Partner Resources


Small businesses come here to thrive.

The Historic Valley Junction Foundation offers many businesses resources to help make our neighborhood one of the best places in Greater Des Moines for small business. And it’s working — we were recently awarded Cityview’s “Best Shopping District” in the metro three years in a row.

Through our partnership-based approach, we continue to achieve remarkable success. Here’s some other information you might want to know:

$8 million

private property
investments completed
in 2022


district employers

1.1 million

visits to the Valley Junction Main Street district in 2022

We’re more
than a pretty storefront.

Valley Junction is one of the metro’s best small business marketplaces, where local leaders organized over 35 years ago to adapt and succeed in changing times. Being here makes you part of the tradition and part of our future.

Supporting Strong Small Businesses

Merchant Meetings

The Historic Valley Junction Foundation Business Improvement Committee helps build collaboration and communication among our merchants. This includes bimonthly merchant meetings, new business welcomes, and targeted support.

Businesses located in our district can contact us to become involved.

Market data

Updated — One of our great advantages is our location right in the center of Greater Des Moines.  About 97,500 people live and work within ten minutes’ drive of Valley Junction, with a median household income of $62,370. Our large and diverse group of customers helps a large and diverse group of businesses succeed here.

Check out our 2023 economic profile or contact us for more detailed data.

City Assistance

The City of West Des Moines offers a variety of competitive financial assistance programs to support business growth at several stages. An overview of these programs is on the city’s website.

Improving Our Neighborhood’s Appearance


The City of West Des Moines has amended the Sign Ordinances, with many special provisions for Historic Valley Junction.

Use of the sidewalk

We can help you receive a city permit for uses of the public sidewalk like signage, planters, benches, or outdoor restaurant seating.

Click HERE for the sidewalk encroachment permit application.

Available Properties

Looking to be part of the greatest shopping district in Central Iowa? Click HERE for available properties for lease.

Do you own a property in the Historic Valley Junction district and want to list it on our website? Fill out this FORM.


Update Forms & Surveys

Website directory listing

Use this form to update your directory listing or report errors at, including contacts, hours, and other information useful to your customers.

“This Week in Valley Junction”

Use this form to request to have your event included on our weekly social posts and stories highlighting all the fab happenings in the district.

Financial Supporter Social Post

Use this form to request to have a post on Valley Junction social media if you donated at silver or above for 2024.


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