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First Friday with Angela Williams Jackson of The Great Frame Up

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On the first Friday of every month, join us to hear the savvy, successful business owners + entrepreneurs of Des Moines share their story. In a laid-back environment, you’ll catch some words of wisdom from women + men who have been through it before—and maybe walk away with a new connection (or two).

Sessions are completely free and open to the public, and are held from 11:30am to 1pm, with networking from 11:30am to noon. This First Friday will be held at The Greater Des Moines Partnership, at 700 Locust St., Suite 100. Seating is first come, first served. Lunch is not provided, though we encourage you to bring your own if you'd like. On September 7th, hear from Angela Williams Jackson of The Great Frame Up.

Chicago-born and raised Angela Jackson ended up in West Des Moines, Iowa. Her journey here started with her 6th grade realization that lawyers make money by arguing. She planned the next ten years of her life and meticulously chipped away at her goal. She attended Duke University in North Carolina and obtained her undergraduate degree and then hopped back over to the Midwest to attend law school at Washington University in St. Louis. Angela had a dream to participate in international law and got that opportunity when she moved in 1999 to take a job with Maytag in Newton, Iowa.

What she missed about her native Chicago wasn’t even available in the Central Iowa area eleven years ago. The art gallery scene that Angela’s mother had introduced to her as a child was in its infancy in Des Moines. Near the area of new development in West Des Moines, a swanky new development was taking shape and Angela took a chance on it. In December 2005, she opened “The Great Frame Up” a franchise. West Glen Town Center where her gallery is located reminds her of “Printers Row” in Chicago, a place which mixes residential and retail uses and is pedestrian-friendly.

Her 11 year venture is located on the “Avenue of the Arts” in West Glen Town Center and promotes local and regional artists each “First Thursday” of the month.  She enjoys encouraging local talented visual artists.  Her vision remains to fund missions and support artisans locally and abroad. Currently, she serves as Chair of the Iowa Civil Rights Commission and on the board of Cornerstone Family Church.

Many individuals want to start a business but do not know how. As a successful attorney and entrepreneur, Angela wants to assist them reach their goals through developing a business plan and strategic coaching. 

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