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Give-Back Guidebook

By Emily Hedgecock Now more than ever, Americans are using the power of their time and money to shop ethically, donate to causes they care

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Influence Redefined: Building a Good Reputation

If you want to influence buy this book.  In fact, the sooner you read this book, the more rapidly you will accelerate your ability to influence. But be patient.  Influence is earned over time.  Hanke suggests that everyone who wants to become a skilled influencer must adopt specific, intentional behaviors MONDAY THROUGH MONDAY.  

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Holiday Gift Giving Guide

Everyone is talking about how holiday shopping is going to be challenging this year. Well, guess what isn’t stuck on shipping containers out at sea? All of the incredible things you can buy from our local small businesses. Whether you’re online shopping at home or out and about around town, check out this Ultimate Gift Giving Guide to get some ideas for this holiday season! 

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Think Big and Just Get it DONE

This is what we love about our city. We don’t pussyfoot around. We think big and just get it done. Kudos to Mayor Steve Gaer and key city, community, and business leaders who were instrumental in helping to build our city into the world class community it is today. Ranked #1 best place to live in Iowa and #37 best place to live in America by Money Magazine, it’s no wonder people have a passion for West Des Moines.

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The Truth Behind Influence

Is there any part of your job that requires convincing other people to move in your direction—whether that be coworkers, supporters, or customers? Recently, the West Des Moines Chamber’s young professional program had its final educational session of the year with Jim Summers, Max S. Wortman, Jr. Professor and associate professor of management at Iowa State University’s Ivy College of Business. The focus of the session, The Science of Getting to Yes, taught young professional attendees six laws to assist them in influencing others.

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