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Katie Byers to Speak at First Friday Series

October 27, 2017

GREATER DES MOINES, IA (Oct. 27, 2017) — The Iowa Women’s Business Center and the Greater Des Moines Partnership will host their next First Friday Series event of 2017 on Nov. 3 at Iowa Center for Economic Success. The event features Katie Byers, Founder and CEO of HomeDitty.

The First Friday Series is an opportunity for savvy, successful business owners and entrepreneurs in Greater Des Moines (DSM) to share their stories. The First Friday Series gives a chance for attendees to catch some words of wisdom from women who have experienced entrepreneurship first-hand. Past speakers include Rachel Eubank of Sticks, Tricia Rivas of Trixie’s Salon and Dream Catcher Foundation, Vanessa McNeal of McNeal Media, Leng Vong Reiff of Akili Design and Marketing Services, Liz Lidgett of Adore Your Walls and Emma Walsmith of Tikly.

Sessions are free and open to the public from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the first Friday of each month. Locations rotate among The Iowa Center, the Greater Des Moines Partnership and Gravitate Valley Junction. The November event will be held at Iowa Center for Economic Success located at 8345 University Blvd, Clive.

Byers is a former attorney turned entrepreneur who is an avid music lover and frequent attendee at many local shows and festivals. Two-and-a-half years ago after being inspired by her experience at Folk Alliance International, Byers began hosting a monthly house concert series in her home to benefit local and touring musicians. She quickly discovered that she had found her passion in life and decided to create a way to get more people across the country hosting house concerts. Byers is the Founder and CEO of HomeDitty™, a web-based software built specifically for house concert hosts that is currently in beta testing. Byers was recently honored by the Des Moines Music Coalition as the recipient of the 2017 David Hurd Community Supporter of the Year for her dedication to coordinating local house concerts and for helping create house venues across the country. 

Click here to register for the event or register via email by emailing ekessinger@theiowacenter.org.

About Iowa Center for Economic Success

For more than 25 years, Iowa Center for Economic Success has been committed to empowering Iowans to pursue opportunities for financial success. Whether someone starts their relationship with us through our Education + Resources, Credit + Lending, or Advocacy + Networking programs, our commitment remains the same: empowering them to turn good ideas into strong plans that result in financial success. To learn more, visit: theiowacenter.org.

About the Iowa’s Women’s Business Center (WBC)

Iowa’s WBC, a program of Iowa Center for Economic Success, is dedicated to helping Iowa women business owners as they launch and grow their businesses. The Iowa WBC provides classes, business seminars, networking opportunities, one-on-one coaching, and business counseling for women across the state of Iowa. In 2016, the WBC served over 1,000 clients. Iowa Center for Economic Success’ Women's Business Center is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

About the 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 6,100 Regional Business Members and more than 330 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.