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Lil' Sidekick Founder Amy Vohs to Speak at Square One DSM Startup Stories

May 19, 2017

DES MOINES, IA — Amy Vohs, Founder of Lil’ Sidekick, will be the guest speaker at the June Square One DSM Startup Stories event. Startup Stories is a monthly networking event geared toward entrepreneurs, investors and those interested in entrepreneurship, and it features an interview-style presentation with Square One DSM Executive Director Mike Colwell. The June event is scheduled for Wednesday, June 21 at the Greater Des Moines Partnership, 700 Locust St., St. 100 in Des Moines. 


The Lil’ Sidekick tether is an adaptable toy strap that keeps kids from dropping or throwing their toys away from them. Designed by a mom, it will secure anything from a small crayon to a big stuffed animal. The tether can also easily attach to anything such as strollers, carriers, grocery carts, bikes and more. Lil’ Sidekick is available at Walmart, Toys “R” Us, kohls.com and other retailers around the world.


Vohs will talk about her journey of getting Lil’ Sidekick into big box retailers and her experiences with bootstrapping. She will also focus on how to gain investors and how she uses the available resources in Iowa to grow and maintain her business. Colwell will begin the presentation by interviewing Vohs and will then open up for questions from the audience.


The event will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration includes at $15 admission fee for lunch; the event is free for attendees who choose not to sign up for a lunch. Register at squareoneDSM.com/events.

About Square One DSM

Square One DSM’s mission is to connect entrepreneurial needs with qualified community and state resources and to provide guided professional and business direction. Square One DSM helps entrepreneurs maximize their successes by helping them navigate resources, strengthen knowledge, improve skills, form strategic alliances and secure proper capitalization. Learn more at SquareOneDSM.com.

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.