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Des Best winners presented with award decals to designate they are Des Best

Des Best award decals like the one above are being sent to businesses identified in Catch Des Moines’ Des Best blogs and video series. Image provided by Catch Des Moines

Catch Des Moines has extended …

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This series was reported by Emily Kestel, Michael Crumb, Sarah Bogaards and Nora Felder. 

Editor’s note: This is part two of a three-part series looking at how the state’s history and values play a role …

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Investing in the Latino community’s growth

Latino population growth in the Des Moines metro area is projected to more than double by 2050 to about 117,200 residents to make up about 13% of the population, according to the Nuestro Iowa report …

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‘Swirl’ to be part of ‘painting the town blue’

“Swirl,” the light sculpture by California artist Jim Campbell in Cowles Commons, the public space between the Des Moines Civic Center and Capitol Square, will look different for the next few days. Through Saturday, “Swirl” …

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Warner named Iowa’s 2023 Small Business Person of the Year

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The U.S. Small Business Administration announced Tuesday the 2023 Small Business Persons of the Year from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Iowa’s recipient is ProCircular President …

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Public can get sneak peek at NCAA first-round teams during open practice on Wednesday

The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament returns to Wells Fargo Arena this week for the first time since 2019. An open practice for public viewing is scheduled for Wednesday. Photo by Katie McDonald.

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Business owners, activists call for more ‘economic pressure’ on anti-LGBTQ bills

By Michael Crumb, Emily Kestel and Sarah Bogaards

More than 60 Des Moines-area small businesses have recently spoken out against proposed legislation at the Iowa Statehouse that they say would negatively affect the LGBTQ community. …

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This series was reported by Emily Kestel, Michael Crumb, Sarah Bogaards and Nora Felder. All photos are contributed, except where otherwise noted.

Editor’s note: As a business publication, one of the most pressing issues we’ve covered …

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A conversation on inclusion with Joshua Barr

Editor’s note: This interview with Joshua Barr, owner of Raising the Barr LLC and former director of the Des Moines Civil and Human Rights Commission, is part of a Business Record series on workplace inclusion …

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A conversation with author and professor Matt Walsh on Iowa’s refugee resettlement

This interview has been lightly edited and condensed for clarity

What were some of your main takeaways from writing the book “The Good Governor:  Robert Ray and the Indochinese Refugees of Iowa”?

I was just …

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