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 or call 515-276-1454 to see how an IRA membership can improve your bottom line.



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 Boyd Bauer at 515 979-3578 or or contact IRA Member Services at 515.276.1454.



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.


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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.


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.

WoodRiver Energy, LLC: Helps thousands of businesses maximize their budget with cost-effective natural gas and energy management solutions that provide savings and budget protection. 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. Click here to learn more.



Society Insurance: IRA Members east of I-35 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.


BluJaket: is a mobile software company, but more importantly did you know: 95% of locally owned restaurants don’t have a mobile app even though 4 out of 5 owners say it would increase sales and be a competitive advantage. (National Restaurant Association) The two reasons why they don’t are simple. Money & IT Infrastructure BluJaket solves these problems by proving restaurants with a mobile app to call their own for only $25/mo. As an Iowa Restaurant Association Member you can get 50% OFF your first year, and 10% offer every year after that.

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Dine Iowa: Free listing on 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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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, Brochure displayed at Visitor Information Kiosk at Des Moines International Airport, Coupon listing in brochure and on, 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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BMI: BMI represents the public performance rights in millions of musical works created and owned by hundreds of thousands of songwriters, composers, and music publishers. BMI negotiates music license agreements and distributes the fees it generates as royalties to its affiliated writers and publishers when their songs are performed in public. IRA members can save up to 20% off their music licensing fees.


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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. For more information contact Angela Ihry at 605-940-9861 or


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 Boyd Bauer at 515 979-3578 or or contact 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 Boyd Bauer at 515.979.3578 or 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.