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Small Business Success Summit

If you're a small business owner, join us for a summit created just for you. Attend presentations by keynote speakers from industry leaders that will inform and inspire, participate in workshops with fellow business owners in Greater Des Moines (DSM) and engage in in-depth conversations at various breakout sessions.

2021 Small Business Success Summit Event Details

Dates & Times

  • Friday, Nov. 5, 2021 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.


FFA Center at DMACC Ankeny Campus  |  Register Here
$79 Members, $99 non-Members

For more information about the Small Business Success Summit, contact Christina Moffatt, Director of Small Business Development at the Greater Des Moines Partnership.


  •  8 – 9 a.m. — Registration and Networking
  •  9 – 10:15 a.m. — Opening and Welcome
  • 9:15 – 10:15 a.m. — Keynote Speaker  |  A Slice of the Pie: How to Build a Big Little Business with Nick Sarillo
  • 10:15 – 10:30 a.m. — Networking and Exhibitors
  • 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. — Breakout Session 1
  • Session 1A — Three Key Performance Indicators, Benchmarking and Strategic Growth with Jenni Huotari of Eide Bailly LLP
  • Session 1B — Motivating Staff and Contractors Post-COVID with Lisa Even of Even Connection Leadership
  • Session 1C — Know Your Audience to Increase Sales with Mackenzie Ryan Walters of StoryStruck Marketing
  • Session 1D — I'll Do It Later: Why We Procrastinate and What to Do About It with Lori Vande Krol of Life Made Simple LLC
  • 11:15 – 11:30 a.m. — Networking and Exhibitors (Lunch)
  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. — Lunch Keynote  |  Ordinary to Legendary: Lessons in Leadership with Dima Ghawi
  • 12:30 – 12:45 p.m. — Networking and Exhibitors
  • 12:45 – 1:30 p.m. — Breakout Session 2
  • Session 2A — Work Smarter, Not Harder: Strategies for Assessing Operational Efficiencies and Better Leveraging Technology with Jocie Dye and Mark W. Steffen of CliftonLarsonAllen
  • Session 2B — Recruiting with Efficiency: Tools and Tricks to Help Build a Great Team with Laura Merz of Koester Construction
  • Session 2C — How to Build Social Proof in Your Local Market with Emily Steele of Love Local
  • Session 2D — How to Create Balance with Erin E. Huiatt of Des Moines Parent
  • 1:30 – 1:45 p.m. — Networking and Exhibitors
  • 1:45 – 2:30 p.m. — Breakout Session 3
    • Session 3A — Legal Implications for a Remote Workforce with Dani Smid of BrownWinick Law Firm
    • Session 3B — Leading Your Team Toward Healthy Diversity with Clarence Hudson of Fox Growth Strategies
    • Session 3C — Eliminating Elevator Wit: Reinventing Your Elevator Pitch with Erik J. Dominguez of Speak Up Stories
    • Session 3D — There's a Leader in Every Seat: Creating a Coaching Culture One Conversation at a Time with Michelle Rembert, Melissa Worrel-Johnson and Ann Wright of Carlson Group LLC
  • 2:30 – 2:45 — Networking and Exhibitors
  • 2:45 – 3:30 p.m. — Breakout Session 4
    • Session 4A — Business Continuity Planning: Easier Than You Think with Brian Davis of Nationwide Insurance
    • Session 4B — The Building Blocks To a Strong Culture with Zach Dobeck of Kinship Brewing Company
    • Session 4C — Good is the Enemy of Remarkable with Keirstin Heitman of Panglossian
  • 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. — Social Happy Hour

Thank You To Our 2020 Sponsors

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