Northwestern Suburbs Networking and Events

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Metro Business Friends Networking Group
Upper level conference room at Price Chopper
5440 N.W. 86th St., Johnston
Meets Thursdays from 8:30-9:30 a.m.
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Rotary Club of West Polk County
Toyota of Des Moines, 1650 S.E. 37th St., Grimes
Meets Mondays at noon
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Rotary Club of Johnston
Hyperion Field Club, 7930 N.W. Beaver Drive, Johnston
Meets Tuesdays at 7 a.m.
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Rotary Club of Northwest Des Moines
Urbandale Golf & Country Club, 4000 86th St., Urbandale
Meets Fridays at 11:45 a.m.
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Grimes Chamber & Economic Development
B.I.G (Business After Hours)
BDI Signs, 4355 S.E. Grimes Blvd., Grimes
Oct. 3, 4:30-6 p.m.
Celebrate BDI Signs and its 25th anniversary. There will be beverages and snacks. All GCED members and their guests are invited to attend.

Grimes Chamber & Economic Development
Healthiest State Walk
Grimes Community Center, 410 S.E. Main St., Grimes
Oct. 4, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Join Jazzercise in Grimes and take on the Healthiest State Walk.

Grimes Chamber & Economic Development
Lunch and Learn
Grimes Community Center, 410 S.E. Main St., Grimes
Oct. 11, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
This month Erin Benko with Dale Carnegie of Iowa is featured at the Lunch and Learn series. Dale Carnegie is passionate about leaders and helping people become the best leaders they can be. Lunch will be provided. All GCED members and their guests are invited to attend. RSVP online or by calling the Grimes Chamber & Economic Development office.

Grimes Chamber & Economic Development
Grimes Chamber and Economic Development and Johnston Economic Development
Cooperation: Economic Development Bus Tour
Oct. 12, Bus tour 3-5 p.m., Networking Reception to follow at 5 p.m.
The Grimes Chamber & Economic Development team is once again joining the Johnston Economic Development Cooperation to bring you an Economic Development bus tour through both of these beautiful communities. You can register for this event online at

Johnston Chamber of Commerce
Ribbon cutting for 62W
62W, 6000 N.W. 62nd Ave., Johnston
Sept. 21, 4 p.m.
Register online and learn more at

Johnston Chamber of Commerce
Monthly Chamber Luncheon
The Simpson Barn, 6169 Northglenn Drive, Johnston
Sept. 28, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
This will be a structured networking luncheon. Attendees will draw two tickets upon check in (blue and red). After lunch, attendees will move to the table number indicated on their blue ticket. Once at their first table, attendees will have three minutes each to introduce themselves, distribute their business cards or other materials and share two things the other tablemates should know about their business. When the moderator states that it’s time to switch tables, attendees will move to the table number indicated on their red ticket. Once at their second table, attendees will proceed as before: three minutes to introduce themselves, distribute business
cards and share two things their tablemates should know about their business. At the conclusion of the structured networking, a prize drawing will occur for a dream vision virtual reality smartphone headset. Register online and learn more at

Johnston Chamber of Commerce
Ribbon cutting for Car-X
Car-X, 5730 Merle Hay Road, Johnston
Sept. 29, noon
Register online and learn more at

Johnston Chamber of Commerce
Business After Hours with Christopher’s Fine Jewelry
Christopher’s Fine Jewelry, 3427 Merle Hay Road, Johnston
Oct. 5, 5-6 p.m.
Register online and learn more at

Johnston Chamber of Commerce
Breakfast Before Business with Bank Iowa
State Farm Insurance, 5525 Merle Hay Road, Suite 195, Johnston
Oct. 10, 7:30-8:30 a.m.
Register online and learn more at

Johnston Chamber of Commerce
Ambassador Meeting
Trostel’s Greenbriar, 5801 Merle Hay Road, Johnston
Oct. 12, 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Register online and learn more at

Johnston Chamber of Commerce
Monthly Chamber Luncheon
Johnston Public Library, 6700 Merle Hay Road, Johnston
Oct. 12, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Sponsored by Integrity Integrated. Register online and learn more at

Johnston Chamber of Commerce
Ribbon cutting for SEH
SEH, 5414 N.W. 88th St., Suite 140, Johnston
Oct. 25, 4-6 p.m.
Register online and learn more at

Urbandale Chamber of Commerce
AM Exchange, Presented by Susan Bonnicksen/Superior Printing and Promotions
Triplett Office Essentials, 3553 109th St., Urbandale
Sept. 26, 7:30-8:30 a.m.
Oct. 31, 7:30-8:30 a.m.
People do business with those they know, like and trust. What better place to start building relationships than at AM Exchanges? Urbandale Chamber of Commerce AM Exchange allows members a strategic networking opportunity to gather and do business in the morning.

New format in 2017. Attendees will be divided into groups of five and will answer two rounds of questions within their groups. The third and final round, groups will share their answer to all attendees. This strategic networking event allows members to get to know each other and start developing relationships. Cost is included in your membership, but RSVPs are requested to accommodate
for food and beverages. Learn more at

Urbandale Chamber of Commerce
Meet the Urbandale Chamber
RODAN Board Room at the Urbandale Chamber of Commerce, 2830 100th St., Suite 110, Urbandale
Oct. 3, 9-10 a.m.
New members, new representatives, future members and longtime members are invited to attend. Enjoy coffee provided by Friedrich’s, meet other members/staff, and learn more about accessing your benefits in a small group, informal gathering. Bring your business cards. Event is free to attend, but registration is requested. Learn more at

Urbandale Chamber of Commerce
MOXIE Plus, Presented by HotShot Deliveries, Inc.
RODAN Board Room at the Urbandale Chamber of Commerce, 2830 100th St., Suite 110, Urbandale
Oct. 4, 8-10 a.m.
MOXIE (Member Owners eXchange Information and Experience) Plus is a group of member business owners/presidents who meet monthly with Greg Thompson, Action Coach, to discuss issues impacting their businesses. All member business owners/presidents are invited to participate. Everyone must sign a confidentiality clause. Business owners of businesses in business for 3-years or less must participate in Strategic Startup from Chaos to Control prior to participation in MOXIE Plus. Contact Chamber staff for details of this free program. Cost is included in membership, but RSVP’s are requested. Learn more at

Urbandale Chamber of Commerce
Central Iowa Business Conference
Des Moines Marriott Downtwon, 700 Grand Ave., Des Moines
Oct 11, 7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Join in for the first annual Central Business Conference. Providing business owners and executive teams with a full day of inspiration and education to take their business to a new level. The opening keynote speaker is Gino Wickman, author of the awardwinning
book “Traction,” and closing keynote is Vicki Halsey, co-author of the book “Legendary Service.”
The schedule:
• 7-8 a.m. — Registration, morning networking and trade show engagement
• 8:15 a.m. — Welcome
• 8:30-11:30 a.m. — Opening Keynote Speaker Gino Wickman, author of the book “Traction, Get a Grip on Your Business”
• 11:30 a.m. – noon — EOS Panel featuring local business leader
• 12:15-1 p.m. — break for lunch
• 1-2:30 p.m. — Hot Topic Sessions
Hot Topic 1: EOS Panel, experiences from companies who have implemented EOS/traction – Alan Richardson, Professional EOS Implementers
Hot Topic 2: Fuel employees for top performance – Jason Kiesau, leadership and talent development manager, AureonHR
Hot Topic 3: The power of peers, how exceptional entrepreneurs accelerate results – Lori J. Day, TAB, The Alternative Board
Hot Topic 4: Difficult or just different? Dealing with difficult people and situations in the workplace
– Dee Oviatt, facilitator, ATW Training and Consulting
Hot Topic 5: Gaining a Competitive Edge with Broadband Technology – Mark Finch, senior director – carrier, wholesale and national accounts, Mediacom Business
Hot Topic 6: Mastering the irrefutable science of human behavior – Don DeWaay, The Profit Zone
• 2-3 p.m. — Afternoon networking and trade show engagement
• 3-4:30 p.m. — Closing Keynote Speaker Vicki Halsey, co-author of the book “Legendary Service”
• 4:30 p.m. — Final announcements and event close
The conference is open to everyone; membership in the Urbandale Chamber is not required. For full details, visit

Urbandale Chamber of Commerce
Membership Luncheon
Ramada Tropics Resort and Conference Center, 5000 Merle Hay Road, Urbandale
Oct. 18, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
$25 for members/$35 for non-members
Presented by Consolidated Communications and The Reserve on Walnut Creek. Every month members of the Urbandale Chamber come together to network, enjoy lunch and listen to a speaker to learn about happenings in Urbandale and around the Greater Des
Moines Area. This month’s topic: candidate forum. This month’s sponsors: Christopher’s Fine Jewelry and Rare Coins, Residential & Remodeling Designs and this month’s exhibitors: Fusion Boutique, Triplett Office Essentials and Urbandale Food Pantry. Deadline to register is 48 hours before the event. Any registration that comes in after this deadline will be put on a waiting list and billed an additional $5 (if space allows). Prepayment is highly encouraged and appreciated. Reservations not kept will be billed. Registrations must be cancelled the day prior to the luncheon by noon in order to receive a credit. If not, you will still be billed. All cancellations must be made by phone. Register and learn more at

Urbandale Chamber of Commerce
Ribbon cutting for Hampton Inn & Suites
Hampton Inn & Suites, 8811 Plum Drive, Urbandale
Oct. 19, 3-5 p.m.
Celebrate the grand opening of Hampton Inn & Suites. The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 3:15 p.m. Learn more at

Urbandale Chamber of Commerce
genYP Speed Networking
Friedrich’s Roastery, 2781 N.W. 99th St., Urbandale
Oct. 26, 3:30-5 p.m.
$10 for non-genYP members
Presented by Endow Urbandale. Join genYP members for a speed networking event and start building relationships. Learn more at

DisruptHR Des Moines
Science Center of Iowa, 401 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway, Des Moines
Oct. 11, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
DisruptHR Des Moines is a night of short, focused talks designed to energize and empower business professionals and community leaders interested in disruptive ideas and moving the collective thinking forward regarding talent in the workplace. Each of the 12 speakers will have just five minutes and 20 slides to knock attendees’ socks off. Topics are cutting-edge and pertain to talent and the future of work. Purchase tickets and learn more at ♦

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