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Party Planning Businesses to Support During National Small Business Week

Party Planning Small Businesses

September 16, 2021

Did you know that Iowa has 270,000 small businesses, according to the SBA Iowa District Office? In Greater Des Moines (DSM) and across the rest of the state, many of these small businesses have had to pivot and look for new ways to reach their customers over the past 18 months. As the region’s small business owners look for opportunities to bring in clientele and customers, the Greater Des Moines Partnership has also embraced new ways of promoting and assisting those business owners in changing course as circumstances evolve. These new initiatives have included everything from implementing a Leading in Times of Challenge podcast that highlights leadership to creating outdoor events that support local business districts, such as the Downtown DSM Adventure Stories, currently taking place, and the previously held Great DSM Hot Air Balloon Hunt and Hide and Seek events.

Throughout this time, The Partnership has also promoted its #DSMlocal Buying Guides on our website, which share lists of where to shop, eat and spend money in DSM. Below, you will find information on local businesses to support that will help you with planning a wedding or graduation party. We hope you find them helpful as you look for ways to buy local!

Graduation Buying Guide

Find DSM businesses to utilize for your grad next spring. Finding your perfect vendors and booking early is the key to a low-stress party! From party venues like Curate in Downtown DSM or Sherwood Forest Event Center in Windsor Heights to tent setup and removal from Classic Events and Parties, our Graduation Buying Guide will give you local options you can trust to help create a streamlined, successful event.

Weddings Buying Guide

Have you or someone you know recently gotten engaged? If so, the Weddings Buying Guide offers you a look at local attire options like The Bridal Connection, dessert businesses for the occasion, catering options and more! Looking for floral wedding packages? Try Lavender Blue Floral, or one of the other options listed. Still undecided on a venue or honeymoon destination? Check out Downtown DSM’s The Conservatory or Travel by Marco, respectively. Our guide has plenty of ideas for booking local vendors for your special day.

Small Business Week

We hope that you’ll use the guides above to support DSM small businesses during National Small Business Week Sept. 13-17, 2021. Don’t miss out on the original #DSMlocal guides as well, the DSMlocal Guide and the Restaurant Buying Guide!

Learn more about buying local by visiting dsmpartnership.com/buylocal and make sure to use #DSMlocal when posting about your local products, services or purchases on social media.

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Greater Des Moines Partnership

The Greater Des Moines Partnership is the economic and community development organization that serves Greater Des Moines (DSM), Iowa. Together with 23 Affiliate Chambers of Commerce, more than 6,500 Regional Business Members and more than 400 Investors, The Partnership drives economic growth with one voice, one mission and as one region. Through innovation, strategic planning and global collaboration, The Partnership grows opportunity, helps create jobs and promotes DSM as the best place to build a business, a career and a future. Learn more at DSMpartnership.com.