Iowa Business Training, Events, and Workshops

 

October 2019


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.

 

Understanding and Complying with the Nonmanufacturer Role

10/17/2019, Webinar

Details: After attending this webinar, you'll understand the requirements to qualify as a nonmanufacturer as well as the critical exceptions and limitations of the nonmanufacturer rule. You will also know how to determine whether a nonmanufacturer waiver is in effect, and how to obtain a waiver. Contact your CIRAS Government Contracting Specialist to attend this webinar at NO COST! For questions, contact Jodi Essex at jodir@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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Convincing a Prime to Put You on Their Team

10/24/2019, Webinar

Details: The reality is, many primes decide on who will join their team to go after a large contract before you even have an opportunity to discuss what your company can do. So, it's important to communicate, early and clearly, how your company can help the prime to win the contract. This webinar is about perception and how you match the value you provide to the prime's requirements. Contact your CIRAS Government Contracting Specialist to attend this webinar at NO COST! For questions, contact Jodi Essex at jodir@iastate.edu

 

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.

 

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.

 

Marketing to Government Agencies and Prime Contractors

10/31/2019, Webinar

Details: After attending this webinar, you will learn how to conduct market research specific to the government marketplace using both online tools and primary research methods; what basic marketing materials you should have in your arsenal and how to use them effectively; how to use technology to streamline and enhance your marketing efforts, and much more. Contact your CIRAS Government Contracting Specialist to attend this webinar at NO COST! For questions contact Jodi Essex at jodir@iastate.edu.

 

 

November 2019


Subcontracting Webinar

11/4/2019, Webinar,

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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: Right now, water in Iowa remains cheap and readily available. But will that always be the case? What will you do if it’s not? Are you looking to mitigate water-related risks at your sites or even within your supply chain? Do you need a strategic framework to help identify water risks and opportunities and then put an action plan into place to address those risks and opportunities? Do you want to actively manage water usage to reduce costs, generate new revenue, improve overall operations, enhance brand reputation and improve safety? No matter what you make – metal parts, plastic parts, food, machinery, or just about anything else – water plays an important part in your company's operations. There are regulatory reasons to do it. Your customers care. It is good for business. It is the right thing to do. CIRAS cares and can help your organization.

 

How to do Business with Iowa State University - Webinar

11/5/2019, Webinar,

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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.

 

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.

 

Noontime Webinar: Find Better Customers

11/5/2019, Webinar,

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Details: Do you know how to find better customers using publically available sources? Iowa State / CIRAS is hosting a noon-time webinar designed to help small and medium sized companies find more customers that are similar to the best customers they have now. We'll show you how to apply a process using account profiling and databases that are available at select Iowa libraries. This is a no cost webinar but registration is required. For questions, contact CJ Osborn at cjosborn@iastate.edu ?

 

Webinar: How To Competitively Respond to a Sources Sought and Influence the Acquisition

11/7/2019, Webinar

Details: Join us on November 7th at 12 p.m. for a webinar, “How To Competitively Respond to a Sources Sought and Influence the Acquisition.” In this webinar, Joshua Frank from RSM Federal will share several key strategies for responding to sources-sought notices effectively. Specifically, he will explain how to influence the acquisition in your favor by making recommendations and “ghosting” your strengths and the weaknesses of the competition.? Contact your CIRAS Government Contracting Specialist to attend this webinar at NO COST!

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Cybersecurity – Challenges Today, Challenges to Come - Webinar 3

11/13/2019, Webinar,

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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!

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Webinar: How to Win More Federal Contracts with Competitive Pricing

11/21/2019, Webinar

Details: After attending this webinar, you’ll learn, How grouping employees and new hires for labor categories can affect your pricing; how fringe, overhead and G&A rates are used in proposal pricing; how to use multipliers for billing rates, employee pay rates, and total contract estimates; what the “typical” rates for fringe, overhead, and G&A in various markets are; how to create “what if” calculations of your indirect rates and fee for future projections. Contact your CIRAS Government Contracting Specialist to attend this webinar at NO COST!

 

 

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.

 

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.

 

Cybersecurity - Challanges of today and the future- Workshop

12/11/2019, Ames, IA

Address: EDIR, 1805 Collaboration Pl, Ames, IA 50010

Details: Technology is changing faster than it ever has, and that’s creating serious new risk 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. Join CIRAS and three Iowa cybersecurity firms for a wide-ranging discussion of the benefits and problems associated with business in the information age.

 

Webinar - Marketing to the US Army Corps of Engineers 101: The “real deal” for contractors

12/12/2019, Webinar,

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Details: This webinar, hosted by the Deputy, Small Business Programs for the USACE Rock Island District, will provide attendees with the "need to know" information to effectively market the District. The webinar will provide companies with tips to best maximize their marketing time with the District, and position themselves as a known contractor for the District's market research, planning and sourcing objectives.

 

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

 

Key Considerations and Clauses in Federal Construction Contracts

12/18/2019, Webinar,

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Details: Government contracting is a unique industry, with unique challenges. Federal construction contracting is even more specialized! Succeeding on Federal government construction contracts requires a thorough understanding of the most important construction-related FAR clauses, as well as the obligations these clauses impose on contractors. You also have to understand how to avoid performance pitfalls, preserve claim rights, and circumvent conflict. In this webinar, experienced government contracting attorney Maria Panichelli will walk you through these topics, giving you the tools you need to succeed in federal construction! For questions please contact Melissa Burant at mmburant@iastate.edu.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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

 

Understanding the Army Corps of Engineers- Rock Island District- Projects, Procurements and Processes

1/9/2020, Webinar

Details: This webinar will be offered on multiple dates and provides registered participants with basic information on the District's overall mission and historical contracted requirements. Participants will take away information on how to best do business with the District as either a prime contractor or a subcontractor, as well as recommendations and tools for growing their Federal Government business with the Corps of Engineers, and specifically the Rock Island District. Registration: To register and receive log-in information please send an e-mail request to the Small Business Programs Office at CEMVR-SB-WEB@usace.army.mil. Please reference "Webinar RSVP" in the subject line.

 

Preventive Controls for Animal Food

1/13/2020 - 1/15/2020, Ames, IA

Address: Scheman Building, Room 004, 1805 Center Dr, Ames, IA 50011

Details: The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requires facilities processing any type of animal food (complete feed or ingredients) to comply with new current good manufacturing practices and to implement a written animal food safety plan developed and overseen by a "preventive controls qualified individual (PCQI)." This course is the standardized training developed by the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance. It is accepted by Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as meeting the requirements of PCQI designation. The course content will provide knowledge of the FSMA animal preventive controls rule, and training for creation of an effective animal food safety plan.

 

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!

 

Cured Meat Short Course

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

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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

 

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

1/29/2020, 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.

 

 

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,

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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.

 

Webinar - Participation and Small Business Subcontracting Plans: What’s the Difference?

3/12/2020, Webinar,

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Details: The goal of this webinar is to promote a better understanding of the differences between small business participation proposals and small business subcontracting plans. The session will focus on the distinction between the two, when they are required and what contractors need to know for proposals. This session will also briefly touch on the subcontracting requirements that small businesses are subject to.

 

 

April 2020


Subcontracting Webinar

4/6/2020, Webinar,

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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.

 

Understanding the Army Corps of Engineers- Rock Island District- Projects, Procurements and Processes

4/9/2020, Webinar

Details: This webinar will be offered on multiple dates and provides registered participants with basic information on the District's overall mission and historical contracted requirements. Participants will take away information on how to best do business with the District as either a prime contractor or a subcontractor, as well as recommendations and tools for growing their Federal Government business with the Corps of Engineers, and specifically the Rock Island District. To register and receive log-in information please send an e-mail request to the Small Business Programs Office at CEMVR-SB-WEB@usace.army.mil. Please reference "Webinar RSVP" in the subject line.

 

Dry & Semi-Dry Sausage Short Course

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

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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,

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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,

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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.

 

 

June 2020


Webinar - USACE Rock Island Proposal Tips/Best Practices from Contracting

6/11/2020, Webinar,

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Details: This webinar, hosted by the Small Business Programs Office and the Contracting Division, will provide contractors with general proposal tips and best practices/lessons learned to assist potential contractors. Attendees will receive first hand information from contract specialists and ideally have some takeaways to improve their submittals and better understand the needs of the contracting office overall.

 

 

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.