Denver is a major hub for business. It’s the fastest growing city in the country, according to U.S. Census data, and Forbes magazine’s top pick for business and career opportunities two years running. People flock here for jobs at Fortune 500 employers including DaVita Healthcare and Arrow Electronics – not to mention access to outdoor activities, craft breweries and some of the country’s top restaurants.
Whether you’re arranging a small company get-together or hosting an international conference, Denver is a superb place to gather. We’ve put together a quick list of options to help you plan your next corporate event in the Mile-High City.
- Consider the Timing
Denver is amenable to businesses year-round, though your options may be different depending on the season you choose. If you’re hoping to do outdoor team building activities during a retreat, you should probably avoid the coldest months and aim for late spring, summer or fall. On the other hand, if the focus is on education or your executive team needs to buckle-down and hash out important company bylaws, winter encourages many guests to stay indoors and concentrate on work.
- Choose a Venue for Meetings
Even if your company has a Denver location, it’s nice to get away from the office for important meetings, workshops or symposiums. One of the best options for teams with out-of-state employees is a boutique hotel like Magnolia Denver. This way, those who are traveling don’t have to commute to a separate venue for meetings and company events. Magnolia offers nine break-out rooms with space for up to 300 guests. The Lounge is available for casual meetings and evening events, while the luxurious Magnolia Ballroom is the ideal place to host a conference (up to 220 attendees). View floor plans and specs here.
- Think About Food
If your company is scheduling a half-day event or longer, you’ll need to consider dining options nearby. If you’re hosting meetings at Magnolia, onsite catering is available. Make a reservation in advance for your company breakfasts and lunches, and consider having dinner or cocktails at Harry’s Bar after a day of hard work. For a fun post-work experience, head to The Corner Office bar for $7 dirty martinis, Wagyu burgers and globally inspired dishes like schnitzel and chicken tikka masala. It’s sleek, recently renovated and has a private dining area for company events. Other options in easy walking distance from the hotel include Rock Bottom brewpub and Soko Sushi & Sake Bar.
- Get Outside Help
Team Building can be as simple as including icebreaker games and trust exercises in your daily meetings. For more serious bonding experiences, sometimes it’s best to leave things to the pros. Companies such as Colorado Teambuilding Events and TeamBonding design and run specialized corporate events to help your team build trust and improve communication. Most of these services come directly to your location, so you can schedule something between lectures or meetings without interrupting the flow of the day. As for content, they’ve got everything from training and improvisation to a CSI-style crime solving game.
At Magnolia Denver, we’ll help you design, book and schedule a company retreat that everyone will remember. Now through February 28, book your March or June corporate event with us and enjoy discounted rates, a 5% rebate, and one complimentary suite upgrade for every 10 rooms booked. Call 303-607-9000 to speak with a representative or submit your RFP online today.