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August 2015


Video Marketing Boot Camp

Date/Time: 8/31/2015 - 9/1/2015, 9:00am-9:30am
Location: Kirkwood Hotel, Cedar Rapids
Notes: Join us and discover how to improve your business with online video marketing! Registration and information coming soon!

September 2015


Government Contracting 101

Date/Time: 9/2/2015, 11:30am-12:30pm
Location: ISU Extension Office; 101 North Polk Street, Mount Ayr, IA
Notes: Have you considered Government Contracting for potential sales prospects or currently selling your products/services to federal, state or local governments? Are you unsure whether it is a market that you can/should expend resources for and pursue? Have you heard differing stories on how to best do business with the Government? This presentation is perfect for companies (small or large) that have considered or already selling their products/services to the Government and either are unsure of the next steps, or are just not ready to commit to this market. Andy Alexander, ISU CIRAS Government Contract Specialist will provide a view of Government contracting, providing some considerations and education, myths/facts, and recommendations for your business to consider. You will also have the opportunity to meet your CIRAS Government Contract Specialist, a no charge resource in your community to assist your company on a one on one basis for Government contracting. To register, please contact Andy Alexander CIRAS Government Contract Specialist andyalex@iastate.edu 402-547-0333 Please indicate which session you will be attending.

Journey to Your Vision Seminar

Date/Time: 9/3/2015, 8:00am-3:30pm
Location: 900 Schmid Innovation Center, 900 Jackson Street, Dubuque, Iowa
Notes: Iowa Farm Bureau’s Renew Rural Iowa seminars are uniquely designed to help Iowa business leaders cut through the confusion that comes with developing and growing a business by understanding the stages of business growth, their unique challenges and methods to overcome them. Individual seminars will help you appraise the strengths and weaknesses of your own businesses and learn about tools to help you accelerate your existing business or jump-start new ones. You’ll also have the opportunity to discuss your challenges with other business owners and utilize the collective power of their experiences to help you address your barriers head on.

LeanWise SE Peer Group Meetings

Date/Time: 9/8/2015, 10:00am-2:00pm
Location: Agri-Industrial
Notes: Managers/executives looking for: 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 A group that understands your world and can help you guide through it A process to help you find you own answers to challenges before you Meetings are $35/meeting and include lunch Contact Holly Mueggenberg Member Programs Coordinator, Iowa ABI 515.235.0572 hmueggenberg@iowaabi.org

Government Contracting 101

Date/Time: 9/15/2015, 11:30am-1:00pm
Location: ISU Extension Office; 400 Central Ave NW, 700, Orange City, IA
Notes: Have you considered Government Contracting for potential sales prospects or currently selling your products/services to federal, state or local governments? Are you unsure whether it is a market that you can/should expend resources for and pursue? Have you heard differing stories on how to best do business with the Government? This presentation is perfect for companies (small or large) that have considered or already selling their products/services to the Government and either are unsure of the next steps, or are just not ready to commit to this market. Andy Alexander, ISU CIRAS Government Contract Specialist will provide a view of Government contracting, providing some considerations and education, myths/facts, and recommendations for your business to consider. You will also have the opportunity to meet your CIRAS Government Contract Specialist, a no charge resource in your community to assist your company on a one on one basis for Government contracting. To register, please contact Andy Alexander CIRAS Government Contract Specialist andyalex@iastate.edu 402-547-0333 Please indicate which session you will be attending.

Government Contracting 101

Date/Time: 9/16/2015, 11:30am-1:00pm
Location: ISU Extension Office; 620 Park Ave, Sac City, IA
Notes: Have you considered Government Contracting for potential sales prospects or currently selling your products/services to federal, state or local governments? Are you unsure whether it is a market that you can/should expend resources for and pursue? Have you heard differing stories on how to best do business with the Government? This presentation is perfect for companies (small or large) that have considered or already selling their products/services to the Government and either are unsure of the next steps, or are just not ready to commit to this market. Andy Alexander, ISU CIRAS Government Contract Specialist will provide a view of Government contracting, providing some considerations and education, myths/facts, and recommendations for your business to consider. You will also have the opportunity to meet your CIRAS Government Contract Specialist, a no charge resource in your community to assist your company on a one on one basis for Government contracting. To register, please contact Andy Alexander CIRAS Government Contract Specialist andyalex@iastate.edu 402-547-0333 Please indicate which session you will be attending.

Corridor Procurement Conference

Date/Time: 9/17/2015, 8:00am-12:00pm
Location: The Hotel at Kirkwood
Notes: Find out about upcoming procurement opportunities throughout the state by visiting the wide variety of exhibitors attending this conference, including: Alliant Energy, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Small Business office, SCORE, Department of Transportation and many more!

Small Business Outreach Luncheon with KBR and Alliant Energy

Date/Time: 9/17/2015, 12:15pm-2:15pm
Location: The Hotel at Kirkwood
Notes: A networking opportunity with KBR and Alliant Energy to identify new small business suppliers and partners for the Marshalltown power plant.

Employer Educator Summit - 2015

Date/Time: 9/17/2015, 9:00am-3:00pm
Location: 230 South 5th Avenue, Templeton, Iowa
Notes: 50% of Iowa's jobs require workers with Middle Skills. But only 33% of our workforce has those skills. Join us to learn more about the Middle Skills Gap and how our education system and our business community can work together to develop citizens who possess the right skills for our changing society. Keynote Speaker: Debi Durham, Executive Director Iowa Economic Development Authority

Next Generation Leadership: Disruptive by Design (2015 Deming Institute Conference)

Date/Time: 9/18/2015 - 9/20/2015, 8:00am-5:00pm
Location: Ames, IA
Notes: Disruptive by design and empowering in practice, for individuals and organizations, Dr. W. Edwards Deming’s approach to improving quality, performance and innovation is more relevant and valuable than ever. Learn how challenging your preconceived notions about management and using the transformational leadership philosophy of Dr. Deming can propel you and your organization forward. It’s a story best told by practitioners of The Deming System Of Profound Knowledge™. This conference features education and industry leaders who today are shaping their businesses, schools and organizations by disrupting the prevailing management concepts such as performance appraisals, sales commissions, and rating and ranking people. By challenging the status quo they are achieving new levels of performance and success. Whether you are a student or early in your career, a small business owner, educator or executive, you will come away with a positive and fresh perspective on how to successfully lead in the 21st century.

GovCon 101: R3 Refreshers, Reminders and Re-Do’s

Date/Time: 9/22/2015, 8:30am-9:30am
Location: Webinar
Notes: This session is perfect for companies that have either dabbled in Government contracting or tried at one point to pursue the market, but something happened, you are still interested but kind of lost. While we won't get into tons of details, the workshop will provide enough information to refresh your memory of how to navigate some of the Government contracting maze, remind you of steps you can be taking, and give you a fresh start and re-do with Government contracting. This webinar will be provided the 4th Tuesday of every month at 8:30, so come as much as you need!?

ISO 9001-2015 - Understanding its Impacts on your Quality Program

Date/Time: 9/22/2015, 8:30am-4:00pm
Location: Room 004 Scheman Building Ames, IA
Notes: Discover the real impacts of ISO 9001-2015, a major update to the standard that includes a new format. Anyone involved in your company's quality program, including the quality manager, internal auditors and senior management should attend.

ISO 9001-2015 - Understanding its Impacts on your Quality Program

Date/Time: 9/23/2015, 8:30am-4:00pm
Location: Bettendorf
Notes: Discover the real impacts of ISO 9001-2015, a major update to the standard that includes a new format. Anyone involved in your company's quality program, including the quality manager, internal auditors and senior management should attend.?

ISO 9001-2015 - Understanding its Impacts on your Quality Program

Date/Time: 9/24/2015, 8:30am-4:00pm
Location: Dubuque
Notes: Discover the real impacts of ISO 9001-2015, a major update to the standard that includes a new format. Anyone involved in your company's quality program, including the quality manager, internal auditors and senior management should attend.

Learn before you leap: Business Considerations for GovCon

Date/Time: 9/24/2015, 9:00am-10:00am
Location: Ottumwa Chamber of Commerce, 217 East Main Street Ottumwa, IA
Notes: Have you considered Government contracting for a potential sales prospect? Are you unsure whether it is a market you can/should expend resources for and pursue? This session will provide a 30,000 foot view of Government contracting, providing companies with the right things to consider before they pursue this market. You will also have the opportunity to meet your CIRAS Government Contracting Specialist that is available and a resource to assist your companies on a one on one basis for Government contracting. To register, contact Beth White at whiteb@iastate.edu.

Celebrate Manufacturing Statewide

Date/Time: 9/28/2015 - 10/30/2015, 9:00am-3:00pm
Location: STATEWIDE
Notes: In the statewide effort to Elevate Advanced Manufacturing, CIRAS, Iowa's 15 community colleges and the Iowa Association of Business and Industry lead the endeavor to promote National Manufacturing Day within each of Iowa's 99 counties. Please follow the link to for your local activities.

Wind Energy Industry Symposium

Date/Time: 9/29/2015, 7:30am-5:30pm
Location: Applied Sciences Complex II, Room 257, Iowa State University
Notes: Perspectives from industry, government and academia. Research area thrust presentations. Tour of campus labs and facilities. No registration fee. Breakfast and lunch provided. Learn more and register online.

Iowa's Advanced Manufacturing Conference

Date/Time: 9/30/2015, 9am-4pm
Location: Prairie Meadows Event Center, 1 Prairie Meadows Drive, Altoona
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B2G Sales Rock Island Arsenal Series Part 1: What is the Rock Island Arsenal?

Date/Time: 9/30/2015, 8:30am-9:30am
Location: Webinar
Notes: Billions of dollars are spend each year by the Federal commands located on the Rock Island Arsenal (RIA), but many companies don't understand what opportunities are available. Part 1 of the 3 Part series will: -Help you understand the command structure of the RIA, what is purchased, and take away any confusion on how the Arsenal is run -Help you understand whether one or all of the RIA commands is a potential target customer and how to find their opportunities -Prepare you to assess your business capabilities and products and participate in Part 2 of the webinar series on Marketing to the commands at the Arsenal NOTES: -Part 3 of this series will provide a potential opportunity for actual one on one meeting with the commands' determined appropriate. -In order to participate in Part 3, you will need to listen to parts 1 and 2 (part 2 current scheduled for October 7, 2015 at 8:30) in the 2-part webinar series and complete some suitability assessments with CIRAS input. (No worries, it will be fun!!) After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Brought to you by GoToWebinar® Webinars Made Easy®

October 2015


BizTalk Mastermind Group: How do "debriefings" help with your Government marketing efforts?

Date/Time: 10/1/2015, 7:00am-8:00am
Location: Webinar
Notes: For our final BizTalk principle regulation, we will discuss debriefings, and not just when you should ask for them, but how they can be a valuable part of your Government marketing plan and use them to solidify your position with your target customers.

B2G Sales Rock Island Arsenal Series Part 2: Developing a Marketing Strategy for RIA

Date/Time: 10/7/2015, 8:30am-9:30am
Location: Webinar
Notes: Now that you have learned more about the actual structure of the Rock Island Arsenal, and hopefully determined that one or more of the contracting needs suit your company, it's time to discuss marketing! Locating and bidding on opportunities for the RIA (and any other Federal agency) is only part of the game to be truly successful, it has been proven that the most successful Government contractors not only look for opportunities, but also employ a strategic marketing plan for their Government customers. This part 2 of the RIA series' webinar will help you: -Understand why marketing is important to increase opportunities with Federal Government agencies -Understand different marketing materials and tactics that work best with Federal agencies -Understand the best mode of communicating your marketing message and to whom within the organization -Understand some common mistakes businesses make in their marketing approach and how to improve any current materials or presentations -Prepare your company to a potential opportunity to have a pre-set initial meeting face to face with the representatives from the RIA NOTES: -At the completion of part 2, you will be asked to submit your company assessment for the opportunity to have a meeting set up for your company on October 22, 2015 in Bettendorf. If you are unable to attend on that date, or all slots are full, I will be able to help coordinate another future meeting for your company. We are trying to get you started on the right foot with these potential new Government customers, by educating you and setting you up to truly have valuable interactions with the representatives from RIA- Remember any company can have a meeting…but you want to have a long lasting relationship that provides opportunities! After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Brought to you by GoToWebinar® Webinars Made Easy®

Reshoring Mini-Event: Should you be Manufacturing or Sourcing Closer to Home?

Date/Time: 10/13/2015, 5:30pm-8:00pm
Location: Cedar Rapids
Notes: Presentation on the topic of reshoring at the Cedar Valley APICS chapter's Professional Development Meeting.

Basic Human Resource Management

Date/Time: 10/13/2015, 6:00pm-9:00pm
Location: Iowa State University, Meat Science Laboraotry, Room 133, Ames IA
Notes: Evening Workshop for anyone who wants to learn more about the advantages of increased training, improved workplace culture and how that can help a manufacturing business. Attendees will discover the impact that human resources management can have on company culture, employee engagement, safety and quality. Attendees will learn about: Attracting the right employees Being competitive with salary and benefits How to deal with problematic employees How to provide an environment that keeps employees happy, training that keeps them skilled and a healthy workplace culture that keeps everyone productive and safe. Human resource management impacts everyone in your organization. You need to understand how those decisions affect company culture, profitability, safety and quality. We will share ideas on how to develop a strategy for retention and training employees to lessen the threat of worker shortages. You will learn how to prepare for company growth by improving productivity, quality and safety.Hear about best practices, discuss the topics and have a networking opportunity.

Manufacturing Day Celebration: Crossroads Inc. Community Open House

Date/Time: 10/14/2015, 9:00am-10:30am
Location: 1424 Houser Street Muscatine, IA 52761
Notes: Crossroads Inc. is a non-profit agency offering employment training, day habilitation, and community living assistance. Their mission is to provide opportunities for adults needing assistance to reach their greatest potential and their vision is to turn disabilities into abilities by helping individuals to live healthy, meaningful lives. Connection to manufacturing? Crossroads Inc. specializes in packaging, distribution, sorting, and small part or hand assemblies. They also have the capabilities for industrial sewing, and small machine operations. One of their main customers is The Hon Company, who outsources a large portion of their sorting, packaging and labeling. Crossroads is potential subcontractor for companies with manufacturing operations. Not only are they a lower cost option with high quality expectations, but they are providing job and growth opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities. Crossroads is also an Ability One certified company, which provides opportunities for preference in the Federal Government market sector, therefore manufacturing companies may find good partnering opportunities. The open house will provide community organizations as well as regional companies to view the facility and truly understand the breadth of capabilities that Crossroads Inc. has to offer. For more information on the event, contact Beth White at whiteb@iastate.edu

Packaging Short Course: Fundamentals And Emerging Technologies In Analysis, Material Sceince And Food Quality/Safety

Date/Time: 10/19/2015 - 10/20/2015, 8:00am-5:00pm
Location: Iowa State University Packaging Laboratory and the Center for Crop Utilization Research Auditorium in the Food Science and Human Nutrition Building, Ames IA
Notes: CIRAS, in collaboration with the ISU Packaging Laboratory offers a two-day short course for anyone who manufactures food, supplements, pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, pet food, or animal feed product. This course is for professionals in any of the above industries (or their suppliers) who have responsibility for food safety, quality, R&D, and/or supply chain management. Attendees will discover how successful use of packaging technology can optimize cost and greatly improve product quality and safety Covered topics will include Basics of packaging: glass, metal, plastic, paper Selection and testing advances in packaging materials Film/Flexible packaging technologies and rigid/sheet packaging technologies Product specifications and material selection Cost-optimization strategies Perishable food packaging, strategies to increase shelf life Product packaging interaction; how the customer sees the package food quality analysis Analysis tailored to your products This is the short course is for you if you want to learn how to analyze your packaging, learn about emerging packaging technology and the importance of how packaging interacts with consumers, you need to develop your strategy for safety and regulatory aspects of plastics in food packaging or your company wants to improve shelf life and product quality by using the correct packaging. This is a course where you learn, discuss the topics, and have hands-on laboratory experience with leading researchers

Welcome to the HACCP Workshop for Meat, Poultry and Egg Plants

Date/Time: 10/22/2015 - 10/24/2015,
Location: Iowa State University Meat Laboratory
Notes: A HACCP workshop will be held at the Iowa State University Meat Laboratory October 22-24, 2015. 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.

GovCon 101: R3 Refreshers, Reminders and Re-Do’s

Date/Time: 10/27/2015, 8:30am-9:30am
Location: Webinar
Notes: This session is perfect for companies that have either dabbled in Government contracting or tried at one point to pursue the market, but something happened, you are still interested but kind of lost. While we won't get into tons of details, the workshop will provide enough information to refresh your memory of how to navigate some of the Government contracting maze, remind you of steps you can be taking, and give you a fresh start and re-do with Government contracting. This webinar will be provided the 4th Tuesday of every month at 8:30, so come as much as you need!

November 2015


LeanWise SE Peer Group Meetings

Date/Time: 11/10/2015, 10:00am-2:00pm
Location: Hill Phoenix
Notes: Managers/executives looking for: 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 process to help you find you own answers to challenges before you Meetings are $35/meeting and include lunch Contact Holly Mueggenberg Member Programs Coordinator, Iowa ABI 515.235.0572 hmueggenberg@iowaabi.org

Learn before you leap: Business Considerations for GovCon

Date/Time: 11/17/2015, 9:00am-10:00am
Location: Eastern Central Intergovernmental Association, 7600 Commerce Park, Dubuque, IA
Notes: Have you considered Government contracting for a potential sales prospect? Are you unsure whether it is a market you can/should expend resources for and pursue? This session will provide a 30,000 foot view of Government contracting, providing companies with the right things to consider before they pursue this market. You will also have the opportunity to meet your CIRAS Government Contracting Specialist that is available and a resource to assist your companies on a one on one basis for Government contracting. To register, contact Beth White at whiteb@iastate.edu.

GovCon 101: R3 Refreshers, Reminders and Re-Do’s

Date/Time: 11/24/2015, 8:30am-9:30am
Location: Webinar
Notes: This session is perfect for companies that have either dabbled in Government contracting or tried at one point to pursue the market, but something happened, you are still interested but kind of lost. While we won't get into tons of details, the workshop will provide enough information to refresh your memory of how to navigate some of the Government contracting maze, remind you of steps you can be taking, and give you a fresh start and re-do with Government contracting. This webinar will be provided the 4th Tuesday of every month at 8:30, so come as much as you need!