RECAP: #DMBizEvents List from Insight On Business the News Hour (@IOB_NewsHour) – May 2 Edition

List of Upcoming Events related to Business in the Des Moines Area #DMBizEvents for Monday, May 2, 2016, through Tuesday, May 10, 2016, PLUS “Save the Dates” for May:

You can now listen to “Insight on Business the News Hour” on one of three radio stations. Catch it on AM-940, FM 104.5 or (if you’re really cool) on FM 103.3 HD2…each station at 5:05pm. If you miss the broadcast news you can always catch the business interviews on the Podcast Page: 

Tune in every Monday evening at 5:15PM 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, May 3, 2016

TUESDAY 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:


QUARTERLY NETWORKING: LinkedIn Social: The May LinkedIn Social presented by Creme Cupcake will be held on May 3rd from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Elevated Fitness (2814 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines, IA – located on second level of Chocolaterie  Stam. Door in on the back side of building.) Creme has secured a liquor rep to sample a new line of liquor that is being released and will also be hosting beer/wine/beverages and Creme goodies! PLEASE RSVP BY April 26th AT HTTPS://TIKLY.CO/LINKEDINSOCIAL 

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

WEDNESDAY WEEKLY: BUSINESS NETWORKING: 1 Million Cups Des Moines: The most innovative energy you’ll feel all week. Every Wednesday, 8am-9:30am, at Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theater, 401 W Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy, Des Moines. Cost: Free Event – Free Parking – Free Coffee More Information:  Twitter @1MillionCupsDSM

Thursday, May 5, 2016
THURSDAY WEEKLY: Business Incubator Networking Group – Iowa (B.I.N.G.) 12-1pm Networking and education at the West Des Moines Incubator – 2829 Westown Parkway, Suite 220, West Des Moines. Followed by FREE open co-working in the WDM Incubator from 1 to 5 PM.  Twitter @JadeHandy

Friday, May 6, 2016

EVERY FIRST FRIDAY: Central Iowa Bloggers (CIB): CIB Des Moines meets the first Friday each month 7:00-9:30am at Panera Bread, (normally at 6740 University Ave, West Des Moines.) Come chat about business, social media, cool apps, marketing, blogging and what New Year’s resolutions you already broken over coffee with cool peeps! Come and go as you are able. No agendas, no speeches and no singing (thankfully). Come and go as you are able. “#CIBdsm: Discussing Kittens and other key components of the Internet the first Friday of every month” More information:  Twitter Hashtag: #CIBdsm

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, May 7, 2016

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, May 2 – June 13, 2016
BUSINESS LUNCH AND LEARN SERIES: Iowa Small Business Development Centers: Feb 22th- “Workshop Series: Social Media Selection – LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, SnapChat/Pinterest/Instagram, Live” 11:30 AM -12 Noon for guests to network with other small business owners and have lunch. Class will be 12 – 1 PM at 400 Locust, Ste 160 Des Moines. The Iowa Small Business Development Center (Twitter@IowaSBDC) is pleased to have teamed with Laura Kinnard (Twitter @AlaureMktg), to present a series of Social Media Classes for small businesses. The series includes the following workshops:
May 2nd, 2016 – It Pays to Be Picky About Your Social Media Platforms ($20)
May 9th, 2016 – Grow and Leverage Your LinkedIn Connections ($20)
May 16th, 2016 – Harness the Power of Twitter for Business ($20)
May 23rd, 2016 – Facebook Marketing Tips, Tools and Tactics ($20)
June 6th, 2016 – Should Your Business FOCUS on Pinterest, Instagram or SnapChat? ($20)
June 13th, 2016 – Why Do People (and Should Marketers) LOVE Live Social Media? ($20)

For more information on the workshops, or to register, visit and click on the workshop you want to attend.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

TUESDAY 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:


2016 Spectrum NOVA Awards Show and After Party

Event Details:

Event Type: Open to members and non-members
Registration: Required
Registration Fees:
Member $45.00
Student $15.00
Guest $55.00
Non-Member $55.00
Last Day to Register: Friday, May 6, 2016
Location: The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, 909 Robert D. Ray Drive, Des Moines, IA 50309
Time: Thursday, May 12, 2016 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Event Description:

Check-in and Networking: 5:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.
Program: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
After Party: Immediately following at The Iowa Taproom


Program Details:

Since 2006, the AMA Iowa NOVA Awards have recognized the best in Iowa marketing excellence as competition among brands continues to grow.

On Thursday, May 12th, the 11th annual NOVA Awards will recognize marketing leaders in 12 categories and across the SPECTRUM of five creative disciplines (concept, strategy, creative, delivery, results). The event will bring together marketers from all corners of Iowa business and industry in celebration of concepts and campaigns.

NOVA Award finalists will be notified prior to the event, and winners will be announced during the NOVA Awards ceremony.

The NOVA Awards will kick off with a cocktail hour beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. The cocktail hour will be followed by the awards ceremony at 7:00 p.m. and an after-party at The Iowa Taproom.

In coordination with this year’s theme, “Spectrum,” guests are encouraged to wear colorful attire.


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