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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 Alecia Stepp

    What is the favorite part of your job?

    My role with Sunbelt Rentals is an outside sales representative (OSR).  My favorite part of my job is developing relationships with customers and helping them with their business goals.

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

    My favorite thing about being a Fuse DSM Firestarter is being part of the Des Moines community and the relationships I develop within the chamber.

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

    My favorite Fuse DSM event is the Ribbon Cuttings because I love to support the community and local businesses.  I would encourage potential fire starters to attend these events as it is very rewarding to support these companies.

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

    I rent construction equipment so anyone who needs equipment to improve their business.  I will promise to provide exceptional customer service and competitive pricing.

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  • Trish Flaherty-Barnes
  • Trish Flaherty-Barnes

    President & CEO

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  • Melisa Beede

    Director of Operations

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  • Bailey Lewellen

    Marketing & Events Coordinator

  • 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.