Welcome to the Des Moines West Side Chamber of Commerce
Our mission is to serve our community by supporting and enhancing the unique quality of life and commerce that defines
the Des Moines West Side.
February 21st we enjoyed our Victory Celebration of 2017 at Moberg Gallery & Framing with a record attendance.
Our 2016 award winners were recognized in a brief program.
Business of the Year - Walker Coen Lorentzen Architects
Citizen of the Year - Jay Kozel
Ambassador of the Year - Kevin Pokorny
Soozie McBroom Service Award - "Team Nagel", Dave and Carolyn
Thank you to all our sponsors for this wonderful event.
We look forward to all our upcoming events. Be sure to check them out by clicking on our event tab on the webpage or watch for all the events in our weekly newsletter.
Our membership and event planning is off and running for 2017.
Sponsorships for our events are available, check them outl
Keep watching our website under Chamber Events for all the upcoming scheduled events - Wake Up West Sides,
Business After Hours, Lunch and Learns, Government Relations Legislative Forums and the always fun and exciting Ribbon Cuttings showcasing our Des Moines West Side Chamber members businesses. We've added a new program this year for our member business owners the BOSS(business owners success strategies) program.
Each February we have our annual Victory Celebration and recognize the Business of the year, Ambassador of the year, Citizen of the year and the Soozie McBroom Service Award. Then in June we come together for networking and fun for our annual Summer Sipper. Last year's theme was County Fair.
Check out our FACEBOOK account for events, weekly newsletter, our Member Monday and West Side Wednesday postings.
Some fun facts about Des Moines West Side - we have $50million+ in new development currently, 70,000+ residents and 3000+ businesses in our footprint. We border some of most traveled intersections in the metro, Ingersoll Ave/MLK Pkwy and Merle Hay Rd/Douglas Ave.
Greater Des Moines is - #1Metro with the Most Community Pride (Gallup), #2 Best City for Jobs (Forbes), #6 Best City of Job Opportunities (US News & World Report) and #9 Best Place to Start a Business (CNBC).
But most importantly - #1 BEST CHAMBER MEMBERS IN THE METRO.
About the West Side Chamber
Des Moines' West Side is an established area of our city with a rich history in niche retail and service businesses, higher education, restaurants, boutique professional offices, cultural amenities, and not-for-profits. From the sole proprietor coffee houses to our major universities, this area boasts a diverse employment base
Substantial investments have been made in the renaissance of the various cultural and business centers including the Ingersoll corridor, Roosevelt shopping district and the Drake area which attract customers from all over the greater Des Moines area and tourists visiting our city - also the Beaverdale shopping area and the Merle Hay Mall with reinvestment and renovations. Not only local, but also WEST SIDE!
The vision for the Des Moines West Side Chamber of Commerce is to provide services such as:
An important issue passed by the legislature this year is the Home Base Iowa Act proposed by Governor Terry Branstad. "Through their service, veterans have already proven they share the values we hold dear as Iowans - hard work, leadership, and patriotism, among others. Home Base Iowa allows veterans to find the right job for them in Iowa, and to become a part of our communities". Iowa Workforce Development is helping in this effort. For further information on this important issue visit the website at homebaseiowa.org.