• We are celebrating all things local!
    Join us for an evening of fun, frivolity, and food with FuseDSM – Your Chamber of Commerce!

    Explore the cuisine of Des Moines with samples from locally-owned restaurants, samples of craft beers from our local and regional breweries will excite your taste buds all while enjoying the beauty of The River Center. Vote for your favorite restaurateur, bid to win some of the most unique auction packages and celebrate the taste of Des Moines!

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    Our organization provides the spark and energy every business needs to ignite growth and prosperity through purposeful connections. Our brand promise is to provide effective resources, knowledge and passionate advocacy to local businesses. We work tirelessly for our members to generate dynamic business opportunities unlike those found anywhere in the city.


    Our culture is fueled by providing innovative solutions to the diverse range of businesses we serve. We are thought leaders. We are passionate and authentic. We are collaborators. We are fire starters looking to ignite economic growth for every one of our members.


    We are a community of business owners stimulated by providing explosive business growth opportunities forged from diversity, collaboration and authentic human interaction. We champion the success of our members with dignity and support one another with pride. Passionate integrity is fused into the very core of our community where hard work, inclusion and meaningful relationships define our past, present and future.



    Our organization thrives on creating networking solutions that are engaging and thoughtful.

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  • Meet James Walford 

    What is the favorite part of your job?

    I am the Agent/Owner of Walford State Farm. My favorite part is the role in connecting with local residents and business owners. We are a relationship model and strive to convey the value of a local Team. I genuinely enjoy learning about my clients and customizing coverage to protect what they value most!

    What is your favorite thing about being part of the FuseDSM Firestarter?

    The Firestarter role really mirrors my role in agency with State Farm; it’s all about relationships. I can’t count the number of personal and professional relationships I have been able to build through FuseDSM. As a business owner, these are the type of people you want to surround yourself with. I am proud to be a part of this group of professionals that continually work to ignite growth in Des Moines and bring exposure to local businesses.

    What is your favorite FuseDSM event or program to attend and why would you suggest someone attend?

    I really enjoy the ribbon cuttings. We’re fortunate to have incredible members and we are constantly celebrating their success! Being a part of those memorable moments for our members has been very rewarding!

    How can you help our members through your position at the State Farm?

    I am excited to announce a new program that will kick off May 1st. My agency will be launching “Quotes for Good”. We will select a local non-profit each month and donate $10 per in office appointment held. Our first non-profit will be DMARC. We have some exciting things planned to launch this program and continue to give back to the great city of Des Moines.

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  • Trish Flaherty-Barnes

    CEO & Executive Director

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  • Melisa Beede

    Director Of Operations & Events

  • FuseDSM is granted the right to use the attendee's name and/or likeness in photograph(s), video(s) and/or other digital media (hereafter “Photographs”) to promote FuseDSM in print and online publications, presentations, websites, and/or social media. The individual will not receive compensation for appearing in said Photographs.