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Deidra Meyer DSM Employment Ready Podcast Additional Resources, Staffing & Hiring
Learn growth and continuous learning tips and tricks from Deidra Meyer.
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Minor league sports experts discuss the future of the Greater Des Moines (DSM) sports seasons.
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COVID-19 Recovery and Relief Additional Resources
Darrell Cronk outlines changes within the business community due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Driving Business Growth with Data IT & Data, Marketing & Sales
Learn how to drive growth in your business using Google Analytics data to bring about results and leads.
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Navigating New Workplace HR Complexities Additional Resources, Staffing & Hiring
Learn about five areas for focusing on employee engagement post-pandemic and evolving through HR changes.
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I-9s During and After the COVID-19 Pandemic Additional Resources, Staffing & Hiring
Lori Chesser explains I-9 preparation and remote work considerations amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Ryan Carroll shares the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global manufacturing industry's supply chains.
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Marketing Experts Webinar for DSM Forward Additional Resources, Marketing & Sales
Drew McLellan of McLellan Marketing Group in Greater Des Moines (DSM) discusses marketing during the pandemic.
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Joseph Benesh suggests artists and bankers can benefit through conversations about art and money.
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Broadlawns Medical Center's chief medical officer shares five leadership principles for dealing with a crisis.
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The Greater Des Moines Partnership led a panel discussion for employer legal considerations post-pandemic.
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Productivity and Engagement Tips During COVID-19 Additional Resources, Marketing & Sales
Doextra CRM Solutions account executives offer tips for increasing productivity during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Readying for the Road to Recovery Additional Resources
Partnership Board Chair Tom Mahoney reflects on how Greater Des Moines' (DSM's) next steps to economic recovery.
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COVID-19 Landlord Updates Additional Resources, Legal
Davis Brown Law Firm attorneys explain COVID-19 implications and updates critical for Iowa landlords.
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Russell Jensen DSM Employment Ready Podcast Additional Resources, Staffing & Hiring
Russell Jensen discusses emotional intelligence behaviors and strategies for leadership.
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Dr. Teri Wahlig shares leadership tips during COVID-19 for community and business leaders in Greater Des Moines (DSM).
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COVID-19 Returning to Work Updates Additional Resources, Legal
Davis Brown Law Firm attorneys offer advice for businesses handling abandoned property due to the pandemic.
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PPP Loan Benefits and Documentation Additional Resources, Legal
Davis Brown Law Firm attorneys explain COVID-19 updates, including PPP Loan benefits.
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BKD COVID-19 6 Key Considerations Accounting & Taxes, Additional Resources, Finance, Banking & Capital
BKD offers six key considerations for business leaders during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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PPP Experts Webinar for DSM Forward Accounting & Taxes, Additional Resources, Finance, Banking & Capital
LWBJ's Dave Hove and Michael Trettin offer PPP information on guidance from the Small Business Association.
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Joseph Benesh hopes for a new normal when it comes to technology and productivity tools in a post-pandemic world.
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Keystone Electrical Manufacturing Company President Fred Buie talks leadership and overcoming challenges.
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Brian Berry shares insight into leadership traits for the latest episode of the DSM Employment Ready podcast.
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Congresswoman Cindy Axne offers leadership lessons learned that can be applied to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall Additional Resources
Panelists discuss steps our organizations can take to drive the Greater Des Moines (DSM) economy post-pandemic.
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How to Best Utilize the Paycheck Protection Program Loan Additional Resources, Finance, Banking & Capital
Nyemaster Goode PC offers insights into the Paycheck Protection Program and how to best maximize loan forgiveness.
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Successfully Manage a Remote Sales Team Additional Resources, Marketing & Sales
Benjamin Remp provides sales philosophies for managing a remote sales team during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Kristi Knous reflects on times of challenge and how to move forward during a crisis like COVID-19.
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Mike Hoffman and Curt Buhr discuss Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) course offerings amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Joseph Benesh discusses planning out your ideas, specifically when a pivot is necessary.
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Panelists discuss workplace wellness as a D&I initiative during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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NCMIC Finance Corporation President Tony Dickinson talks about business challenges and overcoming in the midst of COVID-19.
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Greater Des Moines Partnership Virtual Investor Briefing Additional Resources, Finance, Banking & Capital
Greater Des Moines Partnership CEO Jay Byers leads an Investor briefing on new initiatives and other updates.
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Greater Des Moines Partnership CEO Jay Byers updates investors on community outreach strategies.
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Partnership CEO Jay Byers offers updates on key short-term strategies during COVID-19.
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Jackie Norris discusses her road to CEO of Goodwill of Central Iowa and leadership challenges she's faced along the way.
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The Iowa Credit Union League offers resources to the state's credit unions and members during COVID-19.
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Design Thinking in Four Steps Additional Resources
Joseph Benesh explains steps in the process of design thinking and how analyzation leads to deeper understanding.
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Retired KCCI News Director Dave Busiek shares lessons he's learned and overcoming COVID-19.
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Building an Effective Sales Process During COVID-19 Additional Resources, IT & Data, Marketing & Sales
Andy Snook describes the importance of developing process maps for your business team.
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McGowen Hurst Clark Smith (MHCS) outlines tax deferral dates for individuals and businesses during the pandemic.
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Teree Caldwell-Johnson shares tips on overcoming obstacles in a leadership role as she discusses her career.
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Joseph Benesh offers insight into how challenging circumstances offer opportunities for growth and innovation.
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Prairie Meadows President and CEO Gary Palmer talks overcoming challenges and COVID-19.
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The Davis Brown Law Firm offers recommendations for businesses during COVID-19.
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How to Maintain Profitability During Crisis Additional Resources, Finance, Banking & Capital
Jeff Kappen offers actionable insight into maintaining profitability and stabilizing operations during COVID-19.
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David Leto and Brian Berry share how to embrace personal and professional changes.
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Attorneys with Davis Brown Law Firm in Greater Des Moines (DSM) outline how to interpret the law in a pandemic.
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LightEdge Navigates Social Distancing During COVID-19 Additional Resources, IT & Data, Staffing & Hiring
Michael Hannan offers businesses tips on maintaining employee productivity and securing data during the COVID-19 crisis.
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Jann E. Freed explains the concerns surrounding employee loneliness and stress during COVID-19.
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Retired Bankers Trust CEO Suku Radia discusses leadership challenges and lessons that can be applied to the COVID-19 crisis.
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Key Provisions from the CARES Act Accounting & Taxes, Additional Resources, Finance, Banking & Capital
Dave Hove gives insight into the CARES Act, a stimulus bill meant to provide relief for those impacted by COVID-19.
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Beth Nigut shares what skills will up your employability in today's changing market.
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The Multiplier Effect of DSM Local Businesses Additional Resources, Marketing & Sales
Greater Des Moines (DSM) small businesses recirculate profit locally, creating a big impact on the region.
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Supporting Live Music Amid COVID-19 with DSM Startup HomeDitty Additional Resources, Events & Networking, Marketing & Sales
Katie Byers explains ways to support local artists through virtual house concerts with HomeDitty.
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WINPRO's Affiliate Marketing Strategy Additional Resources, Marketing & Sales
Bill Bernardo offers affiliate marketing advice and lessons learned from WINPRO.
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Retired CEO and current ITA Group Chair Tom Mahoney shares challenges and tips for leading a team through crisis.
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Global Greens Program Assists Former Refugee Farmers Additional Resources, Success Stories
Daniel Bowser explains Lutheran Services in Iowa's Global Greens program and new safety practices during COVID-19.
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Joseph Benesh of The Ingenuity Company outlines components for developing a strategic plan during COVID-19.
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FFCRA and CARES Act Assist Struggling DSM Businesses Accounting & Taxes, Additional Resources, Finance, Banking & Capital
Davis Brown Law Firm lays out how the FFCRA and CARES Act offer Greater Des Moines (DSM) businesses assistance.
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DSM Businesses Selling Virtually on Social Media Additional Resources, Marketing & Sales
Greater Des Moines (DSM) business owners Liz Lidgett and Becky Pospisal share ideas for selling online.
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Ambassador Kenneth Quinn discusses overcoming challenges and lessons that can be applied to COVID-19.
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Greater Des Moines Partnership President Gene Meyer talks about challenges and lessons that can be applied to COVID-19.
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Brian Berry discusses defining success and taking time to find your purpose in life during the COVID-19 crisis.
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Dave Leto offers tips for capitalizing on your strengths during the COVID-19 crisis.
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Flynn Wright Tips for Email Marketing During Sensitive Times Additional Resources, Marketing & Sales
Jeff White shares Flynn Wright's tips for email marketing and staying connected during COVID-19.
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Ambassador Terry Branstad shares the challenges he's faced and lessons that can be applied to COVID-19.
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DMU President Dr. Angela Franklin discusses challenges and lessons that can be applied to COVID-19.
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Greater Des Moines Partnership CEO Jay Byers discusses challenges and lessons that can be applied to COVID-19.
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Retired Principal CEO Larry Zimpleman discusses challenges and lessons that can be applied to COVID-19.
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Communicating with Customers During and After COVID-19 Additional Resources, Marketing & Sales
Torey Maerz shares the best ways to communicate during and after the pandemic, including social media tools.
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Rocket Referrals Solicits Feedback Through Net Promoter Systems Additional Resources, Marketing & Sales
Torey Maerz discusses Net Promoter Systems, including the key reasons marketers find them advantageous.
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Key Strategic Behaviors Tied to COVID-19 Webinar Additional Resources, Finance, Banking & Capital
Shannon Welch shares information concerning the six key stages businesses will go through in a crisis like COVID-19.
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Kaylee Williams provides an inside look at how VolunteerLocal executes marketing and closes the sale.
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Iowa Economic Development Authority COVID-19 Response Accounting & Taxes, Additional Resources, Finance, Banking & Capital, Legal
IEDA works with a number of other organizations on developing relief programs for small businesses.
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Focusing on What You're Leaving Behind During COVID-19 Additional Resources, Success Stories
Jann E. Freed outlines what leaders should be focusin on, from transparency to reflection and introspection.
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Breaking Down Options for DSM Small Businesses Additional Resources, Finance, Banking & Capital
The Greater Des Moines Partnership breaks down the CARES Act and its options for small businesses.
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Techstars Iowa Considers Impact of COVID-19 How to Start a Business, Success Stories
Kerty Levy explains her journey to managing Techstars Iowa and how COVID-19 is impacting the accelerator.
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DSM Small Businesses Pivot to Deal with COVID-19 Crisis Additional Resources, Marketing & Sales
Christina Moffatt shares how Greater Des Moines (DSM) businesses are changing course during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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COVID-19 Resources for DSM Businesses and Individuals Accounting & Taxes, Additional Resources
Beth Coonan and Amy Johnson share recent blogs offering insight related to COVID-19's impact on Greater Des Moines (DSM).
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How to Manage Company Remotely Additional Resources, How to Start a Business, Marketing & Sales, Success Stories
Lana Fox discusses sales and communication tools for managing ClinicNote remotely.
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Top Podcast for DSM Small Businesses and Startups Additional Resources, How to Start a Business, Success Stories
Learn from a Greater Des Moines (DSM) entrepreneur through the top downloaded Startup Stories DSM podcast.
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Sanjita Pradhan explains how the way you manage your business through crisis sets the tone for your brand.
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COVID-19 Unemployment Benefits Update Additional Resources, Legal
Iowa Workforce Development's Ryan West offers a look into unemployment benefits during COVID-19.
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Find Free Cybersecurity Resources Additional Resources, IT & Data
Kara Hoogensen gives tips on where businesses can find free cybersecurity resources.
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Handling Contracts Written Prior to COVID-19 Additional Resources, Legal
Corrin Hatala and Laura Wasson of Davis Brown Law Firm discuss contract obligations for businesses.
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Number 2, 3 Podcasts for DSM Small Businesses and Startups How to Start a Business, Success Stories
Learn from two more Greater Des Moines (DSM) entrepreneurs through the top Startup Stories DSM podcasts.
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Comunity Foundation Activates Disaster Recovery Fund Additional Resources, Finance, Banking & Capital
The Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines works to meet the demands of the DSM community.
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Tips and Fundamentals of Successful Virtual Conferences Additional Resources, Events & Networking, IT & Data
Mike Colwell explains keeping your audience engaged through focus on technical, presentation and speakers.
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Remote Selling Virutal Event Suggests Tips, Tools for Success Additional Resources, Marketing & Sales
Mike Colwell outlines the Remote Selling event with Andy Snook, hosted by the Greater Des Moines Partnership.
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Jann E. Freed explains the power of culture and how to be effective at making tough decisions.
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Greater Des Moines (DSM) Boards of Directors can utilize Zoom, Slack and Microsoft ToDO during COVID-19.
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Nadilia Gomez discusses her love of plant sciences and how it led her to run the Iowa AgriTech Accelerator.
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Top Podcasts for DSM Small Businesses and Startups Additional Resources, Success Stories
Learn from Greater Des Moines (DSM) entrepreneurs through the top downloaded Startup Stories DSM podcasts.
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Read five tips on how to respond accurately during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Tips for Inclusivity and Equity During COVID-19 Telework Additional Resources, Staffing & Hiring
Claudia Schabel shares tips for working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Mike Colwell explains the benefits of Zoom for video conferencing and webinars during COVID-19.
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U.S. SBA Disaster Loan Assistance Now Available in Iowa Additional Resources, Finance, Banking & Capital
Small businesses in Iowa are now eligible for disaster loan assistance related to business loss as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Working at Home During COVID-19 Pandemic Additional Resources, Events & Networking, Marketing & Sales
EventBank's Eric L. Schmidt explains how Greater Des Moines (DSM) businesses can adapt to work at home.
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Work-From-Home Tips for Businesses Practicing Social Distancing Additional Resources, Events & Networking
A long-time Work-From-Home professional in Greater Des Moines (DSM) gives 10 tips for successful teleworking.
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Christina Moffatt shares considerations and advise for pivoting your business during COVID-19.
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Den Bishop discusses flattening the curve, social distancing and the new Coronavirus vocabulary.
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Eric Lohmeier describes business leaders embracing economic/fiscal stimulus specific to companies and industries.
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Erin Huiatt discusses her journey as a women-business owner in Greater Des Moines (DSM).
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Read through tips for planning and preparing your business for possible COVID-19 impact.
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Find out which activities meet the requirements for eligibility for the R&D tax credit.
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Harley Davidson Motor Company Story How to Start a Business, Marketing & Sales
Ken Schmidt explains how Harley Davidson built its customer base and created a loyal corporate culture.
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Brad Dwyer and Joseph Nelson discuss advantages of their new startup, Roboflow.
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Rita Perea explains how her Greater Des Moines small business grew and evolved over 20 years.
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Tractor Zoom Recognizes Opportunities as Data Provider How to Start a Business, Success Stories
Kyle McMahon explains how his early experiences led him to create farm machinery auction site, Tractor Zoom.
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Nicole Gunderson discusses her path to becoming Managing Director of the Global Insurance Accelerator (GIA).
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BetterHireS Evens Playing Field for High Schoolers How to Start a Business, Success Stories
Kiki Levy discusses her business Better HireS and its ability to connect high school talent to business needs.
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Jackie Rolow explains what SHAZAM is doing in Greater Des Moines (DSM) to attract and retain top talent.
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Episode 39: Sustainable Accessories in DSM - Dona Bela Shreds How to Start a Business, Success Stories
Allison Davidson Motoyama discusses her startup journey, including local opportunities and website marketing.
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Set the Foundation for Your Small Business Finances Accounting & Taxes, Finance, Banking & Capital
SCORE has compiled finance and accounting tips to help small business owners succeed.
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Learn about opportunities to claim tax refunds on amended 2018 returns.
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Untapped Talent Event in DSM Highlights Importance of Diversity Additional Resources, Staffing & Hiring
The first of six Untapped Talent events highlights the importance of diversity and inclusion in hiring.
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You've Been Hacked! IT & Data, Legal
John Lande and Bob Hickock discuss data breaches at the Small Business Success Summit.
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Write Once, Use Twice (or more!) Marketing & Sales, Success Stories
Sally Cooper Smith discusses repurposing marketing content.
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Dave Makin and Jay Casmirri discuss cost-effective marketing tools.
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Hyper Local Hype: The Rise of the Nano Influencer Marketing & Sales, Success Stories
Whitney Warne discusses hyperlocal influencer marketing at the Small Business Success Summit.
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Tom Hudson, Crossroads Shooting Sports General Manager, discusses small business marketing tactics.
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Mike Draper talks RAYGUN's growth and expansion, as well as why he wanted employees to unionize.
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Learn how your organization can stay up-to-date on Google, Facebook, and other digital marketing trends that impact your marketing.
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Creating a Henna Business in DSM USA Additional Resources, Success Stories
Maggie Goldhammer explains how she got her start in henna design and why she loves doing business in DSM USA.
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Sally Cooper Smith discusses eight business tips she learned from an aspiring bull rider.
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Learn ways to ensure your company remains in business through strong succession planning.
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Jay Byers explains how Greater Des Moines (DSM) businesses can attract, hire and retain veterans.
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The Small Business Association offers insight into financial planning for your startup.
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From game-changing tech to diversity initiatives, small businesses embrace change in HR.
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Financing Small Business Basics Accounting & Taxes
For both new and existing small business owners, financing is essential to later success.
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Koloni helps bring bike and scooter sharing to smaller communities who aren't able to draw companies on their own.
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Commitment and discipline are essential for small businesses to execute effective strategies for self-promotion.
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Top Five Tips for Great Websites IT & Data, Marketing & Sales
Uncover five tips and changes for small business owners to consider for their websites.
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Rocket Referrals utilizes automation to create touchpoints for insurance agents.
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Learn how to monitor your small business brand online through reviews and social media.
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Ames-based wastewater startup uses algae to remove and recycle pollutants from wastewater.
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Mike Colwell, of Square One DSM and Plains Angels talks online platforms for startups.
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Research partners guide small businesses to success through mentoring and training.
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Katie Byers explains House Concerts in Greater Des Moines (DSM).
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Mike Colwell calls artificial intelligence the great equalizer of the startup world.
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AgriSync Founder discusses leveraging word-of-mouth and accelerating sales through channel management.
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Former Global Insurance Accelerator Director Brian Hemesath discusses insurtech and how to find startup success within the industry.
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Communication reduces liability and minimizes risk for your small business employees.
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Discover five surprisingly simple, easy-to-remember steps for highly effective self-promotion in this Top Five Series.
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After working for two Greater Des Moines (DSM) startups, Kate Wagner launches clothing line Lidgett.
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Scott Gire discusses employment law and explains legal policies for small businesses.
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Protect and control intellectual property with patent, trademark and copyright laws.
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Tej Dhawan discusses the past, present and future for Greater Des Moines' startup and entrepreneur community.
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Choose the right small business loan by understanding terms and preparing documents.
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Liz Lidgett talks about how her love of art turned into launching a DSM USA startup business.
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Family-owned small businesses navigate succession planning and overcome challenges.
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How to Tell Your Story to Investors Finance, Banking & Capital
c.Results Owner Charise Flynn explains how to tell your story to successfully raise capital from investors.
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Tips for Startups Looking to Raise Capital Finance, Banking & Capital
Five tips for finding investors and raising capital at the Raising Capital Seminar.
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Greater Des Moines (DSM) companies can invest in their employees with the 5-2-1-0 in the Workplace program.
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Episode 28: WorkHound and the Importance of Employee Happiness How to Start a Business, Staffing & Hiring, Success Stories
Max Farrell and Andrew Kirpalani talk about starting WorkHound and the lessons they learned along the way.
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Tips for Startups Pitching Investors Finance, Banking & Capital
Dwolla CEO Ben Milne talks pitching investors and raising capital for small businesses.
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Encouraging new managers starts with selecting the right manager from the beginning.
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Finding small business success in DSM depends on collaboration and experienced experts.
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Episode 27: Monetery Recap and Workplace Culture with Ben Milne Events & Networking, Finance, Banking & Capital, Success Stories
Ben Milne, Founder of Dwolla, discusses the success of the company's new event, Monetery, and the importance of creating an inclusive workplace.
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Understanding the Changing of Ownership in Existing Small Businesses Finance, Banking & Capital, How to Start a Business
Entrepreneurs find value in existing small businesses, according to the Small Business Administration.
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ClinicNote is redefining speech therapy through their electronic medical records.
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Startups Thrive with the Right Mentors Additional Resources, Events & Networking
Accelerate startup growth through networking and connecting with potential mentors.
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Checklist for How to Start a Business How to Start a Business
Not sure where to start with launching your business? Start here.
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Capitalization Table for Small Businesses Finance, Banking & Capital
BrownWinick Partner Joe Leo offers tips for creating the startup capitalization table.
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Dwolla's Travis Ensley discusses his journey from the Navy to the world of startups.
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Workplace Wellness Resources How to Start a Business
Download easy-to-use toolkits and other resources to support employee workplace wellness.
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Look for customizable marketing materials and adjust store hours accordingly to prepare.
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Startup Success: CABCo and Expanding in DSM USA Staffing & Hiring, Success Stories
Court Avenue Restaurant & Brewing Co. owner Scott Carlson explains how the right people help your business grow.
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Certintell founder Ben Lefever discusses how the Certintell solution engages patients for better outcomes.
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Fusion Boutique owner Sara Jacobson discusses her experience as a business owner in DSM USA.
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Diversity in mentoring and an ability to empathize are a few of the key steps to mentoring success.
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LenderClose and the Importance of Building Your Network Events & Networking, Success Stories
LenderClose Founder and CEO, Omar Jordan, discusses the importance of networking when starting a business.
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Due Diligence for Startup Companies Finance, Banking & Capital
c.Results Owner Charise Flynn discusses due diligence best practices for startups.
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Cassie Sampson talks startup expansion for Greater Des Moines (DSM) small business owners.
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Overcoming the Challenges: ScoreYard Startup Success How to Start a Business, Success Stories
Des Moines small business owner discusses startup challenges and how he overcomes them.
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Learn more about the price of customer acquisition costs for startup business owners.
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Learn more about Agrisync, a software company focused on agriculture.
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Learning to navigate the fundraising process is the key to startup success.
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QuickBooks is the most widely used accounting software for small businesses owners.
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An inclusive culture offers HR an advantage to finding and hiring diverse employees.
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CEO of Gain Compliance shares how a software company focuses on compliance in the insurance industry.
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Megan McKay shares how Peace Tree Brewing found success amid the 2009 recession and how the original name for the brewery was too risqué.
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Disaster Recovery for Small Businesses Additional Resources, How to Start a Business, IT & Data
Learn how to outline the necessary steps to ensure you and your organization are at the ready before, during and after disaster strikes.
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Marry My City offers a new way to create a wedding registry full of experiences rather than stuff.
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Melissa Carlson shares how to give your brand a persona and to think about it as more than just a logo.
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Rachel Eubank of Sticks discusses her passion for art and developing the Sticks brand.
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Pitchly founder discusses pitching to investors and helping startups raise capital.
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Gabe Glynn explains how Makusafe technology and data successfully make workplaces safer.
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Velorosa founders discuss growing the cycling apparel startup and selling at RAGBRAI.
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At age 24, Kate Banasiak became a minority owner of Diversified Management Solutions. She's now CEO.
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Steve and Des Sherlock find support for Pablow through Global Insurance Accelerator.
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"Ambitious Adventures" questions restaurant owner about DSM small business community.
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Tracy Fuller started InnovativEvents as a way to cope with a personal tragedy, but has since grown it into a global success.
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Brad Dwyer explains how Hatchlings found success and led to the development of new apps.
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Small Business First Steps: How to Protect Your Business Name Additional Resources, How to Start a Business
Protecting your small business name should be a top priority. Learn how.
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Todd Krone and Jason Cope of startup PowerPollen discuss creating yield technology.
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Amy Vohs of Lil' Sidekick speaks about the technology behind her tether tool for moms.
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Plains Angels Investors in DSM USA Finance, Banking & Capital
Plains Angels investors assist startups in fundraising by investing their own money.
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Crème's Christina Moffatt shares her experience as a female business owner in DSM USA.
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Megan Vollstedt explains how running a startup led her to Iowa's AgriTech Accelerator.
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Look Local First in DSM Additional Resources, How to Start a Business
Learn how to support local startups and small businesses within the DSM USA community.
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Fulfill your Small Business staffing needs, as well as post internship opportunities.
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Dwolla Startup Founder Talks Raising Capital and Inclusion Finance, Banking & Capital, Staffing & Hiring, Success Stories
Ben Milne of Dwolla talks about raising capital and creating an inclusive workspace.
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Time is Money: How Networking is Worth Its Weight in Gold Events & Networking, Finance, Banking & Capital
By today's standards, time is money - manage it well and it will lead to profit. Networking is the key to maximizing each second.
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Executive summaries and market analysis are essential elements of strong business plans.
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Kaylee Williams of VolunteerLocal talks being a female business owner in DSM USA.
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Disaster Loan Assistance Finance, Banking & Capital
Learn more about low-interest federal disaster loans available to Greater Des Moines (DSM) and Iowa businesses.
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Mentor Impact on Small Businesses How to Start a Business
Business owners agree that mentors play a significant role on their small businesses.
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5 Tips and Tricks to Improve Your HR IQ Legal, Staffing & Hiring
Discover five common HR related challenges that businesses may experience and strategies to avoid those pitfalls.
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Amos Petersen explains how startup FarrPro creates solutions for the swine industry.
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HLT co-founder shares startup's steps to success in various mobile solutions markets.
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Steven Brockshus discusses FarmlandFinder and its tools for potential landowners in episode 37 of the Small Business and Startup Stories DSM podcast.
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Incorporating or forming an LLC can lead to larger contracts and capital opportunities.
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Millennials support small businesses and look to start their own and find success.
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Apps help small businesses gather data, increase workflow and manage operational tasks.
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Plan for unforeseen circumstances or retirement by identifying the right successor.
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Fastpath founder discusses the anatomy of a remote sales call and how it will lead to success.
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Internships 101 Guide Staffing & Hiring
Learn how to recruit, hire and manage interns to ensure your small business finds success.
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Raising and Managing Equity Capital Finance, Banking & Capital
Startups succeed when due diligence is done in managing growth after raising capital.
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Employee perks offer small businesses a preferred way to attract and retain employees.
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One-Page Summary for Startups Finance, Banking & Capital
Before you raise capital, create a one-page business summary for potential investors.
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Find Success in Growing Retail Through Events and Collaboration Additional Resources, Events & Networking, Marketing & Sales
Art Terrarium holds several Downtown DSM events each month to give customers a fun retail experience.
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The culture of your company will help you stay competitive and promote loyal employees.
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Will Schneller discusses winning a $1.49M grant and the benefits of working at Mainframe Studios.
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The Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS®) combines timeless principles with real-world tools.
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Financial Model Seminar Finance, Banking & Capital, How to Start a Business
Learn how to determine the amount of capital you will need and when your company will become profitable.
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Learn how to break out of any business rut at the 2019 Central Iowa Business Conference in DSM USA.
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Attendees will learn business strategies and how to effectively pitch financials to investors.
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Small Business Success Summit Events & Networking
Network, establish strategic partnerships and hear from renowned industry leaders at the premier business conference in the Midwest!
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First Fridays is for aspiring entrepreneurs and people of Greater Des Moines (DSM) to hear from business owners shaping our community.
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We all know that breakfast fuels your body, but what if it could fuel your business? Network with other business leaders over a delicious breakfast.
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Eat, drink, and play along the beautiful Riverwalk Downtown beneath the summer comfort of The Canopy at the Brenton Skating Plaza.
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Guide to Optimizing Your Online Presence Additional Resources, IT & Data, Marketing & Sales
Have you optimized your online presence? Learn to do so effectively with this quick how-to.
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Understanding intellect and emotion as motivators is key to finding success and increasing sales.
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Succession Planning Checklist Succession Planning
Is your business ready for when there are unexpected changes in leadership?
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Raising Capital Seminar Events & Networking, Finance, Banking & Capital
Learn how to successfully secure equity funding for your startup business' growth from Greater Des Moines (DSM) experts.
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Learn what options are available during tax season, even if you are unable to pay in full.
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Assess marketing options and evaluate inventory to ready your small business for summer.
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Susan Watts explains how she transitioned from manager to owner of DSM USA art gallery.
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Female Small Business Owners Find Support and Success in DSM USA How to Start a Business, Success Stories
Services grow for female business owners looking to start a business or expand one.
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Anne Barry of Aureon explains how to entice the right talent for your small business.
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Attorney Kelsey Crosse talks employment law and hiring talent for your small business.
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Dwolla's Ben Milne discusses closing deals and pitching your startup to large companies.
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Liz Lidgett talks about her art advisory service focused on style, space and budget.
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Andrew Kirpalani of WorkHound talks starting a driver retention and referral startup.
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A franchise has a high rate of success and is a way to start your own small business.
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The annual Raising Capital Seminar offers ideas for raising capital for startups.
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ClusterFlunk Startup Story Success Stories
ClusterFlunk creates easier peer-to-peer communication between students in the same classes.
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As a doctor, the RSS Founder was unsure about the product, but knew the solution he was after.
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Startup Rocket Referrals has found success thanks to tech innovation and communication.
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Charise Flynn, former COO at Dwolla and Founder of c.Results, shares tips for startups.
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FunnelWise startup founder discusses leveraging data through full-funnel intelligence.
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Katie Byers of HomeDitty discusses her passion for house concerts to benefit musicians.
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Mary Anne Kennedy of Primary Source shares her small business success story.
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Nicole Lorenson of PRESERVATION explains her lifestyle small business and photo studio.
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Jen Bramble of Club B-FIT explains her small business and its alternative fitness focus.
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Beth Montpas of Life Coaching is an expert in sales, business and life coach for women.
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HomeDitty connects undiscovered artists with people who host live music in their homes.
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Tricia Rivas talks about starting Trixie's Salon and the Dreamcatchers Foundation.
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Ben Lefever, founder of Certintell Telehealth, shares his success story as a startup.
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Hatchlings, Inc., is a popular Facebook game known as "The Worldwide Easter Egg Hunt."
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Happy Medium, a full-service marketing firm, includes digital and traditional services.
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Derian Baugh of Men's Style Lab explains his online clothing service startup story.
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TelePharm's Founder Roby Miller discusses the billion-dollar pharmacy software startup.
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Founders of Rocket Referrals explain keeping clients engaged and growing referrals.
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Founders of Adore Your Walls talk about the art advisory service that connects people to art they'll love.
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Attorneys explain ways to protect intellectual property at your small business.
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The Great Frame Up founder shares passion for art and her small business success story.
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Claudia Schabel shares insight on transition from corporate business to startup owner.
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Whitney Warne of Ivory House Photography shares her small business success story.
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Leng Vong Reiff of Akili Design talks starting her marketing services small business.
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Rob Poterucha of McGowen, Hurst, Clark and Smith, P.C. explains the new tax bill.
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Connie Anderson explains how startups create growth by finding their sweet spot customer.
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Jonathan Porter explains his top accounting and taxation ideas for small businesses.
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Jaki Samuelson talks avoiding legal claims and offers advice for small business success.
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Scott Meeker talks connecting small business to the right professionals for IT issues.
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Tiffany Tokarz explains marketing and sales tips to increase small business success.
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Research references of potential startup investors and partners to guarantee success.
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Liz Lidgett of Adore Your Walls discusses becoming a female startup business owner in Greater Des Moines (DSM).
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Founder Jason Cope explains how improving cross pollination increased profitability.
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Steven Brockshus of Terva discusses owning a startup business in Greater Des Moines (DSM).
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Katie Byers shares how her passion for live music turned into a successful startup.
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Kina McAllister grows StemBox into a successful startup after moving to DSM USA.
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Lessons from the Raising Capital Seminar Finance, Banking & Capital
Three Tips about finding mentors and raising capital from the Raising Capital Seminar.
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Lil' Sidekick founder grows startup in DSM USA; succeeds as a female business owner.
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Small Business Administration's Lender Match connects small businesses with lenders.
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Nonprofit vies for top employees with innovative benefit: paying down student debt.
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The s2e initiative connects students to employers to increase job awareness and skills.
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The Internships 101 Toolkit is a free tool for DSM USA startups and small businesses.
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After the holiday season, reboot your small business with these simple tips for success.
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Implementing a cybersecurity policy is one way to combat IT and data security threats.
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Katie Fergus, of FinanSynergy and PractiSynergy, talks opportunity and resources in DSM.
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When employers "think like a leader" and "communicate clearly," success often follows.
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PowerPollen's startup technology leads to high productivity in seed and grain production.
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Structurely startup co-founders discuss artificial intelligence for real estate agents.
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WinPro's Bill Bernardo hopes to ease active dog inflammation through building immunity.
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WorkHound founders solve driver turnover with a digital employee engagement platform.
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When making a commercial real estate decision, identify the right questions to find your future location.
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Learn How to Create a Web Presence for Your Small Business How to Start a Business, Marketing & Sales
A website and social media presence are vital to marketing your small business online.
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FunnelWise Vice President discusses accelerating sales through sales funnel management.
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InvestHER Partner Cayla Weisberg talks raising capital for startups in the Midwest.
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AgTech startup AgriSync finds a solution for the ag industry by providing support for farmers.
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Founder Casey Niemann left Microsoft to form AgTech customer service startup AgriSync.
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Mortgage MarketSmart founders speak on startup challenges and the sales cycle.
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DSM USA experts talk social media marketing strategy for small businesses and startups.
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McLellan Marketing Group CEO speaks on crafting marketing messages for customers.
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Founder Michael Ferrari's startup SmartyPig grew to $3 billion in transactions quickly.
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Lil Sidekick Founder discusses how she brought her new product to the retail market.
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Gabe Glynn, Founder of MakuSafe, anticipates next steps for his DSM hardware startup.
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Drive Spotter is a video analytics platform for railroad and transportation industries.
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Dorothy's House offers care in a secure environment for victims of human trafficking.
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Catchwind Founder Brian Hemesath shares his journey and discusses tips for startups.
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Hatchlings, "The Worldwide Easter Egg Hunt," hit a peak of 200 million pageviews/month.
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Rocket Referrals' Bootstrapping Success Story Finance, Banking & Capital, Success Stories
Rocket Referrals Co-Founder Torey Maerz discusses bootstrapping in DSM USA.
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Financials for Startup Business Plans Finance, Banking & Capital
The Partnership's Mike Colwell talks forecasted revenue, costs and cash flow for startups.
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Dwolla CEO Ben Milne explains startup success through the right number of investors.
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