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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.

Inclusive Business Strategies Research

The Greater Des Moines Partnership has released results from the Inclusive Business Strategies Research conducted last year by Bâton Global. The purpose of the Inclusive Business Strategies Research is to define pathways for existing resources to build inclusive, sustainable entrepreneur-centric economies to provide stakeholders with ideas, connections and tools needed to be successful. This initiative aims to establish a system that will proactively build relationships with diverse entrepreneurs and supporting organizations. View the executive summary here. 

Iowa Innovation Dashboard

The Partnership, along with local business news publication Clay & Milk, lead the Iowa Innovation Dashboard. The dashboard is a comprehensive indicator of entrepreneurial activity in the state of Iowa, compiling several key metrics of entrepreneurial information into one dashboard to capture the pulse of Iowa's entrepreneurial and startup climate. The dashboard measures business density, survival rate, research, investment capital and demographics regarding entrepreneurship in Iowa. Learn more about the dashboard here

Resources for Small Businesses and Startups

The Partnership offers a resource hub that was created specifically with small businesses and high growth-potential startups 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
  • Raising Capital
  • 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 23 Affiliate Chambers of Commerce and more than 6,500 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! 

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. 

Buy Local

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


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.