Government Contracting Events

August 2018


GovCon Networking Group (Business Builders)

Date/Time: 8/21/2018, 7:30am - 8:30am
Location: Council Bluffs, IA
Notes: The intent of these sessions are to provide Iowa companies in any industry an opportunity to participate in peer networking discussions related to government and commercial procurements. Facilitated by the local ISU CIRAS Procurement Technical Assistance Centers, and will be structured as a session to discuss relevant and trending topics from the government market, current challenges or questions from industry, as well as building your network of Iowa business partners. The agenda and topic discussions for these groups will be driven by the attendees. For questions please contact Andy Alexander at 402-547-0333 or by email at andyalex@iastate.edu

GovCon Networking Group (Business Builders)

Date/Time: 8/28/2018, 7:30am - 8:30am
Location: Council Bluffs, IA
Notes: The intent of these sessions are to provide Iowa companies in any industry an opportunity to participate in peer networking discussions related to government and commercial procurements. Facilitated by the local ISU CIRAS Procurement Technical Assistance Centers, and will be structured as a session to discuss relevant and trending topics from the government market, current challenges or questions from industry, as well as building your network of Iowa business partners. The agenda and topic discussions for these groups will be driven by the attendees. If any questions please contact Andy Alexander at 402-547-0333 or by email at andyalex@iastate.edu

TSB On-site Application Drive

Date/Time: 8/30/2018, 8:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Dubuque, IA
Notes: The Targeted Small Business program helps support small businesses owned by women, minorities, service-disabled veterans and individuals with disabilities overcome some of the hurdles to start or grow a small business in Iowa. Sign up to meet with Targeted Small Business (TSB) staff to discuss the value of the TSB certification. Use computers and technology at the lab to apply onsite and upload the required documentation.

September 2018


You are a Certified Targeted Small Business (TSB) - What's Next?

Date/Time: 9/5/2018, 9:00am - 10:00am
Location: Webinar
Notes: This webinar is useful for companies that have recently received their TSB certification from the State of Iowa. The session will provide information on next steps and considerations to take advantage of the procurement opportunities for TSB's with the state of Iowa. We will explore the structure of the state and independent buying agencies and review the types of products and services they buy, discuss in greater detail the procurement benefits to the program, how to best do business with the state as a vendor and TSB, as well as marketing best practices. We will also discuss additional procurement and preference programs that you may be eligible for as a TSB. This session is also suitable for companies that are eligible for TSB certification, but would like to review the procurement processes and opportunities prior to pursuing certification. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Reviewing Solicitations for Success

Date/Time: 9/18/2018, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: Webinar
Notes: This webinar will give you a general overview of the Government solicitation process. We will explain the difference between RFIs, RFQs, and RFPs and when each type is used and evaluated, as well as various contract types. We will then provide some tips for reviewing solicitations and preparing to submit a bid or proposal. 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. For questions, please contact Jodi Essex at jodir@iastate.edu.

How to do Business in the Federal Market

Date/Time: 9/20/2018, 9:30am - 11:30am
Location: Clinton, IA
Notes: Learn how to do business in the federal market by learning: -Local Resources available to help your business navigate the process -What small business programs are available and their benefits -How your business can do business with Thomson Prison

October 2018


Veteran's Business Round Table

Date/Time: 10/4/2018, 8:00am - 9:00am
Location: Cedar Rapids, IA
Notes: Calling on all Veteran Business Owners! Join us for a light breakfast and facilitated discussion on business topics (not industry specific) that are relevant to ALL Veteran Business Owners. This will be our first roundtable this quarter and we’ll determine as a group how often to meet, going forward. Questions? Contact Julie Fagle at jafagle@iastate.edu. This event is being sponsored by VGM, Alliant Energy, and Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance.

Creating Your Government Marketing Strategy

Date/Time: 10/10/2018, 9:00am - 10:30am
Location: Webinar
Notes: This session will provide information on the overall value of initial and ongoing market research for companies pursuing Government sales. We'll discuss resources available for conducting market research, and will give companies a meaningful starting point for a one-on-one discussion with their counselor for specific market research assistance. This session will provide a framework for companies to locate and define their top targets and what they are buying, and also to assist in their marketing and pursuit of government customers. 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.

November 2018


You are a Certified Targeted Small Business (TSB) - What's Next?

Date/Time: 11/14/2018, 9:00am - 10:00am
Location: Webinar
Notes: This webinar is useful for companies that have recently received their TSB certification from the State of Iowa. The session will provide information on next steps and considerations to take advantage of the procurement opportunities for TSB's with the state of Iowa. We will explore the structure of the state and independent buying agencies and review the types of products and services they buy, discuss in greater detail the procurement benefits to the program, how to best do business with the state as a vendor and TSB, as well as marketing best practices. We will also discuss additional procurement and preference programs that you may be eligible for as a TSB. This session is also suitable for companies that are eligible for TSB certification, but would like to review the procurement processes and opportunities prior to pursuing certification. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

GovCon 101

Date/Time: 11/20/2018, 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.

Subcontracting Opportunities

Date/Time: 11/27/2018, 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.

December 2018


Reviewing Solicitations for Success

Date/Time: 12/4/2018, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: Webinar
Notes: This webinar will give you a general overview of the Government solicitation process. We will explain the difference between RFIs, RFQs, and RFPs and when each type is used and evaluated, as well as various contract types. We will then provide some tips for reviewing solicitations and preparing to submit a bid or proposal. 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. For questions, please contact Jodi Essex at jodir@iastate.edu.

January 2019


You are a Certified Targeted Small Business- What's Next? (webinar)

Date/Time: 1/9/2019, 9:00am - 10:00am
Location: Webinar
Notes: This webinar series is provided in partnership with Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) and Targeted Small Business (TSB) program with the State of Iowa. This webinar is useful for companies that have recently received their TSB certification from the State of Iowa. The session will provide information on next steps and considerations to take advantage of the procurement opportunities for TSB's with the state of Iowa. We will explore the structure of the state and independent buying agencies and review the types of products and services they buy, discuss in greater detail the procurement benefits to the program, how to best do business with the state as a vendor and TSB, as well as marketing best practices. We will also discuss additional procurement and preference programs that you may be eligible for as a TSB. This session is also suitable for companies that are eligible for TSB certification, but would like to review the procurement processes and opportunities prior to pursuing certification.

Creating Your Government Marketing Strategy

Date/Time: 1/16/2019, 9:00am - 10:30am
Location: Webinar
Notes: This session will provide information on the overall value of initial and ongoing market research for companies pursuing Government sales. We'll discuss resources available for conducting market research, and will give companies a meaningful starting point for a one-on-one discussion with their counselor for specific market research assistance. This session will provide a framework for companies to locate and define their top targets and what they are buying, and also to assist in their marketing and pursuit of government customers. 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.

February 2019


GovCon 101

Date/Time: 2/6/2019, 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.

Subcontracting Opportunities

Date/Time: 2/7/2019, 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.

March 2019


You are a Certified Targeted Small Business- What's Next? (webinar)

Date/Time: 3/20/2019, 9:00am - 10:00am
Location: Webinar
Notes: This webinar series is provided in partnership with Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) and Targeted Small Business (TSB) program with the State of Iowa. This webinar is useful for companies that have recently received their TSB certification from the State of Iowa. The session will provide information on next steps and considerations to take advantage of the procurement opportunities for TSB's with the state of Iowa. We will explore the structure of the state and independent buying agencies and review the types of products and services they buy, discuss in greater detail the procurement benefits to the program, how to best do business with the state as a vendor and TSB, as well as marketing best practices. We will also discuss additional procurement and preference programs that you may be eligible for as a TSB. This session is also suitable for companies that are eligible for TSB certification, but would like to review the procurement processes and opportunities prior to pursuing certification.

Reviewing Solicitations for Success

Date/Time: 3/26/2019, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: Webinar
Notes: This webinar will give you a general overview of the Government solicitation process. We will explain the difference between RFIs, RFQs, and RFPs and when each type is used and evaluated, as well as various contract types. We will then provide some tips for reviewing solicitations and preparing to submit a bid or proposal. 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. For questions, please contact Jodi Essex at jodir@iastate.edu.

Creating Your Government Marketing Strategy

Date/Time: 3/27/2019, 9:00am - 10:30am
Location: Webinar
Notes: This session will provide information on the overall value of initial and ongoing market research for companies pursuing Government sales. We'll discuss resources available for conducting market research, and will give companies a meaningful starting point for a one-on-one discussion with their counselor for specific market research assistance. This session will provide a framework for companies to locate and define their top targets and what they are buying, and also to assist in their marketing and pursuit of government customers. 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.

May 2019


GovCon 101

Date/Time: 5/6/2019, 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.

You are a Certified Targeted Small Business- What's Next?

Date/Time: 5/8/2019, 9:00am - 10:00am
Location: Webinar
Notes: This webinar series is provided in partnership with Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) and Targeted Small Business (TSB) program with the State of Iowa. This webinar is useful for companies that have recently received their TSB certification from the State of Iowa. The session will provide information on next steps and considerations to take advantage of the procurement opportunities for TSB's with the state of Iowa. We will explore the structure of the state and independent buying agencies and review the types of products and services they buy, discuss in greater detail the procurement benefits to the program, how to best do business with the state as a vendor and TSB, as well as marketing best practices. We will also discuss additional procurement and preference programs that you may be eligible for as a TSB. This session is also suitable for companies that are eligible for TSB certification, but would like to review the procurement processes and opportunities prior to pursuing certification.

Subcontracting Opportunities

Date/Time: 5/13/2019, 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.

June 2019


Reviewing Solicitations for Success

Date/Time: 6/5/2019, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: Webinar
Notes: This webinar will give you a general overview of the Government solicitation process. We will explain the difference between RFIs, RFQs, and RFPs and when each type is used and evaluated, as well as various contract types. We will then provide some tips for reviewing solicitations and preparing to submit a bid or proposal. 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. For questions, please contact Jodi Essex at jodir@iastate.edu.

 
 

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