15 episodes

Learn something new for yourself and your business from the expertise, education, and tips from Des Moines Downtown Chamber member businesses. "Downtown Chamberphiles" is hosted by Sid Juwarker, Vice President of the Downtown Chamber Board of Directors, and recorded and edited by Des Moines Radio Group.

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Learn something new for yourself and your business from the expertise, education, and tips from Des Moines Downtown Chamber member businesses. "Downtown Chamberphiles" is hosted by Sid Juwarker, Vice President of the Downtown Chamber Board of Directors, and recorded and edited by Des Moines Radio Group.

    Mural Morale

    Mural Morale

    James and Bridget Neely, owners of Bottle & Bottega, want people to uncork their inner artist. Is this an art class..? Looks more like a party to me! Brushes down, glasses up! 


    What does "Bottle & Bottega" mean exactly?
    "Art Uncorked" Everyone has an inner artist bottled up.
    Art-gistics, hours, and clients.
    Art-tertainment & instructor auditions. 
    See the big picture: from an individual 6x6 to a company mural. 

    • 16 min
    Growing Benefits

    Growing Benefits

    The Greater Des Moines Botanical Gardens recently celebrated their 40th birthday! Kelly Reilly, Director of Marketing, and Laurie Haeder, Events and Venue Coordinator, discuss the wide range of services the gardens has to offer that benefit your business, staff, family, and overall well-being. It's not a plant museum, it's a destination wedding, a lively boardroom, and a dynamic ever-changing adventure. 


    From City Management to Non-profit, learn the history of the gardens and a summary of services designed for everyone. 
    So many spaces, venue spaces are available from small office meetings, to large conferences, and weddings. 
    Educational classes: Vegetable Gardens 101, Ecologically Minded Advanced Classes, Youth and Family Classes, and the Botanical Break. A meeting or retreat interactive workshop to energize your group!
    Concert Series: Summer and Winter Series. Botanical Blues, January - March, Sundays 2-4 PM blues music. Free with admission. 
    Trellis Cafe: Open for lunch Tuesday - Sunday 11 AM - 2 PM. Menu changes every month. 

    • 16 min
    SHYFT Your Beliefs

    SHYFT Your Beliefs

    Brandon Foldes, Founding Partner and CEO at SHYFT Collective, talks about challenging the way we think about design. SHYFT Collective seeks to focus on the reasons, gets to know their clients, and understand their why. In this episode:

    1) Ever wonder about the "Y" in SHYFT? Learn why.

    2) Hear about their decision to locate their office Downtown.

    3) Learn how Des Moines differs from other cities in their thinking about design.

    4) Understand the influence of office use and workplace culture on attraction and retention.

    5) Find out why Des Moines needs to foster more start-ups and tech companies.

    • 14 min
    A Win for All

    A Win for All

    Karen Ligas, Executive Director at Everybody Wins! Iowa, discusses how reading to a child is a win for students, volunteers, schools, and companies.  Everybody Wins! Iowa is centered on increasing a child's success in school and life through one-to-one reading and mentoring experiences with volunteers. In this episode, learn:

    1) Why reading aloud is preferred over independent reading.

    2) The effects of digital vs. traditional reading formats.

    3) How National Mentoring Month is celebrated.

    4) An easy way for busy professionals to volunteer.

    5) The significance of receiving books as gifts and building home libraries. 

    • 15 min
    Food for Thought

    Food for Thought

    Matt Unger is CEO at DMARC (Des Moines Area Religious Council), an interfaith organization with a core membership with nearly 130 congregations from five faith traditions who come together around human needs. DMARC manages a Food Pantry Network consisting of 14 separate partnering food pantry sites, a Mobile Food Pantry, two food warehouses, and numerous community supporters. Last year, DMARC served over 55,000 individuals.  In this episode learn about:

    1) What it means to be food insecure.

    2) Partnerships with local groups and initiatives for housing and other services.

    3) How you can help and be involved in the cause.

    4) The 3 basic food donations that are always needed.

    5) The Super Bowl of Caring - a friendly competition with a great cause.

    • 12 min
    Why I Chamber

    Why I Chamber

    Sid Juwarker, host of Downtown Chamberphiles and current Downtown Chamber Board Vice President, interviews Scott Seeliger, the 2019 Board President. Scott also represents Cognizant Technology Solutions as their Corporate Affairs Lead and Des Moines Site Leader. In this episode:

    1) Catch up on the changes and progress that led to a successful year, including the Chamber’s 1st golf tournament at Wakonda Club.

    2) Explore the dynamic programs that influenced the Downtown Chamber’s 2018 Chamber of the Year award.

    3) How the mission of the Downtown Chamber is influencing civility, and developing greater relationships among members and the community.

    4) Learn how Chamber volunteers are connecting with other members to help them maximize their membership.

    5) Hear stories of impact.

    • 14 min

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