Okay, it’s a cheesy line, but I recently accepted the role as FemCity Des Moines president.
Some of you might remember about a year or so ago when I was pushing for more support for female entrepreneurs. The article on Iowa ranking dead last for women owned businesses appalled me, especially in the community development world, knowing that entrepreneurs play a very important, unique role in building a community.
My avenue to support this community was the suggestion of a female coworking space. I did the research, tested the market, and got over 100 responses in a survey indicating that women desire this space.
However, my other research showed that coworking spaces are not incredibly profitable and revenue is typically supplemented with renting out the space and getting creative to make ends meet. The survey responses also showed a range of pay that women would like to make per month and it wasn’t feasible (yet).
As a woman who is not quite an entrepreneur in its fullest extent, I do get what it takes to accept the challenge of creating a business that makes you money and makes you happy. I’m regularly having conversations with women in their businesses who need advice or have ideas they want to run by me. It’s one of my favorite things to do!
I think Des Moines is full of supportive networking groups. It’s one of the reasons I love this community; we say yes to helping one another. I also recognize that we are growing and that more women are taking entrepreneurship seriously. I see almost all of my friends working on side hustles and growing their remarkable businesses outside of their traditional day jobs.
What I want to be able to do for Des Moines is wrap my arms around the challenges faced and provide meaningful dialogue, inspiring speakers, and tactics for growth.
FemCity’s tagline is “Business For Your Soul” and that sums it up perfectly. I am eager to build a group of soulful doers who want to lift up women in business (or women who want to be in business later in life!).
If this speaks to you, I’m working on building a board of 9-12 women from all different walks of life. It will take visionaries & doers to build a strong presence in Des Moines!
Who is up for the challenge? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire. <3