Iowa Business Training, Events, and Workshops

 

August 2019


OSHA 3095 ELECTRICAL STANDARDS

8/20/2019 - 8/23/2019, West Des Moines, IA

Address: IISC Office, 1501 42nd St STE 100

Details: This course is designed to provide the student with a survey of OSHA's electrical standards and the hazards associated with electrical installations and equipment. Topics include single-phase and three-phase systems, cord-connected and plug-connected and fixed equipment, grounding, ground fault circuit interrupters, and safety-related work practices. Emphasis is placed on electrical hazard recognition and OSHA policies and procedures. Students will receive instruction on safe and correct use of their electrical testing equipment.

 

How to Effectively Take Advantage of Your Socio-Economic Status

8/22/2019, Ames, IA

Address: EDIR, 1805 Collaboration Place

Details: Lunch 'n' Learn live broadcast webinar with Josuha Frank from RSM Federal. In this webinar, you will hear about real-world techniques, strategies, and examples of how to "softly" and "effectively" communicate your status, differentiate from the competition and facilitate a perception of corporate maturity. You will also learn a step-by-step process for introducing yourself and your company at conferences, with partners, and with government decision makers; what to do during government meetings and how and when to properly communicate your socio-economic status.

 

Inventory Management 101

8/26/2019, West Des Moines, IA

Address: Farm Bureau Financial Services Corporate Office, 5400 University Avenue, Board Room, West Des Moines, IA 50266

Details: Inventory is a key asset of every manufacturing and distribution company, but it is often overlooked or poorly managed. This one-day class is designed to give you a basic understanding of how to measure and control your inventory - and thereby improve your service levels and your bottom line.

 

Ames Lean Coffee

8/27/2019, Ames, IA

Address: Landus Cooperative, 2321 North Loop Drive Suite 220, Ames, IA 50010

Details: Join us for the Ames Lean Coffee! Register here for multiple dates. You will receive an email reminder of your registration 48 hours before the event. Lean Coffee is an informal, monthly gathering to get to know fellow continuous improvement professionals in the Ames area and learn from each other by talking about a topic of mutual interest. Lean Coffee is a structured, but agenda-less meeting. Participants gather, build an agenda, and begin talking. Conversations are directed and productive.

 

GovCon 101

8/28/2019, 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.

 

ILC - 2019 Lean Healthcare Exchange

8/29/2019, Coralville, IA

Address: Radisson Hotel, 1220 1st Avenue, Coralville IA

Details: We are pleased to present our 2nd Lean Healthcare Exchange on August 29th in Coralville. Those who work in a healthcare setting face unique challenges so we have designed a day of learning aimed at helping you learn how to overcome those challenges. This event is not limited to those in healthcare - anyone with an interest in continuous improvement will benefit from attending.

 

 

September 2019


Value Proposition Design - Workshop

9/4/2019, Ames, IA

Address: EDIR, 1805 Collaboration Place

Details: Any good marketing or sales campaign begins with sharing the compelling reason for buying your product or service. But how can you find a crystal-clear way to express the value you think your company can provide? Or perhaps you aren’t sure if your existing value proposition is still relevant to the customers you want to reach. This daylong workshop event is designed to teach Iowa businesses how to create more effective value propositions and leverage them into higher sales. Participants will learn to use specific tools, in conjunction with real-time feedback from the CIRAS Team, to help create an offer that resonates with their target markets.

 

Kata for Daily Improvement

9/5/2019, Des Moines, IA

Address: Goodwill of Central Iowa, 5355 NW 86th St

Details: Organizations in all industries seek to develop an adaptive and innovative culture, a culture of ‘Continuous Improvement (CI)’. This objective has been a challenge due to a lack of understanding of what it really takes for organizations to develop the skills and mindsets in its members for CI. This one-day workshop provides a proven methodology to develop the requisite skills, and in time the habits for CI. There are two Kata or routines: the Improvement Kata (IK) and the Coaching Kata (CK). Based on Deming’s Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA), the Improvement Kata provides a repeatable pattern for deliberately improving any process. The Coaching Kata provides a method to develop anyone’s skills for process improvement.

 

Des Moines Lean Coffee

9/5/2019, Des Moines, IA

Address: TBD: Check Registration Link For Details

Details: Lean Coffee is a structured, but agenda-less meeting. Participants gather, build an agenda, and begin talking. Conversations are directed and productive. Lean Coffee is open to members and non-members of the Iowa Lean Consortium (ILC) and there is no fee to attend. Learn more about joining the ILC here: http://www.iowalean.org/join-us.

 

Demand Driven Planner Program

9/9/2019 - 9/10/2019, Ames, IA

Address: 1805 Collaboration Place

Details: Formal 2-day demand driven planner course taught by a certified Demand Driven Institute trainer. Contact Marc Schneider at maschn@iastate.edu to find out more information or if you have questions.

 

How to Take a Proactive Approach to Marketing Your Machine Shop

9/10/2019, Webinar

Details: Does most of your business stem from less than 10 customers? If so does it keep you up at night wondering what would happen to your business if one or more of those customers took their orders elsewhere? it’s incredibly important to develop a proactive approach to diversifying your customer base. By looking at the top traits of your clients, identifying additional companies that look like them, and turning your website into a lead generation tool, you will be able to expand your reach and grow your business. By attending this webinar you will be able to: Identify top similarities within your current customer base. Find new, comparable customers to grow your business. Develop a marketing plan to reach these customers. Turn your website from a passive tool to a lead generation tool This webinar is presented by the Georgia Tech MEP, CIRAS' partner in the MEP National Network.

 

Future of Manufacturing - Process Intensification and Modularization

9/10/2019, Ames, IA

Address: Reiman Gardens, 1407 S University Blvd

Details: The future of process industries manufacturing lies in transformational change. This event will explain how Iowa manufacturers in process industries could take advantage of ideas such as process intensification, off-site construction of plants, and modularization of processes. Attendees will get introduced to these concepts and listen to industry case studies of where they have already been implemented.

 

Real Solutions to Workforce Needs

9/11/2019, Peosta, IA

Address: 8342 NICC Dr, Conference Center 1, Peosta, IA, 52068

Details: Northeast Iowa manufacturers struggling to modernize and grow can learn new strategies that impact their bottom line in any economy. The challenge businesses encounter could be economic uncertainty, technological advancements or the right company workforce to meet industry demand. This new conference hosted by Northeast Iowa Community College provides solutions to tackle these workforce challenges and many others.

 

Cybersecurity – Challenges Today, Challenges to Come - Webinar 1

9/11/2019, Webinar,

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Details: This hour-long webinar is the first in a series of events designed to enlighten Iowa factory managers, financial leaders, and technology heads about modern cybersecurity. Dave Nelson, president and CEO of Pratum, an information security consulting firm in Ankeny, will discuss the trade-offs at work between any company's Informational Technology needs and its Operational Technology needs. Participants will learn about the need to create checkpoints between systems and balance competing interests. The goal is to gain the benefits of advanced technology without falling prey to ransomware, malware, phishing, or some other threat. For questions, contact Shankar Srinivasan at srigshan@iastate.edu.

 

Improving Your Product Through Technical Assistance

9/11/2019, Ames, IA

Address: 1805 Collaboration Place

Details: Are you struggling to understand why a part failed? Confused about the best material to meet a particular requirement? The CIRAS Technical Assistance Program (TAP) includes two valuable tools for Iowa manufacturers seeking answers – the Materials and Nondestructive Evaluation groups. This Lunch and Learn event is designed to help Iowa companies understand how these two parts of TAP can work together to help Iowa manufacturers find the root cause of a particular problem, save costs, and also take a broader approach to improve product quality.

 

Webinar: FAR Overview: Types of Federal Contract Competition

9/12/2019, Webinar,

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Details: “Competition” is the overarching principle which underlies the federal contracting process. But there are various kinds of competition – full and open, simplified acquisition, competition limited to certain parties (like 8(a), small business, etc.), “follow-on,” and task order competition. They all have different rules and procedures and require a different kind of response, which will affect the amount of time and effort you will have to invest in preparing for it. Contact your CIRAS Government Contracting Specialist to attend this webinar at NO COST!

 

ILC State of Readiness Workshop

9/12/2019 - 9/13/2019, Omaha, NE

Address: The Salvation Army Omaha Kroc Center, 2825 Y Street

Details: Introduction: The ways and means of businesses operating around the world have been increasingly optimized over time, even while supply chains and finance have become more complex and stretch further around the globe in pace with advances in transportation and technology. But what has really changed in business and even in our own lives is the incremental, relentless compression of time. More specifically, that we and our companies need to accomplish more to remain competitive and relevant even viable in a continually decreasing amount of time. How does a company accomplish more in less time and not spin out of control? The challenge is increasing efficiency while also increasing effectiveness. We must manage multiple (often competing) priorities. We need to recognize opportunities and threats to our strategies, and we must formulate and deploy effective countermeasures to maintain control over our own narrative. We need to make sound decisions quickly. And we need to do all of this in real time. This is the nature of operational excellence and the essence of its importance: The organizations that pursue operational excellence will achieve a state of readiness to quickly identify and decisively engage opportunities and threats and more rapidly develop and execute their strategies. By attending this Masterclass and Workshop, you will learn how to become a high-performance organization in the following 4 parts: Part-1: Operational Excellence; Organizational Design, and Lean Six Sigma Part-2: Leading Change; Gaining Alignment and Commitment Part-3: Preparing for Change; The Operational Excellence Roadmap Part-4: Strategy Execution; Becoming the High-Performance Organization

 

2019 FSMA Update & Beyond Lunch and Learn

9/13/2019, Marshalltown, IA

Address: Marshall County Extension Office,

Details: Recent changes to the U.S. Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act provided the first major update to that law in more than 70 years. But even if you feel like your company has responded adequately to those changes, you still may have different responsibilities under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). CIRAS and Iowa State University's Agricultural and Natural Resources Extension (ANR) can help you make sense of it all. This 2 ½-hour FSMA Update event will provide a general summary of what the new law with the MOST RECENT 2019 UPDATES is requiring of human food and animal feed companies in Iowa. It will address current topics such as Preventive Controls, Food Safety Plans, Food Defense, FSMA audit information and available resources in the development of a Food Safety System, and help on where to seek out advice. Come with your questions and be ready to dive into Food Safety FSMA style over lunch.

 

Iowa City Lean Coffee

9/13/2019, Coralville, IA

Address: University of Iowa: BioVentures Center, 2500 Crosspark Rd., Rm: W119, Coralville, IA 52241

Details: Join us for the Iowa City Area Lean Coffee! Register here for multiple dates. You will receive an email reminder of your registration 48 hours before the event. **Please note we have moved our meeting day to Fridays for 2019** Lean Coffee is an informal, monthly gathering to get to know fellow continuous improvement professionals in the Iowa City area and learn from each other by talking about a topic of mutual interest. Lean Coffee is a structured, but agenda-less meeting. Participants gather, build an agenda, and begin talking. Conversations are directed and productive. Lean Coffee is open to members and non-members of the Iowa Lean Consortium. Learn more about joining the ILC here: http://www.iowalean.org/join-us. Learn more about Lean Coffee here http://leancoffee.org/

 

Subcontracting Webinar

9/16/2019, Webinar

Details: This online session will help attendees understand subcontracting opportunities and where these opportunities may be a better fit for some companies and industries, as well as a great initial way to build past performance. This session will also help companies understand subcontracting plans, will provide some tactical processes to identify subcontracting opportunities, and will provide an overview of how to effectively perform initial outreach for subcontracting marketing.

 

CIRAS' Fall 2019 Search Engine Optimization Boot Camp

9/16/2019 - 9/17/2019, Ames, IA

Address: Economic Development Core Facility, 1805 Collaboration Place, Ames, IA 50010

Details: The Search Engine Optimization Boot Camp 1 teaches the attendees what is important in SEO and how to make their own website content more findable on-line. Attendees will learn the fundamentals, practice with the latest SEO tools and will immediately make positive progress on making their web site more visible on-line. For questions, please contact Paul Gormley at gormley@iastate.edu.

 

CIRAS Fall 2019 Video Marketing Boot Camp

9/18/2019 - 9/19/2019, Ames, IA

Address: Economic Development Core Facility, 1805 Collaboration Place, Ames, IA 50010

Details: Join us and discover how to improve your business with online video marketing! This hands-on boot camp will cover everything from laying out the content of your video through what equipment fits your needs the best and the basics of how to use it. For questions, please contact Paul Gormley at gormley@iastate.edu.

 

National PTAC Day - Top Tips for Finding and Winning Government Contracts

9/18/2019, Webinar

Details: This special PTAC Day webinar will feature a panel of PTAC experts from across the country who will share their top tips for getting ready to enter the government marketplace, finding government contracts, and bidding on government contracts. Target Audience: Businesses that are new to government contracting and looking to gain an understanding of the fundamental concepts. This session is applicable to any level of government. For questions please contact Jodi Essex at jodir@iastate.edu.

 

Pella Area Lean Coffee

9/18/2019, Pella, IA

Address: Check Registration Link For Location

Details: Join us for Pella area Lean Coffee! This informal, periodic gathering is an opportunity to get know fellow Lean practitioners in the Pella area and learn from each other by talking about a topic of mutual interest lreated to continuous improvement.

 

OSHA 503 UPDATE FOR GENERAL INDUSTRY

9/18/2019 - 9/20/2019, West Des Moines, IA

Address: IISC Office, 1501 42nd St STE 100

Details: This 3 day course is designed for those instructors who have completed the OSHA 501 Trainer Course in Occupational Safety and Health Standards for the General 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 General Industry Safety and Health, up-to-date OSHA General Industry 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 general industry hazards and acceptable corrective measures in accordance with the 29 CFR 1910 OSHA Standards and Industry best Practices as they continue to teach 10 and 30 hour OSHA Outreach Courses. Participants will receive an instructor card and certificate from the Great Plains OSHA Education Center.

 

Cedar Valley Lean Coffee

9/18/2019, Waterloo, IA

Address: Check Registration Link For Location

Details: Join us for our Cedar Valley area Lean Coffee! This informal, periodic gathering is an opportunity to get know fellow Lean practitioners in the Cedar Valley area and learn from each other by talking about a topic of mutual interest related to continuous improvement.

 

Advanced Teaming Strategies to Accelerate Small Business Government Revenue

9/19/2019, Webinar

Details: This webinar, presented by Joshua Frank with RSM Federal, provides advanced teaming strategies that will help you accelerate your revenue growth in the government marketplace by three to five years. You will learn real-world techniques, from basic to advanced, to differentiate and build competitive advantage with small and large businesses. This training was a keynote presentation at the State of Utah’s annual government symposium in Salt Lake City and was rated as one of the most valuable training events at the National APTAC training conference.Contact your CIRAS Government Contracting Specialist to attend this webinar at NO COST!

 

Lunch & Learn: Winning the Race on Strategy--SWOT 2.0

9/19/2019, Bettendorf, IA

Address: Scott County Extension Office, 875 Tanglefoot Ln # B, Bettendorf, IA 52722

Details: You can't make good decisions about the path forward for your business if you don't have the whole picture. But how much information is enough? How do you know when you've got a broad enough point of view? This CIRAS Lunch & Learn will help Iowa business leaders understand how to find and leverage resources to shape decisions about strategy and growth.

 

Quad Cities Lean Coffee

9/19/2019, Davenport, IA

Details: Join us for Quad Cities Lean Coffee! This informal, periodic gathering is an opportunity to get know fellow Lean practitioners in the Quad Cities area and learn from each other by talking about a topic of mutual interest related to continuous improvement. Lean Coffee is a structured, but agenda-less meeting. Participants gather, build an agenda, and begin talking. Conversations are directed and productive. Learn more about Lean Coffee www.leancoffee.org Lean Coffee is open to members and non-members of the Iowa Lean Consortium. Learn more about joining the ILC here: http://www.iowalean.org/join-us.

 

Omaha Lean Coffee

9/20/2019, Omaha, IA

Details: Are you a Lean professional in the Omaha area? Join us for Omaha Lean Coffee! Get to know fellow Lean practitioners in the Omaha area and learn from each other by discussing a topic of mutual interest.About Lean Coffee: Lean Coffee is a structured, but agenda-less meeting. Participants gather, build an agenda, and begin talking. Conversations are directed and productive. Learn more about Lean Coffee HERE.Lean Coffee is open to members and non-members of the Iowa Lean Consortium (ILC) and is free to attend. Learn more about joining the ILC here: http://www.iowalean.org/join-us.

 

The Federal Sales Game

9/23/2019, Waterloo, IA

Address: Black Hawk County Extension Office 3420 University Avenue STE B

Details: The first step toward winning is making sure you're playing the right game. Iowa companies in pursuit of contracts with the Federal Government should start by knowing as much as possible about the agencies they're attempting to sell to and the people who will be making those decisions. This event will help your company develop a deeper understanding of the Federal marketplace and where you fit within it. It will also assist you in developing a detailed competitive analysis for your company, and how to turn that into an Action Plan for what comes next!

 

OSHA 511 STANDARDS FOR GENERAL INDUSTRY

9/24/2019 - 9/27/2019, West Des Moines, IA

Address: IISC Office, 1501 42nd St STE 100

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.

 

DAS Vendor Orientation

9/25/2019, Des Moines, IA

Address: Hoover Building, Level A, Procurement Conference Room, 1305 E Walnut St, Des Moines, IA

Details: The Department of Administrative Services (DAS) Central Procurement is now offering orientation for vendors interested in doing business with State of Iowa agencies. Contact your CIRAS Government Contracting Specialist with questions.

 

ILC - HNI Tour

9/26/2019, Muscatine, IA

Address: HNI Corporation, 3000 N Hwy 61, Muscatine, IA 52761

Details: HNI is a leading manufacturer of office furniture and hearth products. The Hwy 61 facility is HNI's largest manufacturing facility and distribution center. The facility manufactures workspaces (panels, benching, desking), tables, storage, and accessories. The tour and presentation afterward will highlight our products, processes, strategy, and culture as well as give the participants a brief history of our lean. For questions, please contact Tracy Schuster at tschust@iastate.edu.

 

Ames Lean Coffee - A Discussion about 5S

9/26/2019, Ames, IA

Address: Economic Development Core Facility, 1805 Collaboration Place, Ames, IA 50010

Details: This month's coffee will focus on the topic of 5s and will be facilitated by Steve Wilson. Steve will present on the topic of 5s and will then ask you to discuss specific questions around 5s in small groups – Lean Coffee style. 5S is a technique that results in a workplace that is clean, uncluttered, safe, and well organized. The 5S pillars provide a methodology for organizing, cleaning, developing, and sustaining a productive work environment. A 5S environment has "a place for everything and everything in its place," with all tools and materials ready where and when they are needed. You will learn how 5S can help reduce waste and optimize productivity in any work environment.

 

Blended PCQI Human Food Part 2: Instructor Led

9/30/2019, Ames, IA

Address: EDIR, 1805 Collaboration Place

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. For questions, please contact Kimberly Anderson at kanderson@iastate.edu.

 

CIRAS' Fall 2019 Web Analytics Boot Camp

9/30/2019 - 10/1/2019, Ames, IA

Address: Economic Development Core Facility, 1805 Collaboration Place, Ames, IA 50010

Details: The Web Analytics Boot Camp is meant to be a deep dive into the fundamentals and strategies of Web Analytics. Based upon Google Analytics, this Boot Camp will help the attendee learn best practices and set up both their strategy and system to gain the most from their analytics package. For questions please contact Paul Gormley at gormley@iastate.edu.

 

 

October 2019


Legends In Manufacturing Awards and Advanced Manufacturing Conference Details

10/1/2019 - 10/2/2019, Altoona, IA

Address: Prairie Meadows Event Center, 1 Prairie Meadows Drive Altoona, Iowa 50009

Details: The Iowa Association of Business and Industry's (ABI) annual Legends in Manufacturing Awards Dinner and Advanced Manufacturing Conference are a celebration of manufacturing in Iowa and a great learning and networking opportunity for your manufacturing leaders. New this year: Attend a buyer/supplier matchmaking session to find new suppliers and customers. Separate registration required at: https://www.iowaabi.org/events/detail/163-iowa-manufacturing-matchmaking/

 

Iowa Manufacturing Matchmaking

10/2/2019, Altoona, IA

Address: The Meadows Event Center 1 Prairie Meadows Drive

Details: ABI and CIRAS are co-hosting this matchmaking event to provide an opportunity for buyers and sellers of Iowa-produced industrial products to meet in a low-risk, high efficiency manner. The matchmaking and networking event will represent "speed-dating" opportunities for suppliers and buyers. Participating manufacturers from across the state will have a structured opportunity to network with potential customers and suppliers. How does it work? Manufacturing representatives will have up to 6 introductory matchmaking meetings (10 minute appointments) based on registrant selections. 1. Once registration is complete, a listing of all participating companies will be emailed to registrants. 2. Participants review the list and select and rank preferred matches (up to 10) using CIRAS' convenient online selection form. 3. All appointments will be scheduled on a first come, first serve registration basis; organizers will try to accommodate all requests. 4. Participants will receive their matchmaking schedules on or before September 27th and will be provided a hard copy on the day of the event. The deadline to register is September 13th, 2019 to accommodate the match facilitation process. All appointments are addressed on a first come, first serve registration basis.

 

Des Moines Lean Coffee

10/3/2019, Des Moines, IA

Address: TBD: Check Registration Link For Details

Details: Lean Coffee is a structured, but agenda-less meeting. Participants gather, build an agenda, and begin talking. Conversations are directed and productive. Lean Coffee is open to members and non-members of the Iowa Lean Consortium (ILC) and there is no fee to attend. Learn more about joining the ILC here: http://www.iowalean.org/join-us.

 

The OSHA Regulatory Approach to Process Safety Management

10/5/2019 - 10/10/2019, Blair, NE

Address: Novozymes, Inc., 600 S 1st Street

Details: The responsibility to protect workers and the environment from hazardous chemicals requires a thorough knowledge of the latest OSHA and EPA regulatory requirements. Join process safety and risk management expert Don Abrahamson for an up-to-date look at the OSHA PSM Regulation 29CFR 1910.119 and the EPA Prevention Program process safety regulatory requirements. Participants will leave with the knowledge needed to effectively implement, evaluate, and audit an OSHA or EPA process safety management program in their organization. They’ll examine PSM principles and values; audit procedures for compliance with process safety regulatory requirements; and the benefits of an effective PSM program plant- and company-wide. They’ll also look at process safety failures that drive home the need for effective process safety programs.

 

The Federal Sales Game

10/7/2019, Ames, IA

Address: EDIR, 1805 Collaboration Place

Details: The first step toward winning is making sure you're playing the right game. Iowa companies in pursuit of contracts with the Federal Government should start by knowing as much as possible about the agencies they're attempting to sell to and the people who will be making those decisions. This event will help your company develop a deeper understanding of the Federal marketplace and where you fit within it. It will also assist you in developing a detailed competitive analysis for your company, and how to turn that into an Action Plan for what comes next!

 

Quad Cities Local Procurement Event

10/9/2019, Davenport, IA

Address: Birchwood Fields, room 111&112, 4620 E 53rd St,

Details: Are you interested in connecting with and learning from local government contracts personnel? Join us October 9, in Davenport, to connect with various local agencies (local government and federal government). The day will include short briefings from each agency highlighting how to do business with their agency, and an opportunity to network in small groups. Additionally, the event will include a panel discussion of best practices when responding to a sources sought notice, as well as best practices when marketing to local area agencies.

 

Cybersecurity – Challenges Today, Challenges to Come - Webinar 2

10/9/2019, Webinar,

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Details: Technology is changing faster than it ever has, and that's creating serious new risks for Iowa manufacturers. A rapidly advancing wave of industrial progress – faster computers, better automation, plentiful sensors, and sophisticated data analysis – promises to make your company more productive than it's ever been. But it also is making you more vulnerable than ever before. In this hour long webinar you will hear from experts from ACS a Des Moines based information technology company on how to navigate cybersecurity. For questions contact Shankar Srinivasan at srigshan@iastate.edu.

 

Iowa City Lean Coffee

10/11/2019, Coralville, IA

Address: University of Iowa: BioVentures Center, 2500 Crosspark Rd., Rm: W119, Coralville, IA 52241

Details: Join us for the Iowa City Area Lean Coffee! Register here for multiple dates. You will receive an email reminder of your registration 48 hours before the event. **Please note we have moved our meeting day to Fridays for 2019** Lean Coffee is an informal, monthly gathering to get to know fellow continuous improvement professionals in the Iowa City area and learn from each other by talking about a topic of mutual interest. Lean Coffee is a structured, but agenda-less meeting. Participants gather, build an agenda, and begin talking. Conversations are directed and productive. Lean Coffee is open to members and non-members of the Iowa Lean Consortium. Learn more about joining the ILC here: http://www.iowalean.org/join-us. Learn more about Lean Coffee here http://leancoffee.org/

 

CIRAS' Fall 2019 Social Media Marketing Boot Camp

10/14/2019 - 10/15/2019, Ames, IA

Address: Economic Development Core Facility, 1805 Collaboration Place, Ames, IA 50010

Details: This 2 day on-site consulting workshop will teach attendees the best practices and strategies for using social media and inbound marketing. During the session, there will be group interaction as well as one-on-one consulting with each attendee. For questions please contact Paul Gormley at gormley@iastate.edu.

 

How to do Business with the Iowa Department of Transportation

10/15/2019, Webinar,

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Details: Did you know that the Iowa DOT has two totally different offices for companies to do business? The Purchasing Section and the Office of Contracts both exist within the Iowa DOT, but do not intersect. They each have their own registrations and bidding process.When you attend this webinar, you will hear about how to do business with both. For questions, please contact Mary Zimmerman at maryz@iastate.edu.

 

Cedar Valley Lean Coffee

10/16/2019, Waterloo, IA

Address: Check Registration Link For Location

Details: Join us for our Cedar Valley area Lean Coffee! This informal, periodic gathering is an opportunity to get know fellow Lean practitioners in the Cedar Valley area and learn from each other by talking about a topic of mutual interest related to continuous improvement.

 

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

10/16/2019, Webinar

Details: This webinar series is provided in partnership with Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) and Targeted Small Business (TSB) program with the State of Iowa. This webinar is useful for companies that have recently received their TSB certification from the State of Iowa. The session will provide information on next steps and considerations to take advantage of the procurement opportunities for TSB's with the state of Iowa. We will explore the structure of the state and independent buying agencies and review the types of products and services they buy, discuss in greater detail the procurement benefits to the program, how to best do business with the state as a vendor and TSB, as well as marketing best practices. We will also discuss additional procurement and preference programs that you may be eligible for as a TSB. This session is also suitable for companies that are eligible for TSB certification but would like to review the procurement processes and opportunities prior to pursuing certification. For questions, please contact Melissa Burant at mmburant@iastate.edu.

 

Pella Area Lean Coffee

10/16/2019, Pella, IA

Address: Check Registration Link For Location

Details: Join us for Pella area Lean Coffee! This informal, periodic gathering is an opportunity to get know fellow Lean practitioners in the Pella area and learn from each other by talking about a topic of mutual interest lreated to continuous improvement.

 

Quad Cities Lean Coffee

10/17/2019, Davenport, IA

Details: Join us for Quad Cities Lean Coffee! This informal, periodic gathering is an opportunity to get know fellow Lean practitioners in the Quad Cities area and learn from each other by talking about a topic of mutual interest related to continuous improvement. Lean Coffee is a structured, but agenda-less meeting. Participants gather, build an agenda, and begin talking. Conversations are directed and productive. Learn more about Lean Coffee www.leancoffee.org Lean Coffee is open to members and non-members of the Iowa Lean Consortium. Learn more about joining the ILC here: http://www.iowalean.org/join-us.

 

Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points Workshop (HACCP)

10/17/2019 - 10/19/2019, Ames, IA

Address: Scheman Building, 1805 Center Drive

Details: This course is designed for individuals that have little or no knowledge of HACCP AND individuals that would like to have a refresher on HACCP and learn of the changes that have taken place in HACCP during the last 2-3 years. One of the working groups will be designated an “Advanced HACCP Training Working Group.” This working group, which is limited to those that are already HACCP trained, will discuss Validation, Verification, Reassessment, Lethality, Stabilization and Listeria Control.

 

The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Certification - Is it Right for You? - Webinar

10/17/2019, Webinar,

Address: 

Details: Certification as a DBE may provide greater opportunities for businesses to bid on state or federal contracts. The very basic qualifications include that a company must be a small business, owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals. This webinar will address some benefits as well as the other requirements/eligibility for the DBE certification such as: Business size, ownership, financial requirements, onsite reviews, renewals, denial of certification, etc; Information about the DOT's Small Business Program will also be discussed. For questions please contact Mary Zimmerman at maryz@iastate.edu.

 

Omaha Lean Coffee

10/18/2019, Omaha, IA

Details: Are you a Lean professional in the Omaha area? Join us for Omaha Lean Coffee! Get to know fellow Lean practitioners in the Omaha area and learn from each other by discussing a topic of mutual interest.About Lean Coffee: Lean Coffee is a structured, but agenda-less meeting. Participants gather, build an agenda, and begin talking. Conversations are directed and productive. Learn more about Lean Coffee HERE.Lean Coffee is open to members and non-members of the Iowa Lean Consortium (ILC) and is free to attend. Learn more about joining the ILC here: http://www.iowalean.org/join-us.

 

Preparing a Winning Proposal

10/23/2019, Iowa City, IA

Address: Merge, 136 S. Dubuque Street, Iowa City, IA 52240

Details: Success in government contracting requires that you convince a government agency that you are the best choice to fill any particular need. Doing that requires knowing how the system works, who to deal with, what the rules are, and how to cast yourself in the best light. CIRAS can help you with that. In four different sessions scheduled for four different cities, you'll learn everything from how to read and answer an RFP to tips for organizing your proposal and getting questions answered. You'll also learn how to avoid some of the most common mistakes.

 

Preparing a Winning Proposal

10/24/2019, Davenport, IA

Address: Birchwood Fields Learning Center, 4620 E 53rd St., Room 111, Davenport, IA 52807

Details: Success in government contracting requires that you convince a government agency that you are the best choice to fill any particular need. Doing that requires knowing how the system works, who to deal with, what the rules are, and how to cast yourself in the best light. CIRAS can help you with that. In four different sessions scheduled for four different cities, you'll learn everything from how to read and answer an RFP to tips for organizing your proposal and getting questions answered. You'll also learn how to avoid some of the most common mistakes.

 

Ames Lean Coffee

10/24/2019, Ames, IA

Address: Landus Cooperative, 2321 North Loop Drive Suite 220, Ames, IA 50010

Details: Join us for the Ames Lean Coffee! Register here for multiple dates. You will receive an email reminder of your registration 48 hours before the event. Lean Coffee is an informal, monthly gathering to get to know fellow continuous improvement professionals in the Ames area and learn from each other by talking about a topic of mutual interest. Lean Coffee is a structured, but agenda-less meeting. Participants gather, build an agenda, and begin talking. Conversations are directed and productive.

 

ISU Lab Resources

10/24/2019, Creston, IA

Address: 301 W Montgomery

Details: For this Lunch and Learn, CIRAS will present how ISU lab resources and CIRAS can be utilized to help Iowa manufacturing generate cost savings, increase development speed, provide root-cause analysis, and enhance product quality. Contact Dave Utrata at heydave@iastate.edu for questions.

 

Understanding What You Offer: Value Proposition, Partnership, and Networking for Manufacturers

10/29/2019, Dubuque, IA

Address: 333 E. 10th St

Details: The journey to 1,000 new sales begins with understanding a single thing – how potential customers view what you offer. This half-day workshop is designed to introduce manufacturers to the concept of developing and strengthening their value proposition as a way to better market products and services. Event attendees also will participate in facilitated networking, speed-dating style and have an opportunity to share best practices and lessons learned while navigating the government contracting industry.

 

ILC Annual Conference

10/29/2019 - 10/31/2019, Des Moines, IA

Address: Sheraton West Des Moines Hotel, 1800 50th Street, West Des Moines, IA 50266

Details: Join us in De?s Moines for Fall Conference 2019! This year's conference will feature 3 keynote speakers, informational breakout sessions, exhibitors and networking. Tuesday, October 29 will be dedicated to pre-conference workshops and tours. Breakout sessions and workshops will offer continuous improvement learning opportunities for those working in healthcare, services, government, education, manufacturing, finance, and other businesses.

 

 

November 2019


Subcontracting Webinar

11/4/2019, Webinar,

Address: 

Details: This online session will help attendees understand subcontracting opportunities and where these opportunities may be a better fit for some companies and industries, as well as a great initial way to build past performance. This session will also help companies understand subcontracting plans, will provide some tactical processes to identify subcontracting opportunities, and will provide an overview of how to effectively perform initial outreach for subcontracting marketing.

 

Business Strategies: Water Planning To Support Manufacturing Into The Future

11/5/2019, Ames, IA

Address: EDIR, 1805 Collaboration Place

Details: Managing water can help reduce costs, generate new revenue, improve overall operations, enhance brand reputation and improve safety. Meet with industry experts and your stakeholders to learn what steps you should take now. CIRAS invites your strategy leaders to include watershed stakeholders in registration. We will guide your team to develop a common understanding and a path to collaborate during the training event. Watershed Stakeholders could be municipal managers, other industries in your area, community neighbors to your facility, Iowa watershed, managers, community planning groups, etc. Call for our guidance to identify your stakeholders.

 

GovCon101

11/5/2019, 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 Mary Zimmerman at maryz@iastate.edu.

 

How to do Business with Iowa State University - Webinar

11/5/2019, Webinar,

Address: 

Details: Iowa State has diverse procurement requirements – they often say they are like a "city within a city" and they need EVERYTHING! Find out WHAT ISU buys and HOW they buy it. For questions please contact Mary Zimmerman at maryz@iastate.edu.

 

Des Moines Lean Coffee

11/7/2019, Des Moines, IA

Address: TBD: Check Registration Link For Details

Details: Lean Coffee is a structured, but agenda-less meeting. Participants gather, build an agenda, and begin talking. Conversations are directed and productive. Learn more about Lean Coffee HERE. Lean Coffee is open to members and non-members of the Iowa Lean Consortium (ILC) and there is no fee to attend. Learn more about joining the ILC here: http://www.iowalean.org/join-us.

 

Iowa City Lean Coffee

11/8/2019, Coralville, IA

Address: University of Iowa: BioVentures Center, 2500 Crosspark Rd., Rm: W119, Coralville, IA 52241

Details: Join us for the Iowa City Area Lean Coffee! Register here for multiple dates. You will receive an email reminder of your registration 48 hours before the event. **Please note we have moved our meeting day to Fridays for 2019** Lean Coffee is an informal, monthly gathering to get to know fellow continuous improvement professionals in the Iowa City area and learn from each other by talking about a topic of mutual interest. Lean Coffee is a structured, but agenda-less meeting. Participants gather, build an agenda, and begin talking. Conversations are directed and productive. Lean Coffee is open to members and non-members of the Iowa Lean Consortium. Learn more about joining the ILC here: http://www.iowalean.org/join-us. Learn more about Lean Coffee here http://leancoffee.org/

 

CIRAS' Fall 2019 Strategic Marketing Boot Camp

11/11/2019 - 11/12/2019, Ames, IA

Address: Economic Development Core Facility, 1805 Collaboration Place, Ames, IA 50010

Details: Strategy is foundational for the success of any aspect of business. Without a strategy, businesses flounder around in hopes that anything they do will “stick” and help them achieve their goals. This is best described by Sun Tzu in his famous book, “The Art of War” as it applies to business. He states: “Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory, while tactics without strategy is the noise before the defeat.” For questions please contact Paul Gormley at gormley@iastate.edu.

 

ISO 9001 Internal Auditor Training

11/12/2019 - 11/13/2019, Ames, IA

Address: 1805 Collaboration Place

Details: Are you looking to improve your ISO 9001 audits? CIRAS is offering a two-day educational opportunity filled with practical insights and tips to help participants effectively and efficiently conduct internal quality system audits. Participants will learn the "Heads-Up" auditing technique for finding value-added improvement opportunities, as well as basic principles of auditing, note-taking, and report writing. Hands-on exercises will help you apply what you learn.

 

Creating Your Government Marketing Strategy

11/12/2019, 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. For questions, please contact Melissa Burant at mburant@iastate.edu.

 

Basic Sausage Short Course

11/12/2019 - 11/14/2019, Ames, IA

Address: Iowa State University Meat Laboratory, 188 Meat Laboratory

Details: With a focus on the technology of 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. Enrollment for this course is limited to 60 so that participants have ample opportunities to interact with speakers and staff and have their questions answered. Iowa State University’s modern Meat Laboratory allows participants to observe demonstrations utilizing the latest technology.

 

Cybersecurity – Challenges Today, Challenges to Come - Webinar 3

11/13/2019, Webinar,

Address: 

Details: This hour-long webinar is the third in a series of events designed to enlighten Iowa factory managers, financial leaders, and technology heads about modern cybersecurity. Experts from ProCircular, an information security and privacy firm based in Coralville, will discuss federal cybersecurity regulations and the data security requirements faced by anyone who does business with the federal government. If you're a government contractor, data protection is required by law. If you're not, compliance with the standard is a way to open up potentially lucrative opportunities. For questions contact Shankar Srinivasan at srigshan@iastate.edu.

 

DAS Vendor Orientation

11/14/2019, Des Moines, IA

Address: Hoover Building, Level A, Procurement Conference Room, 1305 E Walnut St, Des Moines, IA

Details: The Department of Administrative Services (DAS) Central Procurement is now offering orientation for vendors interested in doing business with State of Iowa agencies. Contact your CIRAS Government Contracting Specialist to attend this orientation at NO COST!

 

CIRAS' Fall 2019 eMail Marketing Boot Camp

11/14/2019, Ames, IA

Address: Economic Development Core Facility, 1805 Collaboration Place, Ames, IA 50010

Details: Automated eMail Marketing is one of the most effective tools for marketers to nurture long-term prospects and get existing customers to purchase more from an organization, both attributing to top line growth. It is estimated that for every $1 spent on email marketing, a company using email effectively can expect a return of $40. Learn the best practices and gain hands on experience while discussing your individual needs with an expert that has been executing clients' automated eMail systems since 2005. For question please contact Paul Gormley at gormley@iastate.edu.

 

Omaha Lean Coffee

11/15/2019, Omaha, IA

Details: Are you a Lean professional in the Omaha area? Join us for Omaha Lean Coffee! Get to know fellow Lean practitioners in the Omaha area and learn from each other by discussing a topic of mutual interest.About Lean Coffee: Lean Coffee is a structured, but agenda-less meeting. Participants gather, build an agenda, and begin talking. Conversations are directed and productive. Learn more about Lean Coffee HERE.Lean Coffee is open to members and non-members of the Iowa Lean Consortium (ILC) and is free to attend. Learn more about joining the ILC here: http://www.iowalean.org/join-us.

 

The Federal Sales Game

11/18/2019, Carroll, IA

Address: Carroll County Extension Office , 1205 West US Hwy 30 Ste G

Details: The first step toward winning is making sure you're playing the right game. Iowa companies in pursuit of contracts with the Federal Government should start by knowing as much as possible about the agencies they're attempting to sell to and the people who will be making those decisions. This event will help your company develop a deeper understanding of the Federal marketplace and where you fit within it. It will also assist you in developing a detailed competitive analysis for your company, and how to turn that into an Action Plan for what comes next!

 

Pella Area Lean Coffee

11/20/2019, Pella, IA

Address: Check Registration Link For Location

Details: Join us for Pella area Lean Coffee! This informal, periodic gathering is an opportunity to get know fellow Lean practitioners in the Pella area and learn from each other by talking about a topic of mutual interest related to continuous improvement.

 

Cedar Valley Lean Coffee

11/20/2019, Waterloo, IA

Address: Check Registration Link For Location

Details: Join us for our Cedar Valley area Lean Coffee! This informal, periodic gathering is an opportunity to get know fellow Lean practitioners in the Cedar Valley area and learn from each other by talking about a topic of mutual interest related to continuous improvement.

 

Quad Cities Lean Coffee

11/21/2019, Davenport, IA

Details: Join us for Quad Cities Lean Coffee! This informal, periodic gathering is an opportunity to get know fellow Lean practitioners in the Quad Cities area and learn from each other by talking about a topic of mutual interest related to continuous improvement. Lean Coffee is a structured, but agenda-less meeting. Participants gather, build an agenda, and begin talking. Conversations are directed and productive. Learn more about Lean Coffee www.leancoffee.org Lean Coffee is open to members and non-members of the Iowa Lean Consortium. Learn more about joining the ILC here: http://www.iowalean.org/join-us.

 

Ames Lean Coffee

11/21/2019, Ames, IA

Address: Landus Cooperative, 2321 North Loop Drive Suite 220, Ames, IA 50010

Details: Join us for the Ames Lean Coffee! Register here for multiple dates. You will receive an email reminder of your registration 48 hours before the event. Lean Coffee is an informal, monthly gathering to get to know fellow continuous improvement professionals in the Ames area and learn from each other by talking about a topic of mutual interest. Lean Coffee is a structured, but agenda-less meeting. Participants gather, build an agenda, and begin talking. Conversations are directed and productive.

 

 

December 2019


Blended PCQI Human Food Part 2: Instructor Led

12/2/2019, Ames, IA

Address: EDIR, 1805 Collaboration Place

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 Qualitifed 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. For questions, please contact Kimberly Anderson at kanderson@iastate.edu.

 

Meet the Buyers

12/3/2019, Johnston, IA

Address: Goodwill of Central Iowa, 5355 Northwest 86th Street, Community Room, Johnston, IA 50131

Details: Business is about relationships. Selling your product or service depends on someone wanting to buy it – someone who trusts that you're dependable and able to deliver on your promises. This two-hour event is an opportunity for Iowa companies to meet face-to-face with procurement staff from various government agencies. You'll learn about who they are, what they buy, and what purchasing methods they prefer to use. For questions, please contact Justin Niceswagner at jnice@iastate.edu.

 

Targeted Small Business Program - Webinar

12/4/2019, Webinar

Details: The Targeted Small Business (TSB) Program is designed to help women, minorities, individuals with disabilities or service-disabled veterans overcome some of the hurdles in starting and growing a small business in Iowa by connecting them with local resources, educational materials, networking events and financial opportunities. Learn how to apply for this certification and utilize its benefits for state procurement opportunities, promotion of your business, B2B connections and more! For questions, please contact Mary Zimmerman at maryz@iastate.edu.

 

Des Moines Lean Coffee

12/5/2019, Des Moines, IA

Address: TBD: Check Registration Link For Details

Details: Lean Coffee is a structured, but agenda-less meeting. Participants gather, build an agenda, and begin talking. Conversations are directed and productive. Learn more about Lean Coffee HERE. Lean Coffee is open to members and non-members of the Iowa Lean Consortium (ILC) and there is no fee to attend. Learn more about joining the ILC here: http://www.iowalean.org/join-us.

 

Iowa City Lean Coffee

12/13/2019, Coralville, IA

Address: University of Iowa: BioVentures Center, 2500 Crosspark Rd., Rm: W119, Coralville, IA 52241

Details: Join us for the Iowa City Area Lean Coffee! Register here for multiple dates. You will receive an email reminder of your registration 48 hours before the event. **Please note we have moved our meeting day to Fridays for 2019** Lean Coffee is an informal, monthly gathering to get to know fellow continuous improvement professionals in the Iowa City area and learn from each other by talking about a topic of mutual interest. Lean Coffee is a structured, but agenda-less meeting. Participants gather, build an agenda, and begin talking. Conversations are directed and productive. Lean Coffee is open to members and non-members of the Iowa Lean Consortium. Learn more about joining the ILC here: http://www.iowalean.org/join-us. Learn more about Lean Coffee here http://leancoffee.org/

 

Pella Area Lean Coffee

12/18/2019, Pella, IA

Address: Check Registration Link For Location

Details: Join us for Pella area Lean Coffee! This informal, periodic gathering is an opportunity to get know fellow Lean practitioners in the Pella area and learn from each other by talking about a topic of mutual interest related to continuous improvement. Lean Coffee is a structured, but agenda-less meeting. Participants gather, build an agenda, and begin talking. Conversations are directed and productive. Learn more about Lean Coffee www.leancoffee.org

 

Cedar Valley Lean Coffee

12/18/2019, Waterloo, IA

Address: Check Registration Link For Location

Details: Join us for our Cedar Valley area Lean Coffee! This informal, periodic gathering is an opportunity to get know fellow Lean practitioners in the Cedar Valley area and learn from each other by talking about a topic of mutual interest related to continuous improvement. Lean Coffee is a structured, but agenda-less meeting. Participants gather, build an agenda, and begin talking. Conversations are directed and productive. Learn more about Lean Coffee www.leancoffee.org

 

Quad Cities Lean Coffee

12/19/2019, Davenport, IA

Details: Join us for Quad Cities Lean Coffee! This informal, periodic gathering is an opportunity to get know fellow Lean practitioners in the Quad Cities area and learn from each other by talking about a topic of mutual interest related to continuous improvement. Lean Coffee is a structured, but agenda-less meeting. Participants gather, build an agenda, and begin talking. Conversations are directed and productive. Learn more about Lean Coffee www.leancoffee.org Lean Coffee is open to members and non-members of the Iowa Lean Consortium. Learn more about joining the ILC here: http://www.iowalean.org/join-us.

 

Ames Lean Coffee

12/19/2019, Ames, IA

Address: Landus Cooperative, 2321 North Loop Drive Suite 220, Ames, IA 50010

Details: Join us for the Ames Lean Coffee! Register here for multiple dates. You will receive an email reminder of your registration 48 hours before the event. Lean Coffee is an informal, monthly gathering to get to know fellow continuous improvement professionals in the Ames area and learn from each other by talking about a topic of mutual interest. Lean Coffee is a structured, but agenda-less meeting. Participants gather, build an agenda, and begin talking. Conversations are directed and productive.

 

Omaha Lean Coffee

12/20/2019, Omaha, IA

Details: Are you a Lean professional in the Omaha area? Join us for Omaha Lean Coffee! Get to know fellow Lean practitioners in the Omaha area and learn from each other by discussing a topic of mutual interest.About Lean Coffee: Lean Coffee is a structured, but agenda-less meeting. Participants gather, build an agenda, and begin talking. Conversations are directed and productive. Learn more about Lean Coffee HERE.Lean Coffee is open to members and non-members of the Iowa Lean Consortium (ILC) and is free to attend. Learn more about joining the ILC here: http://www.iowalean.org/join-us.

 

 

January 2020


Inventory Management 101 at CRDC

1/8/2020, Clinton, IA

Address: Clinton Chamber of Commerce, 721 S 2nd St.

Details: Inventory is a key asset of every manufacturing and distribution company, but it is often overlooked or poorly managed. This one-day class is designed to give you a basic understanding of how to measure and control your inventory – and thereby improve your service levels and your bottom line. Contact Marc Schneider for more information at maschn@iastate.edu

 

Inventory Management 101 Workshop

1/14/2020, Sheldon, IA

Address: Northwest Iowa Community College, 603 West Park St

Details: Inventory is a key asset of every manufacturing and distribution company, but it is often overlooked or poorly managed. This one-day class is designed to give you a basic understanding of how to measure and control your inventory – and thereby improve your service levels and your bottom line.

 

DAS Vendor Orientation

1/15/2020, Des Moines, IA

Address: Hoover Building, Level A, Procurement Conference Room, 1305 E Walnut St, Des Moines, IA

Details: The Department of Administrative Services (DAS) Central Procurement is now offering orientation for vendors interested in doing business with State of Iowa agencies. Contact your CIRAS Government Contracting Specialist to attend this orientation at NO COST!

 

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

1/15/2020, Webinar

Details: This webinar series is provided in partnership with Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) and Targeted Small Business (TSB) program with the State of Iowa. This webinar is useful for companies that have recently received their TSB certification from the State of Iowa. The session will provide information on next steps and considerations to take advantage of the procurement opportunities for TSB's with the state of Iowa. We will explore the structure of the state and independent buying agencies and review the types of products and services they buy, discuss in greater detail the procurement benefits to the program, how to best do business with the state as a vendor and TSB, as well as marketing best practices. We will also discuss additional procurement and preference programs that you may be eligible for as a TSB. This session is also suitable for companies that are eligible for TSB certification but would like to review the procurement processes and opportunities prior to pursuing certification. For questions, please contact Melissa Burant at mmburant@iastate.edu.

 

Cured Meat Short Course

1/21/2020 - 1/23/2020, Ames, IA

Address: 

Details: With a focus on the technology of cured meat 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. Since the enrollment in this short course is limited to 60, you will have ample opportunity to have your questions answered directly by the speakers and staff. Iowa State University's modern meat laboratory facilities allow you to observe demonstrations in a setting that provides access to the latest technology. For questions, contact Brenda Martin at bkmartin@iastate.edu

 

 

February 2020


Subcontracting Webinar

2/3/2020, Webinar

Details: This online session will help attendees understand subcontracting opportunities and where these opportunities may be a better fit for some companies and industries, as well as a great initial way to build past performance. This session will also help companies understand subcontracting plans, will provide some tactical processes to identify subcontracting opportunities, and will provide an overview of how to effectively perform initial outreach for subcontracting marketing.

 

Creating Your Government Marketing Strategy

2/11/2020, 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. For questions, please contact Melissa Burant at mburant@iastate.edu.

 

GovCon 101

2/19/2020, Webinar,

Address: 

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.

 

 

March 2020


DAS Vendor Orientation

3/4/2020, Des Moines, IA

Address: Hoover Building, Level A, Procurement Conference Room, 1305 E Walnut St, Des Moines, IA

Details: The Department of Administrative Services (DAS) Central Procurement is now offering orientation for vendors interested in doing business with State of Iowa agencies. Contact your CIRAS Government Contracting Specialist to attend this orientation at NO COST!

 

CIRAS: 3D Printing and Polymer Lab Tour

3/5/2020, Ames, IA

Address: 1805 Collaboration Pl. Suite 2300, Ames, IA 50010

Details: This tour is structured around the topic of product design and development and verification. The two service areas being showcased can assist you in shortening your product development cycle with informed and data driven decisions. For questions, please reach out to Chris Hill at chhill@iastate.edu or Mark Williamson at mdwmson@iastate.edu.

 

 

April 2020


Subcontracting Webinar

4/6/2020, Webinar,

Address: 

Details: This online session will help attendees understand subcontracting opportunities and where these opportunities may be a better fit for some companies and industries, as well as a great initial way to build past performance. This session will also help companies understand subcontracting plans, will provide some tactical processes to identify subcontracting opportunities, and will provide an overview of how to effectively perform initial outreach for subcontracting marketing.

 

Dry & Semi-Dry Sausage Short Course

4/14/2020 - 4/16/2020, Ames, IA

Address: 

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.

 

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

4/15/2020, Webinar,

Address: 

Details: This webinar series is provided in partnership with Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) and Targeted Small Business (TSB) program with the State of Iowa. This webinar is useful for companies that have recently received their TSB certification from the State of Iowa. The session will provide information on next steps and considerations to take advantage of the procurement opportunities for TSB's with the state of Iowa. We will explore the structure of the state and independent buying agencies and review the types of products and services they buy, discuss in greater detail the procurement benefits to the program, how to best do business with the state as a vendor and TSB, as well as marketing best practices. We will also discuss additional procurement and preference programs that you may be eligible for as a TSB. This session is also suitable for companies that are eligible for TSB certification but would like to review the procurement processes and opportunities prior to pursuing certification. For questions, please contact Melissa Burant at mmburant@iastate.edu.

 

 

May 2020


GovCon101

5/5/2020, 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 Mary Zimmerman at maryz@iastate.edu.

 

DAS Vendor Orientation

5/6/2020, Des Moines, IA

Address: Hoover Building, Level A, Procurement Conference Room, 1305 E Walnut St, Des Moines, IA

Details: The Department of Administrative Services (DAS) Central Procurement is now offering orientation for vendors interested in doing business with State of Iowa agencies. Contact your CIRAS Government Contracting Specialist to attend this orientation at NO COST!

 

Creating Your Government Marketing Strategy

5/12/2020, Webinar,

Address: 

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. For questions, please contact Melissa Burant at mburant@iastate.edu.

 

 

August 2020


CIRAS: 3D Printing and Polymer Lab

8/13/2020, Ames, IA

Address: 1805 Collaboration Pl. Suite 2300, Ames, IA 50010

Details: This tour is structured around the topic of product design and development and verification. The two service areas being showcased can assist you in shortening your product development cycle with informed and data driven decisions. For questions, please reach out to Chris Hill at chhill@iastate.edu or Mark Williamson at mdwmson@iastate.edu.