RECAP: #DMBizEvents List from Insight On Business the News Hour (@IOB_NewsHour) – May 4 Edition

List of Upcoming Events related to Business in the Des Moines Area #DMBizEvents for Monday, May 4, through Tuesday, May 12, 2015, PLUS “Save the Dates” for May:

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:

Tuesday, May 5, 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:

GRAVITATE LUNCH AND LEARN:  206 6th Avenue, 6th Floor Conference Room, Downtown Des Moines. Bring your own lunch and learn “How to Create Great Videos on a Budget.”  If you’d like to learn how to shoot, edit, and publish great-looking video content without spending a ton of money, join College Info Geek founder Thomas Frank for this Lunch and Learn course. You’ll get gear recommendations, learn how to set up inexpensive video lighting and backdrops, and get a crash course on shooting and post-production.  Register for FREE event: Twitter @GravitateDSM

Wednesday, May 6, 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

LUNCH AND LEARN, NETWORKING: Drake University’s Let’s DU Lunch:  A Central Iowa Entrepreneurs and Innovators Panel featuring of Brian Hemesath, Managing Director, Global Insurance Accelerator, Mike Colwell, Executive Director, Business Innovation Zone, and John Jackovin, will talk about the up-and-coming tech and entrepreneurial scene in central Iowa. Des Moines entrepreneur at Des Moines Embassy Club, 666 Grand Ave. (33th Floor of the Ruan Building), Des Moines, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM. Networking begins at 11:30 a.m. and the lunch buffet opens shortly after, with the featured speaker beginning at noon. The event will conclude no later than 1 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome, but reservations are recommended due to limited seating. We cannot guarantee you a seat without a reservation. Registration will close 48 hours before the event date. Make your reservation for each luncheon at a cost of $17 per event. Or save money by reserving your place now at all three events for only $42. The special young professional rate for attendees age 35 and under is $13 per event or $30 for all three events. Greater Des Moines has been named one of the nation’s top-under-the-radar tech hubs (Sparefoot) and one of the three best cities to start a business (Forbes). Click here to register.

Thursday, May 7, 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

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Weekly through Summer: Downtown Farmers’ Market presented by UnityPoint Health: Court Avenue District, Des Moines, Saturday, May 9, 2015 7:00 AM – 12:00 PM. The Downtown Farmers’ Market takes place every Saturday from May – September, 7 a.m. – Noon and October 8 a.m. – Noon in the Historic Court District in Downtown Des Moines. Support local agriculture and buy direct from Iowa farmers while shopping the Downtown Farmers’ Market. Note opening weekend was last Saturday, May 2, and was expected to draw 40,000 people to check out the products of around 200 vendors with more than 30 of them new to market for 2015. Information:  Twitter @DTfarmersMarket  @Downtown50309

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


Thursday, May 14, 2015

Networking : Actis Wealth Management’s “Actis Scotch & Cigars” event: Acclaimed networking event, 4:00 – 7:00, at 9295 Bishop Drive – Suite 105, West Des Moines. No sales pitch, just good company, good snacks and a broad beverage selection. Cigars outside are an option, but not required. For more information, contact Don Frazer, Twitter @ActisWealth  Don Frazer Twitter @WaukeeDon

Technology Association of Iowa’s (TAI) TechBrew: 5-7pm at Gramercy Tap (400 Walnut Street, Des Moines). Join us for the Technology Association of Iowa’s TechBrew event, an informal gathering of entrepreneurs, technologists, business people and funders getting together to talk over a beer (social lubrication). Cocktails and networking will begin promptly at 5 pm! First drink FREE! RSVP here:    Twitter @TechnologyIowa

Networking and Education: Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitor’s Bureau’s 2015 Marketing & Media Panel: Catch new marketing ideas. Creative PR tactics. Media secrets. Mark your calendar and plan to join us! Learn how to take a project from start to finish. From pitching the idea to building a marketing plan to media training to keeping your team and projects on track. Then, catch tips and tricks to leverage the media to get your message heard. This year’s event will take a unique twist on the traditional media panel with political reporter representatives and strategies for leveraging the Iowa Caucuses for your business and goals. Speakers will include Emily Abbas from Bankers Trust, The Meyvn Group, Susan Hatten from Holmes Murphy, Wixted and Company, Admiria and many more. Cost is Free for Marketing Partners and Meeting Planners; $25 for General Public; $10 for Students.
Register now:

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

QUARTERLY: LinkedIn Social May Event: Raygun’s BRAND NEW world headquarters (505 E. Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50309) from 5:30pm – 7:30pm.   Back again by popular demand! You’re invited to our biggest event yet!  Rachael Harms, Angela Ten Clay, Danny Beyer and Mike Banasiak are hosting the next Des Moines area LinkedIn Social presented by DMACC West Campus. Start the summer off right and get to know your social connections more closely while adding new people to your professional network.  No sales pitches, just a fun evening of connecting! *Raygun is graciously hosting alcoholic beverages and light appetizers will be provided.  Mars Cafe and Thelma’s will be open next door as well. Please pass this invitation on to your friends, coworkers, and LinkedIn Connections.  Be sure to check out our website at for more information and register at

Tuesday, May 28, 2015

NETWORKING: Greater Des Moines Partnership Multicultural Reception, sponsored by Bankers Trust: 5:30 to 7:00PM at Des Moines Marriott Downtown, 700 Grand Avenue, 3rd Floor – Hall of Cities Room, Des Moines. Open to members and non-members. Unique social opportunity to connect and network with a broad range of professionals, community leaders, and organizations with a Diversity focus fostering an environment of connectivity and inclusion. Information and registration:  Twitter @DesMoinesMetro  #SeizeDesMoines

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