A champion is an ardent defender or supporter of a cause.

We feel that our sponsors are certainly champions of the 140 Character Conference Des Moines!

Verizon – Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s fastest, most advanced 4G network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 104 million total wireless connections, including more than 88 million retail customers.  For more information, visit

Headway Themes -Take full control of your website’s design with Headway for WordPress and its intuitive drag and drop layout creator.  Great blog design for everyone from beginners to pros has never been faster or more flexible.  Who says you have to dig deep into HTML and code to change the layout of your site? Headway’s Visual Editor lets you do anything from creating a standard blog page to creating an e-commerce site. And of course, Headway can create unique layouts for each and every one of your pages – visit the site for answers to all of your questions!

Des Moines Amplified - is a recording studio where we record audio, video andbroadcast radio/talk shows worldwide on the internet. These shows rangeanywhere from cooking to politics, spirituality to computer talk and health tohumor. Itʼs the hostʼs show and they are free to base their show on whatevertopic they choose. We have time slots available now, you could have your ownshow! On our channel, we also have time slotsavailable for advertising. If you are interested in becoming a show host or airing acommercial on our channel, give us a call and we can make it happen!

Jocelyn Wallace – VISUAL is the new “it” and that’s what I do. I’m a speaker, visual author and business coach and I infuse VISUAL in it all — Incredible Hulk-style, only without growling… well, maybe a little just for fun. After working nearly two decades for large corporations in creative and not-so-creative roles, I busted out of cubicle land into the Wild West of business ownership. Since then, I’ve been honored to speak on visual learning at conferences and workshops around the world. And as visual author of the book, Ignite – A Little Book to Spark Your Big Dreams, I’m excited to be part of a joint venture with speaker-author Mitch Matthews to help him launch a million dreams. I also co-speak regularly with renowned speaker-consultant Mike Wagner of White Rabbit on topics like Creative Leadership and how to change stagnant business cultures into idea-rich playgrounds. But at the Des Moines #140Conf, when you say something cool, I will make it VISUAL and tweetable. So say something cool! RT me and DM me @jocelynwallace_ and please say hello at my blog

Internet Solver – One Source for all of your Technology Needs Simple. Effective. Complete.  Internet Solver is honored to have been voted the Best Computer Consulting Company and the Best Telephone Equipment Dealer as well as runner up for Best Internet Service Provider and Best Computer Training Company in 2010.

Imagine the convenience of having a single provider to work with for all of the services your office needs includingNetwork Support  - Internet Service  - Telephone Systems  - Telephone Service  - Web Hosting  - Spam & Virus Filtering  - Remote Monitoring  - Offsite Backups  - Quarterly Planning Meetings.  Visit Internet Solver for solutions!

DeskActive Turn your desktop into a personal trainer

DeskActive® Team is a smart client application designed for companies with deskbound, sedentary employees. The application can be deployed across a corporate network, or installed on individual desktops. The application complements corporate worksite wellness programs by emphasizing proper ergonomics and musculoskeletal health—often under-represented in a holistic approach to overall health and well-being. Organizations that have deployed DeskActive recognize the importance of frequent breaks through the workday to encourage physical activity, stretching and stress relief from the static and sedentary nature of technology-enabled office settings. While the installed application provides the greatest level of participation and employee engagement, once purchased, DeskActive Team can also be accessed from any browser from any desktop via secure account login.  DeskActive® Personal is the retail version of DeskActive Team and is available for individuals. Self-employed individuals working from home offices, or small companies, can purchase individual copies of the software.

Kum & Go – W.A. Krause and T.S. Gentle founded Kum & Go, L.C. on September 1, 1959. When the two Hampton entrepreneurs opened their small full-service gas station, they couldn’t have known it was only the beginning of a business which would become known for unmatched ingenuity and courageous risk-taking.  Since the first station opened on September 1, 1959 in Hampton, Iowa, Kum & Go has grown to more than 430 stores in 11 states throughout the Midwest – becoming the fifth largest privately-held, company-operated convenience store chain in the United States. Thanks to the efforts of its more than 4,000 associates, Kum & Go continues to strive for excellence in customer service and convenience – serving more than 400,000 customers on any given day.

Felix and Oscars - is Des Moines’ original and only Authentic Chicago Style Deep Pan Pizza. In addition to pizza, we also serve:

• Traditional Thin Crust Pizza
• Italian Specialty Pasta Dinners
• Sandwiches
• Soups
• Salad
• Appetizers

Available for Dine-In, Take-Out and Delivery.  They will be serving gluten free wraps, chips, fruit and dessert!

West End Architectural Salvage is an adventure in treasures, texture and tradition.

You will find the visual experience will overwhelm your senses.  Every corner, ever floor and every moment is filled with discovery as you walk your way through this unique and inspiring place.

This is more than a place to find recycling at its best, it is a trip through time back to your childhood, it is a photographer’s dream, it is coffee shop like no other, it’s five storiesof treasures… each with a story.  Look for the furniture on the stage – provided by West End.

The Renaissance Savery in Des Moines, one block from the Civic Center, provided a block of rooms at an unbelievable price of $89 a night for our guests.  Shop local!

Lava Row is a friendly, experienced team of digital thinkers and doers based in Des Moines, Iowa. We help companies use emerging media and social technology to improve their communications and uncover new business opportunities.

Our services (listed below) are a mix of strategic planning, hands-on training, consulting, research, project management, metrics reporting and implementation. We’ve been guiding our clients to success since early 2007 and we’ve got the case studies to back it up. Feel free todrop us a line — we’d be happy to share them with you and learn more about your organization.

Debworks - was designed to help small businesses utilize social media as a marketing tool. Debworks  would be a perfect fit for your company! They have a bigger than life commitment to living, working and playing in the small town environment. It’s their believe that they do it better, more consistently and with great relish and passion. Remember there are no experts in the social media field – just those  who want to help, learn what you need and how to get it to you and do it with passion.  That is Debworks to a T!