Metro Business Friends Networking Group

If you’re charged with business development within your organization or if you’re a free agent like myself, it’s good to be familiar with all of the free networking opportunities in the area.

Meet Metro Business Friends Networking Group. Meetings are every Thursday 8:30-9:30am. Some people arrive late or leave early depending on their family and business schedule. They ask that people attend at least once a month to maintain their exclusive job category.

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2016 Iowa Prevention Conference

I had the distinct pleasure of being a panelist at the 2016 Iowa Prevention Conference. Iowa’s Annual Prevention Conference is a statewide forum focused on substance abuse prevention and problem gambling prevention, while offering recommendations for best practices. The goal of this conference is to establish a meaningful dialogue among substance abuse prevention and problem gambling by focusing on strategies and tools that can facilitate the development of a strategic response to the various challenges in the field. This event is a collaborative effort between the Iowa Department of Public Health, contracted agencies and grantees, and other service providers and stakeholders who are committed to the educational advancement of professionals.

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Association Management Services

Membership organizations with fewer than 100 members usually have great success leveraging their member volunteers to keep the organization running smoothly.

Membership organizations with more than 100 members oftentimes require the support of an individual that can take care of the following on a part-time basis. Here are a few ways I can help:

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Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX)

by "Get it Done Girl" on February 15, 2017 · 0 comments

in Des Moines

One of my most profound life experiences took place while participating in the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX) from 1999 – 2000.

Fresh out of college, I spent one year in Germany participating in this exchange program for young professionals. I spoke German, but it is not a requirement for participation. I grew up; I learned a lot about myself; and I developed a love for the German language, culture and my own heritage.

Last week, my experience came full circle as I sat on a panel interviewing this year’s candidates. Wow, are they qualified. I found myself both excited and nervous for these kids about to embarque on this life-changing journey.

The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX) is a fellowship funded by the German Bundestag and U.S. Department of State, that annually provides 75 American and 75 German young professionals, between the ages of 18-24, the opportunity to spend one year in each other’s countries, studying, interning, and living with hosts on a cultural immersion program.

The program consists of three phases:

  • Two months of intensive German language training
  • Four months of classes in one’s academic or career field at a university, technical or professional school
  • Five-month internships in one’s career field

CBYX is open to candidates in all career fields who are interested in a year of academic, professional, and cultural exchange.

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Ready to step up your social media game this year?  Join Social Media Club Des Moines and Hashie Award winners Happy Medium for great advice on making 2017 your best year of social media yet.

We will be discussing what’s to come in the following months on all your favorite platforms, offering up tricks and tips (especially for video and Facebook Live!) and having fun along the way.

Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for SMCDSM professional members, and $5 for students. Refreshments will be served.

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DSM – 1 Million Cups

by "Get it Done Girl" on January 28, 2017 · 0 comments

in Des Moines,Free Agency,Networking

Have you checked out 1 Million Cups yet?

From their website:

“Join us every Wednesday from 8-9:30AM at the Science Center in downtown Des Moines, as Iowa entrepreneurs are caffeinated with free coffee, complimentary parking and an innovative energy generated by an interactive community-driven networking experience unlike any other.”

FREE PARKING is available in the parking garage just across the street from the main entrance of the Science Center of Iowa in downtown Des Moines.

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Association Management Services

by "Get it Done Girl" on January 27, 2017 · 0 comments

in Free Agency,freelance,small biz

Membership organizations with fewer than 100 members usually have great success leveraging their member volunteers to keep the organization running smoothly.

Membership organizations with more than 100 members oftentimes require the support of an individual that can take care of the following on a part-time basis. Below are a few ways I can help:

Board

  • Provide general liaison work for the board.
  • Manage all documentation according to the membership organization’s chapter documentation retention guidelines.
  • Coordinate board meetings and attend board and committee meetings as required.

Administrative and Facilities Services

  • Provide storage for permanent records and supplies.
  • File bi-annual report for Iowa Nonprofit Corporations.
  • Act as the point of contact for the membership organization.

Financial Services

  • Receive dues payments, post entries and maintain financial accounts.
  • Process deposits and reconcile bank statements monthly.
  • Prepare monthly financial statements and income/expense summaries.
  • Prepare year-end financial statements.
  • Arrange for annual tax filings.
  • Work with accounting firm to complete annual income tax returns and audits.

Publications and Communications

  • Provide routine communications to members via website, email and mail.
  • Maintain an up-to-date email address list of members.

Membership

  • Maintain the membership organization’s membership database.

Meeting Management

  • Make arrangements for monthly meetings.
  • Manage all room set-ups and catering needs.
  • Manage advance registration and process credit card payments.
  • Prepare nametags.
  • Provide on-site supervision of registration check-in process.
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