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Celebrate National Small Business Week in DSM with the Small Business Administration

National Small Business Week

May 3, 2022

This week, we celebrate National Small Business Week with the Small Business Administration (SBA) in Greater Des Moines (DSM) and the state of Iowa. On Wednesday, May 4 from 9 – 11:30 a.m., you can attend SBA’s event, #NSBW Present Impact Award to Iowa Stage Theatre, at Stoner Theatre in Downtown DSM. Read on to find out more about these SBA events and others available to business owners in the region.

Upcoming DSM + Iowa Events

At the #NSBW Present Impact Award to Iowa Stage Theatre event, SBA will honor the this local organization, which istransforming the state and the arts community through intimate theatre. The Iowa Stage Theatre continues to expand the theatre experience for those living and working in DSM while simultaneously elevating Iowa as a creativity hub.

#NSBW events will continue past this week to include the following:

  • WDM Economic Bus Tour
    • Tuesday, May 17 from 3 – 5 p.m. at Regency West Building 7/8 in West Des Moines. REGISTER>
  • Iowa SBA Small Business Community of the Year Award #NSBW
    • Tuesday, May 17 from 5 – 7 p.m. at City Hall in West Des Moines. LEARN MORE>
  • Food Truck Small Business Training & SBA Presentation – Evelyn K. Davis Center with Minority Small Business Champion #NSBW.
    • Wednesday, May 18 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Evelyn K. Davis Center in Des Moines. LEARN MORE>
  • #NSBW SBA Iowa District Office Honors Iowa Minority Small Business Champion of the Year 2022
    • Wednesday, May 18 from Noon – 1 p.m. at Evelyn K. Davis Center in Des Moines. REGISTER>
  • Local Presentation of the Iowa Small Businessperson of the Year Award to Kimberly Baeth #NSBW
    • Wednesday, June 1 from 4 – 7 p.m. at Golden Openings in Urbandale. LEARN MORE>

On Wednesday, Governor Kim Reynolds signed the proclamation for SBA National Small Business Week in the Governor’s office at the Iowa State Capitol.

Since 1963, National Small Business Week has celebrated entrepreneurs and small business owners across the nation and been recognized by the President of the United States every year since. Locally, the Greater Des Moines Partnership also celebrates small businesses, during NSBW and every other day of the year. The Partnership continues to encourage minority-owned business owners to apply for the Scale DSM Minority Business Accelerator. The deadline to apply is Sunday, May 22 If you’re a minority business owner and interested in being part of the inaugural class, sign up now.

If you’re not a small business owner, but want to show your support, shop locally at your favorite businesses this week. Not sure where to show your support? Check out our Membership Directory and DSM Local Guide for ideas.

Looking for tools to help grow your startup or small business? Visit the Small Business Resources Hub to find the information you need or sign up for Mentor Connection to build relationships with a trusted group of mentors.

Meg Schneider

Meg Schneider serves as Senior Vice President of Business Resources and Community Development at the Greater Des Moines Partnership. She is a member of the Forbes Nonprofit Council, an invitation-only organization for senior-level executives in successful nonprofit organizations.