Yesterday I spoke at the BIZ Raising Capital Seminar mentioned in my last blog post. I thoroughly enjoyed being on a panel with some excellent business advisors including:

But mostly  I enjoyed listening and talking with a group of excited and motivated business owners that are determined to make things happen in Des Moines. I felt a collective energy from those business owners that I had not felt from similar groups in the past.

Several of the attendees were also involved in the recent Startup Weekend Des Moines. From the conversation today it was clear that was a highly successful event that may produce more than one viable business opportunity.

I am also encouraged by Christian Renaud’s StartUpCity Des Moines. It’s a new resource and gathering place for startups in Des Moines.Christian anticipates it will be up and running by the end of the summer. If you are a new business looking for guidance that could be a great place for you to start.

Go create and innovate!