And the Award Goes to...
Apparently Fall is "Awards Season".  It's been fantastic to see so many worthy companies receive recognition for their hard work!

DMACC hosted its third annual Small Business Awards event, the Iowa Association of Business and Industry conducted its first annual Legends in Manufacturing awards dinner, and one of DBR's clients, Express Logistics, was named a top logistics and transportation company!   Keep reading to find out more about each.  Also, please let us know about honors and awards your company has received recently so we can feature you in a future newsletter.

This month we would also like to say thank you to all of our partners and celebrate DMACC's 50 years of supporting central Iowa's business community with an "Innovation over Easy" Breakfast Celebration on October 23rd. You won't want to miss hearing how a number of our companies are using innovation to drive business success, including building the world's fastest bicycle.  Please do join us October 23rd!  Register here!

Finally, check out our new 5S Web Enhanced program that starts November 10th, this is a great opportunity to delve deep into 5S in a more flexible blended web-based and classroom environment!

Feel free to email me if you have any questions about DBR's programs and services or if you have a general business question or event to share. 

Kim Didier, DBR Executive Director

DMACC's Small Business Awards Winners
Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) recently honored several businesses at its third annual DMACC Small Business Awards Ceremony.  Congratulations to all of the well deserving winners.
Winners are:
Most Innovative Company: 1Comm Medical, Inc.
Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Jeremiah Terhark, owner of WebSpec Design.  
Top Growth Company: Murphy Tower Service, LLC.   
Dennis Albaugh Award: Pete Ranallo, owner of Ranallo's on 3rd.
Small Business of the Year: Thombert, Inc.
$10,000 DMACC Foundation Entrepreneurship Competition winner: Titan Immel, owner of Aerofarming, LLC of Adair.  
The event was sponsored by Mediacom, The DMACC Foundation, Express Logistics, Business Record, Community State Bank, Keystone Electrical Manufacturing Co., Puck Customer Enterprises Inc., Architectural Arts, Uniquely Urbandale and American Solutions for Business.

Click here to see videos of the awards! 

DMACC 2015 Small Business Award winners are (left to right) Titan Immel of Aerofarming, LLC of Adair, DMACC Foundation $10,000 Entrepreneurship Competition winner; Patrick Murphy of Murphy Tower Service, LLC, Top Growth Company; Reggie Collette of Thombert, Inc., Small Business of the Year; event organizer and DMACC Entrepreneurship Program Chair Vada Grantham; Pete Ranallo, gourmet chef and owner of Ranallo's on Third, Dennis Albaugh Award; Jeremiah Terhawk of WebSpec Design, Young Entrepreneur of the Year; and Scott Yegge of 1Comm Medical, Inc., Most Innovative Company.  
Express Logistics - Top Logistics & Transportation Company!
We are thrilled to congratulate Express Logistics, which has been ranked as a top logistics and transportation company by Inc. magazine's annual Inc. 5000!  The Inc. 500|5000 is a list of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation.  Express Logistics is honored to be named one of the fastest growing companies in America as well as number 6 among Iowa companies!  DBR is thrilled to have partnered with Express Logistics on a number of programs, in fact, DBR has helped train number of workers - or whatever that relationship is...

To read more about this great honor 
click here.
Legends in Manufacturing Award Winners!
On September 29, 2015, Elevate Advanced Manufacturing and the Iowa Association of Business and Industry recognized 5 outstanding leaders in manufacturing at its first "Legends in Manufacturing" awards dinner. Awards winners consisted of:
  • Under 100 Employees: Robert Wersen, Interpower Corporation
  • 100 - 300 Employees: Dick Smith, Agri-Industrial Plastics
  • 300 Plus Employees: Drew Vogel, Diamond Vogel Paint & Charles and Eugene Sukup, Sukup Manufacturing
  • Posthumous Award: Jack McMahon, Barker Specialty Products (now Hillphoenix)
  • Champion Award: Iowa Community Colleges

From left to right: Kathy Anderson (ABI), Paul Gregorie (Emerson/Fisher), Drew Vogel (Diamond Vogel Paint), Charles Sukup (Sukup Manufacturing), and Michele Farrell (Measured Intentions and Elevate Advanced Manufacturing).

Read more about the awards and the winners here!
New Java Program Targets Women
DMACC and a group of central Iowa employers recently designed and launched a new initiative to add more diversity to the IT profession. 

DIAD, which stands for Diversity in Application Development, is a program that provides accelerated instruction for qualifying women of Iowa employers to earn a Java Application Developer Certificate after only eight months of intensive training.   
The IT Industry Partnership board which created the program with DMACC includes Nationwide Insurance, the Principal Financial Group, Casey's General Stores, Pioneer Hi-Bred, Farm Bureau Financial Services, SHAZAM, Workiva, Alliance Technologies, GuideOne Insurance, Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance, Keyot, Technology Association of Iowa and Iowa Communications Alliance.


DBR Goes Global!
DBR's workplacelean program has attracted international attention! Bonnie Slykhuis and Emily Betz, workplacelean consultants just returned, in fact, from a week-long international "Lean in Higher Education" conference in Waterloo, Canada where they presented two lean workshops: "Clearing the Path - Key Elements to Ensure Success on Your Lean Journey" and "We are the Champions - Creating Internal Resources to Drive Your Lean Efforts". DMACC has demonstrated how lean can be successfully applied to internal DMACC processes and this is attracting the attention of other higher education institutions who what to streamline their own process as well.   
While in Canada, Bonnie and Emily visited the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc. (TMMC) to learn more about the Toyota Production System (TPS), the basis of most lean programs. They were able to see lean manufacturing practice at its best in the assembly of Toyota Camry and Lexus car models.
Get to Know Your DBR Team -
Machelle Sabin
We are thrilled to welcome Machelle Sabin as our newest Lean Facilitator.  Machelle is responsible for facilitating Lean initiatives throughout DMACC's six campuses and providing training and consulting services to external manufacturing, service, government and education clients.    
Prior to DMACC, Machelle worked as a Learning and Development Consultant for 17 years.  One recent project included helping the Iowa Judicial Branch implement electronic filing to the entire State.      
Click here to read more about Machelle and DBR's many other talented consultants!


A3 is a structured problem solving and continuous improvement approach, first employed at Toyota and typically used by lean manufacturing practitioners.  A3 is simple and strict approach systematically leading towards problem solving over structured approach.  The process got its name because the problem solving structure is all done on a single sheet of A3 paper. 

To register for any of the following lean events, contact Caylene Hollinrake at 515.256.4920 or
Organizing Electronic Files
October 29
8:00 AM - Noon 
This 4-hour class trains office employees using PCs and Microsoft Office 2007 or 2010 tricks and tips for efficiently organizing and accessing their electronic files.
October 29
DMACC Southridge Center - Room 28 8:00 AM - Noon
SharePoint is a tool to connect people and information.  It provides a central site for sharing information with other users.  SharePoint is web-based and accessible from anywhere in the world via an internet connection.

November 10, 17 and December 1
This web-blended 5S program will teach participants to apply 5S tools and techniques to their workspace with the goal of improving functionality and workflow.  The web-enhanced offering allows participants to dive deeper into their understanding of 5S.
October 13
Coralville Marriott Hotel & Convention Center
Communications Engineering Company is hosting its 9th annual Business Technology Conference, which will feature a variety of educational sessions, roundtable discussions, networking opportunities and a Technology Showcase.
For more information, visit

DBR's 50th Anniversary Breakfast
October 23
8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
DMACC Southridge
Click here to register!

Elevate Ambassador Training
November 12th

10:00 AM. - 2:00 PM
Iowa Association of Industry 400 E. Court Avenue, Des Moines, IA
Give one of your employees a great professional development opportunity while helping spread Elevate's message about the outstanding career opportunities in manufacturing and at your specific company!  
For more information email Robyn Denson at 

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DMACC Business Resources (DBR) is a division of Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC), Iowa's largest community college.

DBR provides a broad spectrum of contract training and consulting services including:
Professional Development for Managers and Supervisors
Technical Training
Safety / OSHA Training
Employee Workplace Skills
Lean for manufacturing and for the office (workplacelean)
Waste Management and Control
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2. Connect our clients.

3. Partner long term with our clients to ensure needs are met.