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. 

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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Scale DSM Q+A with Minority Small Business Owners Accounting & Taxes, Events & Networking, Finance, Banking & Capital, Marketing & Sales, Staffing & Hiring
Lilly Okech, Isabel Contreras and Monica Reyes are participating in the Scale DSM Minority Business Accelerator.
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Sales for Startups Workshop – Greater Des Moines Partnership Events & Networking, Finance, Banking & Capital, How to Start a Business, Marketing & Sales, Staffing & Hiring
The Sales for Startups Workshop will welcome featured speakers Andrew Kirpalani, Brad Williams and Mollie Bodensteiner.
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Commit your workplace to inclusion and find talented workers with these employer resources.
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Future World of Work Summit Keynote Speaker – Casey Welch Events & Networking, Staffing & Hiring
Attend the first Future World of Work Summit on Monday, Oct. 24 to hear from Tallo’s Casey Welch.
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Future World of Work Summit Keynote Speaker – Kermit Kaleba Events & Networking, Staffing & Hiring
Attend the first Future World of Work Summit on Monday, Oct. 24 to hear from Lumina Foundation’s Kermit Kaleba.
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Business Uses Downtown Des Moines (DSM) Location to Connect Its Employees Additional Resources, Events & Networking, Staffing & Hiring
F&G brings energy to the workplace through Connection Week in Downtown Des Moines (DSM).
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2022 Golden Circle College and Career Fair Exhibitor Events & Networking, Staffing & Hiring
Exhibitors at the Golden Circle College and Career Fair can engage students and promote their job opportunities.
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2022 Scale DSM Participants Q+A Accounting & Taxes, Events & Networking, Finance, Banking & Capital, Marketing & Sales, Staffing & Hiring
Latha Kumar, Shelana Laing and Andres Rodriguez are participating in the Scale DSM Minority Business Accelerator.
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Employee Retention Credit for Small Businesses Accounting & Taxes, Staffing & Hiring
Businesses that kept employees on the pay roll during the pandemic qualify for the Employee Retention Credit.
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Equity must be a top-down approach of investing in diverse hires and creating pathways to leadership.
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United Way of Central Iowa's United to Thrive campaign works to improve essential needs and more.
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Creating the Right Culture for Your Workplace Additional Resources, Staffing & Hiring
Travis Shelton shares how culture, economy and society impact our careers.
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Elder Corporation's core values and principles are key to its continued growth and success.
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Ruan offers work-based learning for high school and college students looking for an alternative career path.
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2022 Public Policy Issue Forum on Infrastructure Events & Networking, Finance, Banking & Capital, Staffing & Hiring
Learn about the impact of supply chain issues, inflation and talent shortages Greater Des Moines (DSM) businesses are facing.
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Christina Zurek discusses how the pandemic impacted what matters to employees and retaining employees in 2022.
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John Deere partners to create High School Register Apprenticeship opportunities.
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The Build My Future event was sponsored by the Iowa Skilled Trades Association and HBA of Greater Des Moines.
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Great Resignation Silver Lining Additional Resources, Staffing & Hiring
Travis Shelton of Meaning Over Money explains the silver lining of the Great Resignation phenomenon.
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Learn how businesses can be proactive in hiring and finding talented employees for their organizations.
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Top Five Tips to Retain and Attract Top Talent Events & Networking, Staffing & Hiring
Consultant Ronee Andersen shares five tips for small businesses looking to attract and retain top employees.
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Hear about employment trends, long-term impacts on the workforce and salaries in Greater Des Moines (DSM).
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In a recent webinar, panelists offered insight into hiring Afghanistan refugees in Iowa.
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2022 Small Business Success Summit Keynote Takeaways Accounting & Taxes, Additional Resources, Events & Networking, Finance, Banking & Capital, How to Start a Business, IT & Data, Legal, Marketing & Sales, Staffing & Hiring, Success Stories, Succession Planning
Nick Sarillo and Dima Ghawi offered advice to small business owners during the 2022 Small Business Success Summit.
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What Business Owners Need to Know When You Don't Have HR Events & Networking, Staffing & Hiring
Learn about hiring employees aligning HR with your overall business strategy at this Top Five event.
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Hear about how the Iowa Business Council works to promote employment opportunities and student development.
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Top Five Ways to Achieve Personal and Business Financial Goals Accounting & Taxes, How to Start a Business, Staffing & Hiring, Succession Planning
The Entrepreneurial EquationT helps educate business owners on strategies for building and running a business.
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The DSM USA Organizational Equity Practices Assessment is open to regional employers.
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Learn how businesses can be proactive in hiring international talent and encourage immigration reform.
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Dr. Ahmed Agyeman shares about assisting clients during the pandemic and the expanded Y-EXCL program.
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Find out how local organizations are helping to create inclusive economic development across the region.
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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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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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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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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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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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Casey Welch, Tallo co-founder, shares how Greater Des Moines (DSM) employers can retain and attract Gen Z.
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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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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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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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Beth Townsend shares advice for employers and people entering the workforce following the COVID-19 pandemic.
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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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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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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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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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Dentons Davis Brown gives an overview of the H-2B program and highlights visa requirements.
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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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Virtual recruitment platform, Tallo, is available to the Greater Des Moines (DSM) business community.
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Employees with Disabilities in the Workplace Events & Networking, Staffing & Hiring
Michelle Krefft will explain how disability-friendly workplaces set your business apart at upcoming virtual event.
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Living History Farms DSM Forward Webinar Additional Resources, IT & Data, Staffing & Hiring
Ruth Haus shares event information and COVID-19 precautions for Living History Farms.
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New Workplace Webinar for DSM Forward Additional Resources, IT & Data, Staffing & Hiring
Amber M. Lewis and Rich Glass, of Mercer, share thoughts on a collaborative and successful return to the workplace.
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An HR Professional Reflects on Remote Work During COVID-19 Additional Resources, Legal, Staffing & Hiring
An HR professional shares the challenges of staying in business while adhering to new employment regulations.
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Support Greater Des Moines' (DSM's) minority communities by hiring young people through SYEP.
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Creativity and Innovation DSM Employment Ready Podcast Additional Resources, Marketing & Sales, Staffing & Hiring
Learn ways to prepare for the future world of work using creativity and innovation in business.
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Health Care Pipeline Webinar for DSM Forward Additional Resources, Staffing & Hiring
Health care experts weigh in on brain waste, professional licensing restrictions and diversity within the industry.
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Customer Service Webinar for DSM Forward Additional Resources, Staffing & Hiring
Drew McLellan discusses post-pandemic customer service for businesses in Greater Des Moines (DSM).
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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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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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Russell Jensen DSM Employment Ready Podcast Additional Resources, Staffing & Hiring
Russell Jensen discusses emotional intelligence behaviors and strategies for leadership.
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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 power of culture and how to be effective at making tough decisions.
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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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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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Jay Byers explains how Greater Des Moines (DSM) businesses can attract, hire and retain veterans.
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From game-changing tech to diversity initiatives, small businesses embrace change in HR.
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Communication reduces liability and minimizes risk for your small business employees.
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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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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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Encouraging new managers starts with selecting the right manager from the beginning.
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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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An inclusive culture offers HR an advantage to finding and hiring diverse employees.
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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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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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Millennials support small businesses and look to start their own and find 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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Employee perks offer small businesses a preferred way to attract and retain employees.
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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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Attorneys explain ways to protect intellectual property at your small business.
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Jaki Samuelson talks avoiding legal claims and offers advice for small business success.
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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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When employers "think like a leader" and "communicate clearly," success often follows.
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