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RECAP: #DMBizEvents List from Insight On Business the News Hour (@IOB_NewsHour) – July 25 Edition

List of Upcoming Events related to Business in the Des Moines Area #DMBizEvents for Monday, July 25, 2016, through Tuesday, August 2, 2016, PLUS “Save the Dates” for August:

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: http://insightonbusiness.podbean.com/ 

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: https://www.desmoinesmetro.com/en/calendar/

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:

Monday, July 25, 2016

Tuesday, July 26, 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: http://www.iowabusinessconnection.com/ or call Matt Youngs at 515-201-8705  LinkedIn group: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/Iowa-Business-Connection-4603300/abou

dmaccsummercatalogQUARTERLY BUSINESS MARKETING EDUCATION: Facebook Marketing Essentials: DMACC Continuing Education: 6-9pm at FFA Enrichment Center – 1055 SW Prairie Trail Pkwy, Ankeny. Facebook provides one of the most targeted opportunities for businesses to find and engage with potential and current customers. However, with constant changes to their “algorithm” – which determines how many people will ever see your business posts – it is esential to optimize your business page and to create consistently scheduled and meaningful messages that motivate interaction – the key to improving your “EdgeRank.” This course explores the terms and tools you need to understand for marketing your business with Facebook. Social Media Strategy course recommended prior to taking this course. Social Media Strategy course recommended before taking this course. Bring a flash drive or $8 material fee. Laptop optional.  Click here to register online and look at full social media for business class schedule. 
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CRN34698  BSMN516 300  3 Hrs $59
7/26 T 6:00p-9:00p Ankeny FFA_EC Rm 215

Wednesday, July 27, 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: https://www.facebook.com/1MillionCupsDSM  Twitter @1MillionCupsDSM

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: http://theiowacenter.org/calendar/events/event-80/   Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TheIowaCenter  Twitter  @TheIowaCenter

Thursday, July 28, 2016
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

Saturday, July 30, 2016

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! http://www.meetup.com/Small-Business-Incubator-Meetup-West-Des-Moines-Iowa/events/218852426/   Twitter @JadeHandy

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Tuesday, August 2, 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: http://www.iowabusinessconnection.com/ or call Matt Youngs at 515-201-8705  LinkedIn group: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/Iowa-Business-Connection-4603300/abou

QUARTERLY BUSINESS MARKETING EDUCATION: Facebook Marketing Essentials: DMACC Continuing Education: 6-9pm at FFA Enrichment Center – 1055 SW Prairie Trail Pkwy, Ankeny. Gain an advantage over your competition by learning how to extend your Facebook marketing reach through its powerful advertising platform. Facebook has advertising options for any budget, allowing your business to target specific audiences, so your ads are delivered to the right people. This course will help new Facebook advertisers effectively create, place, and manage Facebook ads, including the basics of setting up an account, understanding ad structure, and using the Ads Create and the Ads Manager tools. Learn about placement, making bidding decisions, when to promote pages versus individual posts and more! Pick up tips for choosing images, writing copy and improving ad performance. Social Media Strategy course recommended before taking this course. Bring a flash drive or $8 material fee for instructor. Laptop optional. Click here to register online and look at full social media for business class schedule. 
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CRN34696  BSMN517 300  3 Hrs $59
8/02 T 6:00p-9:00p Ankeny FFA_EC Rm 215

Thursday, August 25, 2016

ANNUAL EVENT: The 2016 Hashie Awards: Social Media Club of Des Moines:  6 to 10pm at Jasper Winery, 2400 George Flagg Pkwy, Des Moines. Join us Thursday, August 25, 2016 at Jasper Winery to recognize Iowa businesses, organizations and agencies who have demonstrated excellence in social media marketing at the third annual Hashie Awards™.
Reserve your seat/table at The Hashie Awards™ Ceremony!

Green Carpet & Cocktail Hour begins at 6:00pm

Ceremony will begin at 7:00 p.m

RECAP: #DMBizEvents List from Insight On Business the News Hour (@IOB_NewsHour) – July 18 Edition

List of Upcoming Events related to Business in the Des Moines Area #DMBizEvents for Monday, July 18, 2016, through Tuesday, July 26, 2016, PLUS “Save the Dates” for July:

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: http://insightonbusiness.podbean.com/ 

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: https://www.desmoinesmetro.com/en/calendar/

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:

Monday, July 18, 2016

ENTREPRENEUR EVENT: Paul Singh’s Iowa Tech Tour: July 18-22 (various locations starting in Des Moines.) 2016 RESULTS JUNKIES TECH TOUR ( DES MOINES AND CEDAR RAPIDS) IOWA TECH TOUR. Great content, coffee (and beer) and conversations with the areas top deal-makers, deal-breakers, entrepreneurs and assorted hangers-on. Plus yours truly. And, yes, my Airstream too. Full schedule and information: https://nvite.com/IowaTech/eebd

Tuesday, July 19, 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: http://www.iowabusinessconnection.com/ or call Matt Youngs at 515-201-8705  LinkedIn group: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/Iowa-Business-Connection-4603300/abou

dmaccsummercatalogQUARTERLY BUSINESS MARKETING EDUCATION: Blogging Fundamentals: DMACC Continuing Education: 6-9pm at FFA Enrichment Center – 1055 SW Prairie Trail Pkwy, Ankeny.  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 in an overall marketing or personal branding strategy. Social Media Strategy course recommended before taking this course. Bring a flash drive or $8 material fee for instructor. Laptop optional.  Click here to register online and look at full social media for business class schedule. 
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CRN34695  BSMN515 300  3 Hrs $59
7/19 T 6:00p-9:00p Ankeny FFA_EC Rm 215

MONTHLY EVENT: Social Media Club of Des Moines: Six Actionable Ways to Increase Your Engagement on Social Media: 5:30-7pm at Blue Compass
1601 48th Street Suite 200, West Des Moines.  In today’s social media world, it’s not enough just to post content—digital marketers need to find ways to excite their audience. So, what can you to tomorrow to increase social media engagement? Join Drew Harden and Katrina Reger of Blue Compass to learn how you can grow from just existing on social media to creating a conversation with users. We’ll also get a look at the brand new Blue Compass office (did we mention their treadmill desks?) Tickets are $10 and include appetizers and drinks. Click here to register and for information.

Wednesday, July 20, 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: https://www.facebook.com/1MillionCupsDSM  Twitter @1MillionCupsDSM

MONTHLY EVENT: Square One DSM Startup Stories: “July Startup Story.” 11:30am to 1pm at the Greater Des Moines Partnership
700 Locust Street, Suite 100, Conference Center (street level) Des Moines. Networking and Lunch starts at 11:30 a.m.
Presentation starts at Noon. Speaker: Katie Patterson to Guest at Square One DSM Startup Stories. The Transition from Marketing Agency to SaaS Provider on the Agenda
$15 admission fee (includes lunch) or free (if you don’t want lunch). “We are going to focus on a seldom seen transition,” said Mike Colwell describing his guest for the July session of Square One DSM’s Startup Stories. “Happy Medium began as a service agency and expanded into a product development firm, and I want Katie to share that story with the group,” he said of Katie Patterson, CEO and Founder of both Happy Medium and Happy Boards. Information: http://squareonedsm.com/katie-patterson-guest-square-one-dsm-startup-stories/ Click to register: Registration and information.

BUSINESS LAUNCH PARTY: My Drink Nation: 7pm at Juniper Moon, 2005 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mydrinknation/  Twitter:  https://twitter.com/mydrinknation

Thursday, July 21, 2016
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

Saturday, July 23, 2016

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! http://www.meetup.com/Small-Business-Incubator-Meetup-West-Des-Moines-Iowa/events/218852426/   Twitter @JadeHandy

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Tuesday, July 26, 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: http://www.iowabusinessconnection.com/ or call Matt Youngs at 515-201-8705  LinkedIn group: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/Iowa-Business-Connection-4603300/abou

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

List of Upcoming Events related to Business in the Des Moines Area #DMBizEvents for Monday, July 11, 2016, through Tuesday, July 19, 2016, PLUS “Save the Dates” for July:

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: http://insightonbusiness.podbean.com/ 

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: https://www.desmoinesmetro.com/en/calendar/

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:

Monday, July 11, 2016

DES MOINES VISION PLANNING: Capital Crossroads 2.0 Town Hall: 4:30-6pm at the DSM Central library, 1000 Grand Ave, Des Moines. Join Capital Crossroads to see what trends are emerging from our Regional Assessment and to share your ideas for our region’s future! Your input will be combined with the existing qualititative and quantitative analysis and will serve as the basis for our regional vision for the next five years. Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/575267049320775/

MONTHLY EVENT: Des Moines Web Geeks: “Trello Scientist: Refactor Like a Scientist.” 6:30pm at The Forge, by Pillar Technology located at 1420 Locust Street. Food & drinks will be provided by Pillar Technology. Join DSM WebGeeks as they dig into the Trello Scientist library with Fred Galoso. Explore what it is to refactor like a scientist and even test out our tests using the scientific method, so bring your laptop! Food and drinks provided by Pillar Technology. If you’ll join us, we’d love for you to RSVP on Eventbrite (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/refactor-like-a-scientist-tickets-26316220524)

MONTHLY EVENT: Des Moines Storytellers Project: Climb That Hill: Just before RAGBRAI, Iowa Columnist Kyle Munson brings us an evening of raw, intimate storytelling focused on facing life’s challenges on and off the bicycle. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the event begins at 6:30 p.m. The Iowa Taproom’s full bar will be availale. General admission tickets are $15. SOLD OUT.

Tuesday, July 12, 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: http://www.iowabusinessconnection.com/ or call Matt Youngs at 515-201-8705  LinkedIn group: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/Iowa-Business-Connection-4603300/abou

QUARTERLY NETWORKING EVENT: Breakfast, Business & More in Des Moines: Breakfast, Business & More is Des Moines’ premier morning networking event which allows busy professionals the chance to network and to exchange opportunities. We host quarterly networking events without the membership fees. We’ll provide each of you with a registrant list including name, business name and email address which makes follow-up easy! Your time is extremely valuable; that’s why you can expect our events to keep to the following schedule: 8:00am – 8:15am: Register, grab breakfast and COFFEE! 8:15am – 8:45am: Each individual introduces themselves to the large group with their name and the name of their business. 8:45am – 9am: Open Networking Parking: Free parking is available in a lot across the street and south of the ABI office. The lot is bound by Court Ave on the north and East Sixth and East Fifth on the east and west respectively. The lot can be entered from either East Sixth or East Fifth. Cancellation Policy: Refunds: The registration is refundable for cancellations received in writing 48 hours prior to the event. No refunds will be allowed after that date. Registration is transferable to another person. To cancel or transfer a registration, you must send written notice to Suzanne Hull by email at suzanne@contemporary-business-solutions.com. Information and Registration: http://desmoines.eventful.com/events/breakfast-business-more-july-12-2016-/E0-001-092783282-4

dmaccsummercatalogQUARTERLY BUSINESS MARKETING EDUCATION: Creating a Social Media Management System: DMACC Continuing Education: 6-9pm at FFA Enrichment Center – 1055 SW Prairie Trail Pkwy, Ankeny.  Whether you’re a new social media manager, an executive, an assistant or an administrator, this course includes everything you need to create an efficient, practical social media management system. You will explore various online tools and software for creating a planning calendar and effective posting schedule; executing engaging tactics; monitoring community responses; and measuring marketing results. Also learn best practices for online community, brand and reputation management. Gain practical, applied social media job skills or update professional marketing knowledge for today’s digital market. Social Media Strategy course recommended before taking this course. Bring a flash drive or $8 material fee for instructor. Laptop optional. Click here to register online and look at full social media for business class schedule. 
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CRN34694  BSMN514 300  3 Hrs $59
7/12 T 6:00p-9:00p Ankeny FFA_EC Rm 215

Wednesday, July 13, 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: https://www.facebook.com/1MillionCupsDSM  Twitter @1MillionCupsDSM

MONTHLY EVENT: AMA Iowa July Luncheon: “Insights that Transform Businesses.” 11:30am to 1pm at the Des Moines Botanical Garden, 909 Robert D. Ray Dr., Des Moines. Check-in and Networking: 11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Program: 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. Speaker: Robert Malcolm, Executive Resident at Center for Consumer Insight and Marketing Strategy.
AMA Members: $20 | Guests & Non-Members: $30, AMA Collegiate Members: $20, Walk-ins add $10 to regular luncheon cost. Why does everyone talk about the importance of insight and spend significant time against the topic….yet only a few are able to deliver the transformational results they desire or need? This presentation will identify how to find that “transformational” insight through a combination of simple frameworks and numerous case studies. The audience will come away with a new perspective on the topic and simple to use tools that they can apply tomorrow. Click here for registration and information.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

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

MONTHLY BUSINESS NETWORKING: Technology Association of Iowa Tech Brew: 5:30-7pm   “TechBrew Valley Junction.” Tech Brew Des Moines is moving to Valley Junction in West Des Moines this summer. Tech Brew is an informal gathering of entrepreneurs, technologists, business people and funders networking over a beer. Drinks and networking will begin at 5:30 pm.  RSVP and Information for FREE event: http://www.technologyiowa.org/index.cfm/19494/64857/techbrew_des_moines  Twitter @TechnologyIowa

Friday, July 15, 2016

FUNDRAISING EVENTDes Moines Skatepark Fundraiser!  Jul 16 at 12 PM to Jul 17 at 2 AM at Des Moines Social Club, 900 Mulberry St, Des Moines.
The Des Moines Hardcore Collective Presents! A fundraiser for the Des Moines Downtown Skatepark! Live Music, Art and Food! Sponsored by Red Bull
INFORMATION: https://m.facebook.com/dsmregionalskatepark/
DONATE: http://desmoinesregionalskatepark.com/donate/

Saturday, July 16, 2016

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! http://www.meetup.com/Small-Business-Incubator-Meetup-West-Des-Moines-Iowa/events/218852426/   Twitter @JadeHandy

Saturday, July 18, 2016

ENTREPRENEUR EVENT: Paul Singh’s Iowa Tech Tour: July 18-22 (various locations starting in Des Moines.) 2016 RESULTS JUNKIES TECH TOUR ( DES MOINES AND CEDAR RAPIDS) IOWA TECH TOUR. Great content, coffee (and beer) and conversations with the areas top deal-makers, deal-breakers, entrepreneurs and assorted hangers-on. Plus yours truly. And, yes, my Airstream too. Full schedule and information: https://nvite.com/IowaTech/eebd

Tuesday, July 19, 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: http://www.iowabusinessconnection.com/ or call Matt Youngs at 515-201-8705  LinkedIn group: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/Iowa-Business-Connection-4603300/abou

MONTHLY EVENT: Social Media Club of Des Moines: Six Actionable Ways to Increase Your Engagement on Social Media: 5:30-7pm at Blue Compass
1601 48th Street Suite 200, West Des Moines.  In today’s social media world, it’s not enough just to post content—digital marketers need to find ways to excite their audience. So, what can you to tomorrow to increase social media engagement? Join Drew Harden and Katrina Reger of Blue Compass to learn how you can grow from just existing on social media to creating a conversation with users. We’ll also get a look at the brand new Blue Compass office (did we mention their treadmill desks?) Tickets are $10 and include appetizers and drinks. Click here to register and for information.

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