Our first luncheon for 2014 was hosted by one of our newest members, Angelo’s on 8th, located at 1238 Eighth St., West Des Moines. The audience was engaged while learning about the history of Angelo’s and Steve Kroner’s business successes. If you haven’t tried Angelo’s for lunch or dinner, I highly recommend the pizza. You won’t be disappointed.
The annual Legislative Coffee was held Jan. 25 at 3E. It’s exciting to report that the residents within our community desire to have their voices heard. Sen. Charles Schneider, Rep. Chris Hagenow, Rep. Peter Cownie and Supt. Robert Brownell were in attendance. A big thank you to them for taking the time to meet with us and to Michael Glover for handling the task as mediator and keeping things running on time.
The Chamber is sponsoring a Chili Cook-Off on Thursday, March 27, from 5 – 8 p.m. at the Windsor Heights Community Center located at 6900 School St. Bring your appetite and come prepared to sample the best of the best chili in these here parts. We have an impressive lineup of chili competitors who will be serving their top-secret recipes in hopes of landing the top prize. 515 Brewing will be partnering with us by selling their refreshing craft beer that has quickly grown in popularity amongst our Young Professional group. You get five samples for $10, and if you wish for a full serving, it’s just $3. Giddy-up on over, experience the fun and excitement, and see who will be named the best of the best chili-cookers in the city.
As I was stuffing envelopes to send about renewing your 2014 membership, I included a brief synopsis to highlight our membership benefits. You as a member are able to participate in various activities such as Do More in Windsor Heights, our Young Professional group, our Shop Where you Roost Expo, legislative receptions, coffees and other networking events and activities sponsored by the Greater Des Moines Partnership. Some business owners might say their schedule is too demanding and the thought of volunteering for one more event or adding one more activity to their already busy schedule may be unthinkable. So why should you add yet another task by joining and actively participating in our Chamber? Membership has the added value of inclusion in the Greater Des Moines Partnership, the economic development and regional business development organization serving Central Iowa. Through this dual membership model, you are connected to 19 other metro-area Chambers and more than 4,700 local business leaders who, like yourself, wish to grow their business, grow their community, and grow economic opportunity for central Iowa. Your voice is heard, and your opinion does matter.