September 18, 2019
Creating Connections that Count!
Events at a Glance
The Events-at-a-Glance newsletter is out on a Wednesday this week because we wanted to be able to share photos from the 1st Annual Downtown Chamber Golf Tournament. Find those, and a recap of the day below!

In addition, we have some NEW Updates regarding events this and next week:
Update: 6 Degrees , previously scheduled for this Thursday, September 19th, has been moved to next Thursday, September 26th to allow for our members to attend the Regional Business After Hours this Thursday for networking with 24 area chambers. See below for details on the Regional Business After Hours.
6 Degrees

Thursday, September 26th
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Held at Easter Seals Camp Sunnyside, 401 NE 66th Ave.

A casual business after hours focused on creating connections. 

Bring your business cards and a 'thirst' to meet some new people.

Update: Downtown DIG , scheduled for Wednesday, September 25th, has been relocated to DART Central Station.
Hospitality Sponsored by:
Downtown DIG

Wednesday, September 25th
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Held at DART Central Station, 620 Cherry St., Des Moines

This month, we'll be discussing Water Works Park and the recent renovations. The event will be hosted at DART Central Station.

Our presenter is Sam Carrell , Executive Director of the Des Moines Water Works Park Foundation, and colleagues will update us on the status of recent and upcoming renovations at the park.

New Manager Mastermind

Thursday, September 19th
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Held at Gateway Market, 2002 Woodland Ave.

New Manager Mastermind is a free-form discussion group to help new managers learn how to manage. This group is for new managers, people who aspire to be managers, or managers who got minimal assistance (for a variety of business reasons) moving into your new role.
Hospitality Sponsored by:
Member Orientation

Monday, September 23rd
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Held at Americana, 1312 Locust St., Des Moines

New/current members and prospective members of the Downtown Chamber to learn or refresh their knowledge on chamber programs.

Enjoy appetizers, cocktails, and networking while learning 5 simple ways to be involved with the Downtown Chamber.
Downtown Council

Tuesday, October 1st
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Held at Kinetic Edge, 516 Third St., Des Moines

Get the scoop on downtown news and member news at this popular Downtown Chamber coffee & networking event.
$75/person (Members)
$100/person (General Public)

*Current LEAP series attendees are free, but still need to RSVP via the registration link.
LEAP Summit - The Power of Her

Thursday, October 3rd
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Held at Science Center of Iowa, 401 MLK Jr. Pkwy., Des Moines

Join us for the annual half-day LEAP Summit - "The Power of Her."  

LEAP is dedicated to building a community that empowers and motivates women. The 2019 Summit is an opportunity to network with other professional women in Des Moines and gain insights from impactful female leaders. Registration is open to all in the community.

Keynote by  McKenna Haase , then follow with:

2:15pm Breakout Sessions - select one: 
  • Building Your Tribe – Climbing the Corporate Ladder: Panel with Beth Shelton (Girl Scouts of Iowa), Kathyn Kunert (MidAmerican Energy), Julia Lawler (Principal), and Holly Kilstrom (Gcommerce)
  • Confidence – Get Out of Your Own Way: Presentation by Erin Benko (Dale Carnegie)
3:15pm Large-Group Discussion:  
  • Defining Culture – Using the EQ Principle: Presentation by Liz Nead

The LEAP Advisory Council is collecting success stories from LEAP participants. If LEAP has impacted your life, please share your story with us.
Leadership Education and Advancement Pipeline (LEAP) Series

Hosted at Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel
Friday, October 11, 2019
8:00 AM - 9:30 PM
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.

The next workshop is "Negotiating Life," presented by Denise Forney, Organizational Development Business Partner, UnityPoint Health, Des Moines
The LEAP Series is Presented by
LEAP Circle
And Supported by the following sponsors:
Resource Table Sponsor:
Non-Profit Sponsor:
LEAP Summit Keynote Sponsor:
LEAP Summit Breakout Sponsors:

LEAP Summit Registration Sponsor:
1st Annual Golf Tournament

Thank you to Beckley’s Automotive Service for being the Photography Sponsor and capturing the first Downtown Chamber golf tournament earlier this week. Christopher Maharry was our photographer and below are a few of the over 30 teams that participated! Click here to view, download, and share . We have many more photos from the day and will be sharing these throughout the week on social media and our newsletter.

Thank you also to our Hole Sponsors for making the playing experience that much more fun!

Hole Sponsors:
  • BH Management (also provided volunteers!)
  • Community Choice Credit Union
  • Downtown Now
  • GEICO Local Office
  • Hott Off the Press (they also printed signage!)
  • ISG
  • Keck Parking
  • Mercy College of Health Sciences
  • Mercedes-Benz of Des Moines
  • Netbringer, Inc.
  • Northwest Bank
  • Terracon
  • Webspec Design

Helping everyone stay cool was Atlantic Bottling who supplied water, and also a big thank you to Wakonda Club and their staff for being involved in the planning every step of the way and welcoming us to their grounds. We’re also grateful to our volunteers and prize donors and will be sharing more about them in our upcoming communications.
Nominations Open
2019 Board of Directors
2020 Board of Directors

Deadline for applications:
Monday, September 23rd at 5:00 PM

The Downtown Chamber is seeking nominations for its Board of Directors. Nominations are open to any individual whose business is a member of the Downtown Chamber of Commerce. If a nominee is not a Chamber member at the time they turn in their paperwork, they must express written intent to become a Chamber member by the time they take a voting position on the Board. Board Terms are 3 years, with the exception of the Executive Committee, they serve 1 year renewing terms.
Nominees are asked to submit a letter of interest, resume, and nomination application to or mail to Des Moines Downtown Chamber, 500 Locust St., Suite 101, Des Moines, IA 50309.
Listen, Share, and Subscribe
The Downtown Chamber Marketing Committee has launched a new podcast. We are asking you to please listen and subscribe, and share with your network to help grow the audience.   Listen Here
Learn something new for yourself and your business from the expertise, education, and tips from Des Moines Downtown Chamber member businesses. Episodes are recorded and edited by Des Moines Radio Group. "The Chamberphiles" is hosted by Sid Juwarker, Vice President of the Downtown Chamber Board of Directors.

Sue Woody, Executive Director at the  Des Moines Public Library , shares how your local library can be used for both personal and business needs in a digital age. Des Moines Public Library, winner of the Downtown Chamber's 2018 Non-Profit of the Year Award, offers half a million items for circulation, and September is national Library Card Sign-Up Month. Find out why 98,000 people from all over are card members.

This episode includes:
1) Business resources to help you get ahead on your sales goals
2) How libraries are not just hard copies anymore
3) Free access to the New York Times and movie streaming on your device? Know what your library card gets you.
4) Simple steps to success for working with our new generation of readers
5) Find out what special gem exists in this building, designed by world-famous architect David Chipperfield

"The Chamberphiles" 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. 
Total Resource Campaign (TRC)
This year's campaign starts October 1st!

TRC Sponsorship Renewals
Downtown Chamber volunteers are gearing up for the annual Total Resource Campaign (TRC)! If you were a sponsor, event host, or secured services this year through the campaign last fall, note that a volunteer will be reaching out to you between now and October 1st to offer you first rights of refusal for your sponsorship prior to the campaign's start.

What is TRC?
TRC is a 6-week program where 2020 sponsorship and hosting opportunities become available. These special opportunities secure exposure for your business, build professional and communication skills, and impact the community. This is the only time members can purchase sponsorships during the year.

When is TRC?
On October 1st, the official campaign will begin. Be thinking about your budget for hosting, sponsorship, and other visibility options through the Downtown Chamber so you can take advantage of these opportunities. During the campaign is the only time that they will be available.

Who is involved in TRC?
The TRC Campaign is also excellent for our volunteers! We offer fun team-building activities each week, motivational speakers, and social time to connect with other volunteers. Volunteering grants access to new contacts, develops and improves sales and presentation skills, and creates the opportunity to impact community initiatives. The Downtown Chamber is seeking donations for prizes and gifts to reward our volunteers. If you would like to donate a volunteer prize or gift, or if any of your or a member of your team would be interested in representing your business as one of our volunteers , please let us know.

The TRC Campaign is important to the Downtown Chamber's growth in programming, member services, and community impact. We look forward to connecting with you!
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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