August 2020
Your West Side Chamber News & Updates
Our staff is currently working remotely and our office is open by appointment only. We are monitoring emails hourly and will usually respond within the hour during business hours.
Please visit and bookmark our website to find helpful links, resources, and keep updated on future events.
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Next Week!
Thursday, August 20th - 10:00 - 11:00 AM

A Zoom Link will be sent out the day before the event to all those who RSVP
Wake Up West Side! - What's Up on The Avenues?
Wake Up West Side is "virtually" heading to The Avenues of Ingersoll and Grand for an economic development update. Our special guest will be Kris Maggard, Executive Director of The Avenues. She'll tell us why the street is currently torn up at Ingersoll and MLK and when this next phase of improvements will be completed. She'll also highlight future plans for The Avenues and even have some special exclusive announcements!

Ribbon Cutting and Open House!
Thursday Aug 20, 2020
Open House - 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Come see the new location for The Floor Doctors on Merle Hay Road. The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and photo will take place at 5:00 PM.

RSVP requested to help our host provide a safe event. Outdoor social area will be provided and masks are strongly encouraged.
What Did You Miss!
So much has happened in the last few months that we have not been able to celebrate... YET!. Did you know that the new Lincoln Saving Bank on Ingersoll is now open? Did you know Cornerstone Credit Union is now Vibrant Credit Union? How about that Green Family Flooring celebrated their 10th Anniversary?! Watch for more "What Did You Miss" in the coming weeks. As we get this "social distancing" thing down, we'll be adding more events to the calendar as well. Get your mask ready and watch for more news!
Thank You Sponsors, Golfers, and Volunteers!
Congratulations to the team from Integrated Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine for being our winning team for the 2nd year in a row! The team included (L-R) Tate Van Houten, Dennis Darnell, Bruce Hollera, and Hal Wilson. Special recognition to our second place team from 3E in Windsor Heights.
Contest Winners
- Closest to the Pin -
Hole 13 - Jason Stuyvesant - SOLD by Jason
Hole 10 - Mike Burns - 3E

- Longest Putt -
Hole 9 - Aaron Hill - Des Moines Eye Care
Hole 18 - Hal Wilson - Integrated Physical Therapy

- Longest Drive -
Hole 7 - Mike Burns - 3E

Putting Contest Winner
Congratulations to Aliou Keita
Lincoln Savings Bank
Special thanks to Jackie, Lou, and Michele of Iowa Live! for allowing us to announce the winning foursome and contest winners on Iowa Live. We were following safe Covid-19 guidelines at the tournament which included not having our awards dinner after the tournament, so this was a fun way to announce our winners.
Thank you to all who sponsored, donated a prize, or golfed in the tournament. We are grateful for your partnership as we support and promote businesses on the DSM West Side. Thanks to our volunteers and thanks again to the Windsor Heights Chamber of Commerce for partnering with us on the tournament.
$5000 Hole In One Prize
Courtesy of Middendorf Insurance
Drive a Ford or A Lincoln for the Weekend!!
Thank you to all of our contest prizes donations including gift certificates from Star Bar, Drake Diner, The Station on Ingersoll, Dough Co.Pizza, Lucky House Beer and Burgers, and more.
Our Presenting Sponsor
Partner Sponsors Include
Community Sponsors Include
Tee and Contest Sponsors
Drake Business District
Drake Progress
Progress continues as businesses and streetscapes continue to improve around Drake. A special Drake Business Committee will be launching in August. Watch for more details.

Drake Business visits with the Iowa SBA
Our West Side Chamber staff spent a the morning with leadership from the Iowa Small Business Administration visiting businesses in the Drake area. We work hard to keep good relationships with organizations like the SBA so we are always ready to connect you with any resources you need.

Learn more here: SBA Link
Partnership Opportunties
The Greater Des Moines Partnership continues to host some awesome virtual events. As a member of the West Side Chamber you are also a member of the Partnership. Please take advantage of these timely opportunities. - Partnership Events Link -
Let’s recover together! We’re encouraging everyone to tip 25% to those in the service industry through the summer of 2020. By shopping local and committing to #Tip25, we can help businesses and their employees recover quickly from the recent economic challenges. You can even do this on to-go orders and curbside pick-up.

Watch for more details on this campaign as businesses cautiously and gradually begin to open. Special thanks to the creative team at Project7 Design for helping us put together the campaign logo.
Our friends at the Greater Des Moines Partnership continue to update their resources on their website. You'll find some great, timely information in their new COVID-19 Rapid Response Hub.

Announcements from the Governor
Latest Press Release from the Governor's Office. More helpful links at

Latest SBA Resources
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has issued a disaster declaration for the state of Iowa as of January 31, 2020 & continuing. This allows pandemic-impacted small businesses to apply for low-interest loans. Follow these LINKS for the latest resources from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Thank You Mediacom!
Special thanks to Mediacom for being a 2020 Investor Sponsor of the West Side Chamber. They are working hard to meet all of the unique demand right now with so many working remotely. More highlights from Mediacom in this News Release.
Looking Back
Remember when...?
Wow. It seems like just yesterday we were gathering to network and celebrate together. Now it feels a little like a distant memory. We'll get through this together as well! Make sure you are following us and other West Side members on social media.
Thank You Sponsors
Thank You to our Sponsors
Thank you to both Mediacom and Campbell's Nutrition for being a 2020 Investor Sponsor for the DSM West Side Chamber! Thanks also to Lincoln Savings Bank and Edencrest in Beaverdale for being a sustaining sponsor.
Sponsorships are crucial to funding the mission of the Chamber and give you great opportunities to promote your business and services and show yourself to be a leader and investor in the Des Moines West Side.

Interested in hosting or sponsoring event in 2020?
Email us at There are many opportunities to showcase your business, support the Chamber, and help more people know who you are and what you do.
Time to Join!
Joining the DSM West Side Chamber connects you to one of the greatest business resources in the Midwest.
As a member of the Des Moines West Side Chamber of Commerce, you will receive a complimentary membership to the Greater Des Moines Partnership. Learn more.
Doing Business on the West Side?
The Des Moines West Side Chamber of Commerce is a network of businesses committed to serving our community by supporting and enhancing the unique quality of life and commerce that defines the Des Moines West Side.

We serve:
The Avenues Ingersoll & Grand
The Roosevelt District
Drake University Area
6th Avenue Corridor
Uptown Shopping Ctr. & Waveland Area
Beaverdale Shopping Area
Douglas Avenue Corridor
Merle Hay Mall

Have an Event to Share?
When you go to the calendar/events page on our website, the "+" sign allows you to add your event to our calendar. They may not be placed as a featured event, but they will go on our community calendar once approved by our staff. Feel free to contact us with any questions.

More Events Coming!

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