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Small Business Success Summit Coming This November

August 25, 2017

GREATER DES MOINES, IA (Aug. 25, 2017) — The Greater Des Moines Partnership is hosting the inaugural Small Business Success Summit on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. The purpose of the summit is to inform, educate and inspire business owners in Greater Des Moines (DSM). The 2017 event, themed Smashing the Barriers, will host keynote speakers, workshops and breakout sessions on a variety of timely topics that affect business owners and managers. Attendees will also have an opportunity to network and establish strategic partnerships. 

The Small Business Success Summit will take place from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the FFA Enrichment Center, 1055 S.W. Prairie Trail Parkway in Ankeny. Registration is $79 for Partnership Members and Investors and $99 for nonmembers, and includes keynotes, breakout sessions, access to resources, meals including breakfast and lunch and a closing reception with hors d’oeuvres. Register here.

The inaugural summit will feature three keynote sessions.

  • Consumer behavior is changing rapidly and businesses need to adapt. This workshop will help your business get started. Google will cover three ways to help potential customers find your business online: Google My Business, a search-friendly and mobile-optimized website and online advertising.
  • Chad Willett, former actor, will bring to life his book “Smash the Box.” Smash the Box will reignite passions for business owners by allowing them to think different. When business owners generate ideas and come up with new solutions, they gain an advantage. 
  • Dr. Cindra Kamphoff will speak about “Beyond Grit: 5 Practices to Gain the High-Performance Edge.” Dr Kamphoff will teach on specific strategies the audience can use to manage their business, practical tools and strategies to deal with adversity, mistakes and the unexpected, how to increase positivity in their life, work and in their business, and strategies to decrease stress, stay in the present moment and increase ability to focus on what they can control.

Additionally, the summit will include multiple breakout sessions where attendees can learn more about resources to help their businesses grow. A full list of presentations can be found here. 

Downing Construction is the Premier Sponsor for the event, and the Business Recordis the Media Sponsor. Other sponsors include Aureon HR, Bankers Trust, BerganKDV, Bernie Lowe & Associates, Inc., the BrownWinick Law Firm, the City of Ankeny, Iowa State University CIRAS, Community Choice Credit Union, Davis Brown Law Firm, DMACC, Drake University JPEC, Farmers Insurance, Happy Medium, HR Hotline Associates, Iowa Center for Economic Success, Iowa Department of Economic Authority, McCraine Associates, McKee, Voorhees & Sease, PLC, the Small Business Development Center, The Business Warriors, The Schneider Group, Two Rivers Bank & Trust, U.S. Bank, the U.S. Small Business Administration, West Bank, Whitfield & Eddy Law and Your Clear Next Step. 

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.