Western Suburbs Networking and Events

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Rotary Club of Waukee
Des Moines Golf & Country Club, 1600 Jordan Creek Parkway, West Des Moines
Meets Thursdays 6:45-8 a.m.
Learn more at www.waukeerotary.org

Waukee Area Chamber of Commerce
Waukee Fall Harvest
Timberline Campground, 31635 Ashworth Road, Waukee
Tuesday, Oct. 17, 4:30-7 p.m.
Open to members and non-members. Join the Waukee Area Chamber of Commerce for a fall after hours event at the Timberline Campground. Enjoy business networking and bring your families for roasting marshmallows by the campfire, face painting, cookie frosting, beef brats and great company. Please RSVP and learn more at www.waukeechamber.com/.

Waukee Area Chamber of Commerce
Networking Luncheon
Waukee Community Center, 675 Walnut St., Waukee
Thursday, Oct. 19, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Open to members and non-members. Join the Waukee Area Chamber of Commerce for our monthly Chamber Networking Luncheon. Develop business relationships, hear from Chamber leadership and have the opportunity to introduce yourself and your
business. Cost is $15 in advance and $20 for day of registration. Please RSVP and learn more at www.waukeechamber.com/.

Waukee Area Chamber of Commerce
Economic Development Committee Meeting
Waukee Area Chamber of Commerce, 236 W. Hickman Road, Waukee
Wednesday, Oct. 25, noon – 1 p.m.
Members only. Join us for an overview of current development projects in the community and an opportunity to develop relationships with representative of our city government, school district and members of the Chamber. We will also start basic planning for the 2018 Waukee Economic Development Bus Tour. Learn more at www.waukeechamber.com.

Rotary Club of West Des Moines
Des Moines Golf & Country Club, 1600 Jordan Creek Parkway, West Des Moines
Meets Tuesdays at 11:45 a.m.
Learn more at www.wdmrotary.org.

West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce
Business Roundtable: Selling Online — Why it’s
important to all businesses
West Des Moines Chamber, 650 S. Prairie View Drive, West Des Moines
Thursday, Sept. 28, 7:30-9 a.m.
Did you know 80 percent of Americans made an online purchase last month? If your company is still dragging its feet about selling online or if you want to learn a few tricks of the trade, you’ll want to attend this roundtable. Get your fair share of this ever-increasing market of online sales. Join Christina Moffatt, director of Small Business Resources for the Greater Des Moines Partnership, as she
presents “Selling Online — Why it’s important to all businesses.”Attendance is limited to 30 people. Register online, $15 for members and $30 for nonmembers. Learn more at www.wdmchamber.org.

West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce
Elevate: Happy Medium
Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites West Des Moines-Jordan Creek, 6075 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines
Thursday, Oct. 5, 7:30-9 a.m.
Since the launch in 2011, founder and CEO of Happy Medium Katie Patterson has been awarded the Iowa Women of Innovation’s Rising Star, Business Records Best Up and Coming Business Leader and included in the annual 40 under 40 class. Katie will be taking us through “Finding Her Happy Medium: From Agency of One to the Inc. 5000 List.” She will discuss her personal journey from starting out as an entrepreneur to back-to-back honors on the United States’ fastest growing companies list. Register online, $20 for
members and $30 for non-members. Learn more at www.wdmchamber.org.

West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce
Accelerate: The Secret Sauce in Suku’s Mentoring
Hilton Garden Inn West Des Moines, 205 S. 64th St., West Des Moines
Wednesday, Oct. 11, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Join Accelerate, the WDM organization for rising stars, when it welcomes guest speaker, Suku Radia, CEO of Bankers Trust Company. Radia is known for his generous mentoring. Just about everyone recognizes the long-term impact Suku’s mentoring has had on countless individuals and our Greater Des Moines community. Come and learn what makes a good mentor, what type of guidance a mentor should provide, and how mentors can best support the growth of their mentees as a panel of YP’s tap into Suku’s insightful expertise on this subject. Chistina Salonikas, reporter for WHO TV, will moderate the session, fielding questions from the audience. Your $20 entrance fee (discounted rate for Accelerate members) includes your first glass of wine or bottle of beer, snacks and all the pearls of wisdom Suku will share. Register online and learn more at www.wdmchamber.org.

West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce
Membership Luncheon
Des Moines Golf & Country Club, 1600 Jordan Creek Parkway, West Des Moines
Thursday, Oct. 12, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Speakers are Gene Meyer, president, and Mary Bontrager, executive vice president of Talent Development, Greater Des Moines Partnership. Gene will give a broad update on regionalism and Mary will share how the Partnership is assisting in importing talent to the metro. Based on its expertise in this area, Mary identifies five ways that businesses can entice talent to boost an organization ahead of its competition and make it stand out. With these five tactics, you can attract and retain even more top talent, keep your organization on the right path to staying competitive in the labor market and at the same time create a great place to work.
Register online, $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers. Learn more at www.wdmchamber.org.

West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce
Breakfast B4 Business
Courage League Sports, 4405 121st St., Urbandale
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 7:30-8:30 a.m.
Come — meet new people, make connections, grow your network. Learn more at www.wdmchamber.org.

West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce
Business Roundtable: How to grow your business by creating & sharing content
West Des Moines Chamber, 650 S. Prairie View Drive, Suite 110, West Des Moines
Wednesday, Oct. 25, 7:30-9 a.m.
The brands that are experiencing the greatest success online have a strong content strategy. This session will teach you how to best create, curate and use content to boost your organization’s online presence, get the right message to your audience, enhance search
engine optimization and drive sales. President and co-founder of Blue Compass, Drew Harden, has grown and guided the company from a two-person start-up in 2007 to one of the Midwest’s leading digital marketing companies today. He’s a published author, has been cited by PR News and USA Today, and has led web projects that have been honored by organizations like Adobe and American Design Awards.
Attendees will leave with:
1. An understanding of the power of online content and how to establish a solid content marketing strategy.
2. Guidance on how to make their web pages much more attractive to search engines.
3. Ways to immediately begin enhancing trust and thought leadership through blog articles and online videos.
For more information on Blue Compass or Drew Harden, check out www.bluecompass.com and www.drewharden.com.
Attendance is limited to 30 people. Register online, $15 for members and $30 for non-members. Learn more at www.wdmchamber.org.

BNI Chapter: DM-Business First
Glen Oaks Country Club, 1401 Glen Oaks Dr., West Des Moines
Meets Thursdays at 7:30 a.m.
Learn more at http://bniiowa.com.

BNI Chapter: DM-Circle of Success
Gilroy’s Kitchen + Pub + Patio, 1238 Eighth St., West Des Moines
Meets Thursdays at 7:30 a.m.
Learn more at http://bniiowa.com.

BNI Chapter: DM-Trusted Sources
Gilroy’s Kitchen + Pub + Patio, 1238 Eighth St., West Des Moines
Meets Tuesdays at 8 a.m.
Learn more at http://bniiowa.com.

B.I.N.G. – Iowa
B.I.N.G. Sweat Equity Saturday
Location TBD
Saturdays, 8 a.m. – noon
Sweat Equity Saturday is a weekly collaborative workshop where you’ll meet like-minded people with businesses or business startup aspirations. Get help starting or growing your business and/or offer your expertise and time to others. This is a time and a place
to get things done and make things happen. RSVP and learn more at http://businessincubatornetworkinggroup.com/bing-sweatequity-saturday.

B.I.N.G. – Iowa
B.I.N.G. Lunch ‘n’ Learn
Location TBD
Thursdays, Noon – 1 p.m.
Lunch ‘n’ Learn is a weekly lunch and learn business networking group in Des Moines, Iowa dedicated to helping small business owners start and grow by sharing knowledge, resources and leads. RSVP and learn more at http://businessincubatornetworkinggroup.com/bing-lunch-nlearn/.

Metro Business Friends Networking Group
Price Chopper, upper level conference room,
5440 N.W. 86th St., Johnston
Meets Thursdays from 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Learn more at https://metrobusinessfriends.com. ♦

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