Voting is now open for the second annual Best of the West Awards presented by Aureon, brought to you by the West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce and the City of West Des Moines. The Best of the West Awards are a West Des Moines focused, community voted contest featuring 50 categories. Voting is open ended, allowing for anyone, not just WDM Chamber members, to win. Our vision is to make West Des Moines the best suburban city in America to live, work, and play and now is the time to show pride in our vibrant community. From recognizing your favorite restaurant, retail store, or favorite company to work for, the Best of the West Awards gives area businesses a chance to take a bow and be recognized. AWARD RULES: Fifty business categories are highlighted and the community is encouraged to vote on your favorite. You don?t have to live in WDM to vote and you can vote every day. To win and be recognized, you need to have a WDM address or be a WDM Chamber member. Winners receive a wall plaque to showcase proudly and a special logo to showcase on your website. Voting is open from October 24 ? November 19. Winners will be announced November 29 - December 3. There will be a special happy hour that winners can attend to pick up their award. VOTE HERE: Click here to place your vote today. And tomorrow. And the next day! Good luck to all of our Best of the West nominees and ''GO WEST''!
Join us for our fourth WDM Edge of the year with a focus on the retail and hospitality sector. Area leaders will be sharing thoughts and insights into the future of this key industry critical to our region. Listen as they focus on: Top trends in key industries vital to our region?s growth Areas where industries need support How has COVID helped key sectors innovate and look at things differently What are some of the biggest, most impactful changes for the future What have industry leaders learned most that they can share with others What is WDM EDGE? West Des Moines is on the cutting edge of innovation and growth. With a population of more than 65,000, West Des Moines is one of the fastest growing cities in Iowa. Nearly 3,000 businesses call West Des Moines home and many of those companies and business sectors have their own distinct set of challenges. The Chamber?s WDM Edge (formerly Business Roundtable) brings subject matter expertise to the podium for an exchange of information that impacts business owners and community across all industries. In 2021, we will examine top industries that call West Des Moines home, trends in those industries, and what we can to do as a community to help support and create an ecosystem that helps these industries continue to thrive. Our hope is from these discussions, as a community, we might discover new ideas that help to propel our region even more forward. Industries in West Des Moines we will be highlighting include: Real Estate & Development Information Technology Financial Services & Insurance Medical & Life Sciences Manufacturing & Logistics Retail & Hospitality Arts & Entertainment Expert Panelists: Steve Frevert - Executive Director | Historic Valley Junction Foundation Al Laudencia- Owner and CEO | Big Al?s BBQ Reonna Snyder - Sales Executive | Heart of America Group Meredith Wells - Co-Owner | MoMere