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Business ResourceS

To maintain Greater Des Moines' (DSM) position as a top place for business and careers, it is essential that businesses in the region have the necessary tools to succeed. The Partnership works with 23 Affiliate Chambers of Commerce and more than 6,100 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. 

The Partnership's Regional Membership

The Partnership provides the following business resources:

Business Networking

Explore local networking opportunities through The Partnership and other resources.

Chamber Nights

Des Moines plays host to minor league teams for all sports lovers. Arena football, baseball, basketball and hockey all have a presence in the metro. During each season, teams partner with our Affiliates to offer discounted tickets and other exclusive opportunities. Check our calendar of events for the next Chamber Night to support our local teams!

Small to Big Business Forum

This forum, held annually, is a roundtable, round-robin event designed specifically for business-to-business networking.

Small Business Success Summit

The purpose of the Small Business Success Summit is to inform, educate and inspire business owners in Greater Des Moines (DSM). The 2017 event on November 10, themed Smashing the Barriers, will be the premier business conference of 2017. The summit will host keynote speakers, workshops and breakout sessions on a variety of timely topics that affect business owners and managers. Attendees will also have an opportunity to network and establish strategic partnerships.

Visit the Small Business Success Summit page for more information and to register today!

Startups and Entrepreneurs

Tools to help entrepreneurs and startups develop and grow their ventures.

Business Summit for Education Reform

The Greater Des Moines Partnership in conjunction with the Iowa Chamber Alliance, Iowa Association of Business and Industry and the Iowa Business Council, formed the Business Summit for Education Reform to create a strong and unified business voice across the state. Together these businesses have taken a leadership role in advocating for transformative reform in education this legislative session. The Summit features national and local experts who are seeking to achieve better results through an improved education system. Below you will find presentations from the Summit.

Professional Development & Education

Greater Des Moines (DSM) offers a large number of continuing education and professional development opportunities for current and prospective employees in the metro region to reach personal and professional goals.

Don't Get Gobbled Up: Top Five IP Tips You Need to Know

Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018  |  11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.  |  Register Now

The Top Five For Small Business Series is focused on informing, educating and inspiring business owners throughout DSM. Featuring leaders in legal, human resources, information technology, marketing, accounting and other fields, the event speakers discuss five key takeaways to drive success in small businesses.

View the full list of Partnership events to register for the next Top Five presentation.

View the video of all past Top Five Things speakers:


Presentations from past speakers are available to download: 

First Fridays Series 

The goal of the First Fridays Series is for the aspiring entrepreneurs and the people of Des Moines to hear from business owners and entrepreneurs who have helped shape the communities in which we live. The speakers are makers, store owners, movers and shakers, creators of regional or national brands, and all have stories that are uniquely their own.

Register for the next First Friday presentation here.

View past First Friday presentations below:

Succession Planning Advisory Network

Succession Planning Advisory Network (SPAN) is a team of individuals with experience in succession planning for either their own businesses or on behalf of others. SPAN provides assistance to help answer questions for businesses looking at the next chapter of ownership. For more information, contact Meg Schneider, Senior Vice President of Business Resources and Community Development.

Workforce Inclusion

The Greater Des Moines Partnership's Diversity and Inclusion Council implements a variety of initiatives, including educational webinars and seminars, designed to promote inclusion in the workplace and in the community. 

Buy Local

Connection to local products and services through the Look Local First initiative encourages businesses to shift five percent of their current out-of-area spending back into the local economy. 

Global Connections

Resources to enhance global trade, talent and investment opportunities to maximize economic competitiveness among global markets.

Workplace Wellness

Resources encouraging health and wellness in the workplace.


Help shape the region's local, state and federal policy agendas and access The Partnership's public policy expertise.

EDGE 75x25

To drive the region's talent development, the Education Drives our Greater Economy (EDGE) 75x25 campaign seeks to ensure that 75 percent of Central Iowans have post-secondary degrees, certificates or credentials by 2025.

Internships 101

The Greater Des Moines Partnership's Internships 101 Guide provides the tools needed for businesses to implement a successful internship program. 


IA SourceLinkIASourceLink provides information to connect emerging entrepreneurs and small businesses with resources to help encourage an organization's growth and development. Learn more about how to connect for small business growth.

Economic Gardening

The Partnership is pleased to partner with Advance Iowa to deliver the Economic Gardening program, an innovative economic growth strategy that focuses on providing insight and guidance to help businesses grow such as: 

  • Identifying market trends, prioritizing sales leads, competitive data and business opportunities
  • Refining companies' core strategies and business models
  • Raising visibility for a firm's web presence via search engine optimization strategies
  • Using social media to connect with customers and create buzz about products or services

Economic gardening is often referred to as a "grow your own" strategy for economic development. It represents a new way of supporting growth companies and letting Iowa business owners know how important they are to their local economies.

To learn more about economic gardening, visit here or contact The Partnership.

Foreign Employee Resource

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' (USCIS) I-9 Central is an online resource center to help businesses verify their employees' identities and employment authorization. 

Talent Development Resources

The Partnership's Career Center is a resource for companies to post their job openings for candidates to search and apply for career opportunities.

Looking for talent to fill your company's job openings? Create an employer account on the DSM USA Career Center.

See a list of even more talent development resources provided by The Partnership.