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Small Business Success Summit

Local and small business owners, entrepreneurs and startups are invited to join the Greater Des Moines Partnership on March 22, 2023 for the 6th Annual Small Business Success Summit. Summit participants will have a chance to hear presentations by keynotes from industry leaders that will inform and inspire, participate in workshops with fellow business owners from Greater Des Moines (DSM) and engage in in-depth conversations at various breakout sessions. 

This year's featured keynote is award-winning New Yorker writer and co-creator of NPR's "Planet Money," Adam Davidson.  

Early bird registration is now open through Feb. 22, 2023.  

2023 Small Business Success Summit 

If you’d like to sponsor the 2023 Small Business Success Summit or would like to submit a session proposal, please contact the Small Business and Member Support Manager, Emily McLain

Speaker and Session Descriptions


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The Passion Economy  |  Adam Davidson

Adam Davidson is an award-winning New Yorker writer and the author of “The Passion Economy.” A widely respected public voice with a unique talent for explaining the complicated interconnections between business, technology, and economics, he was previously an economics writer for the New York Times Magazine. Davidson co-founded and ran NPR’s “Planet Money,” served as NPR’s international business and economics correspondent, and has been a frequent contributor to “This American Life,” where he received a Peabody Award, a DuPont-Columbia Award, and a Polk Award for his work on “The Giant Pool of Money.” His work has appeared in The Atlantic, Harper’s, GQ, and Rolling Stone, among other publications. He also served as a technical consultant to Adam McKay, the co-writer and director of the Academy Award-winning film “The Big Short” (and later, Davidson’s cohost on Gimlet Media podcast “Surprisingly Awesome”). He is currently launching a course on passion storytelling for business with the education startup Maven. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago and lives in Charlotte, Vermont with his wife and son. For more information about Speaker, please visit www.prhspeakers.com