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Formed in 2002 and affiliated with the Ames Chamber of Commerce, FUEL exists to connect young professionals with each other, the business community, and the city in which we live, work, and play.

FUEL seeks to promote and preserve the businesses, attractions, and events that make Story County unique. We provide a forum for professional networking, development, and social events. The members represent a unified and credible voice for young professionals on community issues, with an emphasis on enrichment and quality-of-life opportunities.

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2023 - FUEL 4 Under 40 Award Winners

FUEL 4 Under 40

The '4 Under 40' Awards aim to recognize those extraordinary young professionals in the Ames MSA community who take the mission of FUEL to heart, which is “to be transformative leaders committed to improving the quality of life and to establish a community of young professionals dedicated to building and fostering relationships through leadership development, professional development, philanthropic involvement, and cultural and social opportunities.” These young professionals have demonstrated outstanding leadership, professionalism, and community involvement through FUEL.


  • Melissa Muschick (Discover Ames)
  • Steven Lawrence (Ames Chamber of Commerce)
  • Abigail Miller (AgCertain Industries)
  • Mindy Bergstrom (Nook and Nest, Z.W. Mercantile, Cook's Emporium & The Recipe)

Our Mission:

To Fuel and Unite Engaged Leaders Through:

Leadership & Professional
Community Outreach
& Partnerships
Social Events

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Upcoming Events

FUEL offers a range of volunteer, event planning, and leadership opportunities.

Cook, Connect & Culinary Cheers @ The Recipe 🥂👩‍🍳

Wednesday April 24, 2024 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
The Recipe

Join us at The Recipe, Ames' culinary hotspot, for an evening of cooking, cocktail making,...
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“Thistle” Be An Evening to Remember

Tuesday April 30, 2024 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Reiman Gardens

Are you ready to get down and dirty? Sign up today to volunteer with FUEL...
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New Member Meet Up

Friday May 3, 2024 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Dublin Bay Irish Pub & Grill

Are you a new member of FUEL and looking to gain connections? Join us the...
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Beautify Our Campustown Park

Saturday May 4, 2024 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Campustown Park

Calling all green thumbs and community champions! 🌟 Join us Saturday, May 4th for a...
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