Owners of one of Norwalk’s newest businesses – Rock Bottom Tattoo – are thrilled with their welcome to the community as they proudly show off artist-owner Justin Jay’s tattooing skills.
“We’ve had a great welcome and we’re super excited to be here, says Jay, a tattoo artist for more than 16 years. “We are proud to bring our professional experience and knowledge here to run a good shop.”
Jay and co-owner Nicole Lynn opened the shop at 1043 Sunset, Suite 2, with a Norwalk Area Chamber ribbon cutting March 2. “Our commitment is to have a comfortable atmosphere, a place of positive energy where people can relax and have a great experience,” Jay said.
Jay’s specialty is photo-realism, especially portraiture, and his work has included portraits of clients’ children, grandparents and even favorite entertainers, such as actress Marilyn Monroe. Recent portraits included musicians Kid Rock and Jim Morrison.
Jay fell in love with the art of tattooing, he says, while working in airbrushing designs on objects like motorcycles and helmets and observing tattoo artists which led to getting his own tattoos. “I pushed myself to become versatile, did an apprenticeship, worked several years in shops in Las Vegas and a number of shops the Des Moines metro as well as co-owned a shop here,” he said.
He returned to Des Moines two years and a half years ago and began looking for a location. “Norwalk looked like a good spot. Des Moines itself is saturated with tattoo shops,” he said.
Jay and Lynn will market the new business through radio ads on 103.3, flyers and word of mouth. “Tattooing today is mainstream and people of all types and backgrounds are proud to show off their tattoos. I’ve won awards and been profiled in some smaller magazines in the industry,” he said. “My work speaks for itself.”
The business name – Rock Bottom Tattoo – was a suggestion from a friend as well as a reflection of Jay’s love of music. He’s also a drummer but too busy currently to play in a band. “I asked a friend for good names and he almost immediately said Rock Bottom Tattoo and I liked it.”
As co-owners Justin and Nicole will manage the business. Shop hours will be noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Appointments can be made by phone at 515-981-4300 or email@example.com. Walk-ins will be welcome, too. Minimum age for a tattoo in Iowa is 18.
TRUBANK IS BUILDING ITS PRESENCE IN THE NORWALK COMMUNITY
Increasing their already busy involvement in the Norwalk community is the goal of the staff of TruBank a Norwalk presence for 16 years and a Gold Chamber Champion. “We’re here and we’re excited and experienced to do everything we can to meet the banking needs of families, businesses and organizations who are our neighbors in Norwalk,” says Denny Morrow, manager of the Norwalk location.
That includes membership in the Norwalk Area Chamber of Commerce which TruBank leaders view as essential to telling its story meeting the financial needs of current – and future – TruBank customers in the growing market. “Chamber membership keeps us in the know of what’s going on in the community,” says Morrow.
Norwalk staff members are playing roles on many community projects in 2019. Samantha Wilber will be chairing the Kids’ Zone at Music Fest, the September 1 event sponsored by Norwalk Hometown Pride. She also is a member of the Grow Norwalk Committee. TruBank is among the first sponsors supporting the August 2 Chair-ish the Library event of the Norwalk Easter Public Library Foundation.
The bank has sponsored an end-of-the-school-year celebration honoring Norwalk School District educators and staff for 10 years and has been part of the Party Before the Works event each summer.
“Our biggest commitment is the presenting sponsorship of the National Balloon Classic which draws hundreds of Norwalk residents to Indianola each summer, “says Michelle Grismore, an Indianola branch manager. “We’ll be honored to show off Warren County to thousands of visitors July 26-August 3 this year.”
The Norwalk TruBank location at 2351 Sunset Drive is one of eight branches of the $300 million banking organization which was created in 1993 when investors purchased an existing bank in Lucas. Growth has since taken the bank into six counties with branches in Norwalk, Indianola, Newton, Oskaloosa, What Cheer and metro locations in West Des Moines and the Fort Des Moines historic district at 612 Army Post Road.
Banking services include consumer products, business accounts and commercial loans, agricultural products, residential mortgages, trust accounts and investment services through a partnership with Focus Investment Center. “Our team is dedicated to great customer service with a very personal approach,” says Morrow. “If someone needs something, our motto is ‘just ask us.’ We’re competitive and we’re committed to being the best.”
The TruBank location in Norwalk can be reached online at www.trubank.bank or by phone at 515-285-4900. Lobby hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Drive up hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays.
As a Member of the Greater Des Moines Partnership, your public policy interests are elevated to the regional, state and federal levels. By building and establishing relationships with elected officials, The Partnership has the advantage of communicating the needs of Central Iowa throughout the year. The Partnership is committed to developing and supporting policies that enhance and sustain the region’s vibrancy. With more than 6,400 Regional Members, The Partnership represents a broad grassroots network with a unified voice for Central Iowa.
Part of this work is to connect Members with elected officials to ensure the region’s collective voice is being heard. Navigating the world of public policy can be intimidating, but The Partnership holds a variety of opportunities to connect the people of Central Iowa with the information they need to make informed decisions, including:
Government Policy Council - A series of meetings open to all Members. In these meetings, Partnership Regional Members present agenda items that compose the state and federal policies around issues that reflect the needs of Central Iowa.
Partnership’s Annual D.C. Trip - Partnership Members and Investors are invited to travel to Washington D.C. to ensure needs of DSM USA are being addressed at the federal level. The trip includes a variety of opportunities to hear from the Administration and Congressional Leadership. This year’s trip will be May 8-10, and registration is open. Visit https://www.dsmpartnership.com/dmdc for more information and to register.
Day on the Hill - This annual meeting at the Statehouse provides Members an opportunity to hear from our leaders in both the administration and the legislature, and discuss policies that promote economic growth in Central Iowa. 2019 Partnership Day on the Hill is on April 10 from 7:30 – 9 a.m. at the State Capitol Building, register at https://members.dsmpartnership.com/events/details/2019-partnership-day-on-the-hill-04-10-2019-57476. To review the full state legislative agenda, visit https://www.dsmpartnership.com/about/public-policy/state-advocacy.
Advocacy 101 Webinars - In advance of the Day on the Hill and our annual trip to Washington D.C., The Partnership hosts opportunities for Members to get an update on current policy issues, and to learn how to navigate meetings with legislative leaders.
Through these continued efforts, The Partnership will remain focused on creating and sustaining a pro economic growth environment that allows businesses and communities to prosper. By working together with public and private partners, the region can be a shining example to the rest of the country of what can be done with bold ideas and regional collaboration.
To stay up to date on the various public policy-related activities, click here to subscribe to the Government Policy Council newsletter and updates.
The Greater Des Moines Partnership has launched a new Small Business Resources Hub to help small businesses grow. The Hub provides a one-stop-shop for small businesses to find resources relating to legal, accounting, finance, marketing, networking, staffing and hiring and more. The creation of The Hub was the result of research-based decision-making that helped determine how to most effectively serve small businesses in Greater Des Moines (DSM).
The Hub provides a wealth of resources and helps build on DSM’s status as a great place to grow a small business, including technology companies that would be considered high growth-startup companies.
“DSM USA has been recognized by multiple national publications as a great place to start and grow a business,” said Jay Byers, CEO of the Greater Des Moines Partnership. “The Small Business Resources Hub will help continue to strengthen and grow the small business and startup ecosystem in the region.”
The Hub is easy to use, with categories organized based on research to help determine what is most useful for small businesses and how they can best find those resources. The Small Business Resources Hub can be accessed at https://www.dsmpartnership.com/growing-business-here/business-resources/small-business-resources.
Quality of Norwalk community life key focus for new Chamber leader
A commitment to the critical role of the business community in enhancing the quality of life in Norwalk is driving Eric Simon in his new role as president of the Norwalk Area Chamber of Commerce.
Simon, a 10-year member of the Chamber, assumed the leadership role at the beginning of 2019 after terms as second vice president and vice president and as a member of the Chamber’s Economic Development subcommittee. He’s also had leadership roles in other organizations, including service on the Facilities Subcommittee of the Norwalk school district’s SIAC, and past work with the City of Norwalk’s Construction Board of Appeals and the South Suburban YMCA’s Board of Managers.
The Chamber role is his focus now as he begins a term to build on goals Chamber leaders set at a strategic planning session in December. “We’ve identified three external focus areas for 2019,” he said. “Two, of course, are to support local businesses and to promote economic development. A third is to draw upon the Chamber to enhance the quality of life of all residents.”
That’s a goal that many may not identify with a typical Chamber direction. “The Chamber is more than a business organization and, in today’s rapidly changing world and in our rapidly growing city, the Chamber can be the focal point that links businesses, organizations, education and especially the families of Norwalk who use and enjoy what businesses, education and organizations provide.”
To achieve the goals, Simon hopes to enable the Chamber to increase the number of networking opportunities for members, a need indicated in a member survey. He also hopes to facilitate continued direct access for members to state and local lawmakers in addition to the Chamber’s own role in advocating for business and community needs. Another goal is to evaluate each of the Chamber’s “signature events” to assure their success, especially as opportunities to bring community members together, again enhancing the quality of life for citizens.
Carrying out the strategy also means growth for the Chamber. “There are many valuable reasons to join the Chamber,” Simon says. “If you’re new to town, the Chamber can be a safe place to meet other business members and get introduced to the community. Whether you’re new or you’ve been a member for 20 years, you’ll meet people you didn’t know before. These are potential clients or connectors to potential clients.
“The Chamber provides exposure for a business through various promotions, advertising, event sponsorships and more. And, of course, by getting involved in the Chamber, there are unlimited opportunities to volunteer, either on subcommittees or the board or at events.”
Simon brings expertise developed in his role as Vice President of Operations at SHYFT Collective, a Des Moines based company that helps clients by delivering clear project leadership and design direction to organizations experiencing real estate change, whether through major new construction projects or expansion or renovation of existing property. SHYFT works in both the commercial and multi-family construction markets. Simon’s role includes business development, leading a team of project and construction managers and managing some projects on his own.
“With over 20 years of experience in the working world, I really enjoy the opportunity to share what I’ve learned with others in the hope that when they face the same challenges, they can tackle them better or faster than I did because of the insights I’ve provided. That is truly rewarding for me.”
Visit Pompeii & the Amalfi Coast in 2019!
The Norwalk Area Chamber of Commerce has announced today that it will be visiting irresistible Pompeii & the Amalfi Coast, departing October 17, 2019 and is inviting chamber members, family and friends of chamber members to join them on this once in a lifetime experience.
Rich in culture and stunning scenery, the irresistible Amalfi Coast is the setting for this breathtaking journey. Enjoy eight days to explore not one, but many Italies. Find yourself relaxing in the town of Sorrento or sight-seeing along the Amalfi Coast, which includes gorgeous places such as, Positano, Ravello and Amalfi. On this remarkable trip you will also encounter the world famous archeological site of Pompeii. The beautiful Amalfi Coast awaits you with its great food, historical sites and beautiful architecture, providing an unforgettable Italian experience.
“This is truly an amazing opportunity to participate in an international journey to irresistible Pompeii & the Amalfi Coast, where program participants can experience the country’s culture, learn about its business climate, and make new friends,” said Lucinda Sperry, Executive Director.
Space is limited, so act fast. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to experience Italy, exchange ideas with local business representatives, make new friends, and build new memories.
For more information about this amazing trip please call the Norwalk Area Chamber of Commerce at (515) 981-0619 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get your team together, lace up your shoes, and let's get moving!
Join Live Healthy Iowa's 10 Week Wellness Challenge, January 14-March 22, 2019, for a fun opportunity to be active. The flexible format and friendly team-based approach will keep you motivated and accountable to achieving team and personal goals. Last year, more than 10,000 participants from Iowa's 99 counties and beyond collectively logged over 25 million minutes of activity. Warren County and Norwalk are competing as well!
For just $22, each member receives a challenge T-shirt, a personal online dashboard, a one-year magazine subscription, a $10 discount on LHI 5K events, weekly motivational emails, opportunities to win team and individual prizes, and more!
It's easy to participate! Build your team of 2-10 people, elect a captain, and gather member names, email addresses and T-shirt sizes. Sign-up your team at www.livehealthyiowa.org. Get moving and track challenge progress through your online dashboard or mobile app!
Registration is now open! Get moving with Live Healthy Iowa in 2019.
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Produce Supplier Donates 135 Watermelons to 5 Local Organizations
NORWALK, Iowa, August 13, 2018– Capital City Fruit, a grower, repacker and supply chain manager of fruits and vegetables in the Midwest has been giving back to charities and family organizations for 69 years. In the last 8 years alone, they donated 4,298,077 pounds of food to the Des Moines community.
Paige Peterson, Grower Representative, commented on the culture of giving at Capital City Fruit, “Starting out as an apple orchard meant we needed outside assistance to grow. How can we not give back to a community that thrives on getting people on their own two feet to succeed?”
On August 6, 2018, the tradition of giving continued, when Capital City Fruit found themselves overwhelmed with extra melons. 135 watermelons that is. They started by donating to PDS (Packaging Distribution Services), one of their long-time packaging partners, and then they began to search for charitable groups to work with.
“I wanted to reach out to organizations that are often overlooked. Just because an organization may not function as a food pantry does not mean they don’t need food, too,” said Melanie Trepa, Marketing Coordinator.
After some phone calls, the juicy watermelons found their home at Youth Emergency Shelter and Services, Habitat for Humanity, Salvation Army, and Catholic Charities of the Des Moines metro.
Leslie Van DerMolen, Poverty Reduction Manager at Catholic Charities, commented on their watermelon donation. “We love getting watermelon donated to us. When Capital City dropped off the donation it was distributed in under an hour. Items like that are a little more expensive in the grocery store so we are very appreciative to receive it as a donation. It’s a treat for our clients who otherwise wouldn’t have easy access to fresh produce.”
Jennie Kerger, Family Services Director at Salvation Army Des Moines, expressed the impact it made. “We definitely appreciate the partnership we have with Capital City Fruit. We’ve been working with them for years and it is so nice that they can provide the community with produce that’s usually quite expensive. When I checked on the watermelon I didn’t see any left so I’m sure it was enjoyed by all.”
Capital City Fruit
1850 Colonial Parkway, Norwalk, IA 50211
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