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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October 2020


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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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!

 

Intersection of Unemployment and Child Care

10/29/2020, Webinar

Productivity COVID Webinar 

Details: Please join ABI for an event featuring the Director of the US Department of Labor's Women Bureau, Dr. Laurie Todd-Smith and Julia Barfield, Senior Manager of Policy and Programs at the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation for a conversation on workforce and child care.

 

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.

 

How To Engage and Position During Government Prospect Meetings (Hosted by Govology)

11/4/2020, Webinar

GovCon Webinar 

Details:  This webinar will accelerate your confidence and your ability to position with new prospects. You will learn how to differentiate from your competition while simultaneously collecting information and intelligence necessary to communicate your competitive advantage. Contact your CIRAS Government Contracting Specialist to attend this webinar at NO COST!

 

Manufacturing Robots 101

11/4/2020, Webinar

Technology Webinar 

Details: Thanks to industrial robots, the manufacturing industry is on the verge of a revolution. As the technology becomes more intelligent, efficient, and cost-effective, robots are being called on to handle more complex tasks. In this webinar, we will discuss how robots make manufacturing more efficient and scalable, the different types of robots for manufacturing, and some common applications for robots.

 

Affiliations - Presented by Koprince Law

11/5/2020, Webinar

Growth GovCon Webinar 

Details: This one-hour webinar will demystify the concept of “affiliation” in government contracting and explain what you need to know if you want to sell to the government as a small business. We’ll use plain English and specific examples to explain U.S. Small Business Administration rules surrounding common ownership and common management, as well as commonly-misunderstood affiliation rules like those involving affiliation based on familiar relationships and economic dependence. For more, contact Mary McGraw at mcgraw@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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

What Leaders Need to Know About Modern Selling

11/10/2020, Webinar

Growth Food COVID Webinar 

Details: The world is changing at an ever-increasing rate, and the old ways don't always work. This 75-minute webinar will feature a nationally known speaker explaining modern selling and what it takes to manage a virtual sales team. You'll learn how to use technology properly, practice the correct techniques, and coach your team the way they need to be coached in a digital sales world. For more, contact cjosborn@iastate.edu.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Strategic Pricing (Hosted by Govology)

11/17/2020, Webinar

GovCon Webinar 

Details: While numbers and math are critical to accurate pricing, the art of strategy used in developing prices can result in winning (or losing) contracts. Companies need to know the market, their competitors, and current economic conditions (top-down) as well as their costs to perform the work (bottom-up). In this webinar, you will learn how to price for profitability using a hybrid approach to pricing (top-down and bottom-up). Contact your CIRAS Government Contracting Specialist to attend this webinar at NO COST!

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Marketing your business with Virtual Plant Tours

11/19/2020, Webinar

Technology COVID Webinar 

Details: What can you do when long distances or a pandemic prevents you from opening your doors to potential customers? This one-hour webinar will walk Iowa business leaders through the basics of how to plan and conduct a virtual plant tour. For more, contact John Roberts at jarobert@iastate.edu.

 

Job Costing for Improved Profitability (Hosted by Govology)

11/19/2020, Webinar

GovCon Webinar 

Details: Job costing, a direct requirement for the SF 1408, involves the gathering of the costs of materials, labor, and overhead associated with a particular job. This webinar will identify the requirements of job costing, review the advantages, and show you how to use job costing to improve your business's profitability. Contact your CIRAS Government Contracting Specialist to attend this webinar at NO COST!

 

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


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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Analytics for Operations – What you need to begin

12/3/2020, Webinar

Technology Webinar 

Details: Data provides enormous power for manufacturers, but using that power requires an understanding of what information is important and how to collect it. This two-part webinar series from CIRAS and Van Meter Incorporated will give Iowa manufacturers a broad overview of analytics and explain how data can be used to provide new abilities to your operations team. For more, contact cjosborn@iastate.edu.

 

What to consider before Investing in 3D Printing Technology

12/3/2020, Webinar

Technology Webinar 

Details: This one-hour webinar is designed to give Iowa manufacturers a broad overview of what they should consider before investing in 3D printing technology. CIRAS experts will explain where 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, might fit within your business. They'll discuss current developments and what you should know before making a purchasing decision. For more, contact Chris Hill at chhill@iastate.edu.

 

Federal Contractors’ Evolving Cybersecurity Requirements (Hosted by Govology)

12/3/2020, 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!

 

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.

 

Analytics for Operations – Case Study Example

12/11/2020, Webinar

Technology Webinar 

Details: Data provides enormous power for manufacturers, but using that power requires an understanding of what information is important and how to collect it. This two-part webinar series from CIRAS and Van Meter Incorporated will give Iowa manufacturers a broad overview of analytics and explain how data can be used to provide new abilities to your operations team. For more, contact khaaland@iastate.edu.

 

Using beta.SAM.gov

12/14/2020, 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.

 

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

12/16/2020, 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.

 

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

 

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

12/22/2020, 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.

 

 

January 2021


Subcontracting Webinar

1/6/2021, 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.

 

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.

 

Using beta.SAM.gov

2/15/2021, 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.

 

Capabilities Statement Webinar

2/24/2021, 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 where and how to share it with a potential government customer. For more, contact Samantha Ferm at siferm@iastate.edu.

 

 

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.

 

 

April 2021


Subcontracting Webinar

4/7/2021, 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. Registration page coming soon.

 

 

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. For questions please contact Melissa Burant at mmburant@iastate.edu. Registration page coming soon. 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. Registration page coming soon.