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June 2016


Product Camp Iowa

Date/Time: 6/3/2016, 9AM - 5PM
Location: Main Street Cedar Falls
Notes: Great products aren't created by accident. Discover the path from idea to commercialization at Product Camp Iowa! An educational experience hosted by industry experts with decades of experience for manufacturers and professional service providers that want to develop their ideas and grow their business!

Preventive Controls Short Course

Date/Time: 6/13/2016 - 6/15/2016, 8:00AM - 5:00PM each day
Location: Iowa State University, Food Sciences Building
Notes: The Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-based Preventive Controls for Human Food regulation (referred to as the Preventive Controls for Human Food regulation) is intended to ensure safe manufacturing/processing, packing and holding of food products for human consumption in the United States. The regulation requires that certain activities must be completed by a “preventive controls qualified individual” who has “successfully completed training in the development and application of risk-based preventive controls”. This course developed by the Food Safety Preventive Control Alliance (FSPCA) is the “standardized curriculum” recognized by FDA; successfully completing this course is one way to meet the requirements for a “preventive controls qualified individual.”. This course is three day and provides a certificate of completion after the training.

2016 Taking Care of Business Conference

Date/Time: 6/14/2016 - 6/16/2016
Location: Sioux City, Iowa
Notes: The 2016 Taking Care of Business Conference promises to be unlike any other business program you've ever attended. The 2016 Conference Committee is working hard to provide an event full of new experiences and educational opportunities that will help you grow professionally as an individual and help your company stay current in an ever-changing business climate. Mark your calendars to join us June 14-16 in Sioux City, reserve your hotel room now and watch for more details on how to get involved! January 14th registration opens.

GovCon 101

Date/Time: 6/14/2016, 9:00AM-10:30AM
Location: WEBINAR
Notes: GovCon 101 occurs several times. Please register for the date and time that works best for you: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/5431843997791563265 This 1.5 hour session will give you an introduction of Government Contracting and discuss the various factors you may want to consider before entering this market. We'll discuss how the Government market differs from the commercial market, the pros and cons of servicing this market, how the government buys, and all the various steps required in order to sell to the Government. Prerequisite: There are no recommended prerequisites for this session. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Regional ExporTech Workshop - Session 3 of 3

Date/Time: 6/14/2016, 8:30am - 5:00pm
Location: La Crosse Area Chamber of Commerce, 601 7th Street N. La Crosse, WI 54601
Notes: ExporTech™ is the only national export assistance program that offers a structured yet customizable, process that guides companies through every aspect of export growth. At the completion of the program, each company will have developed its own international growth plan and accelerated their export sales process. CIRAS at Iowa State University is pleased to partner with the University of Wisconson - Stout, Enterprise Minnesota, the U.S. Commercial Service and other partners to offer a Regional ExporTech with companies from Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconson in attendance. The Regional ExporTech workshop will be held on April 5th, May 10th and June 14th in LaCrosse, WI. If you are interested to learn more or would like to apply to participate in the program please contact Marc Schneider at CIRAS (maschn@iastate.edu).

Hydrochloric Acid & Process Safety Managment (PSM) for the Food Industry and other Manufacturers

Date/Time: 6/16/2016, 9:00AM - 2:00PM
Location: Iowa State University, Memorial Union, Pioneer Room
Notes: This training event will address the compliance requirements for OSHA's 29 CFR 1910.119 process safety management (PSM) for highly hazardous and explosive chemicals for food processing, chemical processors, petroleum refineries and other businesses that must comply with the standard.

Federal Contracting Basics

Date/Time: 6/22/2016, 11AM - 1PM
Location: Sioux City
Notes: Come and learn what you need to get started in Federal Contracting. Speakers are from the NE and IA SBA, ISU PTAP and UNO PTAC. Questions contact Andy Alexander at 402-547-0333 or andyalex@iastate.edu . Free lunch provided by Calhoun Communications.

Introduction to Agile Development for Manufacturers

Date/Time: 6/22/2016, 8AM - 5PM
Location: Ames, Scheman Building
Notes: Agile development and SCRUM have become the tool of choice in software development, and are now transitioning to be a preferred approach to hardware development. Come learn the basics of Agile and SCRUM in a manufacturing environment.

Bid Proposal Writing Success, Part 2

Date/Time: 6/22/2016, 8:30AM - 9:30AM
Location: ISU Scott County Extension Office, 875 Tanglefoot Lane, Bettendorf, IA 52722
Notes: In this 2-part session, the first part (1 hour pre-recorded webinar) will give you a general overview of the RFP process. We will explain the difference between RFIs, RFQs, and RFPs and when each type is used. Then we'll discuss 10 tips for writing a successful proposal. After you have listened to the pre-recorded webinar for part 1 at your convenience, you can participate in part 2 in person hands on workshop specifically discussing how to go through and plan for a actual proposal response. Prerequisite: It is recommended that you participate in GovCon 101, or have had a one-on-one meeting with a CIRAS Government Contracting Specialist prior to attending this session. You also will be required to listen to the part 1 pre-recorded webinar.

IDOT I-74 Bridge Design/Reconstruction Project Briefing for Contractors

Date/Time: 6/24/2016, 9:00AM - 11:00AM
Location: ISU Scott County Extension Office, 875 Tanglefoot Lane, Bettendorf, IA 52722
Notes: This briefing, sponsored by CIRAS, will provide Iowa companies with an opportunity to hear directly from the Iowa DOT regarding the progress and future of the I-74 Bridge project. Contractors will learn up to date information about the specific bid opportunities and upcoming plans for lettings, discuss the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program (DBE) and how it pertains to the bridge project, as well as direct information from the Office of Contracts recommendations for contracting with the IDOT on this or other projects. Check out the flyer for more details: http://www.ciras.iastate.edu/publications/CIRAS_I-74.pdf

ISO 9001:2015 Understanding its Impacts on your Quality Program

Date/Time: 6/28/2016, 9AM - 4PM
Location: Ames, Alumni Center, South Ballroom
Notes: Every ISO 9001-registered company will need to comply with this major change to the standard. Understanding what is different is the first step in implementing the updated standard. This workshop will ensure that the processes required by ISO 9001:2015 are in place before re-certification.

ISO 9001:2015 Understanding its Impacts on your Quality Program

Date/Time: 6/29/2016, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Location: Dubuque County Extension Office
Notes: Every ISO 9001-registered company will need to comply with this major change to the standard. Understanding what is different is the first step in implementing the updated standard. This workshop will ensure that the processes required by ISO 9001:2015 are in place before re-certification.

Build a Revenue Culture - Accelerate Growth

Date/Time: 6/29/2016, 8:00am - 3:00pm
Location: Iowa Farm Bureau, 5400 University Ave, West Des Moines
Notes: Most business leaders know where they want to go, but getting there is the key challenge. In today's competitive business climate, you can't afford to waste time or money on poorly planned or executed Marketing and Sales activities. In order to achieve significant Revenue growth, organizations must evolve beyond a "Delivery Culture" model to a "Revenue Culture" focus. In this workshop, RevCult will educate attendees to understand that when it comes to customers and increasing Revenue, the game has changed.

Making Technical Ideal Real: Fostering Tech-Innovation Collaborations with Iowa Companies

Date/Time: 6/29/2016, Noon - 2pm
Location: Newton DMACC Campus
Notes: Presentation on how companies can engage in tech collaborations with ISU with time for some networking. For more information, please contact Frank Liebl, frankliebl.ndc@gmail.com?, Office: 641.787.8209, Mobile: 641.521.1868

July 2016


GovCon 101

Date/Time: 7/12/2016, 9:00AM-10:30AM
Location: WEBINAR
Notes: This 1.5 hour session will give you an introduction of Government Contracting and discuss the various factors you may want to consider before entering this market. We'll discuss how the Government market differs from the commercial market, the pros and cons of servicing this market, how the government buys, and all the various steps required in order to sell to the Government. Prerequisite: There are no recommended prerequisites for this session.

LeanWise SE

Date/Time: 7/13/2016, 10:00am - 2:00pm
Location: TBD
Notes: Session 4 of 6 An opportunity to develop strengths (knowledge, skills and talents) to fully fill your role in the driver's seat A safe place to share challenges and opportunities Unvarnished advice from a group of trusted peers A group that understands your world and can help you guide through it A certified facilitator to help you find you own answers to challenges before you Each session includes a Lean/Continous Improvement related presentation, facility tour, facilitated sharing and lunch. To Join and/or for more information contact Holly Mueggenberg, Member Programs Coordinator, Iowa ABI, 515.235.0572 hmueggenberg@iowaabi.org

Sausage and Processed Meats

Date/Time: 7/18/2016 - 7/22/2016, 8am-5pm, last day 8am - Noon
Location: Iowa State University Meat Laboratory
Notes: The short course focuses on the technology of sausage production and other types of meat processing. Topics range from lectures on basic meat science to demonstrations of processing techniques. Speakers, nationally and internationally recognized authorities in their fields, will provide information about the latest technology available. The 2016 course will cover fresh sausage, cooked sausage and dry and semi-dry sausage in addition to section and formed cured meats and whole muscle precooked meats. Production of reduced fat products will be discussed and a special feature will be presentations on “ethnic sausage products.” The course will use a hands-on approach to meat processing. Under the supervision of an instructor, participants will be divided into teams and have the opportunity to formulate and manufacture a processed meat product. Enrollment for this course is limited to 60 so that participants have ample opportunities to interact with speakers and staff and have their questions answered. Iowa State University’s modern Meat Laboratory allows participants to observe demonstrations and gain hands-on experience with the latest technology.

Theory of Constraints: What is the Goal?

Date/Time: 7/20/2016, 9:00am - 3:00pm
Location: Luther College, Decorah
Notes: This event is targeted to those companies that are tired of struggling to use traditional improvement methods to make more money without results or just don't know where to start. The goal of this workshop is to provide you a much clearer path on how to help your company make more money.

Marketing to the Government Session 1: Purpose and Preparation for Government Marketing

Date/Time: 7/26/2016, 9:00AM - 10:00AM
Location: WEBINAR
Notes: This module will set the stage for your Government marketing efforts and define the purpose and the “why” of Government marketing, as well as provide recommendations for preparing your business to market to your Government target customers. In part, the session will discuss understanding how the target agencies do business, your specific marketing message/materials, and other considerations prior to beginning your marketing journey. Prerequisite: It is recommended that you attend GovCon 101 and Market Research prior to attending any of the Marketing Modules, but especially sessions 2-5. All of the Marketing Modules can be attended at any time, however likely you will get the most out of the series if you attend them in sequence.

Manufacturing Leadership Program

Date/Time: 7/31/2016 - 8/5/2016
Location: Ames
Notes: The next generation of leaders will define your company's future. Are they ready? CIRAS has a way to help you take the first step. Contact Mike O'Donnell for an application: modonnll@iastate.edu or 515-509-4379

August 2016


Profitability Analysis of New and Existing Products

Date/Time: 8/4/2016, 9AM - 12:00PM
Location: Webster County Extension Office, Fort Dodge, IA
Notes: This workshop will cover through discussion how to evaluate your current products to identify which ones are most profitable. Additionally, we will discuss how to identify potential sources of profitability when developing new products.

GovCon 101

Date/Time: 8/9/2016, 9:00AM - 10:30AM
Location: WEBINAR
Notes: GovCon 101 occurs several times. Please register for the date and time that works best for you: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/5431843997791563265 This 1.5 hour session will give you an introduction of Government Contracting and discuss the various factors you may want to consider before entering this market. We'll discuss how the Government market differs from the commercial market, the pros and cons of servicing this market, how the government buys, and all the various steps required in order to sell to the Government. Prerequisite: There are no recommended prerequisites for this session. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Subcontracting Opportunities

Date/Time: 8/16/2016, 9:00AM - 10:00AM
Location: WEBINAR
Notes: This online session will help attendees understand subcontracting opportunities and where these opportunities may be a better “fit” for some companies and industries, as well as a great initial way to build past performance. This session will also help companies understand subcontracting plans, will provide some tactical processes to identify subcontracting opportunities, and will provide an overview of how to effectively perform initial outreach for subcontracting marketing. Prerequisite: It is recommended that you participate in GovCon 101, or have had a one-on-one meeting with a CIRAS Government contracting specialist prior to attending this session. Attending one of our Market Research workshops can also help you determine whether subcontracting is appropriate, but it is not required.

Idea to Mass Production in 3 Days

Date/Time: 8/17/2016, 10:00am - 2:00pm
Location: TBD - Des Moines
Notes: What if you could go from an idea to production in just 3 days? How would that change your company? Learn how using a combination of digital tools and additive manufacturing can revolutionize your product development process. CIRAS will tell the story of how they went from a series of product ideas to a mass-produced injection molded product in just 3 days, and teach some of the background techniques that can help you pull off similar feats.

Iowa Vendor Conference

Date/Time: 8/23/2016, 9AM - 3PM
Location: Iowa Events Center, Des Moines
Notes: More details to follow soon!

Marketing to the Government Session 2: Reactive vs Proactive

Date/Time: 8/30/2016, 9:00AM - 10:00AM
Location: WEBINAR
Notes: This module will explain in detail various marketing options for responding to agency market research, as well as how to best develop your proactive marketing approaches to the right agency and the right initial entry point at that agency. Prerequisite: It is recommended that you attend GovCon 101 and Market Research prior to attending any of the Marketing Modules 2-5. All of the Marketing Modules can be attended at any time, however likely you will get the most out of the series if you attend them in sequence.

September 2016


GovCon 101

Date/Time: 9/13/2016, 9:00AM-10:30AM
Location: WEBINAR
Notes: This 1.5 hour session will give you an introduction of Government Contracting and discuss the various factors you may want to consider before entering this market. We'll discuss how the Government market differs from the commercial market, the pros and cons of servicing this market, how the government buys, and all the various steps required in order to sell to the Government. Prerequisite: There are no recommended prerequisites for this session.

LeanWise SE

Date/Time: 9/14/2016, 10:00am - 2:00pm
Location: TBD
Notes: Session 5 of 6 An opportunity to develop strengths (knowledge, skills and talents) to fully fill your role in the driver's seat A safe place to share challenges and opportunities Unvarnished advice from a group of trusted peers A group that understands your world and can help you guide through it A certified facilitator to help you find you own answers to challenges before you Each session includes a Lean/Continous Improvement related presentation, facility tour, facilitated sharing and lunch. To Join and/or for more information contact Holly Mueggenberg, Member Programs Coordinator, Iowa ABI, 515.235.0572 hmueggenberg@iowaabi.org

Marketing to the Government Session 3: Government Tradeshow/Conference Marketing

Date/Time: 9/27/2016, 9:00AM - 10:00AM
Location: WEBINAR
Notes: This module will dive deeper into one specific marketing strategy that all companies should include for their Government marketing; attending Government tradeshows. This session will not only discuss how to identify appropriate options for attendance, but will also discuss in detail how you can best prepare yourself to make the most of your Government tradeshow experience, as a great way to start or continue your Government customer relationships (as well as potential company partner relationships). Prerequisite: It is recommended that you attend GovCon 101 and Market Research prior to attending any of the Marketing Modules 2-5. All of the Marketing Modules can be attended at any time, however likely you will get the most out of the series if you attend them in sequence.

Packing Innovations and Technology

Date/Time: 9/28/2016, 10:00am - 2:00pm
Location: Iowa City, Iowa
Notes: Learn about the latest Packing Innovations and Technologies and how to exploit them for your strategic advantage. This will be an interactive and hands-on session.

October 2016


ABI Advanced Manufacturing Conference

Date/Time: 10/4/2016, 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Location: Prairie Meadows
Notes: A can't miss event for Iowa manufacturers and those looking to do business with manufacturers.

Fall 2016 CIRAS Internet Marketing Strategy Boot Camp

Date/Time: 10/4/2016 - 10/6/2016, 10:00am-4:00pm
Location: The Kirkwood Hotel Conference Center, Cedar Rapids, IA
Notes: Join us and discover how to take charge of your website and on-line presence to make it the trule effective marketing tool it has to be. Early Bird Registration ends Friday September 2nd, 2016.

Fall CIRAS Video Marketing Boot Camp

Date/Time: 10/10/2016 - 10/11/2016, 10:00am-3:00pm
Location: The Hotel Kirkwood Conference Center
Notes: Join us and discover how to improve your business with online video marketing! Early Bird Registration ends September 9th, 2016.

GovCon 101

Date/Time: 10/11/2016, 9:00AM-10:30AM
Location: WEBINAR
Notes: This 1.5 hour session will give you an introduction of Government Contracting and discuss the various factors you may want to consider before entering this market. We'll discuss how the Government market differs from the commercial market, the pros and cons of servicing this market, how the government buys, and all the various steps required in order to sell to the Government. Prerequisite: There are no recommended prerequisites for this session.

ILC Fall Conference

Date/Time: 10/12/2016 - 10/13/2016, 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Location: Cedar Rapids Marriott
Notes: Save the date! ILC Fall Conference will be held October 12-13, 2016 at the Cedar Rapids Marriott. Featuring two keynote speakers (Rich Sheridan and Jeff Liker), breakout session, intensive workshops, exhibitors, and a networking reception.

Packaging Innovations and Technology

Date/Time: 10/12/2016, 10:00am - 2:00pm
Location: Polk County Extension Office, Altoona, IA
Notes: Learn about the latest packaging innovations and technologies and how to exploit them for your strategic advantage. This will be an interactive and hands-on session.

HACCP Workshop

Date/Time: 10/20/2016 - 10/22/2016, 1:00pm - Noon
Location: Iowa State University Meat Laboratory
Notes: A HACCP workshop will be held at the Iowa State University Meat Laboratory October 20-22, 2016. The course is designed to review the philosophy and principles of the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point system and to discuss how to implement HACCP in plants. This HACCP training program is consistent with the intent and scope of the USDA, FSIS regulation.

Marketing to the Government Session 4: B2G Social Media Marketing

Date/Time: 10/25/2016, 9:00AM - 10:00AM
Location: WEBINAR
Notes: This session will also dive deeper into another specific area of marketing strategy, and one that has continued to grow and become more relevant for Government contractors/agencies. The session will explain how the Government uses social media, and how you as a company can capitalize on this and better utilize social media platforms to augment your other marketing strategies. The session will also provide some answers to common company challenges and best practices for moving forward with a social media marketing presence. Most of the discussions in this session can also easily translate to your other business endeavors.Prerequisite: It is recommended that you attend GovCon 101 and Market Research prior to attending any of the Marketing Modules, but especially sessions 2-5. All of the Marketing Modules can be attended at any time, however likely you will get the most out of the series if you attend them in sequence.

November 2016


GovCon 101

Date/Time: 11/8/2016, 9:00AM-10:30AM
Location: WEBINAR
Notes: This 1.5 hour session will give you an introduction of Government Contracting and discuss the various factors you may want to consider before entering this market. We'll discuss how the Government market differs from the commercial market, the pros and cons of servicing this market, how the government buys, and all the various steps required in order to sell to the Government. Prerequisite: There are no recommended prerequisites for this session.

Basic Sausage Short Course

Date/Time: 11/8/2016, 8:00am - Noon
Location: Iowa State University Meat Laboratory
Notes: With a focus on the technology of sausage processing, short course topics range from lectures on basic meat science to demonstrations of processing techniques. Speakers, nationally and internationally recognized authorities in their fields, will provide information about the latest technology available. Enrollment for this course is limited to 60 so that participants have ample opportunities to interact with speakers and staff and have their questions answered. Iowa State University’s modern Meat Laboratory allows participants to observe demonstrations utilizing the latest technology.

Succession Planning

Date/Time: 11/8/2016, 11AM - 4PM
Location: Hotel Julien, Dubuque, IA
Notes: More details to follow

LeanWise SE

Date/Time: 11/9/2016, 10:00am - 2:00pm
Location: UnityPoint Health - Trinity Muscatine
Notes: Session 6 of 6 An opportunity to develop strengths (knowledge, skills and talents) to fully fill your role in the driver's seat A safe place to share challenges and opportunities Unvarnished advice from a group of trusted peers A group that understands your world and can help you guide through it A certified facilitator to help you find you own answers to challenges before you Each session includes a Lean/Continous Improvement related presentation, facility tour, facilitated sharing and lunch. For more information contact Holly Mueggenberg, Member Programs Coordinator, Iowa ABI, 515.235.0572 hmueggenberg@iowaabi.org

Subcontracting Opportunities

Date/Time: 11/15/2016, 9:00AM - 10:00AM
Location: WEBINAR
Notes: This online session will help attendees understand subcontracting opportunities and where these opportunities may be a better “fit” for some companies and industries, as well as a great initial way to build past performance. This session will also help companies understand subcontracting plans, will provide some tactical processes to identify subcontracting opportunities, and will provide an overview of how to effectively perform initial outreach for subcontracting marketing. Prerequisite: It is recommended that you participate in GovCon 101, or have had a one-on-one meeting with a CIRAS Government contracting specialist prior to attending this session. Attending one of our Market Research workshops can also help you determine whether subcontracting is appropriate, but it is not required.

Food & Beverage, Feed & Grain Processors Innovation Summit

Date/Time: 11/15/2016, 7am - 4pm
Location: Ames, IA Gateway Hotel and Conference Center
Notes: This event will include technology presentations in the morning and a technology booth/tradeshow in the afternoon. The morning session may include talks on additive manufacturing, packaging evaluation, sensory science, health and nutritional, internet marketing/recruiting and business model innovation among others. A university or industry expert will speak on the technology topic and highlight ways that it may be able to cut costs or grow sales for your business. The afternoon session allows for a more intimate project discussion with the experts where one can determine how to actually implement one or more of the technologies presented. It's an engaging environment with many opportunities to network that you won't want to miss!

Government Networking Group

Date/Time: 11/18/2016, 9:00AM - 10:00AM
Location: ISU Scott County Extension Office, 875 Tanglefoot Lane, Bettendorf, IA 52722
Notes: The intent of this networking group is to provide a venue for companies currently pursuing or interested in pursuing Government contracting to network with other companies in their region as well as discuss Government contracting topics, challenges or news in an open forum setting. CIRAS Government contracting specialists will help facilitate the discussions. Contact Beth White at whiteb@iastate.edu with any questions.

Marketing to the Government Session 5: Using Unsolicited Proposals for Marketing

Date/Time: 11/22/2016, 9:00AM - 10:00AM
Location: WEBINAR
Notes: This session reviews the federal government’s policy of encouraging the submission of new and innovative ideas in response to Broad Agency Announcements (BAA), Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) topics, Small Business Technology Transfer Research (SBTTR) topics, Program Research and Development Announcements (PR&DA), or any other government-initiated solicitation or program. When the new and innovative ideas do not fall under topic areas publicized under those programs or techniques, the ideas may be submitted as unsolicited proposals.Prerequisite: It is recommended that you attend GovCon 101 and Market Research prior to attending any of the Marketing Modules, but especially sessions 2-5. All of the Marketing Modules can be attended at any time, however likely you will get the most out of the series if you attend them in sequence.

December 2016


GovCon 101

Date/Time: 12/13/2016, 9:00AM-10:30AM
Location: WEBINAR
Notes: This 1.5 hour session will give you an introduction of Government Contracting and discuss the various factors you may want to consider before entering this market. We'll discuss how the Government market differs from the commercial market, the pros and cons of servicing this market, how the government buys, and all the various steps required in order to sell to the Government. Prerequisite: There are no recommended prerequisites for this session.

January 2017


Cured Meat Short Course

Date/Time: 1/17/2017, 8:00am - Noon
Location: Iowa State University Meat Laboratory
Notes: With a focus on the technology of sausage processing, short course topics range from lectures on basic meat science to demonstrations of processing techniques. Speakers, nationally and internationally recognized authorities in their fields, will provide information about the latest technology available. Enrollment for this course is limited to 60 so that participants have ample opportunities to interact with speakers and staff and have their questions answered. Iowa State University’s modern Meat Laboratory allows participants to observe demonstrations utilizing the latest technology.