Iowa Business Training, Events, and Workshops

 

January 2019


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

1/23/2019, 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.

 

Making technical ideas real: How Iowa State University (ISU) collaborates with Iowa companies on tech-based innovation

1/23/2019, Oskaloosa, IA

Address: Oskaloosa Area Chamber and Development Group, 222 1st Ave E

Details: "Meet and greet" with Mahaska county companies, organized by local ED office. For Questions please contact, Carey Novak at cenovak@iastate.edu

 

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training

1/24/2019, Nevada, IA

Details: Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training meetings. The training sessions are for fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety. ISU Extension and Outreach specialists will lead each class. This course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in В§112.22(c) that requires "At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration."

 

Journey To Your Vision

1/29/2019, Orange City, IA

Address: Prairie Winds Event Center: 908 8th St. Orange City, IA

Details: Attend this valuable one-day seminar to help stack the odds in your favor by understanding the stages of business growth, their unique challenges, and methods to overcome them. Led by Mike Kleis, President - Renaissance Executive Forums of Iowa and Joel Bennett, Lead Consultant - Veel Hoeden Consulting, this "hands-on" event will provide an opportunity to discuss your challenges with other business owners and utilize the collective power of their experience to help you address these barriers head-on.

 

Federal Business Review

1/29/2019, Cedar Rapids, IA

Address: 501 1st St SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

Details: Are you looking for a quick introduction to the world of doing business with the federal government? Join CIRAS and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance on January 29 to gain tips for navigating the world of federal government contracting. This 2ВЅ-hour event will include an overview of the best practices for working with the federal government. Trained experts will explain how the government makes purchases, how to find the best opportunities for your company, and how to be effective when reaching out to join forces with another business as a subcontractor. You’ll learn how to gauge your suitability for potential contracts, how to access small business preference programs, and how to register in all the appropriate places. In addition to the January 29 presentations, event attendees will have the chance to schedule one-on-one appointments with Beth White, the deputy director of small business at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. This is a great opportunity to make a direct connection with a federal agency and gain a better understanding of potential opportunities. Appointments are available from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Monday, January 28, and from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 29. Contact Julie Fagle at jafagle@iastate.edu to schedule an appointment with Beth. No drop-in meetings will be accepted.

 

Construction Government Contracting and Networking

1/30/2019, Sioux City, IA

Address: Home Builders Association of Greater Siouxland 3900 Stadium Drive Sioux City, IA 51106

Details: Attendees learn how city, state, and federal governments procure including Spending Authority Formal vs Informal Bids Bid Process and Bid Letting Contact Award and Contract Documents Relationship Building with Agencies Followed by Networking Meet and identify potential business partners. Build your network and strategic alliances. Collaborate with other contractors.

 

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training

1/30/2019, Bettendorf, IA

Details: Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training meetings. The training sessions are for fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety. ISU Extension and Outreach specialists will lead each class. This course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in В§112.22(c) that requires "At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration."

 

ILC Getting Started with Lean Roundtable

1/31/2019, North Liberty, IA

Address: University of Iowa Community Credit Union, 2355 Landon Rd

Details: Have you recently implemented Lean or is your organization considering implementing Lean in your organization? If so, join us for a Getting Started with Lean roundtable hosted by University of Iowa Community Credit Union. The morning will open with an overview Lean. What it is and, more importantly, why organizations should consider implementing Lean. This will be followed by a panel of representatives from a variety of organizations who will share their experiences with implementing Lean. You will hear about hat worked and what didn't work. The morning will conclude with small group discussions around common problems with implementing Lean and ideas for how to overcome these problems.

 

 

February 2019


Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training

2/5/2019, Nevada, IA

Details: Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training meetings. The training sessions are for fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety. ISU Extension and Outreach specialists will lead each class. This course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in В§112.22(c) that requires "At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration."

 

GovCon 101

2/6/2019, 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.

 

Materials, Structures, and NDE Tour

2/7/2019, Ames, IA

Address: Applied Sciences Building, 1519 Scholl Rd

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.

 

Subcontracting Opportunities

2/7/2019, 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.

 

Ryan Companies Small Business Outreach - Des Moines Courthouse Project

2/7/2019, Windsor Heights, IA

Address: Windsor Heights Community Center, 69000 School Street, Windsor Heights, IA 50324

Details: Ryan Companies US, Inc., as the construction manager as constructor (CMc) for the General Services Administration (GSA), is planning for the start of construction on a new United States Courthouse in downtown Des Moines, Iowa. The building is approximately 229,000 square feet in size consisting of six above-grade floors and a below-grade parking area. Program elements include: 9 courtrooms, 13 judicial chamber suites and various tenant spaces. Construction is contracted for a 3-year duration and is budgeted at approximately $105,000,000 in value.

 

Partnering to Win on Federal Contracts: Teaming, Joint Ventures, and the Mentor Protégé Program

2/8/2019, Webinar,

Address: 

Details: Join federal contracting attorney Maria Panichelli of Cohen Seglias for a webinar sponsored by Iowa State University, CIRAS. There is no hotter topic in federal government contracting than teaming and joint venturing. Whether you are a small business looking to expand your capabilities or a large business looking for access to set-aside contracts, teaming and joint venturing can greatly expand your federal contracting opportunities. While most contractors know the terms, many do not fully understand the requirements of enforceable agreements. When done incorrectly, teaming and joint venturing can have serious consequences. During this webinar, experienced government contracting attorney Maria Panichelli will explain how contractors can use teaming, joint venturing and the mentor protГ©gГ© program to their advantage. Attendees will learn proper procedures for entering into an enforceable teaming agreement and the essential clauses to include in these types of agreements, as well as common pitfalls to avoid. Attendees will also learn how to form an eligible small business JVs, and how to navigate the SBA mentor-protГ©gГ© programs. The practical implications of negotiating terms of a teaming or JV agreement from both the prime and subcontractor perspectives will be discussed.

 

ILC Iowa City Area Lean Coffee

2/8/2019, Coralville, IA

Address: Iowa Lions Eye Bank, BioVentures Center, 2500 Crosspark Rd., W119, Coralville, IA 52241

Details: Join us for the Iowa City Area Lean Coffees in 2019! 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**

 

Iowa Meat Processors Annual Convention

2/14/2019 - 2/17/2019, Ames, IA

Address: Gateway Hotel & Conference Center, 2100 Green Hills Drive

Details: Training for small meat processors, trade show, cured meats competition, Dinner & Entertainment, Awards Banquet. For questions, please contact Brenda Martin at bkmartin@iastate.edu.

 

3D Scanning 101 with Lab

2/19/2019, West Des Moines, IA

Address: RAMCO, 1207 Maple Street, West Des Moines, IA 50265

Details: Many Iowa manufacturers will sink or swim in the coming years based on whether they are ready for the approaching wave of digital advancements. Major innovation is ahead, but it is going to require that you have digital plans for your products. If you do not, 3D scanning can be used to create a good digital model of what you are trying to make while saving you time and money. For questions contact Mark Williamson at mdmwson@iastate.edu.

 

GovCon Networking Group (Business Builders)

2/19/2019, Council Bluffs, IA

Address: 149 West Broadway, Council Bluffs, IA

Details: The intent of these sessions are to provide Iowa companies in any industry an opportunity to participate in peer networking discussions related to government and commercial procurements. Facilitated by the local ISU CIRAS Procurement Technical Assistance Center and Council Bluffs Chamber of Commerce Staff, and is structured as a session to discuss relevant and trending topics from the government/commercial markets, current challenges or questions from industry, as well as building your network of Iowa business partners. The agenda and topic discussions for these groups are driven by the attendees. For questions please contact Andy Alexander and andyalex@iastate.edu.

 

ILC Cedar Rapids/ Marion Lean Coffee

2/19/2019, Marion, IA

Address: ESCO Group, 3450 3rd St, Marion, IA 52302

Details: Join us for the Cedar Rapids/Marion Area Lean Coffees in 2019! Register here for multiple dates. You will receive an email reminder of your registration 48 hours before the event.

 

Tour of Iowa Prison Industries - Lean in a Unique Setting

2/20/2019, 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.

 

Fermenting Essentials - Accessing Equipment and Experience

2/21/2019, Ames, IA

Address: Economic Development Core Facility, 1805 Collaboration Place

Details: Free. Overview of industry programs and tour of fermentation, biochemical processing spaces. Meet the experts who can help your company at Iowa State University. Benefits are to visit Iowa State University to see resources available to your company. We have fermentation equipment, mixers, separators, dryers to support your process trials. Whether you are developing new or improving current products, talk with Iowa State experts about your fermentation and processing challenges. Collaborate with experts to improve your process capabilities, optimize processes and pursue innovative ideas. The goal is to engage with Iowa State experts in discussions and hear how we have helped other companies. Find out what problems we can help you solve. Learn about working collaboratively with Iowa State experts to leverage technology to benefit your company. Gain insight into the many resources available at Iowa State and how to access our help to improve the profitability and growth of your business.

 

Blended PCQI Human Food Part 2: Instructor Led

2/22/2019, 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.

 

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training

2/28/2019, Leon, IA

Address: 

Details: Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training meetings. The training sessions are for fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety. ISU Extension and Outreach specialists will lead each class. This course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in В§112.22(c) that requires "At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration."

 

US Army Corps of Engineers-RI Industry Day

2/28/2019, Davenport, IA

Address: Modern Woodman Park, 209 S Gaines St.

Details: This Industry Day is valuable to companies in the following industries: Civil and Marine Construction, Site and Earthwork, Environmental, Building, and general contractors, landscaping/mowing and services to support recreational areas, and any suppliers that would support these industries (concrete, riprap, etc.) The event will be an opportunity for you to connect with technical experts for all of our programs, contracting, small business office and senior leadership. Our Industry Day is planned to be a perfect mix of educational opportunities to learn how to increase business with our district (directly as a prime or indirectly as a subcontractor) and networking with Government personnel and other contractors that could be potential team members or partners. In addition, we will have the opportunity for you to sign up on site for small group roundtable sessions with the technical/program offices of our district, which is a value in and of itself. You will have the opportunities in these small group sessions to sit with no more than 4 other company representatives and have a direct conversation with the PM/engineer/operations manager and share your capabilities and ideas! More information on these sessions are at the event website and will be updated. For event questions, please contact Ms. Beth White, Deputy, Small Business Programs, US Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, 309-794-5205, elizabeth.m.white@usace.army.mil.

 

ILC Ames Lean Coffee

2/28/2019, 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.

 

Lessons Learned: Unwinding and Upgrading a Heavily Customized ERP

2/28/2019, Webinar

Address: Webinar

Details: The webinar will explore what challenges the Arbor Day Foundation faced and solutions we discovered during the unwind and update of a heavily customized ERP. All while keeping a continuous improvement mindset.

 

 

March 2019


2019 FSMA Update & Beyond Lunch and Learn

3/1/2019, Ames, IA

Address: Economic Development Core Facility, 1805 Collaboration Place

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 ВЅ-hour FSMA Update event will provide a general summary of what the new law with the MOST RECENT 2019 UPDATES is requiring 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.

 

Webinar - 3 Essential Leadership Behaviors for Creating a CI Culture

3/5/2019, Webinar,

Address: 

Details: Organizations have been striving to achieve cultural transformation for decades. Lean has delivered many effective systems, methods and tools. But continuous improvement methods and tools are not enough to create an authentic, lasting change in an organization's culture. So what is needed? In this webinar we will identify what we believe is needed to connect with people on a very real level to create an environment where genuine engagement and transformation can occur. For Questions, please contact Tracy Schuster at tschust@iastate.edu.

 

ILC Des Moines Lean Coffee

3/7/2019, Des Moines, IA

Address: Eurofins Scientific, Nutrition Analysis Center 2200 Rittenhouse St Suite 150 Des Moines, IA 50321

Details: Are you a Lean professional in the Des Moines area? Join us for the ILC Des Moines Lean Coffee. This informal, monthly gathering is an opportunity to get to know fellow Lean practitioners in the Des Moines metro area and learn from each other by talking about a topic of mutual interest.

 

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training

3/7/2019, Burlinton, IA

Address: 

Details: Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training meetings. The training sessions are for fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety. ISU Extension and Outreach specialists will lead each class. This course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in В§112.22(c) that requires "At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration."

 

3D Printing and Polymer Lab Tour

3/7/2019, Ames, IA

Address: Economic Development Core Facility, 1805 Collaboration Place

Details: Learn how labs can support your material selection and failure efforts of polymer based components and assemblies. Learn advanced 3D printing technologies, like metal printing, are changing how companies envision their products and process. Learn how you can shorten your product development cycle.

 

ILC Iowa City Area Lean Coffee

3/8/2019, Coralville, IA

Address: Iowa Lions Eye Bank, BioVentures Center, 2500 Crosspark Rd., W119, Coralville, IA 52241

Details: Join us for the Iowa City Area Lean Coffees in 2019! 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**

 

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training

3/12/2019, Algona, IA

Address: 

Details: Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training meetings. The training sessions are for fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety. ISU Extension and Outreach specialists will lead each class. This course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in В§112.22(c) that requires "At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration."

 

Automation Implementation with ROI

3/12/2019, Council Bluffs, IA

Address: Acieta, 2906 21st Ave. Council Bluffs, IA 51501

Details: To provide small and medium sized manufacturers with answers to three questions: How do I identify which of my operations are best to automate? How do I estimate total cost (including maintenance and training) of automating and therefore ROI? What integrator can I trust to do what is best for me?

 

ILC Cedar Rapids/ Marion Lean Coffee

3/19/2019, Marion, IA

Address: ESCO Group, 3450 3rd St, Marion, IA 52302

Details: Join us for the Cedar Rapids/Marion Area Lean Coffees in 2019! Register here for multiple dates. You will receive an email reminder of your registration 48 hours before the event.

 

Creating Your Government Marketing Strategy

3/27/2019, 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.

 

Webinar - Creating Personal Productivity Habits that Stick

3/27/2019, Webinar,

Address: 

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.

 

Metallurgical Failures of Manufactured Products

3/28/2019, Des Moines, IA

Address: RAMCO, 1207 Maple Street,

Details: Paul Berge is a metallurgical engineer with the Iowa State University 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.

 

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.

 

 

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 ВЅ-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 .

 

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.

 

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 - 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.

 

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.

 

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 ВЅ-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 .

 

 

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 ВЅ-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 ВЅ-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.

 

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.

 

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 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.

 

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.

 

 

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 .

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

Better Process Control School

7/29/2019 - 8/1/2019, Ames, IA

Address: Applied Sciences, Center for NDE, 1915 Scholl Rd

Details: The Better Process Control School certifies supervisors of thermal processing systems, acidification and container closure evaluation programs for low-acid and acidified foods in closed containers. All low-acid and acidified food processors must have a certified supervisor on hand at all times during processing. This school satisfies the training requirements for both FDA and USDA regulations. For questions, please contact Brenda Martin at bkmartin@iastate.edu or 515-570-5282.

 

 

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 ВЅ-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 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.

 

 

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.