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Professional Development

Greater Des Moines (DSM) offers a large number of networking events for current and prospective employees in the region to reach personal and professional goals with accessibility to CEOs and key leaders. These programs are designed to help you hone your skills and acquire the knowledge you need to excel. From interns to CEOs, boost your career through professional development and continuing education opportunities. 

Top Five Series for Small Businesses

The Top Five series features presentations to inform, educate and inspire business owners in Greater Des Moines (DSM). The events focus on a variety of timely topics that affect business owners and managers including legal, human resources, information technology, marketing, accounting and other pressing issues.

Be a Presenter

The Partnership is seeking proposals from qualified Members to facilitate educational workshops for its Memberships in general business practices. Submit your RFP by 5 p.m. CST on Nov. 30, 2020.

Submit a Proposal

Small Business Success Summit

Attend presentations by keynote speakers from industry leaders that will inform and inspire, participate in workshops with fellow business owners in Greater Des Moines (DSM) and engage in in-depth conversations at breakout sessions ranging from talent attraction and work culture to data privacy and financial management. For more information, visit the Small Business Success Summit page.

Young Professionals Connection

Young Professionals Connection is a group of dynamic and talented young people who are committed to making Des Moines a better place. YPC offers countless ways to get involved in the Des Moines community to help carry out their mission to promote an environment that attracts and retains the next generation of young professionals. Learn more about YPC at YPCDSM

Connect with Locals

Put your finger on the pulse of Des Moines by connecting with local professionals who embody it. Meeting locals from across the city is a great way to network with like-minded people. Embrace professional development in Des Moines and begin growing your network today.

Volunteer Opportunities

Donate your time and your talents to make the region a better place. From councils to committees, we need your help working on complex issues and major opportunities like government policy, workforce attraction, Downtown events and more. Find out how to get involved with community events and causes and how you can give back to your community.

Youth Leadership Initiative

If you know a sophomore or junior in the region interested in gaining valuable leadership skills, the Youth Leadership Initiative (YLI) is the place for them! YLI introduces, develops and fosters leadership skills among students through experiential mentoring and leadership opportunities that enhance self-esteem and encourage involvement in all levels of community life.

Continuing Education Establishments

Annual Programs

Regional Business Events

Business-to-business networking events are open to Chamber Members across Des Moines' Affiliate regions and are held at a different Chamber Member business each month. Regional Business Events include Regional Business After Hours, Regional Lunches and much more. Each of these events offer a unique opportunity to network and boost your professional development. 

Outclass Your Competition

Outclass Your Competition is a half-day examination and instruction of business and dining etiquette. This hands-on workshop will train you to take advantage of your most precious competitive assets — your relationships. Through expert instruction and in-depth training, you can feel confident and ready in any business situation.

The cost is $275 per Member and $295 per non-Member. Cost includes a four-course meal. Contact Meg Schneider for more information. 

For upcoming dates and registration, visit our Partnership Events page.