Iowa Business Training, Events, and Workshops

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues, the Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) continues to prioritize the health and safety of our communities, clients, and staff. We have made the decision to cancel, postpone, or move online all CIRAS in-person events through the end of 2020. Webinars will continue as planned. Full refunds will be issued for canceled events and to those unable to attend rescheduled events. Please contact us at ciras@iastate.edu or 515-294-3420 with any questions.

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September 2020


COVID-19 Manufacturing Roundtable

9/29/2020, Webinar

Leadership COVID Webinar 

Details: During these times of rapid change, CIRAS is hosting a weekly manufacturing roundtable to provide updates on COVID-19, share best practices, and host expert speakers. Participation from attendees, including sharing lessons and asking questions, is encouraged. Contact Derek Thompson with questions at thompson@iastate.edu.

 

ILC Membership Model Q&A Webinar Session

9/29/2020, Webinar

Productivity ILC Webinar 

Details: The Iowa Lean Consortium is changing its membership model! This one-hour webinar will explain the coming updates, how they will benefit member organizations, and why they'll be a better fit for growing and sustaining the ILC network over the long term. For more, contact Tracy Schuster at tschust@iastate.edu.

 

Do’s and Don’ts: Identifying Good Robot Projects Webinar

9/29/2020, Webinar

Technology Webinar 

Details: The webinar will cover best practices on identifying good robot projects both from ROI and application complexity standpoint. This session from IMEC and Universal Robots will cover: Movement patterns best fit for automation; Choosing the right robot for the right application; Questions to answer before purchasing the hardware; DIY vs using and integrator. This session will cover these topics and leave ample time for a Q&A session. Contact Shankar Srinivasan for more information at srigshan@iastate.edu.

 

Affordable Robots: Lease, Rent, and Reconditioned Options

9/30/2020, Webinar

Technology Webinar 

Details: In this webinar, you will learn about other options available when it comes to acquiring robotic automation. Renting, leasing, and buying reconditioned robots are all available when you choose automation integrator, RobotWorx. Since 1992, RobotWorx has been integrating new and reconditioned robotic systems for a wide spectrum of applications in manufacturing. Join us and learn how to begin your journey in automation through the help of Purdue MEP and our network of industry experts. This event is being sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Purdue MEP, The Center for Industrial Research and Service at Iowa State University (CIRAS), and the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC).? Contact Shankar Srinivasan at srigshan@iastate.edu.

 

Advanced Manufacturing Conference - Virtual

9/30/2020, Webinar

Leadership Webinar 

Details: Join us for Iowa’s largest celebration of advanced manufacturing—happening online for the first time ever. This conference offers everything you need—the insights, innovation and inspiration—to help you take your operation to the next level. For questions please contact Mike O'Donnell at modonnll@iastate.edu.

 

Export Market Research Tools

9/30/2020, Webinar

Growth Webinar 

Details: International market intelligence is a key piece of successful export planning. It is important to critically review and assess demand for your product, as well as factors related to a given export destination. Join this discussion as one of IEDA’s trade offices and an Iowa company discuss best practices. For questions please contact Marc Schnieder at maschn@iastate.edu.

 

Inventory Control Models: Part 1

9/30/2020, Webinar

Productivity Webinar 

Details: Proper inventory management can make a major difference in a company's bottom line. This two-part webinar is designed to help Iowa businesses understand new inventory control models that can be used to improve inventory turns, shortages, and unit prices – even if you already have an existing inventory control system in place. For more, contact Mike O'Donnell at modonnll@iastate.edu.

 

 

October 2020


Understanding Certified Payroll Requirements on Government Construction Contracts (Hosted by Govology)

10/1/2020, Webinar

GovCon Webinar 

Details: Certified payroll/prevailing wage requirements are complex and can lead to major problems if you aren't careful. This webinar will cover what you need to know about certified payroll reporting, prevailing wage requirements, requesting work/trade classifications, and more. Contact your CIRAS Government Contracting Specialist to attend this webinar at NO COST!

 

Using beta.SAM.gov

10/5/2020, Webinar

Growth GovCon Webinar 

Details: Landing government contracts requires knowing where to look for potential sales and understanding the landscape once you find a buyer who needs what you have to sell. This 60-minute webinar will show you how to use the beta.SAM.gov website to find potential bidding opportunities, how to search it for data on past contracts issued, and how to generate email alerts when the federal government is preparing to purchase your item or service. For more, contact Justin Niceswanger at jnice@iastate.edu.

 

CIRAS' 2020 Strategic Marketing Boot Camp

10/5/2020 - 11/9/2020, Webinar

Growth Webinar 

Details: Growing your business requires a strategy. Is your marketing up to the task? This week-long boot camp will teach you how to take charge of your company's marketing and business growth. You'll learn the Strategic Marketing Blueprint (SBM)TM and discover how to maximize what you get from marketing. For more, contact Paul Gormley at Gormley@iastate.edu.

 

Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene

10/6/2020 - 10/9/2020, West Des Moines, IA

Address: IISC Office 1501 42nd St STE 100 West Des Moines, Iowa

Productivity InPerson Central Iowa 

Details: Worksites can harbor chemical, physical, ergonomic and biological hazards. In this four-day course, you’ll gain a practical understanding of industrial hygiene issues and how to address them. Taught in an interactive classroom format supported by testing and a case study project, you’ll build the confidence and skills needed to anticipate, recognize, evaluate and control industrial hygiene hazards. This is an essential course, especially for those with limited industrial hygiene training or experience. Note: CIRAS has moved to online-only events through at least January 2021 as a response to COVID-19. If you are healthy and choose to attend this partner-sponsored event, we recommend following CDC guidelines – including regular handwashing, maintaining 6 feet of distance from other participants when possible, and wearing a cloth face covering. Check with the sponsoring organization to find out what safety protocols are in place.

 

ILC Webinar - An Introduction to Training Within Industry (TWI)

10/6/2020, Webinar

Productivity ILC Webinar 

Details: Training Within Industry (TWI) began in 1940 as a simple, straight-forward way of ensuring that skills and methods are learned, applied, and retained. This hour-long webinar will provide a broad overview of TWI and how leaders can benefit from it by focusing on training their people. For more, contact Tracy Schuster at tschust@iastate.edu.

 

Dry & Semi-Dry Sausage Short Course

10/6/2020 - 10/8/2020, Ames, IA

Food InPerson Central Iowa 

Details: With a focus on the technology of dry and semi-dry 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. For questions, contact Brenda Martin at bkmartin@iastate.edu.

 

Unallowable Costs (Hosted by Govology)

10/6/2020, Webinar

GovCon Webinar 

Details: Improving contract profitability and minimizing audit headaches can be as simple as understanding the differences between non-billable costs and unallowable costs. This webinar will dive into the concepts and principles of unallowable costs, discuss the common issues and regulations as well as share best practices for the treatment of unallowable costs. Contact your CIRAS Government Contracting Specialist to attend this webinar at NO COST!

 

Inventory Control Models: Part 2

10/7/2020, Webinar

Productivity Webinar 

Details: Proper inventory management can make a major difference in a company's bottom line. This two-part webinar is designed to help Iowa businesses understand new inventory control models that can be used to improve inventory turns, shortages, and unit prices – even if you already have an existing inventory control system in place. For more, contact Mike O'Donnell at modonnll@iastate.edu.?

 

Iowa’s TSB Program, plus Introduction to a State Agency (TBA)

10/7/2020, Webinar

Growth GovCon Webinar 

Details: Iowa's Targeted Small Business (TSB) program exists to help women, people with minority status, service-connected disabled veterans, and individuals with disabilities overcome hurdles to start or grow small businesses in Iowa. Each webinar will help you understand the benefits of the TSB program and how to do business with a featured government agency. For more, contact Julie Fagle at jafagle@iastate.edu.

 

Virtual Tour of NDE Lab Assistance

10/8/2020, Webinar

Technology Webinar 

Details: This one-hour webinar is designed to explain the tools available to help companies test and analyze products at Iowa State University's Center for Nondestructive Evaluation. The presentation will simulate what would happen if a company wanted to address quality control problems on specific components. We'll walk you through the triage of what goes wrong and what tools could be helpful. For more, contact heydave@iastate.edu.

 

Preparing for Automation Among Small and Medium Size Manufacturers

10/8/2020, Webinar

Technology Webinar 

Details: Are you keeping up? Is your manufacturing plant as efficient as it could be? What will happen if you can’t find the necessary workers to accomplish your company’s goals? This 30-minute webinar provides a broad overview of manufacturing automation – what it is, where it’s heading, and the benefits in can provide, as well as the methodology and strategy that should go into an automation decision. For more, contact Ahay Grover at agrover@iastate.edu

 

ILC Thursday Virtual Lean Coffee

10/8/2020, Webinar

Productivity ILC LeanCoffee 

Details: Join us for a Virtual Lean Coffee! This Lean Coffee is open to all, regardless of where you have been attending lean coffees or if you haven't ever attended a Lean Coffee. We do ask that those who attend have some knowledge of Lean/Continuous Improvement and are seeking to improve their Lean implementation and practices within their organizations. Contact Tracy Schuster with questions at tschust@iastate.edu

 

The SBIR/STTR Program: Finding and Winning Contracts and Grants for Innovative Technology Development (Series) (Hosted by Govology)

10/8/2020 - 10/15/2020, Webinar

GovCon Webinar 

Details: Finding and Winning Contracts and Grants for Innovative Technology Development." The SBIR/STTR Program could be a very valuable source of non-dilutive capital for your innovative small business. This series will take companies interested in winning contracts and grants via the SBIR/STTR program through all the critical elements that lead to success. Contact your CIRAS Government Contracting Specialist to attend this webinar at NO COST!?

 

Plant Layout Simulations with Flow Planner

10/13/2020, Webinar

Technology Webinar 

Details: Efficient manufacturing means avoiding wasted energy. Is your plant squandering time and money by handling material more often than it needs to? This one-hour webinar will explain how CIRAS can create a simulation of your plant layout and find the most efficient way for you to operate. For more, contact Kirk Haaland at khaaland@iastate.edu.

 

OSHA 510 Standards For Construction Industry

10/13/2020 - 10/16/2020, Davenport, IA

Address: Birchwood Fields Learning Center 4620 E 53rd St Davenport, Iowa

Productivity InPerson Eastern Iowa 

Details: This 4 day course covers OSHA policies, procedures, and standards, as well as construction safety and health principles. Topics include scope and application of the OSHA construction standards. Special emphasis is placed on those areas that are the most hazardous, using the OSHA standards as a guide. Students will receive a certificate from the Great Plains OSHA Education Center. This course is a prerequisite for the OSHA 500 class. Note: CIRAS has moved to online-only events through at least January 2021 as a response to COVID-19. If you are healthy and choose to attend this partner-sponsored event, we recommend following CDC guidelines – including regular handwashing, maintaining 6 feet of distance from other participants when possible, and wearing a cloth face covering. Check with the sponsoring organization to find out what safety protocols are in place.

 

Doing International Business Virtually

10/14/2020, Webinar

Growth COVID Webinar 

Details: The world has changed drastically in 2020 and there is an urgent need to evolve the way we do business internationally. Join the team at IEDA and experts from OCO Global to address and discuss the new world of “virtual” business. For questions, please contact Marc Schneider at maschn@iastate.edu

 

Risk Management in Manufacturing: Part 1

10/14/2020, Webinar

Productivity Webinar 

Details: Are you worrying about the right things? This pair of one-hour webinars is focused on defining risks and describing strategies that small and medium-sized manufacturers can use to assess and mitigate them. You'll discover new ways to think about making trade-offs and better ways to evaluate and quantify risks to your organization and supply chain. For more, contact Mike O'Donnell at modonnll@iastate.edu.?

 

Doing Business with General Services Administration in Region 6

10/15/2020, Webinar

Growth GovCon Webinar 

Details: The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) spends billions of dollars each year to buy goods and services for federal agencies. This one-hour webinar will feature a regional GSA official describing how several programs work and how your small business can do business with the GSA. For more, contact Mary Zimmerman at maryz@iastate.edu.

 

Virtual Materials Lab Tour

10/15/2020, Webinar

Technology Webinar 

Details: This one-hour webinar is designed to explain the tools available to help companies test and analyze materials at the CIRAS Materials Lab. The presentation will simulate what would happen if a company wanted to address quality control problems on specific components. We'll walk you through the triage of what frequently goes wrong and what tools could be helpful. For more, contact Adam Boesenberg at aboesenb@iastate.edu.

 

Business Process Automation Using SharePoint/Office 365

10/15/2020, Webinar

Technology Webinar 

Details: Think your office is efficient? This one-hour webinar will show you how SharePoint and Microsoft Office 365 can help an organization save money and time on repetitive tasks through their powerful tracking and automation capabilities. For more, contact Shankar Srinivasan at srigshan@iastate.edu.

 

ILC Friday Virtual Lean Coffee

10/16/2020, Webinar

Productivity ILC LeanCoffee 

Details: Join us for a Virtual Lean Coffee! This Lean Coffee is open to all, regardless of where you have been attending lean coffees or if you haven't ever attended a Lean Coffee. We do ask that those who attend have some knowledge of Lean/Continuous Improvement and are seeking to improve their Lean implementation and practices within their organizations. Contact Tracy Schuster with questions at tschust@iastate.edu

 

Teaming, Joint Venturing, and the SBA's Mentor Protégé programs!

10/20/2020, Webinar

GovCon Webinar 

Details: What's trending in government contracting today? Teaming, Joint Venturing, and the SBA's Mentor Protégé programs! Join experienced government contracting attorney Maria Panichelli for this webinar explaining how to properly implement these partnering tools. She will provide strategies for forming a successful team or a joint venture, as well as tips on how to draft enforceable and compliant teaming or joint venture agreements. For questions, please contact Julie Fagle at jafagle@iastate.edu.

 

OSHA 10 Hour General Industry

10/20/2020 - 10/21/2020, Davenport, IA

Address: Birchwood Fields Learning Center 4620 E 53rd St Davenport, Iowa

Productivity InPerson Eastern Iowa 

Details: The 10 hour class is designed for people at the entry level that are responsible for supervision, management, safety, and the company’s employees. The curriculum also serves as a thorough refresher course on OSHA regulations. Note: CIRAS has moved to online-only events through at least January 2021 as a response to COVID-19. If you are healthy and choose to attend this partner-sponsored event, we recommend following CDC guidelines – including regular handwashing, maintaining 6 feet of distance from other participants when possible, and wearing a cloth face covering. Check with the sponsoring organization to find out what safety protocols are in place.

 

OSHA 30 Hour General Industry

10/20/2020 - 10/23/2020, Davenport, IA

Address: Birchwood Fields Learning Center 4620 E 53rd St Davenport, Iowa

Productivity InPerson Eastern Iowa 

Details: The 30 hour class establishes a foundation for the company safety program. Locate and apply OSHA safety and health standards, policies, and procedures Utilize OSHA standards and regulations to supplement an on-going safety and health program Identify common violations of OSHA standards and propose abatement actions Describe appropriate abatement procedures for selected safety hazards Conduct internal training on OSHA regulations Note: CIRAS has moved to online-only events through at least January 2021 as a response to COVID-19. If you are healthy and choose to attend this partner-sponsored event, we recommend following CDC guidelines – including regular handwashing, maintaining 6 feet of distance from other participants when possible, and wearing a cloth face covering. Check with the sponsoring organization to find out what safety protocols are in place.

 

Federal Contractors’ Evolving Cybersecurity Requirements (Hosted by Govology)

10/20/2020, Webinar

GovCon Webinar 

Details: Evolving Cybersecurity Requirements." We know that the CMMC is going to be a mandatory element for anyone who wants to work with the Department of Defense. Knowing what is required and needed for your company is as important as knowing your proprietary and confidential information is safe from unscrupulous hackers or inadvertent mishaps. In this webinar, you will learn about the different cybersecurity requirements for DoD contractors, what they mean, and much more. Contact your CIRAS Government Contracting Specialist to attend this webinar at NO COST!

 

How to Leverage the Resources at ISU and CIRAS with Tech-Based Collaborations

10/21/2020, Webinar

Technology Webinar 

Details: Iowa State University has a wide variety of programs available to help Iowa companies explore potential innovations in partnership with Iowa State. This 30-minute webinar will explain the resources available through CIRAS and Iowa State University for technology-based collaborations. For more, contact bmuff@iastate.edu.

 

Risk Management in Manufacturing: Part 2

10/21/2020, Webinar

Productivity Webinar 

Details: Are you worrying about the right things? This pair of one-hour webinars is focused on defining risks and describing strategies that small and medium-sized manufacturers can use to assess and mitigate them. You'll discover new ways to think about making trade-offs and better ways to evaluate and quantify risks to your organization and supply chain. For more, contact Mike O'Donnell at modonnll@iastate.edu.

 

Restoring Revenue

10/22/2020, Webinar

Growth COVID Webinar 

Details: COVID-19 has redrawn large portions of the Iowa economy, forcing many companies to rethink the ways they do businesses. This one-hour webinar will show you a framework and growth options for restoring revenue lost because of the pandemic. For more, contact C.J. Osborn at cjosborn@iastate.edu.

 

Federal Data Diving: How To Go For The Gold (Hosted by Govology)

10/22/2020, Webinar

GovCon Webinar 

Details: In this webinar, you will learn some of the secrets Judy Bradt teaches her clients to tap free intelligence hidden in plain sight so you can position to win the trust – and the business – of federal clients and get in front of the right people before the competition even knows you're there. Contact your CIRAS Government Contracting Specialist to attend this webinar at NO COST!

 

Timekeeping and Labor Distribution (Hosted by Govology)

10/27/2020, Webinar

GovCon Webinar 

Details: Labor is the number one expense of most companies and the largest expense to the government when purchasing supplies and services. This is why timekeeping is so important for an organization. This webinar will cover the components of a timekeeping system, methods for total time accounting as well as the in's and out's of labor distribution, it's effects on financial reporting, and viable timekeeping solutions. Contact your CIRAS Government Contracting Specialist to attend this webinar at NO COST!

 

Capabilities Statement Webinar

10/27/2020, Webinar

Growth GovCon Webinar 

Details: You can't sell your product or service to the government without government purchasing agents understanding who you are and what your business can do. This one-hour webinar will explain what a Capabilities Statement is, how to draft one, and how to share it with a potential government customer. For more, contact Samantha Ferm at siferm@iastate.edu.

 

Structural Testing and Analysis for Iowa Manufacturers

10/27/2020, Webinar

Technology Webinar 

Details: This one-hour webinar is designed to explain the tools available to help companies test and analyze products at Iowa State University. Participants will learn about structural testing assistance through the Iowa State Structures Lab, as well as structural analysis by conducting finite element analysis (FEA) simulations at CIRAS. We'll introduce you to what's available and how your company could access it. For more, contact John Roberts at jarobert@iastate.edu.

 

OSHA 502 Update For Construction Industry

10/27/2020 - 10/29/2020, West Des Moines, IA

Address: IISC Office 1501 42nd St STE 100 West Des Moines, Iowa

Productivity InPerson Central Iowa 

Details: This 3 day course is designed for those instructors who have completed the OSHA 500 Trainer Course in Occupational Safety and Health Standards for the Construction Industry and who are authorized trainers in the OSHA Outreach Training Program. This program provides an update on OSHA compliance, standards and industry best practices and will allow instructors to continue to conduct OSHA 10 & 30 hour outreach training. Given the Outreach Training Program for Construction Industry Safety and Health, up-to-date OSHA Construction Standards, and current status as an Authorized Outreach Trainer, the participants will be able to demonstrate professional development in their field by applying effective adult learning principles and interactive training techniques to clearly identify, define and explain construction industry hazards and acceptable corrective measures in accordance with the 29 CFR 1926 OSHA Construction Standards and Industry best Practices as they continue to teach 10 and 30 hour OSHA Outreach Courses. Note: CIRAS has moved to online-only events through at least January 2021 as a response to COVID-19. If you are healthy and choose to attend this partner-sponsored event, we recommend following CDC guidelines – including regular handwashing, maintaining 6 feet of distance from other participants when possible, and wearing a cloth face covering. Check with the sponsoring organization to find out what safety protocols are in place.

 

Building Your Global Food Export Options

10/28/2020, Webinar

Growth Webinar 

Details: Looking to expand your export markets and need advice, marketing avenues or sales options for boosting your promotion budget? Join IEDA and our partner Food Export Association of the Midwest as we review ways we can help Iowa companies promote and sell their food and agricultural products overseas. Paul Weiss, Liaison Manager with Food Export, will provide an overview of education, market entry, consultation options and low-cost/no-cost promotion tools to help build your export business. For questions, please contact Marc Schneider at maschn@iastate.edu.

 

2020 ILC Virtual Annual Conference

10/28/2020, Webinar

Productivity ILC Webinar 

Details: The 2020 Iowa Lean Consortium's Annual Virtual Conference will be a day-long webinar, including a fantastic keynote address from Candice Frost, breakout sessions, a virtual networking lunch, and a Lean Coffee session to share what you learned and hear from others. This is the first year that the ILC goes online with its Annual Conference, which traditionally has been a major opportunity for quality Lean learning and networking opportunities. For more, contact Tracy Schuster at tschust@iastate.edu.

 

How to Identify that Your Government Contracts Qualify for the R&D Credit (Hosted by Govology)

10/29/2020, Webinar

GovCon Webinar 

Details: If you think the research tax credit doesn't apply to your company or you believe you're already maximizing it, this webinar is for you. In this webinar, you'll learn how to take your costs (including overlooked costs such as bid and proposal time and cost overruns) tied to your government projects and turn them into profit that will help your bottom line. Contact your CIRAS Government Contracting Specialist to attend this webinar at NO COST!

 

Virtual Plastics & Polymer Lab Tour

10/29/2020, Webinar

Technology Webinar 

Details: This one-hour webinar will highlight the types of assistance available to Iowa manufacturers through Iowa State University's Polymer and Food Protection Consortium. We'll show you what tools are available in terms of fundamental and applied research to help your company diagnose problems or explore new alternatives. For more, contact Mitch Michel at mmmichel@iastate.edu.

 

Leading Indicators To Improve S/H Outcomes

10/30/2020, West Des Moines, IA

Address: IISC Office 1501 42nd St STE 100 West Des Moines, Iowa

Productivity InPerson Central Iowa 

Details: Leading indicators can play a vital role in preventing worker fatalities, injuries, and illnesses and strengthening other safety and health outcomes in the workplace. Leading indicators are proactive and preventive measures that can shed light about the effectiveness of safety and health activities and reveal potential problems in a safety and health program. Note: CIRAS has moved to online-only events through at least January 2021 as a response to COVID-19. If you are healthy and choose to attend this partner-sponsored event, we recommend following CDC guidelines – including regular handwashing, maintaining 6 feet of distance from other participants when possible, and wearing a cloth face covering. Check with the sponsoring organization to find out what safety protocols are in place.

 

 

November 2020


OSHA 500 Trainer Course For Construction

11/3/2020 - 11/6/2020, West Des Moines, IA

Address: IISC Office 1501 42nd St STE 100 West Des Moines, Iowa

Productivity InPerson Central Iowa 

Details: The OSHA 500 class authorizes participants who complete this train-the-trainer course to conduct 10 & 30 hour outreach classes to the construction industry and issue OTI Construction 10 & 30 hour participation cards. Note: CIRAS has moved to online-only events through at least January 2021 as a response to COVID-19. If you are healthy and choose to attend this partner-sponsored event, we recommend following CDC guidelines – including regular handwashing, maintaining 6 feet of distance from other participants when possible, and wearing a cloth face covering. Check with the sponsoring organization to find out what safety protocols are in place.

 

CE Marking for Machinery in Plain English Webinar

11/4/2020, Webinar

Growth Webinar 

Details: IEDA webinar co-sponsored by CIRAS. CE-marking of machinery and partially completed machinery begins with compliance of the Machinery Directive and its harmonized EU standards. Join IEDA and CE expert Yvonne Halpaus, Director of Sales & Marketing, QNET LLC/QNET B.V.’ as she presents this webinar focused on Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC. For questions please contact Marc Schneider at maschn@iastate.edu.

 

CIRAS Digital Manufacturing Lab Powered by Alliant Energy - Lab Tour

11/5/2020, Ames

Productivity Technology Webinar 

Details: CIRAS is hosting a virtual tour of the Digital Manufacturing Lab Powered by Alliant Energy. The CIRAS team is working on the details and will share that soon. For questions contact Abhay Grover at agrover@iastate.edu

 

CIRAS' 2020 Search Engine Optimization Boot Camp

11/9/2020 - 11/18/2020, Webinar

Growth Webinar 

Details: Your website doesn't do you any good if nobody can find it. This Search Engine Optimization Boot Camp will teach you the fundamentals of SEO, let you practice with the latest SEO tools, and help you make immediate progress on getting your website more visible online. For more, contact Paul Gormley at gormley@iastate.edu.

 

DAS Vendor Orientation

11/10/2020 - 11/20/2020, Webinar

Growth GovCon Webinar 

Details: The Department of Administrative Services (DAS) Central Procurement offers orientation for vendors interested in doing business with State of Iowa agencies. Objectives:- Learn the basics of public procurement.- Learn about what the State purchases. - Learn where to find solicitations. - Learn who to contact. - Learn where to find other procurement information.

 

HAZWOPER 8 Hour Refresher

11/10/2020, West Des Moines, IA

Address: IISC Office 1501 42nd St STE 100 West Des Moines, Iowa

Productivity InPerson Central Iowa 

Details: Annual refresher training is required for the those employees engaged in mandatory and voluntary clean-up of hazardous substances at federal or state national priority list and RCRA sites; as well as, employees working at Treatment, Storage and Disposal (TSD) facilities; and for employees acting as emergency responders to events in which hazardous substances have been released or there is a threat of release of a hazardous substance. OSHA requires employees be refreshed on their responsibilities to maintain their level of competency for their specific level of activity. Note: CIRAS has moved to online-only events through at least January 2021 as a response to COVID-19. If you are healthy and choose to attend this partner-sponsored event, we recommend following CDC guidelines – including regular handwashing, maintaining 6 feet of distance from other participants when possible, and wearing a cloth face covering. Check with the sponsoring organization to find out what safety protocols are in place.

 

HAZWOPER 24 Hour

11/11/2020 - 11/13/2020, West Des Moines, IA

Address: IISC Office 1501 42nd St STE 100 West Des Moines, Iowa

Productivity InPerson Central Iowa 

Details: Unexpected release or substantial threat of a hazardous substance release, can place a significant risk to employees. Employers are required to ensure employees who response to these events are adequately trained so they can act quickly and respond in a safe manner during the emergency. Exposures to hazardous substances could cause immediate and/or long-term health effects and fires and explosions, depending on the physical properties and health hazards of those substances. This training will address the five operations in which employees must be trained, the dangers associated with hazardous substances, the use of the various available resources to acquire information specific to the substance, personal protective equipment focusing on the four levels of protection, respiratory protection, hazardous substance monitoring, engineering controls, emergency response planning, medical surveillance, and much more. Note: CIRAS has moved to online-only events through at least January 2021 as a response to COVID-19. If you are healthy and choose to attend this partner-sponsored event, we recommend following CDC guidelines – including regular handwashing, maintaining 6 feet of distance from other participants when possible, and wearing a cloth face covering. Check with the sponsoring organization to find out what safety protocols are in place.

 

Iowa’s TSB Program, plus Introduction to a State Agency

11/11/2020, Webinar

Growth GovCon Webinar 

Details: Iowa's Targeted Small Business (TSB) program exists to help women, people with minority status, service-connected disabled veterans, and individuals with disabilities overcome hurdles to start or grow small businesses in Iowa. Each webinar will help you understand the benefits of the TSB program and how to do business with a featured government agency. For more, contact Julie Fagle at jafagle@iastate.edu.

 

Jump Start Your Journey Towards Industry 4.0

11/12/2020, Webinar

Technology Webinar 

Details: Industry 4.0 is a term that describes the next phase of modern manufacturing – a world where factories have the ability to generate massive amounts of data and quickly analyze it to improve their processes. This is a world with powerful benefits. But how do you know where to start? This 90-minute webinar is designed to help Iowa manufacturers understand what they need to know and how they should react. This workshop will help you assess your readiness and develop a plan. For more information, contact Andrew Friend at afriend@iastate.edu.

 

ILC Thursday Virtual Lean Coffee

11/12/2020, Webinar

Productivity ILC LeanCoffee 

Details: Join us for a Virtual Lean Coffee! This Lean Coffee is open to all, regardless of where you have been attending lean coffees or if you haven't ever attended a Lean Coffee. We do ask that those who attend have some knowledge of Lean/Continuous Improvement and are seeking to improve their Lean implementation and practices within their organizations. Contact Tracy Schuster with questions at tschust@iastate.edu

 

FSMA Updates 2020-2021

11/12/2020, Webinar

Leadership Food Webinar 

Details: The U.S. Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), a sweeping law 2011 law that gave the FDA new powers to prevent foodborne illness, continues to reverberate for Iowa food manufacturers. This webinar is designed to help Iowa food companies understand what's new and what should expect from federal inspectors in 2021. For more, contact Kim Anderson at kandrson@iastate.edu.

 

Creating Your Government Marketing Strategy- Webinar

11/17/2020, Webinar

Growth GovCon Webinar 

Details: This webinar 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 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.

 

Export Opportunities in Thailand & Myanmar Webinar

11/18/2020, Webinar

Growth Webinar 

Details: IEDA webinar co-sponsored by CIRAS. Southeast Asia has emerged as one of the best opportunities for export minded Iowa companies. Thailand is SE Asia’s 2nd largest economy and is now a middle-income country. In fact, during the last decade this fast-growing region’s purchasing power has grown to rival developed markets in both its size and appetite for US products and services. Thailand serves as an economic anchor and ideal launching place for its next-door neighbor, Myanmar. As SE Asia’s fastest growing emerging market Myanmar offers opportunities in a wide range of industries. IEDA’s office Director from SE Asia will lead a discussion of how Iowa companies can approach this opportunity. For questions, please contact Marc Schneider at maschn@iastate.edu.

 

Subcontracting Webinar

11/18/2020, Webinar

Growth GovCon Webinar 

Details: Subcontracting can be a lucrative avenue for companies that want to work in the government sector. This webinar will help Iowa businesses understand subcontracting opportunities, where to find them, and when subcontracting might make sense for your company. For more, contact Julie Fagle at jafagle@iastate.edu.

 

Incident Investigation (ASC)

11/19/2020 - 11/20/2020, Webinar

Productivity Webinar 

Details: The NSC one-day Incident Investigation course focuses on techniques for gathering complete, accurate and objective incident data, establishing root causes, reporting findings and determining corrective action. Discussion, demonstrations and exercises cover investigation and interview techniques. Participants learn how to uncover the who, what, why, when and how of each incident, and how to analyze data to prevent injuries, property damage and financial losses. Note: CIRAS has moved to online-only events through at least January 2021 as a response to COVID-19. If you are healthy and choose to attend this partner-sponsored event, we recommend following CDC guidelines – including regular handwashing, maintaining 6 feet of distance from other participants when possible, and wearing a cloth face covering. Check with the sponsoring organization to find out what safety protocols are in place.

 

Safety Inspections (ASC)

11/19/2020 - 11/20/2020, Webinar

Productivity Webinar 

Details: Our one-day Safety Inspections course provides an overview of the safety and health inspection process, then examine specific techniques to improve the process. It also addresses basic skills for conducting various types of inspections and correcting identified hazards. Discussions, demonstrations and exercises teach you what to inspect, how often and who should be involved. And participants learn how to develop and use checklists in continuous and formal safety inspections. The focus is on finding facts, not faults, and how to use safety inspections to positively reinforce safe practices and behaviors. Note: CIRAS has moved to online-only events through at least January 2021 as a response to COVID-19. If you are healthy and choose to attend this partner-sponsored event, we recommend following CDC guidelines – including regular handwashing, maintaining 6 feet of distance from other participants when possible, and wearing a cloth face covering. Check with the sponsoring organization to find out what safety protocols are in place.

 

CIRAS Food Safety Collaboration

11/19/2020, Webinar

Leadership Food Webinar 

Details: This series of webinars will walk you through each of the steps necessary to create a plan. Small companies can use them to get compliant with the law. Larger businesses, where a plan is already in place, can use them to delve deeper into the reasons behind the regulations and look for opportunities where existing plans can be improved. For more, contact Kim Anderson at kandrson@iastate.edu.

 

ILC Friday Virtual Lean Coffee

11/20/2020, Webinar

Productivity ILC LeanCoffee 

Details: Join us for a Virtual Lean Coffee! This Lean Coffee is open to all, regardless of where you have been attending lean coffees or if you haven't attended at all. We will meet via zoom and will ask you to use video if possible. You will receive the zoom link in your confirmation and reminder email. Contact Tracy Schuster with any questions at tschust@iastate.edu

 

Successful Food Product Development - 3 session short course

11/30/2020 - 12/4/2020, Webinar

Growth Leadership Technology Webinar 

Details: Iowans increasingly want to eat local foods. But bringing those products to market safely requires special knowledge about ingredients functionality, food safety, and scientific product development methods. Where do you start? This three-session webinar is part of an eight-hour course blended with in-person instruction, is designed to help Iowa food companies learn what's necessary to take a new food product to market successfully. For more, contact Brenda Martin at bkmartin@iastate.edu.

 

 

December 2020


SBA's Surety Bond Guarantee Program

12/1/2020, Webinar

Growth GovCon Webinar 

Details: Sometimes, the hardest part of getting a government contract is qualifying for consideration in the first place. This one-hour webinar will feature experts explaining how eligible small businesses can use the SBA’s Surety Bond Guarantee Program to receive the bonding assistance necessary to compete for contracting and subcontracting jobs. For more, contact maryz@iastate.edu.

 

OSHA 511 Standards for General Industry

12/1/2020 - 12/4/2020, Davenport, IA

Address: Birchwood Fields Learning Center 4620 E 53rd St Davenport, Iowa

Productivity InPerson Eastern Iowa 

Details: This 4-day course covers OSHA standards, policies, and procedures in general industry. Topics include scope and application of the OSHA General Industry Standards, general industry principles and special emphasis on those areas in general industry which are more hazardous. Upon course completion students will have the ability to define general industry terms found in the OSHA General Industry Standards, identify hazards which occur in general industry, locate and determine appropriate OSHA General Industry Standards, policies, and procedures, and describe the use of OSHA General Industry Standards and regulations to supplement an ongoing safety and health program. Note: CIRAS has moved to online-only events through at least January 2021 as a response to COVID-19. If you are healthy and choose to attend this partner-sponsored event, we recommend following CDC guidelines – including regular handwashing, maintaining 6 feet of distance from other participants when possible, and wearing a cloth face covering. Check with the sponsoring organization to find out what safety protocols are in place.

 

DOT HAZMAT Training

12/1/2020, West Des Moines, IA

Address: IISC Office 1501 42nd St STE 100 West Des Moines, Iowa

Productivity InPerson Central Iowa 

Details: The Department of Transportation under 49 CFR 100-185 identifies employees who require training for the shipment of hazardous materials. Employees that have an affect on the transportation of hazardous materials must be trained before they can conduct any action regarding movement of that material. Training is required initially and repeated every 3 years. Note: CIRAS has moved to online-only events through at least January 2021 as a response to COVID-19. If you are healthy and choose to attend this partner-sponsored event, we recommend following CDC guidelines – including regular handwashing, maintaining 6 feet of distance from other participants when possible, and wearing a cloth face covering. Check with the sponsoring organization to find out what safety protocols are in place.

 

OSHA 3115 - Fall Protection

12/2/2020 - 12/4/2020, West Des Moines, IA

Address: IISC Office 1501 42nd St STE 100 West Des Moines, Iowa

Productivity InPerson Central Iowa 

Details: This course covers the OSHA Fall Protection Standard for construction and an overview of fall protection methods. Course topics include principles of fall protection, components and limitations of fall arrest systems, and OSHA Standards and policies regarding fall protection. Students will participate in workshops demonstrating the inspection and use of fall protection equipment, residential construction fall protection, training requirements, and developing a fall protection program. Note: CIRAS has moved to online-only events through at least January 2021 as a response to COVID-19. If you are healthy and choose to attend this partner-sponsored event, we recommend following CDC guidelines – including regular handwashing, maintaining 6 feet of distance from other participants when possible, and wearing a cloth face covering. Check with the sponsoring organization to find out what safety protocols are in place.

 

Export Opportunities in Chile and Peru Webinar

12/2/2020, Webinar

Growth Webinar 

Details: IEDA webinar co-sponsored by CIRAS. There has never been a better time to look at new global markets! Join the IEDA International Trade office and our Latin America partner Global BMT to learn about opportunities to expand your company’s exports into dynamic, growing markets. Chile and Peru continue to become regional and international leaders for stable, growing economy, a strong financial system and a high level of global trade in Latin America. For questions please contact Marc Schneider at maschn@iastate.edu.

 

GovCon101

12/2/2020, Webinar

GovCon Webinar 

Details: This webinar will give you an introduction to local, state, and federal Government Contracting, and address 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. For questions please contact Samantha Ferm at siferm@iastate.edu.

 

Blended Human Food PCQI Part 2: Instructor led Course

12/7/2020, Webinar

Food Webinar 

Details: This is a Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) class put on by ISU/CIRAS/ANR. It is the second part that is required after the first part online is completed in order to receive your certificate as a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI). The FSPCA PCQI class is the only PCQI class recognized by the FDA. Regulations require that companies have a PCQI as set forth by the FDA.

 

OSHA 30 Hour Construction

12/8/2020 - 12/11/2020, West Des Moines, IA

Address: IISC Office 1501 42nd St STE 100 West Des Moines, Iowa

Productivity InPerson Central Iowa 

Details: This course provides an in-depth review of hazard awareness. Special emphasis is placed on areas in construction that most commonly result in worker injury or property damage. Additional topics are designed to provide attendees with a solid base of knowledge in hazard awareness and control measures to use to effectively manage safety and health on construction sites. The course also covers basic instructional approaches, improving compliance communication, and training at the work site. Note: CIRAS has moved to online-only events through at least January 2021 as a response to COVID-19. If you are healthy and choose to attend this partner-sponsored event, we recommend following CDC guidelines – including regular handwashing, maintaining 6 feet of distance from other participants when possible, and wearing a cloth face covering. Check with the sponsoring organization to find out what safety protocols are in place.

 

OSHA 10 Hour Construction

12/8/2020 - 12/9/2020, West Des Moines, IA

Address: IISC Office 1501 42nd St STE 100 West Des Moines, Iowa

Productivity InPerson Central Iowa 

Details: The OSHA 10 Hour Construction course is designed for Safety personnel, managers, supervisors, insurance loss control professionals and anyone having responsibility for OSHA compliance in the construction industry. This course provides information on employee rights, employer responsibilities, and how to file a complaint, as well as how to identify, abate, avoid and prevent job related hazards on a construction site. Note: CIRAS has moved to online-only events through at least January 2021 as a response to COVID-19. If you are healthy and choose to attend this partner-sponsored event, we recommend following CDC guidelines – including regular handwashing, maintaining 6 feet of distance from other participants when possible, and wearing a cloth face covering. Check with the sponsoring organization to find out what safety protocols are in place.

 

ILC Thursday Virtual Lean Coffee

12/10/2020, Webinar

Productivity ILC LeanCoffee 

Details: Join us for a Virtual Lean Coffee! This Lean Coffee is open to all, regardless of where you have been attending lean coffees or if you haven't ever attended a Lean Coffee. We do ask that those who attend have some knowledge of Lean/Continuous Improvement and are seeking to improve their Lean implementation and practices within their organizations. Contact Tracy Schuster with questions at tschust@iastate.edu

 

Financing Your Exports Webinar

12/16/2020, Webinar

Growth Webinar 

Details: IEDA webinar co-sponsored by CIRAS. Join SBA, EXIM and Trade Acceptance Group and learn how to grow international sales by utilizing government and private programs to finance your export business. For more questions please contact Marc Schneider at maschn@iastate.edu.

 

ILC Friday Virtual Lean Coffee

12/18/2020, Webinar

Productivity ILC LeanCoffee 

Details: Join us for a Virtual Lean Coffee! This Lean Coffee is open to all, regardless of where you have been attending lean coffees or if you haven't ever attended a Lean Coffee. We do ask that those who attend have some knowledge of Lean/Continuous Improvement and are seeking to improve their Lean implementation and practices within their organizations. Contact Tracy Schuster with questions at tschust@iastate.edu

 

 

January 2021


DAS Vendor Orientation

1/13/2021, Webinar

Growth GovCon Webinar 

Details: The Department of Administrative Services (DAS) Central Procurement offers orientation for vendors interested in doing business with State of Iowa agencies. Objectives:- Learn the basics of public procurement.- Learn about what the State purchases. - Learn where to find solicitations. - Learn who to contact. - Learn where to find other procurement information.

 

HAZWOPER 24 Hour

1/26/2021 - 1/27/2021, West Des Moines, IA

Address: IISC Office 1501 42nd St STE 100 West Des Moines, Iowa

Productivity InPerson Central Iowa 

Details: The triennial update of the NFPA 70E is here and we are pleased that The ESCO Group, an Iowa-Illinois Safety Council member, will be providing a 2-day training course guiding us through the new standard with emphasis on the updated changes from the 2018 edition. Some of the changes that will be covered include, definitions, general requirements for electrical safety-related work practices, establishing a safe work condition, work involving electrical hazards, plus • General electrical safety including arc flash labels, shock and arc flash hazards • The current NFPA 70E guidance/requirements • Requirements for electrical safety programs • OSHA guidance/requirements for electrical safety (1910.300 series) and LOTO (1910.147) • Multimeter safety, shock and arc flash PPE Note: CIRAS has moved to online-only events through at least January 2021 as a response to COVID-19. If you are healthy and choose to attend this partner-sponsored event, we recommend following CDC guidelines – including regular handwashing, maintaining 6 feet of distance from other participants when possible, and wearing a cloth face covering. Check with the sponsoring organization to find out what safety protocols are in place.

 

NFPA 70E Standard For Electrical Safety

1/26/2021 - 1/27/2021, West Des Moines, IA

Address: IISC Office 1501 42nd St STE 100 West Des Moines, Iowa

Productivity InPerson Central Iowa 

Details: The triennial update of the NFPA 70E is here and we are pleased that The ESCO Group, an Iowa-Illinois Safety Council member, will be providing a 2-day training course guiding us through the new standard with emphasis on the updated changes from the 2018 edition. Some of the changes that will be covered include, definitions, general requirements for electrical safety-related work practices, establishing a safe work condition, work involving electrical hazards, plus • General electrical safety including arc flash labels, shock and arc flash hazards • The current NFPA 70E guidance/requirements • Requirements for electrical safety programs • OSHA guidance/requirements for electrical safety (1910.300 series) and LOTO (1910.147) • Multimeter safety, shock and arc flash PPE Note: CIRAS has moved to online-only events through at least January 2021 as a response to COVID-19. If you are healthy and choose to attend this partner-sponsored event, we recommend following CDC guidelines – including regular handwashing, maintaining 6 feet of distance from other participants when possible, and wearing a cloth face covering. Check with the sponsoring organization to find out what safety protocols are in place.

 

 

February 2021


Creating Your Government Marketing Strategy- Webinar

2/9/2021, Webinar

Growth GovCon Webinar 

Details: This webinar 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 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.

 

 

March 2021


DAS Vendor Orientation

3/10/2021, Webinar

Growth GovCon Webinar 

Details: The Department of Administrative Services (DAS) Central Procurement offers orientation for vendors interested in doing business with State of Iowa agencies. Objectives:- Learn the basics of public procurement.- Learn about what the State purchases. - Learn where to find solicitations. - Learn who to contact. - Learn where to find other procurement information.

 

GovCon101

3/10/2021, Webinar

GovCon Webinar 

Details: This webinar will give you an introduction to local, state, and federal Government Contracting, and address 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. For questions please contact Samantha Ferm at siferm@iastate.edu.

 

 

May 2021


ILC Kentucky Lean Tour

5/4/2021 - 5/6/2021, Lexington, KY

Productivity ILC Tour 

Details: Are you curious to see how Lean is practiced at the company that helped create it? The Iowa Lean Consortium's Kentucky Lean Tour will explore the best practices in Lean leadership by taking ILC members on an in-depth walking tour of the largest Toyota plant in the world. Participants will be granted unparalleled access to the factory floor of Toyota's largest plant. You'll get a first-hand view of Toyota's culture of continuous improvement and leadership development programs, and you'll create a tangible action plan on how to take your own Lean program to the next level.

 

DAS Vendor Orientation

5/5/2021, Webinar

Growth GovCon Webinar 

Details: The Department of Administrative Services (DAS) Central Procurement offers orientation for vendors interested in doing business with State of Iowa agencies. Objectives:- Learn the basics of public procurement.- Learn about what the State purchases. - Learn where to find solicitations. - Learn who to contact. - Learn where to find other procurement information.

 

Creating Your Government Marketing Strategy- Webinar

5/18/2021, Webinar

Growth GovCon Webinar 

Details: This webinar 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 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.

 

 

June 2021


GovCon101

6/2/2021, Webinar

GovCon Webinar 

Details: This webinar will give you an introduction to local, state, and federal Government Contracting, and address 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. For questions please contact Samantha Ferm at siferm@iastate.edu.