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Business ResourceS

To maintain Greater Des Moines' (DSM's) position as a top place for business and careers, it is essential that businesses in the region have the necessary tools to succeed. That is why the Greater Des Moines Partnership has a dedicated team to support businesses of all sizes and stages here in DSM.

2018 DSM Small Business Jobs Report

Download the 2018 DSM Small Business Jobs Report to see how small business leadership is being empowered throughout the region.

Resources for Small Businesses and Startups

The Partnership offers a resource hub that was created specifically with small businesses in mind, providing online tools, small business and startup blogs and podcasts, education and networking events, and so much more on the following topics:

  • How to Start a Business 
  • Accounting and Taxes
  • Finance, Banking and Capital
  • IT and Data
  • Legal Resources
  • Marketing and Sales
  • Networking and Education
  • Staffing and Hiring
  • Success Stories
  • Succession Planning
  • Events

Visit the Small Business Resources Hub to find the resources you need to grow your business.

Business Connections

The Partnership works with 24 Affiliate Chambers of Commerce and more than 6,400 business Members around the region to ensure organizations have resources such as talent development resources, professional networking and development opportunities and workplace wellness tools to cultivate a work culture that is effective, inclusive, innovative and profitable. Visit the Affiliate Chambers page to learn more about how to become a Member to help grow your business or join as an Investor!

Growing Business Stat Graphic

Mentor Connection

The Partnership Mentor Connection is designed for founders of small businesses to connect with mentors throughout Greater Des Moines (DSM).

Talent Development Resources

DSM is home to high-quality, high-performing employees in part due to the efforts of The Partnership to help companies and organizations with talent attraction, development and retention. For more information, visit the Talent Development Resources page.

Global Business Resources

Tapping into the global marketplace and taking advantage of international trade is essential to the success of DSM's business environment. Visit the Global Business Resources page to learn more about business resources and initiatives provided by The Partnership to elevate DSM to become a global community.

Workplace Wellness

The Partnership shares resources and offers one-page poster and informational packets that share wellness tips touching on a variety of topics, facts and resources that will give employees across the region immediate takeaways they can implement into their daily lives. For more information, visit the Workplace Wellness page

Buy Local

The Partnership created Look Local First, an initiative to promote local expertise, products and services in DSM. Visit the Buy Local page to learn more about how supporting local businesses is supporting your community.

Plains Angels

Plains Angels is a group of accredited angel investors interested in achieving outsized financial returns by investing in early-stage growth companies. Visit the Plains Angels pages to learn more about how this network supports early-stage companies seeking rapid growth.


The Partnership has a dedicated Public Policy team that serves as a resource to help shape the region's local, state and federal policy agendas. Visit the Public Policy page for more information.