Iowa Business Training, Events, and Workshops

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues, the Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) continues to prioritize the health and safety of our communities, clients, and staff. We have made the decision to cancel, postpone, or move online all CIRAS in-person events through the end of July. Webinars will continue as planned. Full refunds will be issued for canceled events and to those unable to attend rescheduled events. Please contact us at ciras@iastate.edu or 515-294-3420 with any questions.

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May 2020


Iowa Lean Consortium Recorded Content

5/4/2020 - 5/31/2020, Webinar

Productivity ILC Webinar 

Details: ILC is opening up their recorded content for everyone to utilize for the month of May. Check out the great content and learn more about how Lean can help you and your organization.

 

Webinar: Fundamentals of Indirect Rates

5/26/2020, Webinar

GovCon Webinar 

Details: Higher margins and improved profitability are a direct result of the proper calculation of indirect rates and the maximum recovery of all costs incurred. Classification of costs, identification of correct and allowable allocation methods, and accurate mathematical formulas are critical in the proper calculation of indirect rates. This webinar will focus on the most common cost pools utilized by government contractors and a single rate approach to indirect rates. Contact your CIRAS Government Contracting Specialist to attend this webinar at NO COST!

 

COVID-19 Manufacturing Roundtable

5/26/2020, Webinar

Leadership COVID Webinar 

Details: During these times of rapid change, CIRAS is hosting a weekly manufacturing roundtable to provide updates on COVID-19, share best practices, and host expert speakers. Participation from attendees, including sharing lessons and asking questions, is encouraged.

 

Practical Analytic Techniques - Industry 4.0

5/27/2020, Webinar

Growth Technology Webinar 

Details: Forrester reports that between 60 percent and 73 percent of all data within an enterprise goes unused for analytics. This webinar was designed to provide relatively easy-to-use analytical tools that can help Iowa manufactures make better use of their data. Two experts will show you how to use Seasonality Forecasting and Control Charts to make better decisions about managing your resources and when you should act.

 

Trade Talk Series - Opening Trade: Global Options for Iowa

5/27/2020, Webinar

Growth Webinar 

Details: Country Focus: Europe. You will learn status of country-specific export markets, emerging trade and economic information, and opportunities for Iowa exporters. Email international@iowaeda.com with attendee name(s) and email(s) to receive webinar login details. Webinars will also be available on-demand for later viewing. For questions, reach out to Marc Schneider at maschn@iastate.edu

 

Webinar: Putting the CMMC in Terms Everyone Can Understand

5/28/2020, Webinar

GovCon Webinar 

Details: CMMC stands for Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification. The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition & Sustainment has stated on its website, “The CMMC will encompass multiple maturity levels that range from ‘Basic Cybersecurity Hygiene’ to ‘Advanced/Progressive.’ The intent is to incorporate CMMC into Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) and use it as a requirement for contract award.” Contact your CIRAS Government Contracting Specialist to attend this webinar at NO COST!

 

FUTURE READY IOWA WEBINAR SERIES: Registered Apprenticeships in Non-Traditional Fields

5/29/2020, Webinar

Growth Webinar 

Details: Registered Apprenticeships are training and education pathways that can help meet the skilled workforce shortage in Iowa while providing great opportunities for Iowans. Registered Apprenticeships are growing in fields such as healthcare, engineering, IT, hospitality and more. Learn how these programs are redefining what it means to be a registered apprentice. Employers share the innovative strategies they have used to address their challenges for building a skilled workforce. The Future Ready Iowa webinar series connects you with information about the key workforce programs related to the hiring, training, and retaining of a skilled workforce. Employers, educators, job seekers, and community organizations are encouraged to sign up for the monthly webinars. Each webinar will last between 30-45 minutes with time for questions at the end. Each webinar will be recorded and made available on this page if you were unable to attend.

 

 

June 2020


Lean Government Exchange

6/2/2020, Webinar

Productivity ILC Webinar 

Details: Government and nonprofit entities face unique challenges within their Lean journeys, so the Iowa Lean Consortium has designed a webinar of knowledge aimed at helping you learn how to overcome those challenges. This event is not limited to those in government - anyone with an interest in continuous improvement will benefit from attending.

 

Banner's Condition Monitoring Solution Kits

6/2/2020, Webinar

Productivity Technology Webinar 

Details: Through this webinar, attendees will learn how to monitor critical equipment and processes with ready to install plug and play solution kits from Banner Engineering. They also offer solutions to view data remotely or set up additional alerts with Banner's Connected Data Solutions. Attend to see if this monitoring kit is the right fit for your organization. For questions, reach out to Abhay Grover at agrover@iastate.edu

 

CIRAS Food Safety Collaboration

6/3/2020 - 7/15/2020, Webinar

Food Webinar 

Details: All manufacturers are required to be in compliance with the regulations, both human food and animal food (feed) companies. Participating in CIRAS Food Safety Collaboration, you will learn about FSMA, the different parts of a food safety plan, and go through exercises in which you generate procedures, gain access to helpful templates, begin your documentation and recordkeeping programs for your Food Safety Plan. This course will help your company jump-start the development of a Food Safety Plan. The format will be a collaboration style which will help you to learn with other companies.

 

Harvesting the Low Hanging Fruit

6/3/2020, Webinar

Growth GovCon Webinar 

Details: Government Contracting can be a valuable tool for growing and developing an Iowa business. But how do you get started selling to the government if you don't have contacts at the Pentagon? This 30-minute webinar will show you how to focus on local governments and find potential customers at the school district or state agency just down the street. For questions, please contact Mary Zimmerman at maryz@iastate.edu.

 

Trade Talk Series - Opening Trade: Global Options for Iowa

6/3/2020, Webinar

Growth Webinar 

Details: Country Focus: SE Asia. You will learn the status of country-specific export markets, emerging trade and economic information, and opportunities for Iowa exporters. Email international@iowaeda.com with attendee name(s) and email(s) to receive webinar login details. Webinars will also be available on-demand for later viewing.

 

Disrupt the Incumbent

6/8/2020, Webinar

GovCon Webinar 

Details: This 90-minute webinar/strategy session will teach you how communicate to government purchasing officers why your product or service is better, faster, and more effective. Eileen Kent, a strategist known as the Federal Sales Sherpa, will teach participants how to dissect a federal contracting situation to identify the incumbents, their clients, their strengths, and their weaknesses. For questions, please contact Jodi Essex at jodir@iastate.edu.

 

Cedar Rapids FRM Industry Outreach and Upcoming Projects Discussion

6/9/2020, Webinar

GovCon Webinar 

Details: This session will provide attendees with overall information on the USACE/City of Cedar Rapids partnership to complete Flood Risk Management construction projects within the city. The project manager will provide details on some upcoming contract opportunities through USACE, and webinar will include other items of interest from our construction, contracting and small business offices. The session will also provide you with information on resources to assist your company during your contract pursuits.

 

ILC Coaching in a Virtual World webinar

6/9/2020, Webinar

Productivity ILC Webinar 

Details: Coaching is a challenging role under any situation – let alone when you're trying to do it over the internet. This webinar is designed to share practical methods you can apply to create solid virtual connections, effectively support others, and nurture personal growth. Mike Orzen, a 30-year veteran of Lean, Lean IT and cultural change, will help you find the keys to coaching in a virtual world and show you how to help others deliver real results.

 

Trade Talk Series - Opening Trade: Global Options for Iowa

6/10/2020, Webinar

Growth Webinar 

Details: Country Focus: Mexico. You will learn the status of country-specific export markets, emerging trade and economic information, and opportunities for Iowa exporters. Email international@iowaeda.com with attendee name(s) and email(s) to receive webinar login details. Webinars will also be available on-demand for later viewing.

 

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

6/11/2020, Webinar

GovCon Webinar 

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

 

Blended Human Food PCQI Part 2: Instructor led Course

6/11/2020, Webinar

Food Webinar 

Details: This is a Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) class put on by ISU/CIRAS/ANR. It is the second part that is required after the first part online is completed in order to receive your certificate as a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI). The FSPCA PCQI class is the only PCQI class recognized by the FDA. Regulations require that companies have a PCQI as set forth by the FDA.

 

PTAC Army Corps of Engineers Partnership Event

6/16/2020, Webinar

GovCon Webinar 

Details: Join the Iowa PTAC, USACE Rock Island Office of Small Business Programs and Koprince Law Firm to learn about Joint Ventures, Mentor Protégé Agreements, Prime/Subcontractor relationships and the variety of teaming structures for Federal contracts. This webinar will provide a broad overview of each teaming structure and business considerations for each.

 

 

July 2020


Blended Human Food PCQI Part 2: Instructor led Course

7/10/2020, Webinar

Food Webinar 

Details: This is a Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) class put on by ISU/CIRAS/ANR. It is the second part that is required after the first part online is completed in order to receive your certificate as a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI). The FSPCA PCQI class is the only PCQI class recognized by the FDA. Regulations require that companies have a PCQI as set forth by the FDA.

 

 

August 2020


Is the GSA Schedule Right for Your Company?

8/26/2020, Webinar

Growth GovCon Webinar 

Details: The General Services administration (GSA) Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) program can be a valuable tool for selling to the federal government. But will it work for your company? This webinar will help participants learn how the program works and whether they qualify for a GSA schedule, as well as what will be necessary to keep a contract long-term. By the end of discussion, you'll have a better idea the program is a good fit for your business. For questions, please contact Melissa Burant at mmburant@iastate.edu.

 

 

September 2020


GSA Consolidation: The Facts You Need to Know

9/24/2020, Webinar

Growth GovCon Webinar 

Details: In October, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) released its Consolidated Schedule, part of a three-phase program to combine the previous 24 separate schedules into one solicitation. This webinar is designed to help Iowa businesses understand the changes that are coming and how these new rules will affect the government contracting game. For questions, please contact Melissa Burant at mmburant@iastate.edu.

 

 

October 2020


Teaming, Joint Venturing, and the SBA's Mentor Protégé programs!

10/20/2020, Webinar

GovCon Webinar 

Details: ?What's trending in government contracting today? Teaming, Joint Venturing, and the SBA's Mentor Protégé programs! Join experienced government contracting attorney Maria Panichelli for this webinar explaining how to properly implement these partnering tools. She will provide strategies for forming a successful team or a joint venture, as well as tips on how to draft enforceable and compliant teaming or joint venture agreements??. For questions, please contact Julie Fagle at jafagle@iastate.edu.