Iowa Business Training, Events, and Workshops

 

November 2018


Basic Sausage Short Course

11/13/2018 - 11/15/2018, Ames, IA

Address: Iowa State University Meat Laboratory

Details: With a focus on the technology of sausage processing, short course topics range from lectures on basic meat science to demonstrations of processing techniques. Speakers, nationally and internationally recognized authorities in their fields, will provide information about the latest technology available. Enrollment for this course is limited to 60 so that participants have ample opportunities to interact with speakers and staff and have their questions answered. Iowa State University’s modern Meat Laboratory allows participants to observe demonstrations utilizing the latest technology.

 

Creating the Factory of the Future

11/13/2018, Cedar Rapids, IA

Address: Kirckwood Hotel, 7725 Kirkwood Blvd SW

Details: Join CIRAS and CATI and explore the evolution of the manufacturing process with the help of 3D Printing, 3D Scanning, and benchtop CNC Milling. The team of experts will discuss the concepts and show examples with real-life components. Attendees will learn how leveraging 3D Printing, 3D Scanning, and Benchtop CNC Milling can help optimize your process. For questions contact Chris Hill at chhill@iastate.edu.

 

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

11/14/2018, Webinar

Details: 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. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

 

ILC Lean Coffee

11/14/2018, Coralville, IA

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

Details: Join us for the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Lean Coffees in 2018! Register here for multiple dates. You will receive an email reminder of your registration 48 hours before the event. Lean Coffee is an informal, monthly gathering to get to know fellow lean practitioners in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City area and learn from each other by talking about a topic of mutual interest. Lean Coffee is a structured, but agenda-less meeting. Participants gather, build an agenda, and begin talking. Conversations are directed and productive. Lean Coffee is open to members and non-members of the Iowa Lean Consortium. Learn more about joining the ILC here: http://www.iowalean.org/join-us.

 

ILC Quad Cities Lean Coffee

11/15/2018, Davenport, IA

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

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

 

ISU Lab Resources for Manufacturers

11/15/2018, Calmar, IA

Address: Northeast Iowa Community College

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.

 

US Army Corps of Engineers- RI Industry Outreach Workshop

11/15/2018, Davenport, IA

Address: Davenport Public Library, 6000 Eastern Avenue

Details: This face to face industry engagement event will provide contractors with the opportunity to learn about various contracting topics, network with other contractors as well as Rock Island district employees from Contracting, Project Management, Engineering, Construction and Small Business offices. Format will provide a venue for educational material (topics determined by industry), Q&A and direct interaction, as well as one on one marketing opportunities with the district. The purpose of the event is two-fold: 1. It allows the contractors that have identified the Rock Island District as a potential Government customer to learn about various Government contracting topics as well as provide direct marketing information to the district. 2. It allows the Rock Island district to engage directly with potential contractors, determine capabilities available within various industries supporting the overall mission, and to assist with market research for larger buys and to identify sources for smaller buys.? Contact Beth White to register: elizabeth.m.white@usace.army.mil.

 

ILC Omaha Area Lean Coffee

11/16/2018, Omaha, IA

Address: Mutual of Omaha Plaza, 3300 Mutual of Omaha Plaza, Omaha, NE 68175

Details: Are you a Lean professional in the Omaha area? Join us for Omaha Lean Coffee! Get to know fellow Lean practitioners in the Omaha area and learn from each other by discussing a topic of mutual interest. This month our host is Mutual of Omaha. Guests will need to bring a photo ID. Guest parking is available on the west side of the building between Farnam and Dodge on 34th Street. The parking is free but very limited. If the lot is full, additional parking is available on the streets or a there is a parking garage between Farnam and Dodge on 33rd Street. Both of those options will require pay for parking. Please enter on the north side of our main building (the tallest side of the building north of Farnam). Security will check you in there. About Lean Coffee: Lean Coffee is a structured, but agenda-less meeting. Participants gather, build an agenda, and begin talking. Conversations are directed and productive. Learn more about Lean Coffee HERE. Lean Coffee is open to members and non-members of the Iowa Lean Consortium (ILC) and is free to attend. Learn more about joining the ILC here: http://www.iowalean.org/join-us.

 

GovCon 101

11/20/2018, 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.

 

Subcontracting Opportunities

11/27/2018, 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.

 

ILC - Ames Lean Coffee

11/29/2018, Ames, IA

Address: Landus Cooperative, 2321 North Loop Drive Suite 220

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

 

 

December 2018


Blended Human Food PCQI Part 2: Instructor Led Course

12/3/2018, Ames, IA

Address: Economic Development Core Facility, 1805 Collaboration Place

Details: Blended Human Food Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) Part 2 Course. Instructor led course with enriched grain industry discussion. Instructor led and required to complete FSPCA PCQI certificate in blended course. Part 1 online must be completed before taking part 2. Instructor information: Kimberly L. Anderson is a Lead Instructor for the FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food Course. She comes for a diverse background in the food industry and was a former FDA Investigator.

 

Search Engine Optimization 1 Boot Camp

12/4/2018 - 12/5/2018, Ames, IA

Address: Economic Development Core Facility, 1805 Collaboration Place

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

 

The Federal Sales Game- A Three Step Process

12/4/2018, Davenport, IA

Address: Birchwood Fields Learning Center, 4620 East 53rd Street

Details: Attendees will learn from Eileen Kent of Custom Keynotes how to play in the federal market, how to build a competitive analysis and how to build a Federal sales action plan. Attendees should being a laptop and a thumb drive and an open mind! This will be an interactive workshop where Eileen will take students through the process of doing a deep data dive to find their target market and then begin building their build an Action Plan for the federal market. Whether you are experienced in the federal market or wanting to learn more about how things really work and how to identify those customers you haven’t been able to find, this is the event for you! This event will be offered in Eastern Iowa, Central Iowa and Western Iowa.

 

The Federal Sales Game- A Three Step Process

12/5/2018, Huxley, IA

Address: The Huxely Learning Center, 1551 Hwy-210

Details: Attendees will learn from Eileen Kent of Custom Keynotes how to play in the federal market, how to build a competitive analysis and how to build a Federal sales action plan. Attendees should being a laptop and a thumb drive and an open mind! This will be an interactive workshop where Eileen will take students through the process of doing a deep data dive to find their target market and then begin building their build an Action Plan for the federal market. Whether you are experienced in the federal market or wanting to learn more about how things really work and how to identify those customers you haven’t been able to find, this is the event for you! This event will be offered in Eastern Iowa, Central Iowa and Western Iowa.

 

ILC Cedar Valley Lean Coffee

12/5/2018, Cedar Falls, IA

Address: Far Reach, 208 Main Street, Suite #A, Cedar Falls, IA 50613

Details: **Please note the change to our regularly scheduled meeting. This is a combined meeting for November and December due to the holidays. ** Are you a Lean professional in the Cedar Valley area? Join us for Lean Coffee! Far Reach will be providing the beverages (beer, coffee, water) and well as leading great conversation. We look forward to seeing you! Parking/Entrance Directions: To get to Far Reach, enter off of Main Street. Click here for a Map of where Far Reach is located. There aren’t any time restrictions on parking any time after 5:00 so if you arrive any time after 4:00, you’ll be good! Enter through the glass door between Toads Restaurant and Little Prairie Girl Shop. Far Reach’s name is on the door. Go up the stairs, through the door and enter Far Reach through 2nd door. About Lean Coffee: Lean Coffee is an informal, monthly gathering is an opportunity to get to know fellow Lean practitioners in the Cedar Valley area and learn from each other by talking about a topic of mutual interest. It is a structured, but agenda-less meeting. Participants gather, build an agenda, and begin talking. Conversations are directed and productive. Lean more about Lean Coffee here. Lean Coffee is open to members and non-members of the Iowa Lean Consortium. Learn more about joining the ILC here:http://www.iowalean.org/join-us.

 

ILC Des Moines Lean Coffee

12/6/2018, Des Moines, IA

Address: Iowa Prison Industries Showroom, 1445 East Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50316

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. Lean Coffee is a structured, but agenda-less meeting. Participants gather, build an agenda, and begin talking. Conversations are directed and productive. Learn more about Lean Coffee HERE. Lean Coffee is open to members and non-members of the Iowa Lean Consortium (ILC) and is free to attend. Learn more about joining the ILC here: http://www.iowalean.org/join-us.

 

One-Stop Small Business Resource Information Event

12/6/2018, Davenport, IA

Address: 1225 E. River Drive, Suite 325/332

Details: Come learn and connect with community, state and federal resources available to support small business owners and entrepreneurs. Representatives from IASourceLink, the Iowa Targeted Small Business program (TSB), the Iowa Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP) and others are confirmed. Bring your Capabilities Statements, business cards, and a brief statement highlighting the value your business can bring to others. The event is free but space is limited. RSVP to tsbcert@iowaeda.com or call Jill Lippincott with questions at 515-348-6159

 

The Federal Sales Game- A Three Step Process

12/6/2018, Sioux City, IA

Address: Sioux City Convention Center, 801 4th St

Details: Attendees will learn from Eileen Kent of Custom Keynotes how to play in the federal market, how to build a competitive analysis and how to build a Federal sales action plan. Attendees should being a laptop and a thumb drive and an open mind! This will be an interactive workshop where Eileen will take students through the process of doing a deep data dive to find their target market and then begin building their build an Action Plan for the federal market. Whether you are experienced in the federal market or wanting to learn more about how things really work and how to identify those customers you haven’t been able to find, this is the event for you! This event will be offered in Eastern Iowa, Central Iowa and Western Iowa.

 

Search Engine Optimization Boot Camp 2

12/6/2018, Ames, IA

Address: Economic Development Core Facility, 1805 Collaboration Place

Details: The Search Engine Optimization Boot Camp 2 takes off from where the SEO 1 boot camp leaves off. There are advanced techniques past the fundamental elements of SEO that can help your site get found with more regularity. The SEO BC 2 will provide that information and application. For questions, please contact Paul Gormley at gormley@iastate.edu.

 

Manufacturing Information Technology - Introduction to Data Literacy

12/7/2018, Cedar Rapids, IA

Address: NewBoCo, 415 12th Ave SE

Details: Iowa companies today have access to more information about their businesses than ever before. But exactly what should you be doing with all that data? CIRAS has partnered with NewBoCo's DeltaV Code School to teach Iowa manufacturers how to understand, manipulate, and visualize their data in the way that makes the most individual sense for each company. This is the first offering of a four-course program that will cover the basics of data literacy, working with data, visualization, and dashboarding. Each course will be held in three locations across Iowa. The first class, Introduction to Data Literacy, is a four-hour seminar focused on understanding the key terminology. Among other things, we’ll discuss: data encoding, data access, data formats, and data delivery. For questions please contact Paul Gormley at gormley@iastate.edu.

 

OSHA Machine Guarding Hazards Training

12/12/2018, Ames, IA

Address: 1805 Collaboration Place, Room 1200

Details: CIRAS and the Iowa Illinois Safety Council (IISC) are partnering to bring Georgia Tech’s OSHA Consultation and Training Program for a machine guarding hazards encountered by manufacturing workers. This full-day course will highlight machine guarding hazards and solutions, plus lockout/tagout (LOTO) hazards found in manufacturing facilities. For questions, please email Mike O'Donnell at modonnll@iastate.edu

 

ILC Cedar Rapids/ Iowa City Lean Coffee

12/12/2018, Coralville, IA

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

Details: Join us for the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Lean Coffees in 2018! Register here for multiple dates. You will receive an email reminder of your registration 48 hours before the event. Lean Coffee is an informal, monthly gathering to get to know fellow lean practitioners in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City area and learn from each other by talking about a topic of mutual interest. Lean Coffee is a structured, but agenda-less meeting. Participants gather, build an agenda, and begin talking. Conversations are directed and productive. Lean Coffee is open to members and non-members of the Iowa Lean Consortium. Learn more about joining the ILC here: http://www.iowalean.org/join-us.

 

Manufacturing Information Technology- Introduction to Data Literacy

12/13/2018, Ames, IA

Address: EDIR, 1805 Collaboration Place

Details: Learning the Basics: Introduction to Data Literacy for Manufacturers Iowa companies today have access to more information about their businesses than ever before. But exactly what should you be doing with all that data? CIRAS has partnered with NewBoCo's DeltaV Code School to teach Iowa manufacturers how to understand, manipulate, and visualize their data in the way that makes the most individual sense for each company. This is the first offering of a four-course program that will cover the basics of data literacy, working with data, visualization, and dashboarding. Each course will be held in three locations across Iowa. The first class, Introduction to Data Literacy, is a four-hour seminar focused on understanding the key terminology. Among other things, we’ll discuss: data encoding, data access, data formats, and data delivery.

 

Manufacturing Information Technology- Introduction to Data Literacy

12/14/2018, Storm Lake, IA

Address: Buena Vista University, 610 W 4th St

Details: Learning the Basics: Introduction to Data Literacy for Manufacturers Iowa companies today have access to more information about their businesses than ever before. But exactly what should you be doing with all that data? CIRAS has partnered with NewBoCo's DeltaV Code School to teach Iowa manufacturers how to understand, manipulate, and visualize their data in the way that makes the most individual sense for each company. This is the first offering of a four-course program that will cover the basics of data literacy, working with data, visualization, and dashboarding. Each course will be held in three locations across Iowa. The first class, Introduction to Data Literacy, is a four-hour seminar focused on understanding the key terminology. Among other things, we’ll discuss: data encoding, data access, data formats, and data delivery.

 

ILC - Ames Lean Coffee

12/20/2018, Ames, IA

Address: Landus Cooperative, 2321 North Loop Drive Suite 220

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

 

 

January 2019


GovCon 101

1/7/2019, Webinar

Details: This 1.5-hour webinar will give you an introduction to 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. For questions please contact Julie Fagle at jafagle@iastate.edu.

 

Cured Meat Short Course

1/15/2019 - 1/17/2019, Ames, IA

Address: Iowa State University Meat Laboratory

Details: With a focus on the technology of cured meat processing, short course topics range from lectures on basic meat science to demonstrations of processing techniques. Speakers, nationally and internationally recognized authorities in their fields, will provide information about the latest technology available. Since the enrollment in this short course is limited to 60, you will have ample opportunity to have your questions answered directly by the speakers and staff. Iowa State University's modern meat laboratory facilities allow you to observe demonstrations in a setting that provides access to the latest technology.

 

Creating Your Government Marketing Strategy

1/16/2019, 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.

 

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.

 

 

February 2019


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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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: 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.   Goals: Engage 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 to the many resources available at Iowa State and how to access our help to improve the profitability and growth of your business.

 

 

March 2019


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.

 

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.

 

 

April 2019


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’re 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.

 

GovCon 101

4/9/2019, Webinar

Details: This 1.5-hour webinar will give you an introduction to 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. For questions please contact Julie Fagle at jafagle@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.

 

Materials, Structures, and NDE Tour

4/18/2019, 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.

 

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

4/24/2019, 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’re 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.

 

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’re 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.

 

 

May 2019


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’re 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.

 

 

June 2019


3D Printing and Polymer Lab Tour

6/13/2019, 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.

 

 

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.

 

 

August 2019


3D Printing and Polymer Lab Tour

8/15/2019 - 11/15/2018, Ames, IA

Address: Economic Development Core Facility, 1805 Collaboration Place, Ames, Iowa

Details: Learn how labs can support your material selection and failed 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.