Recent News

Join or Renew your Downtown Chamber Membership

Click Here to renew, or to become a new member of the Downtown Chamber.

Interested in sponsorships, hosting, or chamber member services? View the Downtown Chamber Sponsorship Menu 2016 and let us know what you’d like us to reserve for you!

Leadership Education and Advancement Pipeline (LEAP) 2016 now open for Registration

The LEAP program is a 10-month program series designed to position women business owners and leaders in Central Iowa for the next steps in their career. The events feature an organization, speaker, or initiative focused on advancing women, and that will act as a pathway for attendees to access mentors, positions on boards, leadership development skills, inspiration and more. While the content is geared toward women, men are also encouraged to attend and participate. LEAP’s effectiveness is enriched when there is community support and encouragement for participants to challenge themselves, and those around them, to reach higher.

This year’s LEAP series also offers an optional add-on DiSC profile and bonus workshop for anyone who signs up for the series by February 4th. The assessment will be administered in advance, and the interpretation workshop will be held on February 26th from 9:00am-11:30am at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. Click Here for more details.

View the 2016 LEAP Program Schedule

Register Here

Don’t want to attend the whole series? Individual workshop registration is also open for the March event via the above registration link. All other months will open for individual registration approximately 30 days in advance of each session.

Annual Celebration and Awards on February 16th!

February 16th, 2016, 5:30pm-7:30pm at Des Moines City Hall’s Grand Hall

Featuring the NOLA Jazz Band

Networking and entertainment are the two main ingredients that make this event the highlight of the year.  This is not your typical sit down dinner and yearly report, it is a time to celebrate the accomplishments of chamber members and kick off the start of another great year with the Downtown Chamber.  This year’s event is at the magnificent Grand Hall inside Des Moines City Hall, entertainment will be provided by the popular NOLA Jazz Band, and awards will be given out to over a dozen Downtown Chamber members, including the prestigious Business of the Year, Non-profit of the Year, Ambassador of the Year, and Citizen of the Year.

Attendee pricing is $40 for Members and $50 for NonMembers and includes all drinks and heavy appetizers.  Groups of 5 or more receive a discount. All sponsors are invited to a private reception to kick-off the event.

Register to Attend


In Kind Donations:

Creme Cupcake, Blink! Events, Wakonda Club

Annual Celebration Sponsorship Information

Winter Weather Note

The Des Moines Downtown Chamber will keep the safety of members and guests a priority at all times. In the case of inclement weather, if the Des Moines Public Schools are closed or postponed due to winter weather conditions, the Des Moines Downtown Chamber will also cancel or postpone its morning events occurring prior to 12:00 Noon that day. Website and social media sites will be updated with details to keep you informed.

Skywalk Closures & Navigation

Reported by the Greater Des Moines CVB 12/10/15

A portion of the Downtown Des Moines skywalk between Watson Powell Jr. Way and the Iowa Events Center is now closed. The Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau, in partnership with the City of Des Moines, Iowa Events Center, Polk County and Downton Community Alliance created easy-to-use maps and detour signage in the skywalks to the convention center.

For Maps and More Information Click HERE