Discount Programs

The Iowa Restaurant Association is continually evaluating discount programs for members. These companies provide exclusive discounts to active members of the Iowa Restaurant Association. Contact Stacy Kluesner at skluesner@restaurantiowa.com or call 515-276-1454 to see how an IRA membership can improve your bottom line.

BANKING


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Wells Fargo Membership® Program: Qualifies your employees for a valuable bundle of account and service offers available exclusively to association members to include: free checking, free checks, free internet banking, free ATM or check card, free credit card with no annual fee and much more. Contact IRA Member Services at 515.276.1454.

CREDIT CARD PROCESSING


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Heartland Payment Processing*: Fair, up-front pricing and data security that continues to set the industry standard. Heartland’s payment processing solutions help entrepreneurs like you succeed. Heartland’s pricing model features true Interchange Plus pricing: All bankcard Interchange and fees assessed by the card brands are passed through to business owners without a markup of any kind. These effective tools and resources, available at exclusive rates for association members, empower you to reduce your expenses, enhance your operations and increase your profitability. To learn more contact Steve Casteel at 515.202.0398 or steve.casteel@e-hps.com or contact IRA Member Services at 515.276.1454.

EDUCATION & TRAINING


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ServSafe*: Nationally recognized food safety & sanitization certification program. This meets the state of Iowa Certified Food Protection Manager. Cost $150, members $100. Special group pricing is available.
ServSafe Alcohol*: Responsible alcohol service training and certification program. Cost: $75, members $35
ServSafe Food Handler: Basics of food safety & sanitation practices, internet based course. Cost: $15

Programs are offered through the IRA office in Des Moines and other partners across the state. Contact IRA Member Services at 515.276.1454.

JOB BOARD


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Iowa Restaurant Association Job Board: Free 30 day listing on the Iowa Restaurant Association Job Board. CLICK HERE and submit your job postings. All forms are submitted to IRA staff for approval (or denial). Please contact IRA Member Services with questions 515.276.1454.

ENERGY SAVINGS


CenterPoint Energy Services: Provides your company discounted natural gas with excellent service and equal reliability. Delivery is through your current provider. CenterPoint Energy is a privately-owned, American based company headquartered in Houston, Texas with an office in Johnston, IA. Average annual savings estimated at $600. For a savings analysis and program information contact Dan Pearson at 515.278.2254 or IRA Member Services at 515-276-1454.

D & J Consulting: Tax Exemption for Food Processing Equipment. Take advantage of this opportunity and receive an energy sales tax refund for the last three years and an exemption for the next three years. IRA members receive an extra 5% refund. Contact Doug Beech at 515.556.7641 or IRA Member Services at 515.276.1454. Average annual member savings is $880.

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WoodRiver Energy, LLC: provides affordable and reliable natural gas service to commercial customers throughout the state of Iowa. Delivery and customer service remains through local utility (MidAmerican Energy, Alliant Energy and Black Hills Energy). With an office in West Des Moines, IA., WoodRiver Energy offers a guaranteed 5% savings off your total natural gas invoice. Annual savings ranging from $300.00 to over $800.00 a year. For an in person introductory meeting and savings analysis please call Craig Gertsch at 515.608.3096 or IRA Member Services at 515.276.1454

INSURANCE – PROPERTY, CASUALTY, WORKERS’ COMPENSATION


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Society Insurance: IRA Members east of I-80 are eligible for money back on their workers’ compensation insurance by way of a special group dividend.  Average payout has been 14% of members’ annual premium!  Contact IRA Member Services at 515.276.1454.

MARKETING


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Dine Iowa: Free listing on www.dineiowa.org and on the smart phone application “Dine Iowa” the IRA’s free restaurant locator. Contact IRA Member Services for more information at 515.276.1454.

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Edible: A 15% discount on any advertising package for IRA members. Contact Kurt Friese at Kurt@EdibleIowa.com or IRA Member Services at 515.276.1454. **Please note that we this discount cannot be combined with other offers.**

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Fishbowl*: Simple, easy to use email marketing solutions delivering email and mobile marketing and web sites. Fishbowl offers a full suite of integrated solutions that maximize your customer reach and increase your bottom line. Members receive discounted set up and monthly rates, and 500 free emails/month. Contact IRA Member Services at 515.276.1454.

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Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau: IRA members will receive a gold partnership with the GDMCVB for a discounted rate of $400. A gold partnership with the GDMCVB includes: Listings in Greater Des Moines Planner’s Guide (distribution=3,000), Catch Des Moines, Guide to Greater Des Moines (distribution-285,000) and SeeDesMoines.com, Brochure displayed at Visitor Information Kiosk at Des Moines International Airport, Coupon listing in brochure and on CatchDesMoines.com, Listing in proposed GDMCVB Dining Guide, as well as many other benefits. IRA members will also receive a 20% discount on ad rates in proposed GDMCVB Dining Guide. Contact Addison Speck at 515.699.3455 or IRA Member Services at 515.276.1454.

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HTML Marketing: IRA members receive discounts on our suite of online marketing services, specifically website packages allowing you to manage your own website, change text, update specials and more. Other services include social media marketing, audio/video marketing, search engine optimization, e-Newsletter mailings, mobile website and Android/iPhone app development and website hosting. Contact Justin Rogers at 515.570.3290 or IRA Member Services at 515.276.1454.

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Relish: IRA members receive a mailed issue of all Relish publications and a 15% discount on advertising rates. Contact Ashley Sohl at 515.953.4822 or IRA Member Services at 515.276.1454.

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Vernon Company: Members receive a 10% discount on all materials and services. The online portal is currently under construction and will be available soon. Visit www.vernonpromotions.com and be sure to mention your IRA Membership at checkout to receive your 10% discount, or Contact Rick Vernon at RickV@vernoncompany.com or IRA Member Services at 515.276.1454.

MUSIC LICENSING


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BMI: Members receive up to a 20% discount on BMI music licensing fees: 5% for being an IRA member, 5% for members that pay online and an additional 10% for paying in full and on time.

PAYROLL SYSTEMS


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Heartland Payroll Systems*: Whether you are looking for turnkey payroll for your expanding employee base or offering a 401(k) for the first time, our payroll and HR services offer reliable solutions. And you benefit from a three-year price lock and a single point of contact dedicated to your business. Members receive comprehensive, customizable payroll capabilities, no fees for deletions or additions of employees, and web-hosted access to your payroll at any time. Contact Steve Casteel at 515.202.0398 or steve.casteel@e-hps.com or IRA Member Services at 515.276.1454.

ADDITIONAL MEMBER DISCOUNT PROGRAMS


EZ Pay: Electronic payment system offers members several convenient ways to pay dues in one easy step. Members can choose monthly or annual automatic deductions from their checking account or credit card payments. Contact IRA Member Services at 515.276.1454.

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Heartland Secure: Heartland Secure is the most secure card processing solution in the industry, backed by a comprehensive breach warranty. Heartland uses EMV, end-to-end encryption and tokenization to protect your customers’ credit card data. These effective tools and resources, available at exclusive rates for association members, empower you to decrease data breaches and increase customer security and satisfaction. To learn more contact Steve Casteel at 515.202.0398 or steve.casteel@e-hps.com or IRA Member Services at 515.276.1454.

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Heartland Lending Services: Heartland offers quick, easy and competitively priced loans that can move your business forward. Members and eligible customers benefit from an 8% to 14% flat, fixed one-year term fee, 16% to 28% flat, fixed two-year term fee, no additional loan fees and split funding. To learn more about the Heartland Lending Services, contact Steve Casteel at 515.202.0398 or steve.casteel@e-hps.com or IRA Member Services at 515.276.1454.

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Restaurant Startup & Growth Magazine: The IRA has arranged for a complimentary 12-month subscription to Restaurant Startup & Growth Magazine. Each month the magazine is filled with solid information for restaurateurs new and experienced. We think you’ll find the comprehensive information useful. Call the Iowa Restaurant Association Member Services to learn how to subscribe 515-276-1454.