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Business Resources

To maintain Greater Des Moines' (DSM's) position as a top place for business and careers, it is essential that businesses in the region have the necessary tools to succeed. That is why the Greater Des Moines Partnership has a dedicated team to support businesses of all sizes and stages here in DSM.

Inclusive Business Strategies Research

The Greater Des Moines Partnership has released results from the Inclusive Business Strategies Research conducted this year by Bâton Global to understand how to better serve traditionally underrepresented entrepreneurs and small business owners.

The study results included a summary of opportunities found through research including focus groups with diverse small business owners (SBOs), survey responses from SBOs, interviews with entrepreneurial support organizations (ESOs) and best practices from other communities.

The purpose of the Inclusive Business Strategies Research was to define pathways for existing resources to build inclusive, sustainable entrepreneur-centric economies to provide stakeholders with ideas, connections and tools needed to be successful. This initiative aims to establish a system that will proactively build relationships with diverse entrepreneurs and supporting organizations to advance inclusive entrepreneurship and serve as a resource for others in the field surrounding the advancement of inclusive entrepreneurship.

The interviews, focus groups and a community survey with Greater Des Moines (DSM) ESOs and SBOs revealed opportunities for: 

  • Collaborative action 
  • Community-based programs in inclusive neighborhoods 
  • Flexible capital through targeted financial support 
  • Direct outreach 

The results indicated that, ultimately, diverse small business owners need increased access to capital, networks and resources.

Executive Summary

2018 DSM Small Business Jobs Report

Download the 2018 DSM Small Business Jobs Report to see how small business leadership is being empowered throughout the region.

Resources for Small Businesses and Startups

The Partnership offers a resource hub that was created specifically with small businesses and high growth-potential startups in mind, providing online tools, small business and startup blogs and podcasts, education and networking events, and so much more on the following topics:

  • How to Start a Business
  • Accounting and Taxes
  • Finance, Banking and Capital
  • IT and Data
  • Legal Resources
  • Marketing and Sales
  • Networking and Education
  • Raising Capital
  • Staffing and Hiring
  • Success Stories
  • Succession Planning
  • Events

Visit the Small Business Resources Hub to find the resources you need to grow your business.

Business Connections

The Partnership works with 24 Affiliate Chambers of Commerce and more than 6,500 business Members around the region to ensure organizations have resources such as talent development resources, professional networking and development opportunities and workplace wellness tools to cultivate a work culture that is effective, inclusive, innovative and profitable. Visit the Affiliate Chambers page to learn more about how to become a Member to help grow your business or join as an Investor!

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Mentor Connection

The Partnership Mentor Connection is designed for founders of small businesses to connect with mentors throughout Greater Des Moines (DSM).

Talent Development Resources

DSM is home to high-quality, high-performing employees in part due to the efforts of The Partnership to help companies and organizations with talent attraction, development and retention. For more information, visit the Talent Development Resources page.

Global Business Resources

Tapping into the global marketplace and taking advantage of international trade is essential to the success of DSM's business environment. Visit the Global Business Resources page to learn more about business resources and initiatives provided by The Partnership to elevate DSM to become a global community.

Workplace Wellness

The Partnership shares resources and offers one-page poster and informational packets that share wellness tips touching on a variety of topics, facts and resources that will give employees across the region immediate takeaways they can implement into their daily lives. For more information, visit the Workplace Wellness page.

Buy Local

The Partnership created DSM Local, an initiative to promote supporting locally owned businesses to seek local expertise, products and services in DSM. Visit the Buy Local page to learn more about how supporting local businesses is supporting your community.

Plains Angels

Plains Angels is a group of accredited angel investors interested in achieving outsized financial returns by investing in early-stage growth companies. Visit the Plains Angels pages to learn more about how this network supports early-stage companies seeking rapid growth.

Advocacy

The Partnership has a dedicated Public Policy team that serves as a resource to help shape the region's local, state and federal policy agendas. Visit the Public Policy page for more information.