Support Diversity Week April 10-14

April 10, 2023

Virtual Vendor Fair & Diversity Week April 10-14
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Athene Black & Brown Business Summit

WEST DES MONES, IA (MONDAY April 10, 2023) – The West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce (WDM Chamber) has announced Diversity Week from April 10-14 that will feature twenty diverse virtual vendors for the third annual Athene Black & Brown Business Summit (The Summit) presented by Wells Fargo. The virtual vendor fair is made possible through support from Hy-Vee.  

“Hy-Vee is excited to be part of bringing the virtual vendor fair to life for this year’s Summit,” said Stacey Johnson, Senior Vice President, Government Relations and Corporate Compliance for Hy-Vee. “We know that access to resources and relationships is a key ingredient to the success of small businesses, and we believe this virtual vendor fair will help business owners connect with each other to help all their organizations grow.”

Part of diversity week includes consistent promotion of these vendors in digital and social media campaigns on several WDM Chamber channels to help amplify the great work they are doing and do drive sales. In addition to promotions, vendors can attend The Summit, gain visibility during The Summit, and have the opportunity to purchase a discounted WDM Chamber membership.

This year’s vendors include:

  1. 3E Partners
  2. Community State Bank
  3. Designed by the Streets
  4. El Fogon
  6. God’s Pure at Heart Daycare Academy
  7. Jewels Academy
  8. Known Labs
  9. Ladie Lex Scented Candles
  10. Lola’s Fine Hot Sauce
  11. LPL Financial
  12. Lutheran Services in Iowa
  13. MJ Commercial Cleaners
  14. OvaEasy
  15. Paragon Commercial & Residential Cleaning Services
  16. Sankofa Moment
  17. Shy Intimate Apparel
  18. U.S. Small Business Administration / Iowa District
  19. The Great Frame Up
  20. Ward Creative Studios
“We are excited to spotlight our 2023 virtual vendors during Diversity Week,” said Anna Doud, senior director of membership and strategic partnerships with the WDM Chamber and subcommittee organizer. “As a virtual vendor, these business owners have the opportunity to engage digitally with Athene Black & Brown Business Summit attendees to increase exposure, awareness, and engagement for their business.”

Those interested in attending The Summit can choose from a variety of ticket packages:
$45 – All-Sessions, Two-Day Pass
$25 – Thursday Sessions
$15 – Thursday Afternoon Pitch Competition
$35 – Friday Sessions
$15 – Friday Afternoon Celebration
$25 – All-Sessions Pass (Virtual)
For the 2023 event, sponsors, partners, and supporters include in alphabetical order: African American Museum of Iowa, Alliant Energy, Athene, Bank of America, Bankers Trust, Belin McCormick, BrownWinick Law Firm, Buena Vista University Strategic Partnerships, Central College, Chase, City of West Des Moines, Cocoa Creative Agency, Delta Dental of Iowa, Des Moines Performing Arts Presents: Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, EquiTrust, Des Moines University, EY, EZ Newswire, F&G, Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines, FORVIS, Graham Construction Company, Greater Des Moines Partnership, Hy-Vee, IMT Insurance, Iowa Economic Development Authority, Kiva Iowa, Known Labs, Kum & Go, Merchants Bonding Company, MidAmerican Energy Company, NCMIC, Principal Foundation, RDG, S&S Employment Partners, Sammons Financial Group, The Great Frame Up, Two Rivers Bank and Trust, UnityPoint Health, ViClarity, Wellmark, Whitfield & Eddy Law, Women Lead Change, Wells Fargo, and West Des Moines Community Foundation.
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About the Athene Black & Brown Business Summit
The Athene Black & Brown Business Summit was created to elevate ethnic minorities and bring BIPOC businesses together to assist with connections building, programming, promotion, training, and resources to help their businesses grow and prosper. The third annual Athene Black & Brown Business Summit will bring from entrepreneurs to seasoned companies from around the country together in a hybrid setting at Athene in West Des Moines. The Summit includes a nonprofit fundraiser, a pitch competition, breakout sessions led by top experts, Mel Essex Award, a vendor showcase and more. The goal is to help advance the minority business community in the country and position Iowa as the best place in the nation to start and lead a minority business.

About the WDM Chamber of Commerce
The mission of the West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce is to champion all things West Des Moines by strengthening our area companies, providing personalized resources, and attracting a top workforce to position WDM as the best suburban city in America to live, work, and play. A 2022 ACCE Chamber of the Year Finalist, the WDM Chamber produces programs and events for everyone. Learn more about the WDM Chamber and how to get involved at

About Athene
Athene, through its subsidiaries, is a leading financial services company specializing in retirement services with total assets of $246 billion as of December 31, 2022 and operations in the United States, Bermuda, and Canada. Athene specializes in helping its customers achieve financial security and is a solutions provider to institutions. Founded in 2009, Athene is Driven to Do More for our policyholders, business partners, shareholders, and the communities in which we work and live. For more information, please visit

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