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DSM USA Weekly - October 16, 2020

DSM USA Weekly News and Updates

October 16, 2020


The DSM USA Weekly podcast shares information to help keep businesses in business, provide information for people who may be looking for work and offer tips on how to keep our region healthy. Find out what’s new as of Friday, October 16, 2020:

Book Donations

Movement 515 and Run DSM are collecting books about people, joy and true history for all ages. Drop books off every Monday at Good Vibes, 1600 Sixth Avenue between 4-6:30 p.m. 

Merchants on the Street

Shop local and get a taste of the local restaurants at the final Merchants on the Street event in Historic Valley Junction this Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Masks and social distancing are strongly encouraged.

Voting Season 2020

Request an absentee ballot or vote in person. There is a Voting Information Center available on Facebook for the 2020 U.S. Election.

21-Day Equity Challenge

Develop an understanding on how inequity and racism are affecting our lives in our community. Join 21,000 other Iowans currently participating in the 21-Day Equity Challenge, a free event where emails are sent daily with recommended podcasts and other resources and runs through Monday, November 2. Topics include: Understanding privilege, housing and redlining, justice system inequities and more. Sign up at unitedwaydm.org


Des Moines Parent Updates

Des Moines Parent has put together a list of Halloween-related events taking place throughout the region. Information can be found at DesMoinesParent.com and through their app. Bundle up and enjoy the outdoors with a trail map created by Des Moines Parent, in partnership with Iowa State Health Initiative.

Greater Des Moines Partnership Events

DSM Local

DSM Local is an initiative to drive more investment to local small businesses in DSM. Join The Partnership and show your support by downloading the DSM Local Toolkit, including posters, Zoom backgrounds and more.

Iowa Business Hall of Fame Nominations

Nominations for the Iowa Business Hall of Fame are closing Sunday, November 1 at 5 p.m. Submit your nomination here, or contact Angie Stepsis with questions at astepsis@DSMpartnership.com

Drive-Through Bite-Size Market

The Downtown Farmers’ Market Drive-Through Bite-Size Market continues this Saturday from 8-11 a.m. at the Iowa State Capitol Complex Parking Lot, East Grand Avenue and East 13th Street, in Downtown Des Moines (DSM). Pre-order produce, flowers, baked goods and more through the Online Marketplace and pick up the following Saturday. Or, purchase items onsite while remaining in your vehicle.

Raising Capital Seminar Series

The Raising Capital Seminar is a virtual, five-part series this year. The final two events in the series will take place later this month: 

·      The Capitalization Table (Wednesday, October 21 from 8:30-11:30 a.m.)

·      The Term Sheet (Wednesday, October 28 from 8:30 a.m. – Noon)


Top Five for Small Business

The next Top Five for Small Business event will take place virtually from 9-10 a.m. Wednesday, October 28. Mackenzie Ryan Walters will guide attendees through crafting an elevator pitch and sharing it effectively.

The Startup Community Way: Iowa Startup Ecosystem

Brad Feld and Ian Hathaway will host a conversation on the startup ecosystem in Iowa from 5-6 p.m. Wednesday, October 8. The webinar is free to attend.

Small Business Success Summit

The first day of the virtual Small Business Success Summit will take place Thursday, November 5 from 12:30 – 5 p.m., followed by a second day of evens on Friday, November 6 from 7:30 a.m. – 12:35 p.m. 

Inclusion Summit

The eighth annual Inclusion Summit will take place on Zoom from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 10. The Inclusion Summit will wrap up the 21-Day Equity Challenge mentioned above. Contact Sanjita Pradhan at spradhan@DSMpartnership.com for more information.

Learn about all upcoming events at The Partnership here.

Listen to the full podcast here.

The DSM USA Weekly podcast is a compilation of resources, information and stories for Greater Des Moines (DSM) businesses, organizations and residents. Join us each week to learn about The Partnership’s newest content and latest happenings to keep businesses in business, keep people employed and keep our region healthy. To listen to more Partnership podcasts, click here