Business and Networking Events

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B.I.N.G. Sweat Equity Saturday

Saturdays, 8 a.m. – noon

318 Fifth St., West Des Moines

B.I.N.G. 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. Some examples of what you can learn/accomplish: network and brainstorm with like-minded people, work on your pitch, marketing for your business, website help, work on a newsletter, role play, learn business stuff, learn business acumen, financial aspects, sales, growth strategies, utilize the Business Model Canvas, get objective feedback, accounting tips/help, troubleshoot growing pains, and the list goes on and on.


BNI Chapter: DM-Business First

Meets Thursdays at 7:30 a.m.

Glen Oaks Country Club, 1401 Glen Oaks Drive, West Des Moines

Take I-80/35 to Mills Civic Parkway exit then go west and take the left lane and turn left at Country Club entrance. At Guard station, tell them you are there for BNI meeting and then follow signs to Club House. Learn more at or call 515-865-3862.


Metro Friends Business Networking Group Social

Thursday, June 30, 4:30-7 p.m.

2600 Westown Parkway, Century III building

Cost: Free

Anyone interested in growing their business, helping others or making new contacts should attend this free event. Refreshments and networking provided. About 20 vendors. Expect 150-200 attendees. For more information, contact Dave Milburn at or 515-240-4672.


B.I.N.G. Lunch ‘n’ Learn

Thursdays at noon

318 Fifth St., West Des Moines

B.I.N.G. Lunch ‘n’ Learn is a weekly lunch and learn business networking group in Des Moines dedicated to helping small business owners start and grow by sharing knowledge, resources and leads. We designed it as a lunch and learn, as well as a lead networking group, because nothing helps incubate a business like a referral. Anybody who’s been able to stay in business knows this truth. So, during the weekly meeting, you can expect to briefly share your business idea or give your current venture’s elevator speech. Bring plenty of business cards to pass around and give attendees a reason to refer you to qualified business prospects. Sometimes it’s hard to work ON the business when you’re so focused on working IN the business.  So, when you’re sharing your business idea or giving your current venture’s elevator speech, feel free to pose your business’ challenges. The rest of the group will be excited to pitch in and assist with their hard-earned experiences with similar issues. Two heads are better than one. In addition to each attendee sharing equally, one participant or guest speaker will hold the floor for a timed presentation to provide either further insight into their business and/or further insight into your business. After the meeting, feel free to make use of the West Des Moines Business Incubator’s free WIFI and open coworking space to continue the relationships garnered during the meeting time.


West Des Moines Chamber Business Roundtable

Wednesday, June 22, 7:45-9 a.m.

West Des Moines City Hall – Council Chambers

4200 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines

Cybersecurity is a must for any business with a presence online. Whether you have a website, online accounts or any type of web-based infrastructure, you are at risk for a cyberattack. Although the public typically only hears about cyberattacks against high-profile companies, banks and government websites, small businesses make prime targets for cybercriminals, competitors and disgruntled parties. A panel will discuss how you can take proactive measures to avoid a cyberattack. Panelists include, Jeff Jones, business developer for Spinutech; Corey Skadburg, director of credit and risk at TMG Financial Services; and Carol Quillen, vice president of risk management at Affiliates Management Company (AMC). Breakfast is included in your registration. Register at


West Des Moines Chamber Elevate

Thursday, July 7, 7:45-9 a.m.

Hilton Garden Inn, 205 S. 64th St., West Des Moines

Featured Speaker: Erin Moynihan

Chamber Member: $10

Non-Chamber Member: $15

Hear from our guest speaker at our July Elevate event who has gone against the curve in women leadership in the media industry. Erin Moynihan is the executive producer at KCCI 8 News and is a graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism. Her work in the news business has taken her across the country. She has produced multiple newscasts throughout the Midwest and prior to becoming executive producer, she produced the top-rated 10 p.m. newscast on KCCI. She’s been honored with Emmy and Regional Edward R. Murrow awards. In addition to her executive producer role, she also oversees KCCI’s political coverage. Register at


West Des Moines Chamber Accelerate

Thursday, July 21, 7:30-9 a.m.

Hilton Garden Inn, 205 S. 64th St., West Des Moines

Topic: Education Acceleration

Cost: $10

The June meeting focused on accelerating careers through career risks. The July event focuses on accelerating education. The chamber has partnered with Drake University, Kaplan University, Iowa State University and the University of Iowa to provide information on programs that will help you accelerate your career. Network with representatives from each school and have your questions answered. Breakfast is included in your registration. Register at


Waukee Area Chamber of Commerce Networking Luncheon

Waukee Community Center, 675 Walnut St.

Tuesday, July 26, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This is a great opportunity to enjoy a lunch catered by a local restaurant, develop business relationships with membership and have the opportunity to provide a brief introduction of your business. For more information or to register, visit


Waukee Economic Development Bus Tour

Thursday, Sept. 8, 3:30 p.m.

The Waukee Area Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee will host the fourth annual Waukee Economic Development Bus Tour on Sept. 8. The tour will start at 3:30 p.m. with a reception to follow at 5 p.m. This event is open to the public and will highlight community information, business and residential development and schools. There is no cost to attend. Seats are limited. RSVP for a seat on the bus tour. Contact the Waukee Area Chamber of Commerce with any questions at 978-7115 or n


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