Frequently Asked Questions

Are you already registered or considering attending a Grow with Google Iowa event? Here’s what you should know before joining us.

Grow with Google is an initiative that draws on our 20-year history of building products, platforms, and services that help people and businesses grow. Through Grow with Google, we aim to help everyone across America – those who make up the workforce of today and the students who will drive the workforce of tomorrow – access the best of Google’s training and tools to grow their skills, careers, and businesses.

We are proud that in 2017, 8,200 Iowa businesses, website publishers, and nonprofits benefitted from Google tools and that we helped provide $899 million of economic activity for Iowa organizations (source). And we know that for many small businesses, learning how to harness the Internet can help them grow their business.

We also recognize the importance of digital skills when searching for a job in Iowa. According to the National Skills Coalition, middle-skills jobs account for 56% of all jobs in Iowa, but only 50% of state workers are trained to the middle-skill level.

Since 2013, Google has been deeply committed to the Iowan business community through our data center located in Council Bluffs, IA. The center has brought over 250 tech-focused jobs to western Iowa over the past 6 years. We’re excited to partner with terrific libraries and community organizations throughout the state to further this commitment by helping Iowa job seekers and small businesses access digital skills training.   

We'll have three events in Iowa during the week of April 15th.

Des Moines: Monday, April 15
Council Bluffs: Tuesday, April 16
Davenport: Wednesday, April 17

Our three events will be held in the following locations:

Des Moines:
Des Moines Public Library
1000 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309

Council Bluffs:
Council Bluffs Public Library
400 Willow Avenue
Council Bluffs, IA 51503 

Davenport:
Davenport Public Library
321 North Main Street
Davenport, IA 52801

That’s right, there is no cost to attend a Grow with Google Iowa event.

Yes, there is complimentary parking available at each event. We’ll post more information soon.

Des Moines: Limited complimentary parking is available under the library for a maximum of two hours. Parking meters are within easy walking distance of the Central Library on Locust Street, 12th Street and along the north side of the library on Grand Avenue. There are specially marked handicapped meters on both Grand Avenue and Locust Street.

Council Bluffs: Unfortunately, complimentary parking is unavailable for this event. A metered parking lot can be found in front of the library on Willow Avenue. Street and metered street parking can be found around the library on 4th Street, South Main Street, 1st Avenue and Willow Avenue.

Davenport: Complimentary parking is available in the library parking lot on the corner of West 4th Street and South Brady Street. Street parking is also available around the library.

You’ll want to bring something to take notes with -- a laptop (we’ll have free wifi) or a pen & paper are recommended so you don’t miss any information. Also consider bringing a light sweater or jacket just in case.

You can register for the events here.

Unfortunately, this means the workshop is at capacity and we’re unable to take any additional guests for that workshop. Although it’s unlikely, if we do happen to have extra space on event day, we will create a stand-by line and admit guests on a first-come, first-served basis. We'll do our best to let you in, but it is not guaranteed. If you aren't able to pre-register for a certain workshop, we encourage you to check out our online resources at google.com/grow.

Yes! You may sign up for up to two workshops per event. Although it’s unlikely, if we do happen to have extra space for other sessions on event day, we will create a stand-by line and admit guests on a first-come, first-served basis. We'll do our best to let you in, but it is not guaranteed. If are workshops are full and you aren’t able to pre-register for our workshops, we encourage you to check out our online resources at google.com/grow.

Drop by our coaching reservation desk at one of our events to get paired with a Googler coach for your 1:1 coaching session. Coaches will be matched to those waiting in line on a first-come, first-served basis. Unfortunately, we cannot take any advance reservations or appointments.

Only guests who registered online will be guaranteed to attend the events. If we have extra spots on the day of the event, we'll do our best to accommodate those who did not register ahead of time.

Yes, we will have light snacks and refreshments available for you to enjoy at the events.

Google strives to make events open and accessible to everyone, regardless of disability or special needs. Guests with disabilities and/or special needs should provide details in the registration form and email us at growiowa@google.com. This information will be kept private and will be distributed only to the individuals who need to know it to accommodate your request.

You can email us at growiowa@google.com.