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Top 10 Reasons to Join the West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce

West Des Moines Chamber Team

From Katherine Harrington, President & CEO | West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce

Dear Community and Region,

Are you a business owner or an individual looking to make a positive impact in West Des Moines and the surrounding region? Joining the West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce could be your ticket to success, growth, and community engagement. We are proud to present the top 10 reasons why becoming a member of the West Des Moines Chamber is a decision that can transform your business and personal life. Plus, it does not matter where you live: 30% of our members are not located in West Des Moines.

  1. Member Promotion via Social Media and Email Newsletters: Gain exposure to a vast audience of over 15,000 people in our region through our active social media channels. Our 166 annual email newsletters reach an estimated 850,000 impressions, ensuring that your business gets noticed.
  2. Member Connections: Our chamber hosts over 150 events and gatherings, providing ample opportunities for networking and personal introductions. These connections can lead to transformative partnerships and business growth.
  3. Join Over 25 Committees and Microgroups: Make a meaningful impact in our community by participating in one of our 25+ committees and microgroups. Get involved in causes that matter to you and contribute to the betterment of our region.
  4. Support the Minority Business Community: Make a difference in the minority business community by actively participating in initiatives like the Latino Trade Network, Athene Black & Brown Business Summit, the DEI Workplace Excellence Awards, and more.
  5. Engage Your Employees: Encourage your employees to participate in our free summer event series for interns called “YURtern.” Last year, we had over 300 young talents engaged, providing valuable experiences for both businesses and interns.
  6. Drive Traffic Through Events and Promotions: Be a part of small business generation events and promotions like the ‘Candy Cane Trail’ and other initiatives that can significantly boost your business’s visibility and foot traffic.
  7. Member-to-Member Discounts and Promotions: Offer exclusive discounts and promotions to fellow chamber members, fostering a sense of community and mutual support.
  8. Give Back to the Community: By supporting the WDM Chamber, you are contributing to our mission of giving back. Since 2011, we have given more than $450,000 to various community causes, making a tangible difference in people’s lives.
  9. Apply to the WDM Leadership Academy: Unlock the opportunity to be part of the nationally recognized WDM Leadership Academy, a program that can empower you with invaluable leadership skills.
  10. Be Part of an Award-Winning Organization: Join an award-winning organization that has received over 15 prestigious awards in the last three years. We were even recognized nationally by ACCE as a 2022 nominee for Chamber of the Year USA, one of only three chambers in the entire country.

Join us at the West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce and become part of a dynamic, vibrant community dedicated to the success and well-being of its members. This year is the BEST time to join because it is our 100-Year Anniversary and we will be celebrating with our members ALL YEAR LONG.

To learn more about membership benefits or to become a member today, please visit our website or contact me. We look forward to welcoming you to the West Des Moines Chamber family and working together to build a brighter future for our community and region.


Katherine Harrington – President & CEO / West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce

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