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:

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:

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: or call Matt Youngs at 515-201-8705  LinkedIn group:

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:   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:   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!   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: or call Matt Youngs at 515-201-8705  LinkedIn group:


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:

EVERY FIRST FRIDAY: Gravitate – Free Co-Working Day: Free co-working all day at Gravitate – 206 6thAvenue Downtown, Des Moines. Information:  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:     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  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:  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 or call Deb Downey (515) 306-7759.


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