RECAP: #DMBizEvents List from Insight On Business the News Hour (@IOB_NewsHour) – #HappyNewYear 2017 Edition!

#DMBizEvents List of upcoming business-related events in the Des Moines Metro Area for Monday, January 2, 2017, through Tuesday, December 10, 2017, PLUS “Save the Dates” for January.

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.

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You can also tune in every Monday evening at 5:15PM when we share our favorite picks from the crowd-sourced #DMBizEvents list on Insight on Business the News Hour * with Michael Libbie – the only hour-long, business broadcast in the Midwest.

A production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications a full-service advertising/consulting agency based in Des Moines. 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.

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:

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

Monday, January 2, 2017

Des Moines Area Business Events listed on Facebook this week through the end of January 2017:

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

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:

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

ANNUAL BUSINESS FORUM: West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce Legislative Breakfast: 7:30am-9:30am, at Des Moines Golf and Country Club, 1600 Jordan Creek Parkway, WDM. The West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce along with Clive, Waukee, and Windsor Heights area Chambers would like to invite you to attend a breakfast offering an opportunity to meet your elected Legislators, ask questions, and get answers! The invited legislators are: Senator Jake Chapman, Senator Julian Garrett, Senator Matt McCoy, Senator Charles Schneider, Representative Peter Cownie, Representative Chris Hagenow, Representative Rob Taylor, Representative Ralph Watts. Register Here.

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  #1MC

WEDNESDAY WEEKLY: SMALL BUSINESS EDUCATION: Noon Sessions: We’re the Iowa Center: The most innovative energy you’ll feel all week. Every Wednesday, Noon-1:00pm, at 8345 University Blvd, Suite F, Clive. Cost: Free Event. We empower Iowans to succeed financially through education, resources, and connections. Learn more about our Credit + Lending, Education + Resources, and Advocacy + Networking by attending one of these info sessions, held every Wednesday at noon. More Information:   Facebook   Twitter  @TheIowaCenter

Thursday, January 5, 2017

THURSDAY WEEKLY: Business Incubator Networking Group – Iowa (B.I.N.G.) 12-1pm Networking and education at the West Des Moines Incubator – 318 5th Street, West Des Moines. Followed by FREE open co-working in the WDM Incubator from 1 to 5 PM.  Twitter @JadeHandy

ANNUAL BUSINESS NETWORKING: The Des Moines Business Record’s 2017 Book of Lists Unveiling: 5-7pm Capital Square, 400 Locust Street, Des Moines. Please join us as we unveil the 2017 Book of Lists. Don’t miss your chance to get an advanced copy of this year’s publication. We will also reveal this year’s most influential business leader and most influential board, as voted on by the readers of the Business Record. Published annually in January, The Des Moines Business Record’s Book of Lists is the definitive resource guide for business professionals in the Central Iowa area. The book includes over 70 lists from a variety of industries, profiles of local leaders, Central Iowa Market Facts and a community calendar. Click here for more information about this FREE event.

Friday, January 6, 2017

EVERY FIRST FRIDAY: Central Iowa Bloggers (CIB): CIB Des Moines meets the first Friday each month 7:00-9:00am 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 6th Avenue Downtown, Des Moines. Information:

EVERY FIRST FRIDAY: Gravitate Community Happy Hour Presented by CenturyLink: 4:30 to 6:30pm – 206 6th Avenue Downtown, Des Moines. More information: @GravitateDSM

Saturday, January 7, 2017

WEEKLY: Small Business Incubator (BING-IA SES) B.I.N.G. Sweat Equity Saturday Meetup group: 8am to Noon at the West Des Moines Incubator (318 5th Street, West Des Moines). 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, January 9, 2017

ANNUAL BUSINESS NETWORKING: The Greater Des Moines Partnership’s Opening Night Legislative Reception: 5-7pm Grand View University, Student Center, 2811 E. 14th Street, Des Moines. The Greater Des Moines Partnership and Affiliate Chambers and Organizations invite you to the annual Opening Night Legislative Reception, welcoming the 87th Iowa General Assembly for the 2017 Legislative Session. Meet Iowa Legislators, sample hors d’oeuvres from restaurants and vendors from the Regional Affiliate communities and enjoy the new Grand View University Student Center. The event is hosted in partnership with the Young Professionals Connection and Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute.  Fees/Admission: $25 for Partnership Investors and Affiliate Members, $25 for Young Professionals Connection Members, $25 for Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute Members, $40 for non-members. Not sure if you’re a member? Click here for our directory. Click here for more information and to register.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

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:

BI-MONTHLY BUSINESS NETWORKING: DSM Magazine’s January/February Unveiling Party: 5 PM – 7 PM, 4100 Merle Hay Rd, Des Moines. Come join us for the first unveiling of 2017, at the Speck Showroom where concrete, cocktails & dsm meet! Click here for more information about this FREE event.


Wednesday, January 11, 2017
MONTHLY LUNCH AND LEARN: AMA Iowa: “Introducing Relationship Marketing to Your Marketing Plan.” 11:30am to 1:00pm, Des Moines Golf and Country Club, 1600 Jordan Creek Pkwy, West Des Moines. Event Description: How businesses are energizing their loyal promoters. There is a direct correlation between client loyalty and the success of a business. Relationship marketing aims to identify a business’ promoters and leverage them to increase profitability via active promotion, higher retention, and increased cross-sales. This presentation will introduce new research collected by Rocket Referrals on indicators of client loyalty and how technology is enabling businesses to effortlessly communicate with and energize their clients. Speakers: Torey and Carl Maerz | Co-founders | Rocket Referrals. Check-in and Networking: 11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Program: 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Event Type: Open to members and non-members. Registration: Required. Registration Fees: Member $20.00, Student $20.00, Guest $30.00, Non-Member $30.00. Register for this luncheon by noon on Monday, January 9th.

Friday, January 13, 2017
MONTHLY BUSINESS NETWORKING: Technology Association of Iowa’s monthly TechBrew: 8-9am at West End Architectural Salvage, 22 9th St, Des Moines. Make plans to attend the first #TechBrewAM of 2017 featuring Jason Katcher, CIO and VP at ITA Group Inc. TAI President, Brian Waller will conduct a casual interview with Jason who will share his favorite music for TAI’s “Vinyl Friday,” discuss his career path, and what is most important for the future of Iowa’s technology community. Tech Brew is an informal networking event for entrepreneurs, technologists, business people and funders. Coffee and networking will begin at 8 am.  RSVP to FREE EVENT.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

MONTHLY LUNCH AND LEARN: SQUARE ONE DSM January Startup Story: 11:30am at the Greater Des Moines Partnership, Conference Room (street level), 700 Locust Street, Suite 100, Downtown Des Moines. “The upshot is that you have to focus, at a very tactical level, on your daily successes,” said Chris Augeri, CEO and co-founder of Drive Spotter. Chris, who is also a graduate of the Global Insurance Accelerator’s inaugural class, will join Mike Colwell, Executive Director of Square One DSM for the January 2017 Startup Stories event. The Square One DSM Startup Stories Event is held the third Wednesday of every month. Make sure you don’t have a conflict by protecting those dates in advance. $15 admission fee (includes lunch) or free (if you don’t want lunch). Click here to purchase your tickets/make reservations.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

MONTHLY SOCIAL MEDIA DISCUSSION GROUP: AMA Iowa: “AMA Iowa Social Media Discussion Group (SMDG): Knowing Which Platform to Use.” AMA Iowa is excited to launch a new recurring program for Des Moines area marketers. As part of our mission to Learn. Link. Lead, each month we will host an informal discussion on topics related to social media marketing. The group will gather at Skyline Dynovia at 2111 Dixon St, Des Moines, to bring up ideas, solve problems and give comments on the chosen topic for the month.Come every month or choose the subjects that matter most to you. Coffee and pastries will be provided by AMA Iowa, please RSVP by November 15 so we can order enough for the group.

The SMDG will meet the third Thursday of every month from 7:00-8:00 a.m. Check out our line-up of discussion topics and come prepared to share your ideas and learn from other marketers like you in the Des Moines community.
January 19, 2017 – Are You Using Facebook Ads?
February 16, 2017 – Which Social Strategies Work (or Don’t Work) for Your Business?
March 16, 2017 – Measuring Social ROI

Beginning February 2017!
WINTER/SPRING SOCIAL AND DIGITAL MEDIA MARKETING EDUCATION: DMACC Continuing Education: “Social Media Strategy” class is coming up in February with an all day seminar or a three-night option! Kick off your 2017 digital and social media marketing right by setting or re-setting your strategy, goals and planning for 2017. Click here to Register for this class and see all the Winter/Spring Social Media, Blogging and SEO Class Schedule through DMACC Continuing Education:


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