RECAP: #DMBizEvents List from Insight On Business the News Hour (@IOB_NewsHour) – May 11 Edition

List of Upcoming Events related to Business in the Des Moines Area #DMBizEvents for Monday, May 11, through Tuesday, May 19, 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 12, 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:

BUSINESS INFORMATIONAL: “CAFE SCI – SMALL LOANS, BIG CHANGE: MICROFINANCE IN THE METRO” at the Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theater (401 W Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway, Des Moines) 5:30 – 7 p.m. Presenter: Ana Mancebo, Program Coordinator, Solidarity Microfinance From language barriers to credit problems, aspiring entrepreneurs from low-income backgrounds can shy away from the business world for a variety of reasons. Solidarity Microfinance, a Des Moines nonprofit program, is committed to changing that trend by providing the small loans and support small-business owners need to launch successful companies — and break the cycle of poverty in the metro. Join us to gain a better understanding of microfinance’s role in macro-level social reform around the globe and in Des Moines.  Free and open to the public. Questions:515-274-6868

Wednesday, May 13, 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

INFORMAL NETWORKING: Association for Women in Communications: At the Bargain Basket (315 E 6th St, Des Moines) for conversations and a little shopping. The hostess, Leslie Garman, says you can bring donations if you want a little more room in your closet. All who attend will get 20% off their apparel purchase. Check out the shop at or  The event is free, but please register so we know how many to expect:   Twitter @AWCDSM

Thursday, May 14, 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

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 8am to noon! 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:

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

Friday, May 15, 2015

LUNCH AND LEARN: The Nexus Executive Women’s Alliance presentation: Holiday Inn Downtown at Mercy Campus (1050 6th Avenue Des Moines) 11:30 – 1 p.m. Leadership, Education, and Advancement Pipeline (LEAP) 2015 The LEAP program is a 10-month program series designed for women business owners and women leaders in Central Iowa to position them for the next steps in their career. LEAP luncheon will give you a quick look at the current status of female leadership numbers and present the business case behind why it’s in a company’s self-interest to improve the gender balance on its leadership team. $15 Downtown Chamber Members; $25 Non-Members. Questions:515-309-3229 Information:

Saturday, May 16, 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

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


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

LUNCH AND LEARN: Association for Women in Communications: West Bank headquarters (1601 22nd Street, West Des Moines) from 11:30am – 1:30pm.  Kim Augspurger will give us insight into her journey from employee to owner and her thoughts on what it takes to find success as a woman business owner.  $25 Non-Members; $20 Members; $10 Students. Questions:515-222-2393 For information go to or register at  Twitter @AWCDSM

Tuesday, May 28, 2015

NETWORKING AND INFORMATIONAL HAPPY HOUR: Social Media Club of Des Moines: Hashies Happy Hour at Exile Brewing Co. (1514 Walnut, Downtown Des Moines) 5:30 to 7:00pm. Free networking social and learn more about the upcoming second annual Hashie Awards! Enjoy complimentary appetizers plus a free beer ticket for the first 50 guests to arrive! The Hashies Committee will spotlight winning entries from the inaugural Hashie Awards last year and will share details and answer questions about entry, sponsorship, The 2015 Hashie Awards ceremony to be held August 20 at Jasper Winery, and volunteer opportunities! Entry period for The Hashies is May 5-June 15. Visit to learn more and view award categories. Follow @SocialMediaDSM and hashtag #Hashies2015 for the latest updates! Register and information about attending and sponsoring:

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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