RECAP: #DMBizEvents List from Insight On Business the News Hour (@IOB_NewsHour) – April 20 Edition

List of Upcoming Events related to Business in the Des Moines Area #DMBizEvents for Monday, April 20, through Tuesday, April 28, 2015, PLUS “Save the Dates” for April:

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.

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:

Events drawing visitors to Greater Des Moines, week of April  19  via The Business Record.  Twitter @BusinessRecord

  • Drake Relays, Grand Blue Mile, expected to draw 5,000 attendees to the Drake Stadium on Tuesday, April 21.
  • Drake Relays, America’s Athletic Classic, expected to draw 40,000 attendees to the Drake Stadium Tuesday, April 21, through Saturday, April 25.
  • Professional Bull Riders , Inc. (PBR) Des Moines Invitational, expected to draw 13,000 attendees to Wells Fargo Arena, Saturday, April 25, through Sunday, April 26.

UPCOMING CHAMBER EVENTS: The Greater Des Moines Partnership Business Calendar: Consolidated list of all chamber of commerce events in the Des Moines area at

Monday, April 20, 2015

Tuesday, April 21, 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: or call Matt Youngs at 515-201-8705  LinkedIn group:

SOCIAL MEDIA FOR BUSINESS PRESENTATION: Social Media Club of Des Moines presents, “The Impact of Social Media to Recruiters, Your Next Employer and The Law.” 5:30-7pm at Gravitate, 206 6th Avenue, 6th Floor Conference Room. RSVP by April 15 to save! Early bird $10 and $5 for students. Buy tickets here:  Twitter @SocialMediaDSM   @GravitateDSM  Hashtag #SMCDSM

As society becomes more and more transparent (meaning our lives are broadcasted now more than ever), we must remain vigilant to guarding our Social Media image. In some ways, an appropriate rule of thumb is a simple update to the advice regarding decisions and actions we take: “Would your mother approve?” Now, we must also ask, “Would my next boss approve?” The Social Media Club of Des Moines is spotlighting the impact social media and the perceptions that are formed by recruiters, human resources and lawyers. Speakers include:

Melody Maxted – Recruiter, Paragon IT Professionals
Paige Schirone – Marketing Analyst, Paragon IT Professionals
Kyle Schafroth – Human Resources, Meredith Corporation
Brett Trout (Twitter @BrettTrout) – Law Offices of Brett Trout

DMACC CONTINUING EDUCATION CLASS:  “The Power of Twitter for Business,” 6-9:30pm, DMACC Southridge Campus – $59 (3 1/2 – hours)
Tweets and hashtags and trending: “Oh my!” Discover how to harness the power of tweeting to promote your business and engage with customers and influencers. This course explores the terms and tools you need to understand for marketing with Twitter and covers the basics of using Twitter for business. This strategic dive into the “twittersphere” explains how to set up your business profile to reflect your brand, how to attract followers, and ways to leverage the power of “getting your brand into the conversation.” Plus, it explores how various apps and utilities can help you manage your activities and integrate them with your other marketing efforts. More information and to register:  Instructor Twitter @AlaureMktg    DMACC Twitter @DMACCnews  

Wednesday, April 22, 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:   Twitter @1MillionCupsDSM

Thursday, April 23, 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:   Twitter @JadeHandy

SPEED NETWORKING: AMA Iowa Event : 5:30-7pm at Overtime Beerhouse (4810 NW 86th St., Urbandale). FREE event for members and students and $5 for non-members and guests. Calling all marketing pros! Get ready for an evening of connecting, learning and networking. This speed networking event will feature Networking Specialist Danny Beyer who will give some networking tips and tricks to engage you in unique and helpful exercises that will encourage you to break out of your shell and become a great networker! Come build your network and meet new people through this valuable one-on-one networking event. RSVP TODAY! Attendees are encouraged to register for this event by noon on Thursday, April 23 so we can have an accurate count for appetizers. However, walk-ins are welcome.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Saturday, April 25, 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!   Twitter @JadeHandy

Monday, April 27, 2015

Tuesday, April 28, 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: or call Matt Youngs at 515-201-8705  LinkedIn group:


Thursday, April 30, 2015

BUSINESS EXPO AND NETWORKING: Metro Business Friends : 4-6:30pm at Doc’s Lounge (8805 Chamberry Boulevard, Johnston). Join us for this FREE event. An informal “Business After Hours” with refreshments and people we know and think you will enjoy meeting. Sign up with a friend, bring your business cards and make new connections. RSVP here:  Sponsors are limited to non-competing entities but everyone is welcome to attend. Doc’s Lounge is just off 86th, drop in for a few minutes or the evening.

Partial list of Sponsors: Thrive Senior Care, MyTown Publications, Teal Creek Homes, TYSYS Merchant Solutions, Cupcake Addict, Farm Bureau Insurance Services, Pizza Ranch, Terry Snyder Photography, Greenmail, Des Moines Complete, Shaw Chiropractic Center, Builder/ Buyer Servicers, Express Print, Seven Verbs, Remax Realty, and Doc’s Lounge.


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