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Good Wednesday morning to you!

“It’s not what you’ve got; it’s what you use that makes a difference.”

Motivational speaker Zig Ziglar said that many times, and it’s worth repeating again here.

A few years back, we launched a series of local business journals to cover the happenings in the central Iowa communities of West Des Moines, Waukee, Johnston, Urbandale and Grimes. We mailed them to every business in each of these communities with the idea of launching more of these until we covered every community in central Iowa. I was proud of the content, the look, the design, the distribution and the readership. Unfortunately, the advertising didn’t catch on, and we had to change gears. Ultimately, the couple thousand in circulation of each individual publication wasn’t enough to garner advertising results for our customers. So we decided to take advantage of the 100,000 print and digital monthly readers of CITYVIEW— many who are business owners, operators and leaders in the communities we serve — and cover central Iowa business news. It worked.

One of the many things we learned with our individual business journals was the impact we could have by recognizing people. Since 2017, we have honored local business people who have positively affected their business communities, both large and small. Starting two years ago, we paid tribute to them in a story in the CITYVIEW Business Journal. With the COVID concerns, we opted to hold off on an event last year, but we are pleased to bring back a “21 from 2021” formal presentation this year.

In selecting these individuals, we sifted through hundreds of nominations and chose 21 who have truly been “business people making a difference.” The November issue of CITYVIEW’s Business Journal that highlights these honorees will be available starting today, and you can also view the honorees online at www.iowalbusinessjournals.com. Additional copies will be presented at the event, which will be held Thursday, Nov. 4 at Sherwood Forest Event Center, located at 7400 Hickman Road in Windsor Heights, from 5-7 p.m.

The honorees will receive a formal award and recognition at this event. If you are a friend, colleague or family member of any of these folks, or you simply wish to join in the celebration, feel free to stop by. There is no admission fee, but we do ask that you register in advance at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/21-from-2021-business-people-making-a-difference-tickets-170493273972.

On behalf of our event sponsors McGowen Hurst Clark Smith, Sherwood Forest Event Center, and Cyd’s Catering, we congratulate the honorees and thank them for all they have done. We hope you can make a difference by celebrating with us.

Have a wonderful Wednesday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
515-953-4822, ext. 305


CITYVIEW Food Dude Jim Duncan was invited to a "celebrity" sit down at Prairie Meadows with Maria Ho, often considered America's top ranked female poker player. Asked, "Does Mommy know that you gamble?" Maria answered, " Mommy and Daddy still think I wasted my life, not going to medical school. I made closer to $2 million than $1 million last year, and my parents still consider me a failure."

Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Today will be very much like Tuesday, but cool and dry conditions this week lead to a warmer weekend! No rain or snow in sight, even looking into next week, which looks mild through Wednesday.

For help with preapprovals or refinancing, get in touch with Jason at parkin.mortgage

Things To Do

Wednesday, Nov. 3
Trivia at Smash Park: Schitts Creek Trivia
At: Smash Park is located at 6625 Coach Light Dr., West Des Moines
Info: Wednesdays, 7-9 p.m.
Info: Teams must register in advance and have 8-or-less players. Must be 21-plus to participate.

Featured Home For Sale
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FROM KCCI: Iowa's 2021 school board and city council election results

Read the full list of election results for school board and city council in the metro.. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Alliant Energy announces plans for Iowa’s largest solar farm

PALO, Iowa (AP) — Alliant Energy has announced plans to buy and expand an existing solar farm project at Palo to make it Iowa’s largest solar and battery storage facility..  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5:  Year-long child sexual exploitation investigation ends with 2 arrests, multiple charges in Ankeny

Police arrested 43-year-old Todd Schulz of Polk City and 44-year-old Aimee Staudt of Van Meter on Tuesday nearly a year after receiving a tip.. ... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

The Score

Braves win 1st World Series title since 1995! ... READ MORE



CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines 2021

Nearly 14,000 votes were cast in the 2021 CITYVIEW Best Of Des Moines readers' poll.

Best Local Italian Food
1. Tursi’s Latin King Restaurant
2. Tumea & Sons
3. Cosi Cucina


Read more

Meet Esther Paine:
Helps non-English speakers communicate

By Jackie Wilson

During a typical school day, Esther Paine hears up to 27 different languages spoken in her classrooms at Brookview Elementary and Woodland Hills.

Paine has been an ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher for the past four years. As a child, she was interested in teaching, as she had great experiences with her own teachers. She taught first grade for three years then worked as a reading recovery and math interventionist for four years.

It was during her reading and math classes that she discovered the joy of working with English language learners.

“It was fascinating to see them develop in their language and help them develop their English language,” she says.


Read more

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A welcome home reception was held at the airport when the 734th Regional Support Group returned Oct. 29. Photo courtesy of the Iowa National Guard
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Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Kendall Jenner, Dolph Lundgren, Anna Wintour, Colin Kaepernick, Roseanne Barr, Kate Capshaw, Larry Holmes, Phil Simms

SUBMIT: Send your birthday greetings and congratulatory notes to:tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

Poll of the Week

Which of these mealtimes are you most likely to skip?




Which Halloween candy is your favorite?

Kit Kat - 4%
M&M’s - 13%
Milky Way - 5%
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups - 52%
Snickers - 17%
Twix - 9%

Morning Chuckle

What do snowmen eat for lunch?

ICE BURGERS! Yes, Gail Tomlinson. Other responses: COLD CUTS, James Hourigan. ICE CREAM SANDWICHES, William Snyder.


What's a turkey's favorite dessert?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 


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