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Des Moines


Make your business assets stand out with some of our favorite artistic vendors:


Photography & Videography

Whether your are looking for a great headshot photographer, team photo photographer, product photographer, or business videographer, creative DSM has your business covered.

Riley Glen Photography - Headshot, Lifestyle and boudoir photographer with digital marketing background. / Alex Saunders - Event and portrait photographer specializing in weddings. / Cherrie’ Photography Family and headshot photographer specializing in children and natural lighting. / Prairie Storm Photography Photography team specializing in weddings and nature drone photography. / Leah Rose Productions Traveling videographer specializing in weddings in Iowa. / Andrew Smith Graphic video artist that enjoys small branding videos for social media.

Graphic & Web Designers

While we love dabbling in graphic design for our clients, we also love working with other small businesses here in des moines with specialties in branding, graphic videos and social media assets.

Tandemhart Amazing branding design team behind Heartland Wedding Ideas Mag and various other branding and website projects. / Andrew Smith Graphic video artist that enjoys small branding videos for social media. / Creative DSM Hey, that’s us! We’re here to help you with your SEO website design and structure.


Is your business taken care of? We have the best advisor list in town. Reach out to us if you’d like a personal recommendation.


Business Advisors & Vendors

Whether you’re looking for financial advisors, insurance providers, Succession planning, or Marketing Consultants, we have worked with some of the best.

Bindery 1 - Fast and quality marketing materials for all budgets and quantities- talk to Renatta! / US Bank Payment Solutions - Talk to Rhett about processing credit card payments for your small business. / Fuse DSM - Des Moines’ South and East Side Chamber of Commerce is always focusing on new events to get more involved in the community. / Fontenelle Supply Co - Great corporate gift supplier specializing in private label leather goods. / Creative DSM - Marketing consultants based in Downtown Des Moines specializing in getting your business noticed online. / Ray Main - Succession directing and legacy planning.

Business Operation Professionals

These vendors will make sure your business storefront or actual location is in tip top shape for your needs and client approval.

CMC Solutions Commercial Concrete Quality and cost effective commercial and residential concrete contractor in Des Moines Metro. / Fisher Lawn Care - Fisher Lawn Care is the go-to source for all of your lawn care needs. / Plaza Florists - The talented team at Plaza Florists can bring any arrangement to life, whether it is appreciation, big event or for a styled photoshoot.


Enjoy Des Moines like the locals do, and maybe find some hidden gems along the way.


Local Lunch Spots

Looking for a little fuel for that lunch time hunger? We love these locally owned lunch spots throughout the des moines metro area.

Cheese Bar -  Charcuterie, to-die-for grilled cheeses, and delicious cocktails and beers. / Main Street Cafe - Small family owned cafe and bakery located in Ankeny, perfect for short meetings or a latte break. / Eatery A - Perfecting simple dishes that focus on local, quality ingredients. / Wasabi Tao - Amazingly fresh sushi located in downtown Des Moines, perfect location if you are going to the Farmer’s Market or working from Gravitate co-working.

Happy Hour Favorites

Do you like wine? HOw about whiskey? Do you like happy hour specials? Well, we have the list for you.

Winchester Pub Valley Junction is such a cool area of town, and this pub embodies the full character. Great drinks and amazing atmosphere. / Bubba - Specializing in Southern favorites and classic cocktails, Bubba offers a menu that is sure to please everyone – no matter where you hang your hat.


Looking to host an event or visit an awesome venue for fun things to do in Des Moines? This is the list you want to view.


Event Venues

Big or small, corporate or wedding, we have a venue that will fit your budget and head count.

Avenue of the Saints Amphitheater and Event Center - Located at the avenues of St Mary’s and St Charles, you may recognize this area as the spot where Hinterland is held, but they host so many more events than just that! / Decades Event Center - Decades Event Center is a newly renovated spot right in the heart of West Des Moines ready to host any of your corporate or personal events. / Bistro Nomad Meeting Room - Located in Downtown Des Moines, this is a great lunch spot and meeting room for any occasion. / Wedding Venue List curated by Heartland Wedding Ideas - These girls are THE specialists when it comes to the happenings of all things wedding.

Event Planners & Vendors

These vendors will make sure your business storefront or actual location is in tip top shape for your needs and client approval.

Jess at Salon 86 - Jess stays up to date on new trends and tactics to keep your look fresh, whether its for headshots or an event. / Timberly at Partners in Hair - Timberly worked with me personally to help me find a hair dye that I wasn’t allergic to, without sacrificing the results. She is a hairdye guru. / After Glow Studios - Kati is an expert at airbrush makeup application, microblading and all things glam. / About Face Beauty - Nicole is a talented makeup artist that specializes in event makeup, microblading and spray tans. / On the Spot - Ryan is one of the partners behind the Des Moines Wedding Show with specialties in marketing events and businesses through video and social reach in the Des Moines metro. / Make it Happen Events - Gina is the other half of the brains behind the Des Moines Wedding Show, with expertise in everything from birthday parties to large corporate events, she’s a master planner. / Des Moines Movers and Shakers - Josh has 10 years experience running events in Chicago, and specializes in weddings. He recently transplanted his business here in 2018.


Business Directory Application

We’re always looking to expand our network of authentic and driven small businesses to support in Iowa. If you fit those qualifications, simply apply beloW!

Please complete the form below to apply for listing in our small business resource directory. If you have any questions, reach out to Andi directly via email.

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