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RECAP: #DMBizEvents List from Insight On Business the News Hour (@IOB_NewsHour) – June 29 Edition

List of Upcoming Events related to Business in the Des Moines Area #DMBizEvents for Monday, June 29 through Tuesday, July 7, 2015, PLUS “Save the Dates” for July:

Tune in every Monday evening at 5:15pm to “Insight on Business the News Hour” on AM radio station 1350 KRNT for our favorite picks from the crowd-sourced #DMBizEvents list of Des Moines area business events for the coming two weeks.

Search #DMBizEvents on Twitter to discover events as they are added real-time and tweet using #DMBizEvents hashtag to add your favorite business-related event to our list. Events include networking, mixers, chamber events*, educational, informational or social business events being held in the Greater Des Moines Metro area. *All Des Moines area chamber events can also be found at: https://www.desmoinesmetro.com/en/calendar/

Be sure to follow @IOB_Newshour for all your Des Moines Area Business News and Marketing Tips and@AlaureMktg for Des Moines area business education and networking events.

Big event this week drawing visitors to the Des Moines area:

Events drawing visitors to Greater Des Moines, week of June 28  via The Business Record.  Twitter@BusinessRecord

  • Goodguys Rod and Custom AssociationHeartland Nationals, expected to draw 35,000 attendees to the Iowa State Fairgrounds on Friday, July 3 through Sunday, July 5.

Here are some of our favorite upcoming Des Moines Area Business Events from our list:

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

WEEKLY: Iowa Business Connection (IBC), Des Moines Chapter – Coffee Meetup: Every Tues morning 8:00 – 9:00am at Smokey Row, 1910 Cottage Grove Ave. “Turn connections into contacts and contacts into friends. No fees, no dues, no mandatory meetings!” More info:http://www.iowabusinessconnection.com/ or call Matt Youngs at 515-201-8705  LinkedIn group: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/Iowa-Business-Connection-4603300/about

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

WEEKLY: 1 Million Cups Des Moines: The most innovative energy you’ll feel all week. Every Wednesday, 8am-9am, at the Science Center of Iowa – 401 W Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy, Des Moines (Free parking available in the lot across the street from the main SCI enterance.) Entrepreneurs present to a savvy audience fueled by free coffee.  Event will also be LIVE STREAMED on Periscope: https://www.periscope.tv/.  More Information: http://www.1millioncups.com/desmoines/events/3032 or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/1MillionCupsDSM/info   Twitter @1MillionCupsDSM  @SciIowa

OPEN HOUSE AND NETWORKING: Square One DSM Open House: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM at Square One DSM, 321 E Walnut St, Des Moines, IA 50309.  Open to members and non-members. Come help us celebrate the opening of Square One DSM’s new home. There’s a lot of new going on in this grand old hotel. Click here to RSVP.   Twitter @biz_dsm

Thursday, July 2, 2015

WEEKLY: Business Incubator Networking Group – Iowa (B.I.N.G. -IA): Free Weekly Lunch and Learn and networking group. Every Thursday at noon at the West Des Moines Incubator – 2829 Westown Parkway, Suite 220, West Des Moines. With FREE open co-working in the WDM Incubator from 1 to 5 PM. Information: http://businessincubatornetworkinggroup.com   Twitter @JadeHandy

Friday, July 3, 2015

EVERY FIRST FRIDAY: Central Iowa Bloggers (CIB): Meets first Friday each month 7:00-9:30am at Panera Bread, 6740 University Ave, West Des Moines. Come chat about business, social media, cool apps, marketing, blogging and your plans for 2015 over coffee with cool peeps! Come and go as you are able. “#CIB: Discussing Kittens and other key components of the Internet the first Friday of every month” More information: https://www.facebook.com/CentralIowaBloggers

EVERY FIRST FRIDAY: Gravitate – Free Co-Working Day: Free co-working all day at Gravitate – 206 6thAvenue Downtown, Des Moines. Information: http://www.gravitatedsm.com/events/  Twitter@GravitateDSM

EVERY FIRST FRIDAY: Gravitate Community Happy Hour Presented by CenturyLink: 4:30 to 6:30pm – 206 6th Avenue Downtown, Des Moines. More information: http://www.gravitatedsm.com/events/     Twitter @GravitateDSM

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

WEEKLY: Iowa Business Connection (IBC), Des Moines Chapter – Coffee Meetup: Every Tues morning 8:00 – 9:00am at Smokey Row, 1910 Cottage Grove Ave. “Turn connections into contacts and contacts into friends. No fees, no dues, no mandatory meetings!” More info:http://www.iowabusinessconnection.com/ or call Matt Youngs at 515-201-8705  LinkedIn group: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/Iowa-Business-Connection-4603300/about

EDUCATION AND NETWORKING: NAWBO Iowa Connections and West Bank:  4:30 – 6:00 p.m. at Scenic Route Bakery, 350 E. Locust, Suite 104, Des Moines. Hostess: Jayme Fry, West Bank. Topic: Women supporting women in the world of business! Use your “power of the purse” mindset and act to empower women business owners and women in business. Jayme Frye of West Bank, a NAWBO Iowa corporate partner, will host. You’ll hear from Katy Nelson, the bakery’s owner, about her business and partnership with West Bank, and from Joyce Chapman, West Bank board member. Joyce will share a brief history of her banking career and her involvement in mentoring women and the creation of Nexus Executive Women’s Alliance, which began in 1978 to provide professional, business and personal support among its members. Cost: None, but register at http://www.nawbo-ci.org/nawboci/rsvp.html  Twitter @NAWBOiowa

BUSINESS MARKETING EDUCATION: DMACC Continuing Education Blogging Fundamentals Class:  (3.5 hours) Tues. 7/7 from 5:30–9:00p at DMACC West Des Moines Campus (@DMACCwest) Are you considering starting a blog for a business or an organization? Do you want to share your personal expertise? Do you have a blog you would like to get more people to read? Blogging Fundamentals will take you through the mechanics of creating a blog and the content planning process. The course also provides blog-writing best practices, tools and tips for promoting a blog, and an overview of how blogging fits into an overall marketing or personal branding strategy. Cost for 3.5 hour evening class $59. Registration/Information: https://go.dmacc.edu/conteddesc/pages/ceregistration.aspx  Tweet instructor,  Laura Kinnard,  @AlaureMktg

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

NETWORKING: Iowa Association of Business and Industry Breakfast, Business & More: 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM at Iowa Association of Business and Industry, 400 E Court Ave # 100, Des Moines. Hosted by Debra Sears & Suzanne Hull Registration $15 includes breakfast and coffee: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/breakfast-business-more-tickets-16720465362?ref=ecount  Twitter @IowaABI  @GetItDoneGirlIA

BUSINESS EDUCATION WORKSHOP: Learn|Grow|Succeed, an educational collaboration of nonprofits and businesses in Warren County, Iowa presents: Business Plan Boot Camp: Wednesdays, 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. July 8 – August 12, 2015 (no class August 5th).. In this hands-on class you will work on a business plan for your business. A five-week workshop for small business owners. Simpson College, Indianola, IA. Fee for the 5-week workshop: $50 for Warren County businesses and residents, $60 nonresidents, and $25 for 2nd person from same business. Receive online support from the instructor between classes. Register at http://businessplanbootcampiowa.eventbrite.com or call Deb Downey (515) 306-7759.

SAVE THE DATES:

RECAP: #DMBizEvents List from Insight On Business the News Hour (@IOB_NewsHour) – June 22 Edition

List of Upcoming Events related to Business in the Des Moines Area #DMBizEvents for Monday, June 22 through Tuesday, June 30, 2015, PLUS “Save the Dates” for July:

Tune in every Monday evening at 5:15pm to “Insight on Business the News Hour” on AM radio station 1350 KRNT for our favorite picks from the crowd-sourced #DMBizEvents list of Des Moines area business events for the coming two weeks.

Search #DMBizEvents on Twitter to discover events as they are added real-time and tweet using #DMBizEvents hashtag to add your favorite business-related event to our list. Events include networking, mixers, chamber events*, educational, informational or social business events being held in the Greater Des Moines Metro area. *All Des Moines area chamber events can also be found at: https://www.desmoinesmetro.com/en/calendar/

Be sure to follow @IOB_Newshour for all your Des Moines Area Business News and Marketing Tips and@AlaureMktg for Des Moines area business education and networking events.

Big event this week drawing visitors to the Des Moines area:

Des Moines Arts Festival® Location: Western Gateway Park, Downtown Des Moines, IA
Friday, June 26, 2015 through Sunday, June 28, 2015 The Des Moines Arts Festival® is a multi-day Festival that adds vibrancy to Central Iowa by creating opportunities for people of all ages, cultures and backgrounds to celebrate the arts. The Festival returns June 26-28, 2015 to the Western Gateway in downtown Des Moines. Each year, the Festival features visual art, live music, performing arts and activities, along with the Interrobang Film Festival. For more information: www.desmoinesartsfestival.org

Here are some of our favorite upcoming Des Moines Area Business Events from our list:

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

WEEKLY: Iowa Business Connection (IBC), Des Moines Chapter – Coffee Meetup: Every Tues morning 8:00 – 9:00am at Smokey Row, 1910 Cottage Grove Ave. “Turn connections into contacts and contacts into friends. No fees, no dues, no mandatory meetings!” More info:http://www.iowabusinessconnection.com/ or call Matt Youngs at 515-201-8705  LinkedIn group: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/Iowa-Business-Connection-4603300/about

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

WEEKLY: 1 Million Cups Des Moines: The most innovative energy you’ll feel all week. Every Wednesday, 8am-9am, at Inspired Grounds Café (formally Green Grounds Café) – 117 5th St., West Des Moines (Valley Junction.) Entrepreneurs present to a savvy audience fueled by free coffee. More Information:https://www.facebook.com/1MillionCupsDSM/info   Twitter @1MillionCupsDSM

OPEN HOUSE AND NETWORKING: Square One DSM Open House: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM at Square One DSM, 321 E Walnut St, Des Moines, IA 50309.  Open to members and non-members. Come help us celebrate the opening of Square One DSM’s new home. There’s a lot of new going on in this grand old hotel. Click here to RSVP.   Twitter @biz_dsm

Thursday, June 25, 2015

WEEKLY: Business Incubator Networking Group – Iowa (B.I.N.G. -IA): Free Weekly Lunch and Learn and networking group. Every Thursday at noon at the West Des Moines Incubator – 2829 Westown Parkway, Suite 220, West Des Moines. With FREE open co-working in the WDM Incubator from 1 to 5 PM. Information: http://businessincubatornetworkinggroup.com   Twitter @JadeHandy

Saturday, June 27, 2015

WEEKLY: Small Business Incubator (BING-IA SES) B.I.N.G. Sweat Equity Saturday Meetup group: 8am to Noon. Meet and help ambitious people who have businesses or business startup aspirations. Roll up your sleeves on a Saturday to launch or grow a business. Meet with your team, work on your next steps, help others with their tasks and challenges and/or just provide your expertise and time to others. This is a time and a place to get things done and make things happen! http://www.meetup.com/Small-Business-Incubator-Meetup-West-Des-Moines-Iowa/events/218852426/   Twitter @JadeHandy

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

WEEKLY: Iowa Business Connection (IBC), Des Moines Chapter – Coffee Meetup: Every Tues morning 8:00 – 9:00am at Smokey Row, 1910 Cottage Grove Ave. “Turn connections into contacts and contacts into friends. No fees, no dues, no mandatory meetings!” More info:http://www.iowabusinessconnection.com/ or call Matt Youngs at 515-201-8705  LinkedIn group: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/Iowa-Business-Connection-4603300/about

SAVE THE DATES:

Friday, July 3, 2015

EVERY FIRST FRIDAY: Central Iowa Bloggers (CIB): Meets first Friday each month 7:00-9:30am at Panera Bread, 6740 University Ave, West Des Moines. Come chat about business, social media, cool apps, marketing, blogging and your plans for 2015 over coffee with cool peeps! Come and go as you are able. “#CIB: Discussing Kittens and other key components of the Internet the first Friday of every month” More information: https://www.facebook.com/CentralIowaBloggers

EVERY FIRST FRIDAY: Gravitate – Free Co-Working Day: Free co-working all day at Gravitate – 206 6thAvenue Downtown, Des Moines. Information: http://www.gravitatedsm.com/events/  Twitter@GravitateDSM

EVERY FIRST FRIDAY: Gravitate Community Happy Hour Presented by CenturyLink: 4:30 to 6:30pm – 206 6th Avenue Downtown, Des Moines. More information: http://www.gravitatedsm.com/events/     Twitter @GravitateDSM

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

EDUCATION AND NETWORKING: NAWBO Iowa Connections and West Bank:  4:30 – 6:00 p.m. at Scenic Route Bakery, 350 E. Locust, Suite 104, Des Moines. Hostess: Jayme Fry, West Bank. Topic: Women supporting women in the world of business! Use your “power of the purse” mindset and act to empower women business owners and women in business. Jayme Frye of West Bank, a NAWBO Iowa corporate partner, will host. You’ll hear from Katy Nelson, the bakery’s owner, about her business and partnership with West Bank, and from Joyce Chapman, West Bank board member. Joyce will share a brief history of her banking career and her involvement in mentoring women and the creation of Nexus Executive Women’s Alliance, which began in 1978 to provide professional, business and personal support among its members. Cost: None, but register at http://www.nawbo-ci.org/nawboci/rsvp.html  Twitter @NAWBOiowa

BUSINESS MARKETING EDUCATION: DMACC Continuing Education Blogging Fundamentals Class:  (3.5 hours) Tues. 7/7 from 5:30–9:00p at DMACC West Des Moines Campus (@DMACCwest) Are you considering starting a blog for a business or an organization? Do you want to share your personal expertise? Do you have a blog you would like to get more people to read? Blogging Fundamentals will take you through the mechanics of creating a blog and the content planning process. The course also provides blog-writing best practices, tools and tips for promoting a blog, and an overview of how blogging fits into an overall marketing or personal branding strategy. Cost for 3.5 hour evening class $59. Registration/Information: https://go.dmacc.edu/conteddesc/pages/ceregistration.aspx  Tweet instructor,  Laura Kinnard,  @AlaureMktg

Tuesday, July 8, 2015

BUSINESS EDUCATION WORKSHOP: Learn|Grow|Succeed, an educational collaboration of nonprofits and businesses in Warren County, Iowa presents: Business Plan Boot Camp: Wednesdays, 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. July 8 – August 12, 2015 (no class August 5th).. In this hands-on class you will work on a business plan for your business. A five-week workshop for small business owners. Simpson College, Indianola, IA. Fee for the 5-week workshop: $50 for Warren County businesses and residents, $60 nonresidents, and $25 for 2nd person from same business. Receive online support from the instructor between classes. Register at http://businessplanbootcampiowa.eventbrite.com or call Deb Downey (515) 306-7759.

 

RECAP: #DMBizEvents List from Insight On Business the News Hour (@IOB_NewsHour) – June 15 Edition

List of Upcoming Events related to Business in the Des Moines Area #DMBizEvents for Monday, June 15 through Tuesday, June 23, 2015, PLUS “Save the Dates” for June:

Tune in every Monday evening at 5:15pm to “Insight on Business the News Hour” on AM radio station 1350 KRNT for our favorite picks from the crowd-sourced #DMBizEvents list of Des Moines area business events for the coming two weeks.

Search #DMBizEvents on Twitter to discover events as they are added real-time and tweet using #DMBizEvents hashtag to add your favorite business-related event to our list. Events include networking, mixers, chamber events*, educational, informational or social business events being held in the Greater Des Moines Metro area. *All Des Moines area chamber events can also be found at: https://www.desmoinesmetro.com/en/calendar/

Be sure to follow @IOB_Newshour for all your Des Moines Area Business News and Marketing Tips and@AlaureMktg for Des Moines area business education and networking events.

Here are some of our favorite upcoming Des Moines Area Business Events from our list:

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

WEEKLY: Iowa Business Connection (IBC), Des Moines Chapter – Coffee Meetup: Every Tues morning 8:00 – 9:00am at Smokey Row, 1910 Cottage Grove Ave. “Turn connections into contacts and contacts into friends. No fees, no dues, no mandatory meetings!” More info:http://www.iowabusinessconnection.com/ or call Matt Youngs at 515-201-8705  LinkedIn group: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/Iowa-Business-Connection-4603300/about

BUSINESS MARKETING EDUCATION: DMACC Continuing Education Social Media Strategy Class:  (9 hours) Tues. 6/16–6/30 from 6–9:00p at DMACC West Des Moines Campus (@DMACCwest). This strategic social media course provides an overview of all the top social networks and how to select the best for your business or event; how social media is integrated into the overall marketing plan; the best educational resources and events for marketing using social media, and a treasure chest of very cool tools to use for social media research, measuring, monitoring, reporting, engagement, amplifying, content development, sharing, planning, organizing, event promotion and community building.  9 hour class costs $115. Registration/Information: https://go.dmacc.edu/conteddesc/pages/ceregistration.aspx  Tweet instructor,  Laura Kinnard,  @AlaureMktg

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

WEEKLY: 1 Million Cups Des Moines: The most innovative energy you’ll feel all week. Every Wednesday, 8am-9am, at Inspired Grounds Café (formally Green Grounds Café) – 117 5th St., West Des Moines (Valley Junction.) Entrepreneurs present to a savvy audience fueled by free coffee. More Information:https://www.facebook.com/1MillionCupsDSM/info   Twitter @1MillionCupsDSM

LUNCH AND LEARN: Square One DSM June Start-Up Stores: 11:30 AM to 1:00 pm, Two Ruan Center, 601 Locust Street, Conference Room 101, Des Moines. “Hemesath to Recap Round One of the Global Insurance Accelerator.” Brian Hemesath, Managing Director of the Global Insurance Accelerator, will join Mike Colwell, Director of Entrepreneurial Initiatives for the Greater Des Moines Partnership as guest interviewee at the June edition of Start-Up Stories, a presentation of the newly re-branded Square One DSM, formerly Business Innovation Zone. $15 includes lunch or no charge if you bring your own lunch. Register here: https://www.desmoinesmetro.com/en/calendar/june_startup_stories_event/

NETWORKING AND CELEBRATION: West Des Moines Incubator Graduation Party: 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Incubator, 2829 Westown Parkway, (Beneath the tents outside if the weather permits or inside in Suite 220) West Des Moines. Network with other businesses, eat, drink and help celebrate another @WDMBI Success. Come help celebrate @Gophermods graduation!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

WEEKLY: Business Incubator Networking Group – Iowa (B.I.N.G. -IA): Free Weekly Lunch and Learn and networking group. Every Thursday at noon at the West Des Moines Incubator – 2829 Westown Parkway, Suite 220, West Des Moines. With FREE open co-working in the WDM Incubator from 1 to 5 PM. Information: http://businessincubatornetworkinggroup.com   Twitter @JadeHandy

BUSINESS LUNCH AND LEARN: Urbandale Chamber of Commerce Workshop: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm, Urbandale Chamber of Commerce, Rodan board room. Marketing strategist and Marketing Kinetics president, Mandy (Kolesik) Houk presents “How to Focus Your Marketing for Better Results!” Networking will begin at 11:30 a.m. Mandy, president of Marketing Kinetics LLC, will provide attendees with specific tips and tools to help them reach their marketing goals. Registration is $20, and includes a catered lunch from Park Place Catering. Register online at: https://eventbrite.com/event/17200259439 or by calling 816-536-1706816-536-1706.

BUSINESS LEADERSHIP EVENT: Mindfulness Summit Dialogue: 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. at the Des Moines Botanical Gardens, Walsh conference room. How can we bring mindfulness to our greater Des Moines business community and leaders? We are looking for people who practice mindfulness whether in the context of one’s work or daily life, business and nonprofit leaders, consultants, writers and bloggers on mindfulness for leaders or organizations.
For what purpose? To dialogue on how to bring mindfulness practices to our business community and leaders.
This Mindfulness Summit Dialogue is being hosted by Sarah Noll Wilson, Talent Development Business Partner for ARAG and Kevin Pokorny, owner of Pokorny Consulting. Sarah and Kevin are actively engaged in living and teaching mindfulness practices with leaders. They are inviting others to begin laying the foundation of bringing mindfulness to our business community and leaders. Join them and others for this unique Summit experience. Your investment is your presence and participation. For more information and registration, go to www.pokornyconsulting.com  Contact Kevin Pokorny, Pokorny Consulting, kevin@pokornyconsulting.com, 515-205-5513

Saturday, June 20, 2015

WEEKLY: Small Business Incubator (BING-IA SES) B.I.N.G. Sweat Equity Saturday Meetup group: 8am to Noon. Meet and help ambitious people who have businesses or business startup aspirations. Roll up your sleeves on a Saturday to launch or grow a business. Meet with your team, work on your next steps, help others with their tasks and challenges and/or just provide your expertise and time to others. This is a time and a place to get things done and make things happen! http://www.meetup.com/Small-Business-Incubator-Meetup-West-Des-Moines-Iowa/events/218852426/   Twitter @JadeHandy

Tuesday, June 22, 2015

WEEKLY: Iowa Business Connection (IBC), Des Moines Chapter – Coffee Meetup: Every Tues morning 8:00 – 9:00am at Smokey Row, 1910 Cottage Grove Ave. “Turn connections into contacts and contacts into friends. No fees, no dues, no mandatory meetings!” More info:http://www.iowabusinessconnection.com/ or call Matt Youngs at 515-201-8705  LinkedIn group: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/Iowa-Business-Connection-4603300/about

SAVE THE DATES:

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

EDUCATION AND NETWORKING: NAWBO Iowa Connections and West Bank:  4:30 – 6:00 p.m. at Scenic Route Bakery, 350 E. Locust, Suite 104, Des Moines. Hostess: Jayme Fry, West Bank. Topic: Women supporting women in the world of business! Use your “power of the purse” mindset and act to empower women business owners and women in business. Jayme Frye of West Bank, a NAWBO Iowa corporate partner, will host. You’ll hear from Katy Nelson, the bakery’s owner, about her business and partnership with West Bank, and from Joyce Chapman, West Bank board member. Joyce will share a brief history of her banking career and her involvement in mentoring women and the creation of Nexus Executive Women’s Alliance, which began in 1978 to provide professional, business and personal support among its members. Cost: None, but register at http://www.nawbo-ci.org/nawboci/rsvp.html  Twitter @NAWBOiowa

BUSINESS MARKETING EDUCATION: DMACC Continuing Education Blogging Fundamentals Class:  (3.5 hours) Tues. 7/7 from 5:30–9:00p at DMACC West Des Moines Campus (@DMACCwest) Are you considering starting a blog for a business or an organization? Do you want to share your personal expertise? Do you have a blog you would like to get more people to read? Blogging Fundamentals will take you through the mechanics of creating a blog and the content planning process. The course also provides blog-writing best practices, tools and tips for promoting a blog, and an overview of how blogging fits into an overall marketing or personal branding strategy. Cost for 3.5 hour evening class $59. Registration/Information: https://go.dmacc.edu/conteddesc/pages/ceregistration.aspx  Tweet instructor,  Laura Kinnard,  @AlaureMktg

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