Choosing the Right Location For Your Corporate Event
Planning a Corporate Event? Here's How to Choose the Right Location
There’s a lot that goes into planning a corporate event, you have to think about why you’re gathering and who you need to gather with. You have to identify your event goals and determine the metrics by which you will measure success. And you have to set the stage to ensure that success.
But, as every effective business leader knows, success isn’t just determined by what you do and who you partner with. In fact, gathering the best teams and designing the most productive work strategies aren’t likely to amount to much if you don’t have the right environment to work in.
To be sure, you can always repurpose your old standard workspaces for the event you’re planning. But if you want your employees and partners to get the most out of your upcoming trade show, conference, training seminar, reception, or banquet, taking your corporate event offsite is almost always going to be your best bet.
And, when it comes to rental event space in the San Francisco Bay Area, you’ve got a lot of options to choose from, such as the Chase Center and the Moscone Center. But if you’re looking for something a bit more modest in size and a bit more grand in its historical appeal, then you need look no further than the intimacy and warmth of The Box SF.
The Box SF has become the Bay Area’s premier, historic and intimate corporate event space, and it’s not difficult to understand why. The original home of the illustrious William Randolph Hearst’s printing plant, The Box SF building was constructed in 1926 and, in honor of its storied roots, is now home to one of the world’s largest collections of rare books, documents, and print ephemera as well as an array of antique letterpresses.
A working replica of a 19th century mercantile spans the entirety of the Box SF’s ground floor. So authentic is the reproduction, in fact, that the Mercantile frequently serves as the site for film and photo shoots and high touch cocktail receptions as well as private shopping events.
And that’s by no means all that sets The Box SF apart as a destination corporate event space. In the basement is The Sipping Room, a hidden speakeasy with a fully-stocked bar capable of serving up to 10 guests. This hidden gem is accessed by two antique, movable fireplaces and may be rented as an add-on option for upper floor bookings.
Then there’s the magnificent Gate Room, which encompasses much of The Box SF’s sprawling top floor. The Gate Room derives its name from the majestic antique conference/banquet table, which is made from a 337 year old Chinese village gates. In addition to the Gate Room, the top floor features an adjoining rental space that may be used separately or opened to the Gate Room.
The top floor alone provides enough event space for as many as 80 guests and is ideal for a wide variety of purposes, from speaking events to trade fairs, offsites, tastings and company celebrations.
On the second floor, you’re going to find even more private meeting rooms and breakout suites to meet the needs of most every variety of corporate function. All of The Box SF’s rental spaces are combinable, highly customizable, configurable for training, for roundtable meetings, or for presentations.
Perhaps most important of all, however, is the unparalleled ambiance of this historic space. When you host a corporate event at The Box SF, you’re not just giving your guests a work gathering. You’re giving them an experience.
Driving Innovation at Your Corporate Event
Let’s face it, hosting a corporate event isn’t easy. It demands time, effort, and resources. You want, and expect, to get the greatest possible return on these investments. You want, in other words, to ensure that your event is worthwhile, both for the company as a whole and for your employees, partners, and stakeholders.
But if you want to create newness, if you want to find inspiration and innovation, you can’t simply rely on the ordinary to incite it. This is why taking your corporate event offsite is so crucial.
The human brain is designed to thrive on novelty, and The Box SF has been painstakingly designed to provide guests with exactly that. Odds are, after all, that your employees and partners have spent much of their professional lives in conference rooms and corporate event spaces.
But we at The Box SF guarantee that they have never attended a corporate event in a space quite like ours. From the vintage beauty of the Gate Room to the fascinating antiquities of the Pressroom, every aspect of our venue is intended to enliven and engage. Simply put, if you are looking for a working environment to help your team think outside the box, then bring them into The Box SF!
Making Corporate Event Planning Look Easy
As a business leader, you have a lot on your plate / adding a corporate event to your already formidable to-do list can seem like a foolhardy endeavor. This is especially true if you are considering hosting the event in-house.
That’s a pretty heavy physical, logistical, and cognitive load to carry. But no one can do it all. And that is why turning to the experts is always a good idea. The Box SF team understands how much you have on your plate, and are here to take that load off of the planning and allow you to focus on the programming and event agenda.
The venue management team at The Box SF can help you plan and execute every aspect of your corporate event. We can, for instance, provide and configure furnishings based on your specific needs for each individual rental space, work with you on the logistics and timing of breakout sessions, and set up and implement creative exercises, live streaming, and all food and beverage needs.
And because all of The Box SF’s meeting rooms, including the top floor rooms, are fully equipped with state-of-the-art technology, you don’t have to worry about bringing your own equipment. We provide secure wi-fi access, as well as projectors and pull-down projection screens. Our in-house teams are always prepared to help you set up and manage your event, from prepping each room’s tech to configuring the flow of your event.
We have world class food and beverage options, including an extensive list of approved caterers. Between our on-site staff and our off-site partners, you are certain to find exactly what you need to make your vision for your next corporate event a reality.
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