Iowa Business Training, Events, and Workshops

 

March 2019


Tour of Iowa Prison Industries - Lean in a Unique Setting

3/26/2019, Anamosa, IA

Address: Prison Industries, 406 North High St

Details: Iowa Prison Industries (IPI) provides work training opportunities to the men and women incarcerated in Iowa’s nine state prisons. More than 90% of these men and women are scheduled to be released back into our communities in Iowa, and work training programs such as IPI are shown to improve re-entry success. ILC members will have the unique opportunity to tour IPI’s operations at the Anamosa State Penitentiary (ASP), a medium/maximum security facility housing nearly 1,000 men. Construction of ASP began in 1873, and its stately architecture and limestone walls are recognized for their historical significance. Men in the IPI program at Anamosa manufacture everything from license plates (of course) to furniture to HVAC filters to braille. An integral part of their training is the Prison Industries Manufacturing System (PIMS), a Lean program based on the Toyota Production System. PIMS includes tools such as 5S, TPM, and Standard Work. In addition, many of these men are enrolled in apprenticeship training for trades such as welding, metal fabrication, powder coat painting, and screen printing. ILC members will tour the manufacturing departments and talk with IPI staff and incarcerated men about their lean program. Please plan to arrive at 8:30am, and the event will finish at 1pm. Lunch will be provided. Space is limited, so be sure to sign up early. Visitors must bring a state issued photo ID such as a driver license, and may not bring phones, weapons, or prescription medications inside. Please dress appropriately and modestly - business casual with no open toed shoes or revealing clothing.

 

OSHA 501 General Industry Trainer Course

3/26/2019, West Des Moines, IA

Address: IISC Office,1501 42nd St STE 100

Details: The OSHA 501 class authorizes participants who complete this train-the-trainer course to conduct 10 & 30 hour outreach classes to general industry and issue OTI general industry 10 and 30 hour participation cards. Course time is spent learning and practicing adult training techniques. Students will participate in the development and delivery of lectures covering general industry safety topics during class.

 

Webinar - Creating Personal Productivity Habits that Stick

3/27/2019, Webinar,

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Details: n this webinar, we'll review how understanding cues, routines, and rewards can impact the creation of new habits that support the changes we want, helping them "stick" for the long-term. For questions, please contact Tracy Schuster at tschust@iastate.edu.

 

Market Research Tools Class and Growth Road Show

3/27/2019 - 3/28/2019, Des Moines, IA

Address: Tero International, 1840 NW 118th Street

Details: Smart manufacturers are continuously searching for new ways to diversify their customer base, expand into new markets, and grow. But finding the correct growth strategy requires knowing and understanding all the options. This two-day event will be a hands-on class aimed at teaching Iowa manufacturers what they need to know to develop their own market research. Participants will discover free and low-cost resources for investigating the competitive landscape and exploring industry trends, as well as how to use online surveys to collect information on customer perceptions, level of satisfaction, and other key metrics. The final afternoon will involve an overview of CIRAS growth programs, so you will know what resources are available to help your business proceed down whatever path you choose.

 

Essentials of Growing Sales in the Food and Beverage Industry

3/27/2019, Ames, IA

Address: 1805 Collaboration Place, Room 1200, Ames IA 50010

Details: This event is designed to help Iowa specialty food and beverage manufacturing companies boost sales by finding new channels to sell their products. Attendees will hear expert speakers discuss a variety of growth options, including selling online, through distributors, through brick-and-mortar retail stores, direct to consumers, or to the government. We'll provide tips for marketing your product and assuring that you remain in compliance with all the necessary food safety regulations. At the end of the day, a panel of food companies will share stories about what they found while searching for the best, most profitable path to the end consumer.

 

ILC Ames Lean Coffee

3/28/2019, Ames, IA

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

Details: Are you a Lean professional in the Ames area? Join us for the Ames Lean Coffees in 2019! Register here for multiple dates and to receive communication regarding upcoming events.

 

Metallurgical Failures of Manufactured Products

3/28/2019, West Des Moines, IA

Address: 1207 Maple St, West Des Moines, IA 50265

Details: Paul Berge is a metallurgical engineer with ISU’s Center for Industrial Research and Service. He has spent his career conducting failure analyses on a wide range of manufactured products and materials used to make those products. Paul has selected a few of his more interesting cases that demonstrate both expected and unexpected causes of failure. Through this presentation of case studies, Paul will show how expertise, equipment and services available through CIRAS are used to solve materials failures and help manufacturers make better, more reliable products.

 

 

April 2019


2019 FSMA Updates & Beyond Lunch and Learn

4/1/2019, Fort Dodge, IA

Address: Webster County Extension Office, 217 South 25th St., Ste. C12,

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.

 

Creating Your Government Marketing Strategy

4/2/2019, Webinar

Details: This session 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 to 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.

 

Preparing a Winning Proposal

4/2/2019, Des Moines, IA

Address: Tero International, 1840 NW 118th Street

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. Experts with the CIRAS Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) are partnering with Nancy Brooks, a veteran with 28 years of experience in procurement for public higher education, to provide this primer on Preparing a Winning Proposal. In four different sessions scheduled for four different cities, Brooks will walk participants through many of the basics of doing business with state and local governments.

 

ILC - Supercharge Your Organization With Collaborative Management

4/2/2019 - 4/3/2019, Johnston, IA

Address: Goodwill of Central Iowa Headquarters, 5355 NW 86th St., Johnston, IA 50131

Details: Supercharge Your Organization With Collaborative Management Historically, businesses have been run as mini-empires: leadership at the top dictates their vision and commands and when misalignment ensues, they use their positional power to direct their abuse onto those doing the work. Over time, this creates sluggish, reactive organizations that spend more time in meetings discussing how to do or undo something than actually having the clarity and support to do what needs to be done in the first place. For questions please contact Tracy Schuster at tschust@iastate.edu.

 

ISU Business Analytics Symposium

4/2/2019, Des Moines, IA

Address: Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center

Details: Join the Ivy College of Business for the fourth annual Business Analytics Symposium at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center in downtown Des Moines. This is a must-attend event for professionals in the field of analytics who work in finance, insurance, retail, cybersecurity, health care, and manufacturing.

 

Powered Industrial Truck

4/2/2019, West Des Moines, IA

Address: IISC Office, 1501 42nd St STE 100

Details: OSHA's safety training requirements for powered industrial truck operators help prevent an estimated 11 deaths and 9,500 injuries per year, plus $135 million in employee costs. What can they do for your facility? The National Safety Council's Powered Industrial Truck Compliance Training Seminar lays it all out for you. Our professional facilitator will walk you through the standard and show you how to put it to use. Through discussion and activities, you'll learn practices and procedures that will help you comply and keep your employees safe.

 

Crane and Hoist

4/2/2019, West Des Moines, IA

Address: IISC Office, 1501 42nd St STE 100

Details: You know the importance of compliance, but sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. Our safety professionals translate OSHA regulations on overhead and cranes into terms you can use, and show you how to put them into practice.

 

Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene

4/2/2019, Sioux City, IA

Address: TEC Corp, 2300 7th St

Details: Worksites can harbor chemical, physical, ergonomic and biological hazards. In this four-day course, you’ll gain a practical understanding of industrial hygiene issues and how to address them. Taught in an interactive classroom format supported by testing and a case study project, you’ll build the confidence and skills needed to anticipate, recognize, evaluate and control industrial hygiene hazards. This is an essential course, especially for those with limited industrial hygiene training or experience.

 

Machine Guarding

4/3/2019, West Des Moines, IA

Address: IISC Office, 1501 42nd St STE 100

Details: This Machine Guarding Compliance Training course will help you sort it out. Through discussion and activities, our professional facilitator will break down the regulation into terms you can understand. In just four hours, you'll learn practices and procedures that will keep you in compliance and, best of all, protect your employees.

 

Lock Out Tag Out

4/3/2019, West Des Moines, IA

Address: IISC Office, 1501 42nd St STE 100

Details: “Lockout/Tagout” refers to specific practices and procedures to safeguard employees from the unexpected energization or start-up of machinery and equipment, or release of hazardous energy during service or maintenance activities. Approximately 3 million workers service equipment and face the greatest risk of injury if lockout/tagout is not properly implemented.

 

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

4/4/2019, Waterloo, IA

Address: Black Hawk County Extension and Outreach, 3420 University Ave Ste B, Waterloo, IA 50701

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. For questions contact CJ Osborn at cjosborn@iastate.edu.

 

ILC - An Introduction to Leader Standard Work

4/4/2019 - 4/5/2019, Johnston, IA

Address: Goodwill of Central Iowa Headquarters, 5355 NW 86th St., Johnston, IA 50131

Details: Servant leaders, compassionate leaders, Lean leaders, agile leaders, active listening, mentoring, coaching, humble inquiry. The fact is that those in positions of authority are not always clear on what their roles are beyond management. We focus on optimizing the gemba, the place where value is created, but do we consider the role of leaders and managers in affecting such optimization? Leader Standard Work is a hot topic - especially in Lean circles - but how is it actually done? Leader Standard Work is the actions taken by those in positions of authority to create a more efficient, productive, stable, collaborative, and psychologically supportive learning, working, and problem-solving environment. At the heart of the work of a leader are three key foci: Care about the work around you, this includes the quality, the safety, and the development of the product and those that produce it. For questions please contact Tracy Schuster at tschust@iastate.edu.

 

Iowa Department of Administrative Services Vendor Orientation

4/4/2019, Des Moines, IA

Address: 1305 E Walnut St.

Details: The Department of Administrative Services (DAS) Central Procurement is now offering orientation for vendors interested in doing business with State of Iowa agencies. Objectives: Learn the basics of public procurement. Learn about what the State purchases. Learn here to find solicitations. Learn who to contact. Learn where to find other procurement information. For questions, please contact Jodi Essex at jodir@iastate.edu.

 

Jumpstart Your Government Sales: Creating an Effective Capability Statement

4/8/2019, Coralville, IA

Address: BioVentures Center, 2500 Crosspark Rd

Details: Before you can get the contract, you have to get their attention. The CIRAS Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) aims to help with that by providing this hands-on, high-energy workshop in partnership with Joshua Frank, manager partner at RSM Federal, a St. Louis-based coaching and consulting firm. This half-day event is designed to help Iowa businesses create (or refine) their Capabilities Statements and jumpstart their marketing to local, state, and federal agencies so they can land more government contracts.

 

Jumpstart Your Government Sales: Creating an Effective Capability Statement

4/9/2019, Clive, IA

Address: Tero International 1840 NW 118th Street

Details: Before you can get the contract, you have to get their attention. The CIRAS Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) aims to help with that by providing this hands-on workshop in partnership with Joshua Frank, manager partner at RSM Federal, a St. Louis-based coaching and consulting firm. This half-day event is designed to help Iowa businesses create (or refine) their Capabilities Statements and jumpstart their marketing to local, state, and federal agencies so they can land more government contracts.

 

Dry & Semi-Dry Sausage Short Course

4/9/2019 - 4/11/2019, Ames, IA

Address: Iowa State University Meat Laboratory

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. 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.

 

Growing with CIRAS

4/10/2019, Sheldon, IA

Address: Northwest Iowa Community College, 603 West Park Street

Details: This three-hour event is intended to give Iowa companies a broad overview of all the ways CIRAS can help them grow their businesses. Trained CIRAS experts will provide quick summaries of the resources available to help Iowans do things such as design a company's value proposition, explore technology-driven market intelligence, establish a process to support innovation, market effectively via the internet, get started in government contracting, or explore the world of exporting. A series of 20-minute overviews about each program will be followed by face-to-face time where company leaders can talk directly to someone who's an expert at the help they need. For questions, contact CJ Osborn at cjosborn@iastate.edu.

 

Jumpstart Your Government Sales: Creating an Effective Capability Statement

4/10/2019, Council Bluffs, IA

Address: Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce, 149 W Broadway

Details: Before you can get the contract, you have to get their attention. The CIRAS Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) aims to help with that by providing this hands-on workshop in partnership with Joshua Frank, manager partner at RSM Federal, a St. Louis-based coaching and consulting firm. This half-day event is designed to help Iowa businesses create (or refine) their Capabilities Statements and jumpstart their marketing to local, state, and federal agencies so they can land more government contracts.

 

Ergonomics

4/16/2019, West Des Moines, IA

Address: IISC Office, 1501 42nd St STE 100

Details: Repetitive motion and overexertion are the biggest risk factors facing American workers. The one-day NSC Ergonomics course will teach you how to reduce the number and severity of musculoskeletal injuries in your workplace through a practical and effective program. Discussions, demonstrations and exercises explain the importance of keeping employees free from ergonomic injuries. You’ll also learn how to recognize risk factors, conduct an ergonomic worksite analysis, evaluate and rank hazards, and select appropriate control methods.

 

How to Effectively Share Your Story With Government Customers

4/17/2019, Iowa City, IA

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

Details: You can't land that big contract without first convincing someone that your experience and expertise will provide them with something of value. But sometimes it's difficult to adequately convey the full breadth of your ability, work history, and technical know-how in easy-to-understand language – especially when marketing yourself to possible government sector clients or partners. To help, CIRAS has arranged this 2½ hour, hands-on workshop where Iowa businesses can learn the value of storytelling and how to use it to refine their approach to government contracting. For questions please contact Jule Fagle at jafagle@iastate.edu.

 

ISU Lab Resources for Manuacturers

4/18/2019, Burlington, IA

Address: Comfort Suites, 1780 Stonegate Center Drive, Burlington, IA 52601

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. For questions please contact, Adam Boesenberg at aboesenb@iastate.edu.

 

Global Internet Marketing Webinar Series

4/23/2019, Webinar,

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Details: This four-part webinar series is designed to help Iowa companies get started and/or get better at creating an internet marketing strategy that will successfully attract global customers. Whether you’re new to exporting or simply never thought to get your website involved in your exporting business plan, CIRAS experts can help you understand how to position your company for the highest possible international sales. For questions, please contact Marc Schnieder maschn@iastate.edu.

 

Preparing a Winning Proposal

4/24/2019, Cedar Rapids, IA

Address: Kirkwood Community College, 6301, Main Campus, Kirkwood Blvd Sw

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. Experts with the CIRAS Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) are partnering with Nancy Brooks, a veteran with 28 years of experience in procurement for public higher education, to provide this primer on Preparing a Winning Proposal. In four different sessions scheduled for four different cities, Brooks will walk participants through many of the basics of doing business with state and local governments.

 

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

4/24/2019, 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.

 

Preparing a Winning Proposal

4/25/2019, Davenport, IA

Address: Best Western Plus SteepleGate Inn, 100 West 76th Street

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. Experts with the CIRAS Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) are partnering with Nancy Brooks, a veteran with 28 years of experience in procurement for public higher education, to provide this primer on Preparing a Winning Proposal. In four different sessions scheduled for four different cities, Brooks will walk participants through many of the basics of doing business with state and local governments.

 

2019 FSMA Update & Beyond Lunch and Learn

4/26/2019, Carroll, IA

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

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.

 

OSHA 500 Trainer Course for Construction

4/26/2019, West Des Moines, IA

Address: IISC Office, 1501 42nd St STE 100

Details: The OSHA 500 class authorizes participants who complete this train-the-trainer course to conduct 10 & 30 hour outreach classes to the construction industry and issue OTI Construction 10 & 30 hour participation cards. Course time is spent learning and practicing adult training techniques. Students will participate in the development and delivery of lectures covering construction safety topics during class.

 

Global Internet Marketing Webinar Series

4/30/2019, Webinar,

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Details: This four-part webinar series is designed to help Iowa companies get started and/or get better at creating an internet marketing strategy that will successfully attract global customers. Whether you’re new to exporting or simply never thought to get your website involved in your exporting business plan, CIRAS experts can help you understand how to position your company for the highest possible international sales. For questions, please contact Marc Schnieder maschn@iastate.edu.

 

Leading a Lean Culture - Daily Management System and Problem Solving

4/30/2019 - 5/2/2019, Omaha, IA

Address: The Kroc Center, 2825 Y Street, Omaha, NE 68107

Details: This three-day event is designed to help Iowa companies explore the philosophy and processes behind Lean and cultivate a culture of true problem solvers. Day 1 will feature a workshop addressing the top barriers to most Lean transformations, such as an overemphasis on "lean tools," isolating those tools in Operations, and failing to engage people across the organization. Days 2 and 3 are an optional workshop (for up to 30 participants), where you'll learn how to identify problems and respond to them as they occur in a real world setting. Participants will help First National Bank of Omaha address a specific issue using the processes discussed on Day 1.

 

 

May 2019


2019 FSMA Update & Beyond Lunch and Learn

5/1/2019, Indianola, IA

Address: Warren County Extension Office, 909 E 2nd Ave,

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.

 

2019 FSMA Update & Beyond Lunch and Learn

5/1/2019, Indianola, IA

Address: Warren County Extension Office, 909 E 2nd Ave,

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.

 

GovCon 101

5/6/2019, Webinar

Details: This 1.5 hour session will give you an introduction of Government Contracting and discuss 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. Prerequisite: There are no recommended prerequisites for this session.

 

Preparing a Winning Proposal

5/7/2019, Sioux City, IA

Address: Woodbury County Extension Office, 4728 Southern Hills Drive

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. Experts with the CIRAS Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) are partnering with Nancy Brooks, a veteran with 28 years of experience in procurement for public higher education, to provide this primer on Preparing a Winning Proposal. In four different sessions scheduled for four different cities, Brooks will walk participants through many of the basics of doing business with state and local governments.

 

Global Internet Marketing Webinar Series (part 3/4)

5/7/2019, Webinar,

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Details: This four-part webinar series is designed to help Iowa companies get started and/or get better at creating an internet marketing strategy that will successfully attract global customers. Whether you’re new to exporting or simply never thought to get your website involved in your exporting business plan, CIRAS experts can help you understand how to position your company for the highest possible international sales. For questions, please contact Marc Schnieder maschn@iastate.edu.

 

Subcontracting Opportunities

5/13/2019, 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. 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. Attending one of our Market Research workshops can also help you determine whether subcontracting is appropriate, but it is not required.

 

Global Internet Marketing Webinar Series (part 4/4)

5/14/2019, Webinar

Details: This four-part webinar series is designed to help Iowa companies get started and/or get better at creating an internet marketing strategy that will successfully attract global customers. Whether you’re new to exporting or simply never thought to get your website involved in your exporting business plan, CIRAS experts can help you understand how to position your company for the highest possible international sales. For questions, please contact Marc Schnieder maschn@iastate.edu.

 

Industrial Fermentation and Downstreaming Workshop

5/14/2019 - 5/16/2019, Ames, IA

Address: 1951 Food Sciences Building

Details: The Industrial Fermentation and Downstream Processing Workshop will provide participants with real world industrial fermentation experiences ranging from scale-up to downstream processing. Participants will take part in hands-on bench and pilot-scale activities led by fermentation and downstream processing experts from Iowa State University. The workshop is open to anyone with a basic knowledge of small-scale fermentation but would like to learn more about fermentation scale-up. The Industrial Fermentation and Downstream Processing Workshop is presented by the Center for Crops Utilization Research and sponsored by the Center for Industrial Research and Service.

 

Lean Government Exchange 2019

5/16/2019, Des Moines, IA

Address: Holiday Inn Des Moines-Airport/Conf Center 6111 Fleur Drive Des Moines, IA 50321

Details: We are pleased to present our 3rd Annual Lean Government Exchange on May 16 in Des Moines! Government and non-profit entities face unique challenges within their Lean journey 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 government - anyone with an interest in continuous improvement will benefit from attending.

 

OSHA 2264 –Confined Space

5/17/2019, West Des Moines, IA

Address: IISC Office, 1501 42nd St STE 100

Details: This course covers the safety and health hazards associated with permit-required confined space entry. Course topics include recognition of confined space hazards, identification of permit and non-permit required confined spaces, use of instrumentation to evaluate atmospheric hazards, ventilation techniques, development and implementation of a confined space program, proper signage, and training requirements. This course features workshops on permit entry classification, instrumentation, and program development. Upon course completion students will have the ability to identify permit and non-permit required confined spaces, reference the OSHA Permit-Required Confined Spaces Standard, conduct atmospheric testing, and implement a permit-required confined space program. This course is taught in conjunction with the Great Plains OSHA Education Center.

 

Blended PCQI Human Food Part 2: Instructor Led

5/17/2019, 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.

 

12th Annual Midwest Government Contracting Symposium

5/22/2019 - 5/23/2019, Moline, IL

Address: TaxSlayer Center, 1201 River Dr. Moline, IL

Details: What makes this symposium unique from other such events? The variety of product and service opportunities covered and the access to senior leadership from these requirement and procurement agencies. Key personnel and contracting staff from these agencies will be on hand for networking and connecting.

 

Silica Training

5/29/2019, West Des Moines, IA

Address: IISC Office, 1501 42nd St STE 100

Details: This course is tailored for individuals who will be designated as Competent Persons under the requirements of the silica final rule. Receive training to ensure your company's compliance with the new silica regulations. OSHA estimates that the rule will save over 600 lives and prevent more than 900 new cases of silicosis each year, once its effects are fully realized. The Final Rule is projected to provide net benefits of about $7.7 billion, annually.?

 

 

June 2019


2019 FSMA Update & Beyond Lunch and Learn

6/3/2019, Storm Lake, IA

Address: Prairie Lakes AEA, 824 Flindt Drive Suite ABC,

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-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.

 

Electrical Safety and NFPA 70 E Overview

6/4/2019, West Des Moines, IA

Address: IISC Office, 1501 42nd St STE 100

Details: You know it’s important to comply, but sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. This seminar will help you. IISCs safety professionals translate OSHA regulations on electrical safety into terms you can use and explain how NFPA 70E affects your electrical program. You’ll learn practices and procedures that will keep you in compliance, and best of all, protect employees.

 

Incident Investigation

6/5/2019, West Des Moines, IA

Address: IISC Office, 1501 42nd St STE 100

Details: The NSC one-day Incident Investigation course focuses on techniques for gathering complete, accurate and objective incident data, establishing root causes, reporting findings and determining corrective action. Discussion, demonstrations and exercises cover investigation and interview techniques. Participants learn how to uncover the who, what, why, when and how of each incident, and how to analyze data to prevent injuries, property damage and financial losses.

 

2019 FSMA Update & Beyond Lunch and Learn

6/5/2019, Winterset, IA

Address: Madison County Extension Office, 17 John Wayne Dr.

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-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 Department of Administrative Services Vendor Orientation

6/5/2019, Des Moines, IA

Address: 1305 E Walnut St.

Details: The Department of Administrative Services (DAS) Central Procurement is now offering orientation for vendors interested in doing business with State of Iowa agencies. Objectives: Learn the basics of public procurement. Learn about what the State purchases. Learn here to find solicitations. Learn who to contact. Learn where to find other procurement information. For questions, please contact Jodi Essex at jodir@iastate.edu.

 

2019 FSMA Update & Beyond Lunch and Learn

6/7/2019, Waterloo, IA

Address: Black Hawk County Extension Office, 3420 University Ave.

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-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.

 

Growing with CIRAS

6/12/2019, Bettendorf, IA

Address: Scott County Extension Office

Details: This three-hour event is intended to give Iowa companies a broad overview of all the ways CIRAS can help them grow their businesses. Trained CIRAS experts will provide quick summaries of the resources available to help Iowans do things such as design a company's value proposition, explore technology-driven market intelligence, establish a process to support innovation, market effectively via the internet, get started in government contracting, or explore the world of exporting. A series of 20-minute overviews about each program will be followed by face-to-face time where company leaders can talk directly to someone who's an expert at the help they need. For questions, please contact CJ Osborn at cjosborn@iastate.edu.

 

Growing with CIRAS

6/18/2019, Independence, IA

Address: Heartland Acres Events Center, 2600 Swan Lake Blvd.

Details: This three-hour event is intended to give Iowa companies a broad overview of all the ways CIRAS can help them grow their businesses. Trained CIRAS experts will provide quick summaries of the resources available to help Iowans do things such as design a company's value proposition, explore technology-driven market intelligence, establish a process to support innovation, market effectively via the internet, get started in government contracting, or explore the world of exporting. A series of 20-minute overviews about each program will be followed by face-to-face time where company leaders can talk directly to someone who's an expert at the help they need. For questions, please contact CJ Osborn at cjosborn@iastate.edu.

 

Audiometric Certification Course

6/19/2019, West Des Moines, IA

Address: IISC Office, 1501 42nd St STE 100

Details: This 3-day course meets industry’s need to provide training and certification for certified occupational hearing. This course will be presented with the course outline for accreditation as an occupational hearing conservationist. This course will include exposure to manual and microprocessor audiometers and personal hearing protection and otoscopic screening procedures. Ample time allotments have been provided for practice and counseling to assure registrants opportunity to develop proficiency.

 

Plant Layout 101

6/19/2019, Cedar Rapids, IA

Address: The Kirkwood Hotel, 7725 Kirkwood Blvd SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

Details: Efficient factories come from an efficient and effective facility design. Designing plant layouts the correct way can reduce the Lean deadly wastes of transport and movement, and help employee teams to answer the question “Which layout idea is the best?”. This event will give engineers and manufacturing technicians – at an extremely reasonable cost – the tools they need to find a more efficient plant design. For questions please contact Mike Willett at mwillett@iastate.edu.

 

 

July 2019


Sausage and Processed Meats

7/15/2019 - 7/19/2019, Ames, IA

Address: Iowa State University Meat Laboratory

Details: The short course focuses on the technology of sausage production and other types of meat processing. 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.

 

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

7/24/2019, 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.

 

 

August 2019


Materials, Structures, and NDE Lab Tour

8/8/2019, Ames, IA

Address: 1519 Scholl Rd., Ames, IA 50010

Details: Learn how labs can support your material selection and failure efforts of metal-based components and assemblies, support for component and material testing objectives with both destructive and non-destructive technologies, support the development of Test Plans and Test Protocols.

 

 

September 2019


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.

 

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.

 

 

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.