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DSM USA Weekly - October 2, 2020

DSM USA Weekly News and Updates

October 2, 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 2, 2020:

21-Day Equity Challenge

How are inequity and racism affecting our lives in our community? The 21-Day Equity Challenge is a free event where emails will be sent with recommended podcasts and other resources, beginning Monday, October 5. Sign up at unitedwaydm.org

Additional DSM Tutor Connection Resources

The Greater Des Moines Partnership’s DSM Tutor Connection now offers expanded services, including additional filtering options to assist in finding the right tutor. Guidance and tips for tutors and parents are also available. 

Mask Up DSM

The Partnership has partnered with community organizations to encourage businesses and community members to Mask Up DSM. Learn more about this initiative and find resources from local medical hospitals here.

Drive-Through Bite-Size Market

This is the last month for the Downtown Farmers’ Market Drive-Through Bite-Size Market. Attend the event 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 Marketplaceand pick up the following Saturday. Or, purchase items onsite while remaining in your vehicle.

DSM Forward Events

Pivoting for Success

As part of the DSM Forward initiative, the Pivoting for Success event will welcome Emily Kessinger, of Capital Crossroads, along with three DSM small business owners. The guest speakers will discuss how they’ve pivoted their businesses over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. This event will be held on Tuesday, October 6 from 12:15 – 1 p.m. 

Botanical Garden

A DSM Forward event for the Greater Des Moines Botanical Gardens will also take place on Tuesday, October 13 from 12:15 until 1 p.m. Kelly Norris, director of horticulture and education will talk about new on-site gardens and how the Botanical Garden has pivoted in 2020. Learn more here.

Raising Capital Seminar Series

The Raising Capital Seminar is a virtual, five-part series this year. The first two events will take place on Wednesday, October 7, including:

·      The Process of Raising Capital (8:30-11:30 a.m.)

·      The Pitch (1-4:30 p.m.)


The final three events in the Raising Capital Seminar Series will take place later this month: 

·      The Financial Model (Wednesday, October 14 from 8:30-11:30 a.m.)

·      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)


Untapped Talent Webinar

The Untapped Talent: A New Kind of Hero: America’s Great Untapped Workforce event will focus on unique insights into the workforce crisis. Speakers include Kyle Horn, founder of America’s Job Honor Awards, and Michelle Krefft, director of business engagement for Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services. Attend the event from 2:30-4 p.m. on Thursday, October 8.

Iowa Author Series: Sean Adams

Hear an online presentation featuring Sean Adams, author of The Heap, from 10-11 a.m. on Wednesday, October 14Adams will discuss the book and answer questions during an audience Q&A. 

Upcoming November Events

Small Business Success Summit

The virtual Small Business Success Summit will take place Thursday, November 5 from 12:30 – 5 p.m. and Friday, November 6 from 7:30 a.m. – 12:35 p.m. The eighth annual Inclusion Summit will take place on Zoom from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 10.

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