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Metro Business Friends Halloween Networking Social

Thursday, Oct. 27, 4-7 p.m.

Doc’s Lounge,8805 Chambery Blvd., Johnston

This casual and interactive business networking event, hosted by Metro Business Friends, will allow you to meet area professionals, exchange ideas and create lasting connections. Everyone is welcome. Costumes are also welcome but not required. Free admission. Free food. Music. Door prizes. And your first drink is even free. Learn more at


Rotary Club of Waukee

Des Moines Golf & Country Club

1600 Jordan Creek Parkway, West Des Moines

Thursdays at 6:45 a.m.

The Rotary Club of Waukee is part of Rotary International, a not-for-profit worldwide organization that proves every day that it’s one of the most influential humanitarian service organizations. The mission of Rotary is to provide service to others, to promote high ethical standards and to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through its fellowship of business, professional and community leaders. For information on the Rotary Club of Waukee, visit


Rotary Club of West Des Moines

Des Moines Golf & Country Club

1600 Jordan Creek Parkway, West Des Moines

Tuesdays at 11:45 a.m.

Upcoming speakers:

Nov. 1: Three West Des Moines Students Who Attended RYLA

Nov. 8: Chief Dana Wingert, Des Moines Police Department

Nov. 15: Dave Busiek, KCCI News Director

Nov. 22: Donald H. Goering; D-600 Endowment Fund Chair

Nov. 29, 2016, Tim Pearson, Ex Director of Friends of Iowa CASA

For information on the Rotary Club of West Des Moines, visit


Design Alliance 25 Year Anniversary

Open to members and non-members

Design Alliance, 14225 University Ave., Suite 110, Waukee

Friday, Oct. 28

Join the Waukee Area Chamber of Commerce at Design Alliance to celebrate its 25 Year Business Anniversary. For more information, visit



Regional Luncheon in Waukee

Open to members and non-members

The Village at Legacy Pointe, 1650 S.E. Holiday Crest Blvd., Waukee

Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Join the Waukee Area Chamber of Commerce for a Regional Luncheon at the Village at Legacy Pointe. The event is open to any affiliate member of the Greater Des Moines Partnership. The cost is $20 in advance and $30 at the door. For more information or to register, visit


West Side Legislative Forum

Open to members and non-members

Des Moines Golf & Country Club

1600 Jordan Creek Parkway, West Des Moines

Wednesday, Nov. 30, 7:30-9 a.m.

Join the West Side Chambers of Commerce to hear from local elected legislators about the upcoming session. Enjoy breakfast and have the opportunity to ask questions. Registration is available through the West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce at


Membership Luncheon

Thursday, Nov. 10, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Des Moines Golf & Country Club

1600 Jordan Creek Parkway, West Des Moines

Chamber Member: $20

Non-Chamber Member: $25

Hear from guest speaker Jamie Vollmer, President of Vollmer, Inc., a public education advocacy firm working to increase student success by raising public support for America’s schools. Vollmer is the author of the highly acclaimed book, “Schools Cannot Do It Alone,” proclaimed by the American School Board Journal as one of the “top 10 books of the year.” He is also the writer and producer of the groundbreaking video series, The Great Conversation. He has been named a Friend of Public Education in both Texas and Ohio. He received the Learning and Liberty award from the National School Public Relations Association for his efforts to build understanding and trust in America’s public schools. With a background in law and manufacturing, Mr. Vollmer entered the education arena in 1988 as a founding member of the Iowa Business Roundtable. He was, at the time, president of the Great Midwestern Ice Cream Company, named by People magazine as the “Best Ice Cream in America!” In 1990, he changed careers to become the Roundtable’s Executive Director.

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West Des Moines Chamber Elevate

Thursday, Nov. 3, 7:30-9 a.m.

Hilton Garden Inn

205 S. 64th St., West Des Moines

Chamber Member: $10

Non-Chamber Member: $15

Erin Rollenhagen, founder and CEO of Entrepreneurial Technologies, will be discussing topics including fears, perceptions and challenges and how we limit ourselves, as well as how to break free from these limitations we set. Erin has founded or co-founded three tech startups. She first gained notoriety as a teenager when a protest she orchestrated against sexist T-shirts in her middle school drew national attention. After being first published at age 14, Erin put her childhood dream of being a writer on hold to pursue a career in technology, founding Entrepreneurial Technologies in 2007 at age 27. Today she serves as E.T.’s CEO, is a member of the Board of Directors of the Technology Association of Iowa and has rekindled her passion for writing and speaking, focusing on topics related to finding meaning and happiness in a frantic world. Register at


Metro Business Friends Networking Group

Meets Thursdays at 8:30-9:30 a.m.

Upper level conference room at Price Chopper, 5440 N.W. 86th St. in Johnson.

Learn more at


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.


B.I.N.G. – Iowa

West Des Moines Business Incubator

318 Fifth St., West Des Moines

Business Incubator Networking Group – Iowa is dedicated to helping start and grow businesses. The organization has a weekly business-building lunch and learn networking group and a weekly business-building collaborative workshop. These events are currently open to the public. Additionally, they offer a weekly tight-knit leads referral networking group.


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