August 5, 2019
Creating Connections that Count!
2019 Member Survey
Please click here to take the survey! At the end of the survey, you'll be provided with a special gift as our thank you for your time!
Events at a Glance
Downtown Council at Iowa Wild

Hosted at Iowa Events Center
Tuesday, August 6, 2019
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
730 3rd St. Des Moines, IA 50309

Get the scoop on downtown news and member news at this popular Downtown Chamber coffee & networking event. This month's event Host is Iowa Wild.
Leadership Education and Advancement Pipeline (LEAP) Series 2019 August

Hosted at Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel
Friday, August 9, 2019
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
401 Locust St. Des Moines, IA 50309

LEAP's mission is to build a community that empowers and motivates women by helping them to reach their fullest potential. Each program provides skill-building, challenging concepts, inspiration, and networking time. The LEAP programs include meals and occur once per month during March – November. Programs are open to both men and women, and content applies to all backgrounds and levels of expertise.
2019 LEAP Awards - Nominations Open!

Deadline to submit is August 12th -  click the headers for each award to review criteria and submit.

Please take a moment to nominate someone deserving of any of the following categories. Winners will be recognized on October 3rd at the LEAP Summit.

Recognizes the accomplishments of a female professional who maintains an unwavering passion and commitment to advancing women and examples of her work have been seen throughout the community.

Recognizes an emerging female professional who demonstrates a clear momentum to initiate change.
A gender neutral category that recognizes an individual or organization that upholds the LEAP mission by empowering and supporting the advancement of women. 

Sponsored by:
New Teacher Appreciation at the Dream Big Conference

Hosted at Iowa Events Center
Monday, August 12, 2019
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
730 Third St., Hall B/C, Des Moines, IA 50309

This summer, the Downtown Chamber, along with FUSEdsm and 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

Attending and having a business booth are FREE!

Questions? Contact  Nathan Svare or  Amber Miller   for more details
Restaurant Series at The Poke Company

Hosted at The Poke Company
Tuesday, August 13, 2019
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
300 W Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy Suite 210, Des Moines, IA 50309

Join us for our restaurant series at The Poke Company!
New Manager Mastermind

Hosted at Gateway Market & Cafe
Thursday, August 15, 2019
7:30 AM - 8:30 PM
2002 Woodland Ave. Des Moines, IA 50312

Are you feeling lost and alone in this management thing? Would you like to swap ideas with others who feel the same as you?
Skyline Series

Hosted at The Equitable Building
Thursday, August 15, 2019
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
604 Locust St. Des Moines, IA

Join us for this one of a kind networking event on one of the most beautiful rooftops in Des Moines!
Non-Profit Mastermind

Hosted at Gravitate Coworking - Downtown
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
500 Locust St. Suite 101. Des Moines, IA 50309

A monthly private, small group discussion to assist professionals in the Non-Profit industry. This mastermind is a free benefit available only to current members of the Downtown Chamber.
Ribbon Cutting For The Focus Office

Hosted at The Focus Office LLC
Saturday, August 24, 2019
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM (Ribbon cutting and program to happen at 11am)
2425 Hubbell Avenue Suite 200. Des Moines, IA 50317

Join us to welcome the Grand Opening for The Focus Office! Music, food, and drinks give-away. Live Music by DJT MAXX.
Downtown DIG & Tour at 909 Locust St.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM ( note the time change) - optional tour following program that may run until 9:00 AM.
909 Locust St. Des Moines, IA

This month's program is about Federal Home Loan Bank and the changes that were made to the 909 Locust St. building.
Register Now!
Inaugural Downtown Chamber Golf Outing

Hosted at Wakonda Club
Monday, September 16th
10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
3915 Fleur Dr., Des Moines, IA 50321

Listen, Share, and Subscribe
The Downtown Chamber Marketing Committee has launched a new podcast. We are asking you to please listen (it's less than 15 minutes!) and subscribe, and share with your network to help grow the audience.   Listen Here
Name This Podcast
It is currently called   "Formerly Chamber Chat"  since we referred to  Chamber Chat  during the first episodes, but quickly found out that name is not available. We are asking your help in naming the official Downtown Chamber Podcast:   Submit Your Ideas here .
In subscribing to our podcasts, you'll learn tips and advice from Downtown Chamber member businesses. In the first episode, " Keeping it Green ,"  Andrea Metzler ,  owner of   Art Terrarium shares her knowledge of office and household plants and tips for keeping them alive and healthy, despite your level of plant care abilities. 
This episode includes:
  1.  How to be a better plant owner, or "Plant Parent."
  2.  Finding the plant that fits you and your style - are you an over-waterer or do you forget to water?
  3. Discovering the therapeutic effects of plants and how the can improve your environment and health.
  4. Avoiding non-toxic plants if you're a pet-owner.
  5. Why Andrea named her store, "Art Terrarium," her favorite plant, and what makes this business successful.
The podcast "Formerly Known as Chamber Chat" is recorded and edited at the  Des Moines Radio Group  studios. Visit  to learn more about their podcasting services, or contact Michael Hope at  or call 515-309-4313.  
Upcoming Calender
Looking Ahead
LEAP Summit - 1/2 Day Conference
Thursday, October 3rd
12:00 PM - 4:30 PM, followed by reception
Hosted at Principal, 711 High Street
Address and Website
The Downtown Chamber is located inside Gravitate at:
500 Locust St., Suite 101, Des Moines, IA 50309
(515) 297-6333

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