2016 Iowa Downtown Conference

by "Get it Done Girl" on August 14, 2016 · 0 comments

in Free Agency,Networking,Social Media,Workshops

The 30th annual Iowa Downtown Conference was held August 2-4 in Mason City, Iowa. The event is the premier statewide annual conference for professionals and volunteers involved in downtown revitalization in Iowa and neighboring states. I was honored to present during a break out session on Facebook, Pinterest and YouTube best practices for organizations and events.

The Iowa Downtown Conference provided opportunities for attendees to make new connections, hear about the latest trends, acquire practical information and ideas, and learn strategies that are relevant to rural, mid-sized and urban communities and urban districts. Those who attended enjoyed a unique meeting experience and took away the essential tools that are helpful in local efforts to address downtown development issues, historic commercial district vibrancy and competitiveness.


October 2016 DSM Sushi Rolls!

by "Get it Done Girl" on July 30, 2016 · 0 comments

in Des Moines

We hope you can join us for the October 8 and October 22, 2016 DSM Sushi Rolls! I’ve rented a party bus to drive us around Des Moines to sample some of it’s finest sushi. Won’t you join us? Arrive at Appare at 11:45am to check in. Sushi will be served buffet-style at noon.


Your ticket includes:

  • Pick up (12:30pm) and drop off (4:15pm) at Appare Steakhouse (3769 86th St., Urbandale).
  • Sushi stops at Samurai Sushi, Mandarin Grill & Sushi Bar, Blu Thai Food & Sushi and Cool Basil, for a total of at least 14 pieces. We’ll wrap up the afternoon at Appare.
  • Coolers with ice on the bus to store BYO Beverages – NO GLASS BOTTLES ALLOWED. Since we will have alcohol on the bus, all passengers must be 21 or older.

If you have any questions, please contact me, Suzanne Hull, at 515-250-6366 or suzanne@contemporary-business-solutions.com



Drake Divas

An amazing colleague told me about Drake Divas a few weeks ago. I attended their first networking event last week and it was such an amazing and unique experience!


Drake Women’s Basketball Head Coach, Jennie Baranczyk, invites all professional women in the Des Moines area to become Drake Divas. A Drake Diva is a strong woman who is confident, comfortable in her own skin, and inspires others to feel the same way. Coach Baranczyk will lead discussions on leadership, teamwork and integrity as they relate to your everyday life. You will leave feeling motivated and empowered.

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Global Vision Week Panel

Earlier this year, I was asked to sit on the advisory board of World Languages at Grand View University. The advisory board works with the World Languages Department as an outside resource to help the department meet their goals. One of the department’s goals is to create an awareness of and interest in foreign language classes and majors offered at Grand View University.


To that end, I participated in a panel discussion entitled, “Professional Opportunities Beyond Your Mother Language”. My co-panelists included Americans who have worked or are working in another language/country and others who came to the United States, have learned English and are now utilizing their native languages in their professions.

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Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative

As I mentioned in one of my recent posts, The Meyvn Group‘s Business Book Club is up and running again!

Our most recent read was, “Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative” by Austin Kleon.

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2016 Iowa Wine Tours

by "Get it Done Girl" on June 30, 2016 · 0 comments

in Des Moines

Enjoy a Sunday afternoon (September 11th & 25th, 2016 to be exact) visiting three picturesque Central Iowa vineyards and wineries! Enjoy wine tasting, education, vineyard tours and on-site shopping.

Wineries on on the September 11th tour include Jasper Winery, Annelise Winery and La Vida Loca Winery. Wineries on the September 25th tour include Penoach Winery & Nursery, Madison County Winery and Covered Bridges Winery.

Price per person of $55 includes ticketing fees, round-trip transportation, bottled water and snacks on-board the bus. Must be 21 years or older to participate.

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  • Bring other beverages you would like to drink on the bus during the afternoon. I’ll bring a few coolers with ice.
  • Buy bottles at the vineyards – you can bring wine bottles on the bus with you.
  • Eat a good, solid lunch so you’ll be ready for the afternoon.


Get your Tickets to the September 11th, 2016 Iowa Wine Tour


June Best of Contemporary Business Solutions

by "Get it Done Girl" on June 29, 2016 · 0 comments

in Free Agency

The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace: Empowering Organizations by Encouraging People

As I mentioned in one of my recent posts, The Meyvn Group‘s Business Book Club is up and running again!

Our most recent read entitled, “The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace” is co-authored by Gary Chapman who also wrote, “The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts“.

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Iowa Wine Tour

I have a lot of fun producing DSM Sushi Roll, so I thought I’d apply the same concept to another of life’s indulgences – WINE!

In September, we visited three Central Iowa wineries/vineyards including education, tastings, on-site shopping and vineyard tours.


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BoardLaunch – IRS Tax Workshop: For Small & Medium Sized Nonprofit Organizations

The Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines in conjunction with the Drake Law School and the Drake Legal Clinic partnered with the Internal Revenue Service’s Exempt Organization Division to present the national touring IRS Tax Workshop: For Small and Medium Sized Nonprofit Organizations. This workshop, taught by experienced IRS Exempt Organization Specialists, explained the nuts and bolts of what 501(c)(3) entities must do to keep their tax-exempt status and comply with tax obligations. Throughout this full-day workshop, we learned the benefits and responsibilities of tax-exempt status, unrelated business income, employment classifications and requirements, overview of the 990 form, required disclosures and more.


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