Monthly Luncheon
Topic: #HaveTheConversation
NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI will be talking about the impacts of Mental Illness on our community.

SSG Ray Ropa will also be speaking about the impact of PTSD on his life. He served in the 1/168 Infantry as Infantry team leader and later in military Intelligence. He deployed 2 times in his 17 year career, once to Kuwait in 2001 and a second deployment to Afghanistan 2010-11 and worked as an Intel Officer for the DEA for 2 years as part of the Iowa Counterdrug Task Force assisting in one of the largest Methamphetamine cases successfully prosecuted in Iowa .  SSG Ropa's volunteer work includes being a Reserve Deputy for Linn County IA for 12 years and an Associate member of JCI of Iowa (Iowa Jaycees). 

Upon return from his last deployment to Afghanistan, SSG Ropa was diagnosed with PTSD which led to an early medical retirement from the Iowa Army National Guard.  He became a student of his PTSD and now travels around the US speaking to Veterans, sharing his story and advocating for better mental health care for Veterans. 

Menu: Baby Greens tossed Salad with 2 Dressings, Fresh Fruit Tray
Fresh Homemade Pub Chips and French Onion Dip
Soup: Broccoli and Cheddar Soup
Sliced Cheeses: Cheddar, Baby Swiss, and American.
Meats: Oven Roasted Breast of Turkey, Sliced Roast Beef,
Honey Ham, Genoa Salami, served with Lettuce, Sliced Tomatoes, Red Onions, Cranberry
Aioli, Chipotle Spread, and Pickle Spears.
Breads: White, Wheat, Marble Rye, and Sundried Tomato Buns
Dessert: Assorted Jumbo Cookies
All lunches include coffee (regular and decaffeinated), iced tea, and water.

WHEN / August 8th, 2019 / 11:30am-1:00pm
WHERE / Holiday Inn Downtown / 1050 6th Ave., Des Moines
Please welcome our new members to FuseDSM, Your Chamber of Commerce!

Non-Profit Forum
Event Description : The FuseDSM Non-Profit Forum is a group of chamber members representing non-profits and associations who meet monthly for two hours to discuss issues impacting their organization, creating a larger unified impact on members of our community.
**MEMBERS ONLY- please contact the Chamber to attend.**

Meetings are held the third Wednesday of every month.
8-8:30 Networking/Breakfast
8:30-10am Programming

 WHEN / August 21, 2019 / 8:00am-10:00am
WHERE / Dart Central Station / 620 Cherry Street, Des Moines

Event Description : MOXIE (Member Owners eXchange Information & Experience) is a group of member business Owners/Presidents who meet monthly to discuss issues impacting their businesses.

This is exclusive to MEMBERS ONLY Business Owners/Presidents. If you would like to join this group, please contact the Chamber to attend:  Melisa

 WHEN / August 28, 2019 / 8:15am-10:00am
WHERE / LifeServe Blood Center / 431 E. Locust St., Des Moines

Firestarter Meeting
Firestarters are the spark and energy our chamber needs to ignite growth and prosperity for our members while exploring new businesses to inspire. They are our advocates. They are passionate and authentic. They are the Ambassadors for our membership! 

If you are new/interested in joining this group, please contact Bailey .

WHEN / August 29, 2019 / 11:30am-1:00pm
WHERE / Food Bank of Iowa / 2220 E. 17th St., Des Moines

September Monthly Luncheon
Speaker- Michelle Book
Topic- Food Insecurity: Causes, Impacts, and Solutions
Food insecurity is not a rural or urban issue – it affects all communities. Join us for a discussion on the impacts of food insecurity within communities, what led us to our current state, some of the biggest challenges facing our neighbors, and the role food banks play in helping to reduce the impacts of food insecurity.
A little about Michelle~
Michelle Book began her role as president and CEO of the Food Bank of Iowa on February 1, 2016. Food Bank of Iowa procures free and reduced cost food to help 175,000 food insecure Iowans across 55 counties in Iowa’s central corridor and southeast corner. Earlier in her career, Michelle worked at MidAmerican Energy, John Deere, and DuPont Pioneer. 

WHEN / September 10, 2019 / 11:30am-1:00pm
WHERE / Holiday Inn Downtown / 1050 6th Ave., Des Moines

Art Over Wine
Auction featuring Art by Central Iowa Artists, Hors D'Oeuvres & Wine Tasting $25 Per Person. Purchase Tickets at WWW.REBUILDINGDM.ORG. All proceeds benefit 'I am a [Re]Builder.'

WHEN / August 6, 2019 / 5:00pm-7:00pm
WHERE / Jasper Winery / 2400 George Flagg Parkway, Des Moines

Business Roundtable- One More Customer
Leading Transformational Change: Growing your business means leading change. But how do you bring your team along? Too many businesses get stuck trying to grow without incorporating the transformational principles that will engage, motivate, and empower their employees. Being a great business owner means being a great leader of people. REGISTER HERE

WHEN / August 7, 2019 / 3:30pm-4:45pm
WHERE / Freedom Blend Coffee / 2329 Hickman Road, Des Moines

BIG Dream Gathering
This summer FuseDSM, the Downtown Chamber, along with the Des Moines West Side Chamber are working together to recognize and thank Des Moines' teachers. Please join us on August 12th for the BIG Dream Gathering, which will include a mix of teachers, students, and businesses for an afternoon of inspiration, recognition, and socializing. In addition, businesses can also engage in the event in the following ways:
  1. Have a business booth at the event (Limited space, issued on a first come, first serve basis)
  2. Provide a door prize (seeking "post-secondary" items. This can include "dorm room" items, other college or career-related items, or gift cards.) 
  3. Simply attend and enjoy the connections

WHEN / August 12, 2019 / 4:30pm-6:00pm
WHERE / Iowa Events Center, Hall B/C / 730 3rd St., Des Moines

Iowa IV One Year Anniversary & Member Appreciation Event
Come celebrate at Iowa IV's One Year Anniversary & Member Event! We want to thank you for your relationship with Iowa IV.

Bring a friend!

-Refreshments & Snacks
-Members receive an Iowa IV 'swag' bag & FREE Super B12 injection

WHEN / August 19, 2019 / 5:00pm-7:00pm
WHERE / Iowa IV / 833 42nd Street, Des Moines

Zoo Brew
The camels aren’t the only ones celebrating hump day at Blank Park Zoo! Every Wednesday in the summer, the Zoo comes to life after hours for those 21 and over. This popular fundraising event features a variety of live music and summer brews all while enjoying the animals! When you buy a brew, you support the Zoo! Each Wednesday features a different band! 

WHEN / Every Wednesday in August / 5:30-9:00am
WHERE / Blank Park Zoo / 7401 SW 9th St., Des Moines
Small businesses are the backbone of the economy. This holds true for Greater Des Moines (DSM).
There are more than 265,000 small businesses in Iowa making up 99.3 percent of all businesses. Together, they employ 641,000 people, according to the Small Business Administration (SBA). Added to that, 78 percent of all new jobs are created by family businesses. Small businesses add jobs at the quickest rate.
With small business being so vital to the local community and economy, it begs the question: What would happen to your business if you weren’t able to make it to work on Monday? Having a succession plan in place is a vital part of ensuring your business remains in business. Does your business pass the “hit-by-a-bus” test?
According to the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), 40.3 percent of family-owned businesses are looking to retire in the immediate future. However, 47 percent of those same businesses do not have a successor lined up. 
Taking on an established business is a great opportunity for people to build and to be their own boss. On the other hand, identifying a successor can be stressful within a family.
There is a disconnect between those wanting to sell their business and those wanting to take on an established business. The Greater Des Moines Partnership is using this as an opportunity to connect both sides. We’ve put together a Succession Planning Advisory Network (SPAN) made up of individuals with experience in succession planning; either for their own businesses or on behalf of others. They are available to provide assistance and answer questions for businesses looking at the next chapter of ownership. 
Find additional information here and click on the Succession Planning tab or to read the article click here .