RECAP: #DMBizEvents List from Insight On Business the News Hour (@IOB_NewsHour) – August 3 Edition

List of Upcoming Events related to Business in the Des Moines Area #DMBizEvents for Tuesday, August 4 through Tuesday, August 11, 2015, PLUS “Save the Dates” for August:

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.

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

Tuesday, August 4, 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 “Tuesday at Noon: Test, Validate, Grow.” All companies are looking for growth and many aren’t sure where to find the right users and customers. ‘Growth hacking’ is very buzzwordy, but the concepts are here to stay. Growth is all about testing! Testing features, testing designs, testing landing pages and more. Data is found throughout marketing. Clicks, Views, Conversions, etc. But what should entrepreneurs be looking for to really move the needle? We’ll cover going beyond Google Analytics and tracking users throughout the conversion funnel. Retention is key, especially with SaaS companies hoping to retain users or businesses for many years. What can entrepreneurs do to keep those valuable users coming back to their service? We’ll look at strategies of reaching users when they are ready to purchase again, and some tactics for getting users to the Aha! moment sooner to build a stronger relationship faster. Presented by Scott Herren. Register for FREE event:  Twitter @GravitateDSM

Wednesday, August 5, 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: AMA Iowa Event: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at West Des Moines Marriott, 1250 Jordan Creek Parkway, West Des Moines. “Find Success Through Networking.” AMA Iowa welcomes speaker, author and connector Danny Beyer, who will host a unique and interactive seminar on networking. In this fun and collaborative luncheon, Danny will show how easy it is to network, no matter how comfortable, or uncomfortable, you are with it. Learn how to get out of bad conversations as well as how to get through boring small talk and build relationships that will result in both professional and personal success. You will walk away with specific and helpful tips on what to do (and not to do) when networking and find new ways to break out of your shell and become a great networker. Come ready to meet new people! Register for the luncheon today! $30 members and students and $40 non-members.  Twitter @AMAiowa

Thursday, August 6, 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

Friday, August 7, 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

Saturday, August 8, 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, August 10, 2015

BUSINESS EDUCATION WORKSHOP: Des Moines Web Geeks: 6:30 to 8:00pm at Legends American Grill, 216 Court Avenue, Des Moines. “Get Up to Speed with WordPress.” WordPress powers almost 25% of the world’s websites – largely because it’s both easy to get started and extremely powerful to use as a content management system. Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate or advanced user of the hugely-popular platform, we’ll cover topics that are sure to interest you. RSVP on Facebook:

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

BUSINESS MARKETING WORKSHOP: Social Media Strategy Workshop at Drake University: This hands-on workshop will help you understand how businesses and organizations are succeeding in the ever-more-complicated world of social media in 2015. Participants will receive copies of Chris Snider’s social media strategy worksheets and will have the opportunity to create social media content for their business/organization during the workshop. Topics covered will include: An introduction to the core social media platforms; How businesses are using those platforms for success; How to analyze a company’s social media use; How to build a social media strategy; A look at emerging social media trends; Tools to help you be more efficient
Cost: $150 if you sign up in advance. $200 at the door. If you sign up 3 or more from your organization, cost is $100 each. Space is limited, so please sign up in advance.
For more information and registration, go to or  contact Chris Snider at or 515-271-4594. Space is limited, so please sign up in advance. Cash or check (made out to Chris Snider) accepted.  Twitter @ChrisSnider


Thursday, August 20, 2015

BUSINESS AWARDS AND NETWORKING: The Hashie Awards 2015: Mark your calendars for the 2015 Hashie Awards at Jasper Winery, 2400 George Flagg Pkwy, Des Moines from 7pm to 9pm!  Join the Social Media Club of Des Moines on August 20th in recognizing Iowa businesses, organizations and agencies who have demonstrated outstanding social media marketing brilliance at the 2nd annual Hashie Awards. With over 100 excellent entries across many social media marketing categories – come gain inspiration for your own social media program and join in the fun and celebration with food and networking. Keep up with the latest Hashie updates by following the official #Hashies2015 hashtag. For more information and registration, go to  Twitter: @SocialMediaDSM   #SMCDSM


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