August 30, 2019
Friday Focus
Events Next Week
Thursday, September 5th - Ribbon Cutting
For Central Health Chiropractic, 500 SW 7th St., Suite 205, 5:00 PM

Inaugural Downtown Chamber Golf Tournament
Monday, September 16th
Hosted at Wakonda Club, 10:00 AM - 6:30 PM

Join Us At One Of Iowa's Premier Clubs For The Chamber's First Annual Golf Outing! Registration includes: Golf, Driving Range, Cart, Lunch, and 2 Drink Tickets. 
Flight Prize Donations
The Golf Committee is seeking flight prize donations from member businesses valued at $25 or above. Looking for sets of 4 if possible.
Please let us know if you would like your business represented by donating a prize to be given out at the Downtown Chamber golf outing. Click here to submit your prize donation.
Hole Sponsorships
available  - $500
Benefits include:
• Company sign on hole (provided) 
• Opportunity for company representative to sit at sponsored hole on the day of the tournament
• 1 Complimentary Golf Registration (while available - limited # remain)
Click Here to secure a Hole Sponsorship for your company  .
And thank you to the extraordinary volunteers who've been working together on the Golf Committee this year for the Downtown Chamber's first one!
  • Leslie Garman
  • Barb Adix
  • Scott Seeliger
  • Amanda Wiebers
  • Matt Kiernan
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

"The Chamberphiles"
​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.

Matt Kiernan, Director of Strategic Development for  CLE Productions , a national event production company, shares insider tips & tricks for how to have a successful corporate meeting or event.
​This episode includes:
1) The secret to a professional event that most people don't know.
2) Budgets or vision? How to make the most of both.
3) How to use event timing to your advantage.
4) The 4-second attention span audience.
5) The event is done... now what?

The podcast "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
Member Business Opportunities
Receive free Consulting Services!

Iowa JPEC's business consulting program provides strategic management consulting services to alumni and Iowa-based businesses and organizations. Student teams, who are led and evaluated by experienced faculty and mentors, create innovative solutions to unique problems for both emerging and established companies.

They are currently accepting applications for clients to receive services this Fall. Additional details can be found below.

How it Works:
  • Program structured around an academic semester (fall/spring/or summer)
  • Business Consulting is a college course where student teams will work on your projects for approx. 120-150 hours throughout the semester.
  • Teams of 3-5 students are led and evaluated by experienced faculty and mentors throughout the class. Students will communicate with the client regularly to share progress reports and obtain feedback from the client. The course concludes with a final student presentation to the clients.
  • This program is offered at no cost to the business. However, each client is expected to dedicate 2-3 hours per week to the student team.

As a client, you will receive the following:
  • Competitive analysis
  • Environmental analysis
  • Insights from an expert
  • Student team mentorship from experienced professionals
  • Actionable recommendations

In addition to the services listed above, each client can select one other area of research. Options include:
  • Market trend analysis
  • Consumer behavior research
  • Observational study on customers
  • Social media strategy
  • Marketing/digital marketing strategy
  • Product/service growth strategy

Partnership Perk
As a Member of the Downtown Chamber, you are automatically a Member of Greater Des Moines Partnership.
Partnership Perk — Education and Professional Development Offerings
Through the dual membership with the Downtown Chamber and Greater Des Moines Partnership, you have access to numerous educational and professional development offerings throughout the year. Offerings span a wide variety of topics, including marketing plans, implementing internships, human resource issues and inclusion. These educational opportunities are offered both via webinar and in person.
The goal is to provide you with just-in-time information on pertinent business operations and emerging trends, but also to encourage you to step outside of your business for an hour or a day to recharge or bring back new ideas to your business.   
This year, we are excited to offer two series focusing on small business.

·         The First Friday Series features interviews from savvy, successful small business owners in Greater Des Moines (DSM) on the first Friday of every month. The First Friday series allows for attendees to catch words of wisdom from small business owners who have been through it before and connect with fellow attendees in a laid-back environment.

·         The Top Five for Small Business Series focuses on issues that small businesses face. The series features presentations to inform, educate and inspire business owners in DSM. The events focus on a variety of timely topics that affect small business owners and managers including legal, human resources, information technology, marketing, accounting and other pressing issues.
To learn more about these opportunities and other events, visit

Your LEAP Story
Your LEAP Story

The LEAP Advisory Council is gathering stories of how LEAP has helped its attendees over the last 5 years. Have you become a mentor or mentee because of LEAP? Have you challenged yourself in new ways? Did you move up in your organization or expanded your business? Have you learned something new about yourself that helps you in your day-to-day life? Tell us what impact LEAP has had on you! We want to know your #LEAPdsm story.

Total Resource Campaign
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!
Get the Look
Are you a volunteer with the Downtown Chamber, or a proud member?
You can order polos, shirts, jackets, and more with the Downtown Chamber logo to get the official look!
This shopping link will close on September 9th
Downtown Chamber Office
Located inside Gravitate
500 Locust St.
Suite 101
Des Moines, IA 50309


We invite you to stop by anytime to visit and share with us how the Downtown Chamber can help your business.

Thank you to the following Businesses who've helped us decorate and make our space more functional and inviting:

Plants from Art Terrarium
Wall Art arranged by Bottle & Bottega
Flat Screen TV donated by Principal
Parking provided by Cognizant
Furniture design from All Makes
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