highlight of the show was the opening night mixer, “Party Like It’s 1999,” hosted by Meet Minneapolis. Everyone wore their glitziest purple outfits in honor of hometown artist Prince Rogers Nelson for a true Minneapolis-style celebration. With a Prince tribute band (Chase and Ovation) and photo wall designed to replicate the famous star-lined walls of music venue First Avenue (a frequent performance venue for Prince), it was truly a night to remember. 

All photos courtesy Ivan Piedra Photography unless noted otherwise

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