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Growth Services for Iowa businesses

Every business plan is founded on a fundamental need to grow sales. If that doesn’t happen, there is eventually no business. Companies do everything they can think of to attract new customers. But how does a business ever truly know if they’ve tried everything?

CIRAS experts can offer Iowa companies a variety of new ideas for growth – from providing opportunities to network with other businesses and assistance with marketing strategy, to individualized exporting classes on seeking out new customers overseas. Government contracting specialists can also help companies find opportunities to sell to federal, state, and local government agencies. Experts can guide clients through the entire process, from submitting bids and government-focused marketing to managing relationships once the contract is awarded.

B2B Networking and Best Practice Sharing for Iowa Businesses

CIRAS B2B Networking programs are structured activities focused on helping Iowa companies develop relationships to improve their businesses. CIRAS and our partners can provide Iowa firms with the right connections at the right time to help them find new customers, new suppliers, and/or answers to important questions. We offer three types of B2B networking: Matchmaking … Continue reading B2B Networking and Best Practice Sharing for Iowa Businesses

Exporting to Global Markets

CIRAS export growth services, including ExporTech, help Iowa companies develop a strategic business plan to significantly increase international sales. A statewide network of partners allows CIRAS to connect companies with experts and resources to address their unique business needs. Our approach at CIRAS means we: Engage with businesses to determine export needs Provide tailored education … Continue reading Exporting to Global Markets

How to Bid on Government Contracts

Preparing bids and proposals can be an overwhelming part of breaking into government contracting. Guidance from CIRAS specialists can help Iowa companies save time while learning how to bid on government contracts and increase the chances that businesses submit a winning bid. The CIRAS PTAC program exists to serve as an advisor for any participating Iowa … Continue reading How to Bid on Government Contracts

How to Develop a Digital Marketing Plan

Marketing is difficult. There’s an ocean of information out there, and it can be hard to know which tool will help a business find new customers and grow sales. CIRAS can help by developing and implementing a strategic marketing plan to help Iowa companies use the right tools at the right time. Marketing strategy services … Continue reading How to Develop a Digital Marketing Plan

How to Find and Understand Government Contracting Opportunities

Finding and understanding government contracting opportunities can be confusing. CIRAS PTAC staff can help guide companies through this next step by: Providing education on the government solicitation process and the various contract types Explaining the difference between RFIs, RFQs, and RFPs Identifying internet-based and other electronic procurement opportunities that match a company’s products and services … Continue reading How to Find and Understand Government Contracting Opportunities

How to Get Started Selling to the Government

The CIRAS Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) is the “go to” resource for any Iowa business seeking to sell products or services to the government – whether a company is a beginner in search of the basics or a more experienced company seeking to improve performance. We help de-mystify the process as a business gets … Continue reading How to Get Started Selling to the Government

How to Grow Business through Government Contracting

What happens after a company has mastered the bidding process and conquered the RFQ?  What if they are looking for other opportunities to grow? Experienced companies who understand the basics of selling products and services to the government sometimes decide to pursue more complex forms of business with federal agencies. CIRAS PTAC specialists provide a … Continue reading How to Grow Business through Government Contracting

How to Market Products and Services to the Government

Focused marketing increases the likelihood of winning government contracts. It enables companies to know what their customers are looking for and where they are spending money. Marketing helps businesses understand their competitors and has the ability to create more opportunities for a business to engage, network, and win contracts. CIRAS PTAC staff are ready to … Continue reading How to Market Products and Services to the Government

How to Perform on Awarded Government Contracts

What happens after a company is awarded a government contract plays a vital role in future contracting success. Government agencies prefer to work with reliable suppliers, so they’ll be watching closely. Companies that successfully perform on their awarded government contracts ensure excellent performance ratings and improve the likelihood that they’ll prosper in future sales opportunities. … Continue reading How to Perform on Awarded Government Contracts

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