Small Business Resources

The Greater Des Moines Partnership offers the tools you need to help grow your small business or startup. From online resources on topics like how to start a business, finance, banking and capital, marketing, hiring and events for small business, the Small Business Resources Hub is here to help. The Partnership also offers the following services and additional resources for small businesses:

For more information, contact The Partnership’s small business and startup experts.

COVID-19 Small Business Resources

Needing small business resources specific to COVID-19? Visit the COVID-19 Recovery Hub for more information.

Visit COVID-19 Recovery Hub

Small Business Resources Newsletter

Learn more about small business and startup resources available through The Partnership, as well as events and news to help grow your business. Sign up for the Small Business Resources Newsletter.

Startup Stories DSM Podcast

Get inspired by listening to success stories from local small businesses and startups on the Startup Stories DSM podcast series.

 

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Courtney DeRonde January 2022 Top Five for Small Business Additional Resources, Events & Networking
Courtney DeRonde shares about the Full Focus Planner Program ahead of the first Top Five event of 2022.
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Joseph Benesh shares how two countries innovated in different ways to create a pen that could be used in space.
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Find out how local organizations are helping to create inclusive economic development across the region.
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Small Business and Startup Stories DSM Podcast Year in Review Additional Resources, Finance, Banking & Capital, Marketing & Sales, Success Stories
The Partnership shares a review of the 2021 startup community and an overview for what 2022 will look like.
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Small Business Administration Tips for Small Businesses in 2022 Events & Networking, How to Start a Business
The Small Business Administration offers free online courses to help you launch and grow your business in 2022.
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Learn how your business can hire veterans and better support military employees and spouses in the workplace.
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Learn which Greater Des Moines Partnership podcasts our audiences connected with the most in 2021.
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With the launch of CultivoT Virtual Academy, global innovators have an opportunity to grow ag startups in Iowa.
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Greater Des Moines (DSM) Leaders Reflect on Mentoring Additional Resources, Events & Networking, Staffing & Hiring
Learn how mentoring impacted Greater Des Moines (DSM) leaders Annie Brandt and Renee Hardman.
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Starting a Business in Greater Des Moines (DSM) in 2022 Events & Networking, How to Start a Business
Learn some tips and find resources on starting a business in Greater Des Moines (DSM) in 2022.
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Debra Sears explains why it's important to help young professionals fund future medical expenses with an HSA.
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DSM Business Leaders Attend 2021 Inclusion Summit Additional Resources, Events & Networking, Staffing & Hiring
Business leaders in Greater Des Moines (DSM) learn about building an equitable culture in the community.
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Debra Sears explains how to set up and fund a Health Savings Account, or HSA.
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Telisha Stellick shares how engaging employees is important for an engaged and invested workforce.
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Health Savings Account Benefits Additional Resources
Debra Sears shares the advantages of having a Health Savings Account, or HSA.
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Jenny Quiner discusses urban farming in Greater Des Moines (DSM) and new revenue streams for the local business.
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Leadership and Team Members Cultivate Success Staffing & Hiring, Success Stories
Omar Jordan shares how an entrepreneur's success is determined by growing a team locked in on the same vision.
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Learn why four creators in the Greater Des Moines (DSM) startup community love DSM during Global Entrepreneurship Week.
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Learn stories from three Greater Des Moines (DSM) creators during Global Entrepreneurship Week.
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Learn entrepreneur stories from Greater Des Moines (DSM) creators during Global Entrepreneurship Week.
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Tim Yaggi touches on youth employment engagement trends, resources and employment needs and challenges.
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Building a talent pipeline utilizing people with justice history can help break the cycle of incarceration.
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The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) outlines resources to prevent ransomware attacks.
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Experiential Learning Session on Persons with Disabilities Additional Resources, Staffing & Hiring
Learn how to improve the impact of miscommunication when it comes to persons with disabilities in the workplace.
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Disability Inclusive Workplaces with Becky Curran Kekula Additional Resources, Events & Networking
Becky Curran Kekula outlines how small businesses can make an impact with disability inclusive strategies.
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Anthony (Tony) Paustian reflects on local community college campus' accomplishments and future.
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Learn how to prepare for and successfully manage cybersecurity attacks for your small business.
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The Greater Des Moines Partnership highlighted its featured priorities in Washington, D.C. last month.
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Small Business Marketing Strategies That Work Finance, Banking & Capital, Marketing & Sales
Learn how Greater Des Moines (DSM) small business can market using free services and loans.
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Casey Welch, Tallo co-founder, shares how Greater Des Moines (DSM) employers can retain and attract Gen Z.
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2021 Iowa Summit on Disability Employment in DSM Additional Resources, Events & Networking
Business leaders came together at the 2021 Iowa Summit to discuss disability employment programs.
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Nobious outlines four things to consider when choosing new software for your small business needs.
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Chris Paxson shares 100 years of family legacy and literacy, innovation and leadership at LBS.
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Iowa Restaurant Industry Needs and Trends in 2021 Additional Resources, Staffing & Hiring
Jessica Dunker discusses the Iowa Restaurant Association's efforts to serve more than 6,000 bars and restaurants.
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The Greater Des Moines Partnership's Sanjita Pradhan offers insight into building a DEI Strategy.
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Brad Dwyer recounts his journey to building a successful startup company over the past 18 months.
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Kathy Leggett shares how the organization plans to grow youth engagement through student work-based learning.
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EMC Insurance Companies uses Employee Resource Groups to uplift underrepresented groups.
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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion of Greater Des Moines (DSM) Additional Resources, Events & Networking, Staffing & Hiring
Greater Des Moines Partnership Board Chair Fred Buie shares his thoughts on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
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The Iowa Association of Business and Industry employers are willing to train employees to develop industry careers.
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Top Five Documents in Your Employee Personnel Files Events & Networking, Staffing & Hiring
Hopkins & Huebner shares five steps to create a marketing plan for your Greater Des Moines (DSM) business.
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Community Encourages Greater Des Moines (DSM) Entrepreneur How to Start a Business, Success Stories
Terrence Thames explains how he founded Cocoa Creative to help brands with their visual storytelling.
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Euphoria Cakes in Greater Des Moines (DSM) Marketing & Sales, Success Stories
A passion for cake decorating became the catalyst for a new career and move to Greater Des Moines (DSM).
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The employee retention credit is $7K quarterly wage subsidy per employee for 2021.
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Greater Des Moines (DSM) to Advocate with One Voice at DMDC 2021 Additional Resources, Events & Networking
DMDC 2021 will focus on advancing our federal policy agenda and five featured priorities.
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Seven 2021 Global Insurance Symposium Lessons Additional Resources, Events & Networking
Jason W. Gross shares seven lessons for leaders that can be applied across various industries.
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Panelists offer insight into understanding where to start when it comes to becoming involved in DEI issues.
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Rosalind Fox shares tried-and-true strategies for leading her team through a crisis.
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Tips for Improving Cash Flow for Your Small Business Events & Networking, Finance, Banking & Capital
Eric Ryan offers strategies for improving cash flow and identifying long- and short-term cash needs.
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Post-Pandemic Culture of Wellness Additional Resources
Jeff Russell shares his thoughts on a post-COVID-19 culture of wellness in the workplace.
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Lola's Fine Kitchen Heats Up in DSM Additional Resources, Marketing & Sales, Success Stories
Hannah Elliott shares the startup story behind Lola's Fine Kitchen in Greater Des Moines (DSM)
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Beth Townsend shares advice for employers and people entering the workforce following the COVID-19 pandemic.
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The Greater Des Moines Partnership highlights supplier diversity in Greater Des Moines (DSM).
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Jamie Lamb and Courtney O'Connell share tips for social media e-commerce success.
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Finding diverse workers and working with the immigrant population is a priority in Greater Des Moines (DSM).
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Developing Refugee Youth in Greater Des Moines (DSM) Additional Resources, Events & Networking, Staffing & Hiring, Success Stories
Pi515 is working to create innovative and empowered youth for eventual hire in Greater Des Moines (DSM).
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Tamara Kenworthy lays out five steps to create a marketing plan for your Greater Des Moines (DSM) business.
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LGBTQ Employees in the Workplace Additional Resources, Staffing & Hiring
The Untapped Talent series spotlights the LGBT population, skills to build in the workplace and more.
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EMC Insurance uses their internship program to grow talent for the organization and increase success in the region.
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Summer Startup Tour Events & Networking
Summer Startup Tour is a month-long series of free events to welcome DSM's entrepreneurs, creators and makers back to the community.
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Elisabeth Buck discusses how she leans into guiding principles to lead through a crisis.
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Speaker Jill Andersen in Greater Des Moines (DSM) Additional Resources, How to Start a Business, Success Stories
Get past the fears in your life and learn how to take charge of your life and choices to find success.
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El Fogon in Greater Des Moines (DSM) Additional Resources, Events & Networking, Success Stories
El Fogon opens in West Glen Town Center during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Panelists offer insight into starting a DEI program and increasing DEI efforts in Greater Des Moines (DSM).
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Learn five concepts that will help leadership engage during times of challenge.
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Cultivating and Retaining Talent in Greater Des Moines (DSM) Additional Resources, Staffing & Hiring
Training opportunities for youth and diversity initiatives are a major focus for Greater Des Moines (DSM) companies.
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Mental Wellness and Overall Health Additional Resources
May is mental health month and a good time to check in with your own brain health.
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Sherri Nielsen continues to lead Easterseals Iowa through times of challenge with transparency.
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Small Business Employee Retention Credit Accounting & Taxes, Additional Resources, Staffing & Hiring
The Employee Retention Credit is available for Greater Des Moines (DSM) small businesses in 2021.
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BURN Boot Camp in Greater Des Moines (DSM) Staffing & Hiring, Success Stories
For Darci Evans, co-owning her own business in Greater Des Moines (DSM) has brought big rewards.
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Get tips on communicating effectively about the COVID-19 vaccine to employees.
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Creating a Civility Action Plan Additional Resources
Learn why a Civility Action Plan is essential for creating a plan for successful connections for your organization.
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The Workplace Handshake and the Future of Greetings Additional Resources, Events & Networking
Deborah Rinner shares her thoughts on the workplace handshake as the world returns to work post-pandemic.
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Alison Cate and fellow ARAG employees hold vaccination clinic and return to their Downtown DSM office.
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Panel discusses rural and urban access to broadband at the April 2021 Public Policy Issue Forum.
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Mastering Your Time Through Small Changes Additional Resources, Events & Networking
Learn to master your time in the days and weeks ahead with these five key ideas.
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Broadband access in Greater Des Moines' (DSM's) urban core and our rural communities is integral for the future.
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Jay Byers, Beth Shelton and Shekinah Young join Scott Raecker to discuss tips for social media civility.
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2021 Community Connect Program Additional Resources
Laura Drager shares how ISG has benefited from the Community Connect Program in Greater Des Moines (DSM).
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Learn how becoming a Targeted Small Business can help you start or grow in the state of Iowa.
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Dentons Davis Brown gives an overview of the H-2B program and highlights visa requirements.
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Broadband access in Greater Des Moines' (DSM's) urban core and our rural communities is integral for the future.
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Jason Cope and Todd Krone PowerPollen Startup Story Additional Resources, Success Stories
Jason Cope and Todd Krone return to Startup Stories DSM to discuss good mentors and where PowerPollen stands today.
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Returning Citizens to the Workforce Events & Networking, Staffing & Hiring
The Untapped Talent series highlights returning citizens to the workforce during reentry awareness month.
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Rob Denson shares insight into leading a community college in Greater Des Moines (DSM).
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Virtual recruitment platform, Tallo, is available to the Greater Des Moines (DSM) business community.
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Angie Dethlefs-Trettin shares how donations through GIVEdsm are supporting projects and services around the region.
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Scott Raecker kicks off the Civility Webinar series to discuss how to create the civility strategies.
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Paid Sick Leave Changes Under the American Rescue Plan Accounting & Taxes, Additional Resources, Legal
Learn about expanded paid sick leave and tax credit extensions through the American Rescue Plan of 2021.
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Tricia Rivas of Trixie's Salon Startup Story Additional Resources, Success Stories
Tricia Rivas shares how she became owner of Trixie's Salon in Greater Des Moines (DSM).
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Steve Muller shares his thoughts on autism in the workplace and the benefits of neurodiversity.
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Mike Larkin and Ted Davies explain targeting consumers and utilizing data to find success for your brand.
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AI Advertising and Big Data in Marketing IT & Data, Marketing & Sales
People hate to be sold to, but love to buy. Hear the top five ways you can better understand the customer journey.
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Tej Dhawan Ben Milne DSM Reflect on Startup Community Additional Resources, Events & Networking, Finance, Banking & Capital
Tej Dhawan and Ben Milne join Mike Colwell to discuss the Greater Des Moines startup community from 2010 to now.
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Recognizing the Gender Pay Gap Additional Resources
Sanjita Pradhan shares facts on the gender pay gap and ways to provide equal opportunities for women.
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Jessica Drake shares the role of women in agriculture and how Stine Seed Company is honoring their contributions.
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Impact of Women in the Workplace Additional Resources
Following the challenges of the pandemic, Women's History Month is a chance to reflect on flexibility in the workplace.
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Tiffany O'Donnell shares how the pandemic has created a women's recession and ideas for adapting at your company.
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Greater Des Moines (DSM) will continue its recovery by encouraging companies to invest and grow here.
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Black and Brown Business Summit in Greater Des Moines (DSM) Events & Networking, How to Start a Business
The Summit seeks to position Iowa as the best place in the nation to start a minority business.
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Investors and Entrepreneurs Navigate Capital During Pandemic Additional Resources, Finance, Banking & Capital
Hear from an entrepreneur panel and investor panel on navigating capital during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Amy Nebons of Blink Events and BOCS DSM Startup Story Additional Resources, Events & Networking, Success Stories
Amy Nebons describes her journey into entrepreneurship with Blink Events and BOCS DSM in Greater Des Moines (DSM).
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EMC Insurance Innovation Program Additional Resources
The Innovation Team at EMC Insurance prioritizes communication, collaboration and embracing change.
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Motivating Through COVID-19 Additional Resources
Scott Gire, of Oasis, shares ways becoming a motivating leader during challenging times.
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Agricsync Startup Story on Mobile Support Additional Resources, Success Stories
Casey Niemann reflects on the start of Agrisync, business focus and startup mentors for Startup Stories DSM.
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A new fiber buildout will bring faster internet to Clive, Johnston and Urbandale in Greater Des Moines (DSM).
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Jo Christine Miles shares how listening has helped her navigate her most challenging times.
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The DSM USA Policy HQ podcast guests discuss connectivity and expanding broadband in Iowa.
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Ruan in Greater Des Moines (DSM) will continue to leverage technology today and into the future to drive business.
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Financial Blind Spots When Growing Businesses Additional Resources, Finance, Banking & Capital
Courtney DeRonde explores five financial blind spots business owners face when growing their businesses.
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ISA Ventures Startup Story Finance, Banking & Capital, Success Stories
Eric Engelmann discusses the start of ISA Ventures and raising capital to help Iowa-based companies grow.
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Leadership Training Through the DSM Fellowship Program Additional Resources, Events & Networking
The DSM Fellowship Program offers the chance to grow in leadership through virtual options and diversity training.
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Kyle Woiwood offers a list of considerations for businesses preparing for their 2020 taxes.
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