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 2020. 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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November 2020


Successful Food Product Development - 3 session short course

11/30/2020 - 12/4/2020, Webinar

Growth Leadership Technology Webinar 

Details: Iowans increasingly want to eat local foods. But bringing those products to market safely requires special knowledge about ingredients functionality, food safety, and scientific product development methods. Where do you start? This three-session webinar is part of an eight-hour course blended with in-person instruction, is designed to help Iowa food companies learn what's necessary to take a new food product to market successfully. For more, contact Brenda Martin at bkmartin@iastate.edu.

 

You Can’t Say That: Strategies to Master Diversity in a New Decade

11/30/2020, Webinar

Leadership Webinar 

Details: It can sometimes feel, no matter where you turn, you are offending someone. It's clear our words have power and apparent we aren't always sure how to use them for good. We'll identify six categories of statements that are intended to connect, but actually make it harder to find common ground and can cause irreparable harm to others personally and professionally. Then we'll equip you with five essential strategies to handle complex and diverse situations and important language to create connection under pressure.

 

 

December 2020


COVID-19 Manufacturing Roundtable

12/1/2020, 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. For more, contact Derek Thompson at thompson@iastate.edu

 

SBA's Surety Bond Guarantee Program

12/1/2020, Webinar

Growth GovCon Webinar 

Details: Sometimes, the hardest part of getting a government contract is qualifying for consideration in the first place. This one-hour webinar will feature experts explaining how eligible small businesses can use the SBA’s Surety Bond Guarantee Program to receive the bonding assistance necessary to compete for contracting and subcontracting jobs. For more, contact maryz@iastate.edu.

 

GovCon101

12/2/2020, Webinar

GovCon Webinar 

Details: This webinar will give you an introduction to local, state, and federal Government Contracting, and address the various factors you may want to consider before entering this market. We'll discuss how the Government market differs from the commercial market, the pros and cons of servicing this market, how the government buys, and all the various steps required in order to sell to the Government. For questions please contact Samantha Ferm at siferm@iastate.edu.

 

Export Opportunities in Chile and Peru Webinar

12/2/2020, Webinar

Growth Webinar 

Details: IEDA webinar co-sponsored by CIRAS. There has never been a better time to look at new global markets! Join the IEDA International Trade office and our Latin America partner Global BMT to learn about opportunities to expand your company’s exports into dynamic, growing markets. Chile and Peru continue to become regional and international leaders for stable, growing economy, a strong financial system and a high level of global trade in Latin America. For questions please contact Marc Schneider at maschn@iastate.edu.

 

What to consider before Investing in 3D Printing Technology

12/3/2020, Webinar

Technology Webinar 

Details: This one-hour webinar is designed to give Iowa manufacturers a broad overview of what they should consider before investing in 3D printing technology. CIRAS experts will explain where 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, might fit within your business. They'll discuss current developments and what you should know before making a purchasing decision. For more, contact Chris Hill at chhill@iastate.edu.

 

ISU Supplier Orientation

12/3/2020, Webinar

Growth GovCon Webinar 

Details: Want to do business with Iowa State University? This one-hour webinar is designed to show would-be vendors how the process works. An Iowa State procurement official will discuss bidding invoicing, and payment processes, as well as what and how the university prefers to purchase. For more, contact Mary McGraw at mcgraw@iastate.edu.

 

Federal Contractors’ Evolving Cybersecurity Requirements (Hosted by Govology)

12/3/2020, Webinar

GovCon Webinar 

Details: Evolving Cybersecurity Requirements." We know that the CMMC is going to be a mandatory element for anyone who wants to work with the Department of Defense. Knowing what is required and needed for your company is as important as knowing your proprietary and confidential information is safe from unscrupulous hackers or inadvertent mishaps. In this webinar, you will learn about the different cybersecurity requirements for DoD contractors, what they mean, and much more. Contact your CIRAS Government Contracting Specialist to attend this webinar at NO COST!

 

Analytics for Operations – What you need to begin

12/3/2020, Webinar

Technology Webinar 

Details: Data provides enormous power for manufacturers, but using that power requires an understanding of what information is important and how to collect it. This two-part webinar series from CIRAS and Van Meter Incorporated will give Iowa manufacturers a broad overview of analytics and explain how data can be used to provide new abilities to your operations team. For more, contact cjosborn@iastate.edu.

 

Getting meaningful body temperatures with non-contact thermometers

12/4/2020, Webinar

Technology COVID Webinar 

Details: More and more employers are attempting to track employee temperatures as a way of protecting the community’s health from COVID-19. This one-hour webinar is designed to help you understand the limitations of infrared temperature devices and how to account for them. For more, contact Dave Utrata at heydave@iastate.edu.

 

Blended Human Food PCQI Part 2: Instructor led Course

12/7/2020, 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.

 

COVID-19 Manufacturing Roundtable

12/8/2020, 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. For more, contact Derek Thompson at thompson@iastate.edu

 

Business Development through Cybersecurity Compliance

12/8/2020, Webinar

Technology GovCon Webinar 

Details: Cybersecurity is becoming an increasing large factor in your company’s ability to win contracts. How do you prove that you’re reliable with data and do what you must do to continue doing business? This one-hour webinar will feature an Iowa cybersecurity expert explaining the new wave of standards and how they will impact your business. For more, contact Shankar Srinivasan at srigshan@iastate.edu.

 

I 4.0 - RAMCO's Tech Tuesday - Omron AI Vision System

12/8/2020, Webinar

Productivity Technology Webinar 

Details: This webinar will review the technical features of an OMRON AI-based vision system such as memory storage, external interface, environmental usage, etc. along with applications of the vision system in manufacturing such as quality inspection, assembly verification and package counting. All attendees will get a high level understanding of the vision system, discuss their specific applications, and get access to a qualified technology partner (RAMCO). This webinar is designed for all employees that work in production operations i.e. from shop floor operators to production managers. For more information, contact Abhay Grover at agrover@iastate.edu

 

Adopt Automation Faster: Scale It Risk-free Through RaaS Webinar

12/9/2020, Webinar

Technology Webinar 

Details: This webinar will focus on current trends in automation and robotics and how manufacturers are adopting new technologies. We will highlight a new alternative to CapEx investment when purchasing new equipment. Join IMEC and Formic Technologies to discover what is meant by the Robot as a Service (RaaS), key benefits of Raas, cost comparison between CapEx spending and Raas, what it takes to implement a Raas, and which applications are a good fit for Raas. This event is sponsored by the NIST MEP, Purdue MEP, CIRAS, and IMEC. For more, contact Shankar Srinivasan at srigshan@iastate.edu.

 

ILC - Video Call to Lectern: Staging Workplace Communication Webinar

12/10/2020, Webinar

Productivity ILC Webinar 

Details: Effective, efficient, and enjoyable work communication should be planned like a speech. This one-hour webinar will help you organize and become more effective when communicating in large group presentations, meetings, or individual conversations. For more, contact Tracy Schuster at tschust@iastate.edu.

 

Reshoring Webinar

12/10/2020, Webinar

Leadership Webinar 

Details: For many Iowa manufacturers, it has never been more evident that offshoring components can carry a great deal of cost and risk. National reshoring expert, Harry Moser, will discuss the benefits of reshoring and calculating your product’s total cost of ownership. He will show that 20 to 30% of what is now imported would be produced or sourced here more profitably. Tune in to find the tools to help you source smarter and also sell smarter when competing with imports.

 

Analytics for Operations – Case Study Example

12/11/2020, Webinar

Technology Webinar 

Details: Data provides enormous power for manufacturers, but using that power requires an understanding of what information is important and how to collect it. This two-part webinar series from CIRAS and Van Meter Incorporated will give Iowa manufacturers a broad overview of analytics and explain how data can be used to provide new abilities to your operations team. For more, contact khaaland@iastate.edu.

 

Using beta.SAM.gov

12/14/2020, Webinar

Growth GovCon Webinar 

Details: Landing government contracts requires knowing where to look for potential sales and understanding the landscape once you find a buyer who needs what you have to sell. This 60-minute webinar will show you how to use the beta.SAM.gov website to find potential bidding opportunities, how to search it for data on past contracts issued, and how to generate email alerts when the federal government is preparing to purchase your item or service. For more, contact Justin Niceswanger at jnice@iastate.edu.

 

COVID-19 Manufacturing Roundtable

12/15/2020, 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. For more, contact Derek Thompson at thompson@iastate.edu

 

Cobot Safety: Rules, Regulations, and Risk Reviews Webinar

12/15/2020, Webinar

Technology Webinar 

Details: Collaborative robots are the fastest growing segment in industrial robotics – for good reason. They are flexible, easy to program, and when compared to their “older generation” industrial counterparts, far safer and less expensive, as well as faster to deploy. But those who use or want to use cobots need to understand the risks and liability involved, as with any other machine on their factory floor. This event is sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Purdue MEP, The Center for Industrial Research and Service at Iowa State University (CIRAS), and the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC).? For more, contact Shankar Srinivasa at srigshan@iastate.edu

 

Growth Options in Medical Manufacturing

12/16/2020, Webinar

Growth COVID Webinar 

Details: This one-hour webinar is designed to provide an overview of the current marketplace for medical device manufacturing. Supply chains are shifting as a result of emergency regulations and “reshoring.” Are you ready? For more, contact CJ Osborn at cjosborn@iastate.edu.?

 

Financing Your Exports Webinar

12/16/2020, Webinar

Growth Webinar 

Details: IEDA webinar co-sponsored by CIRAS. Join SBA, EXIM and Trade Acceptance Group and learn how to grow international sales by utilizing government and private programs to finance your export business. For more questions please contact Marc Schneider at maschn@iastate.edu.

 

Iowa’s TSB Program, plus Introduction to a State Agency

12/16/2020, Webinar

Growth GovCon Webinar 

Details: Iowa's Targeted Small Business (TSB) program exists to help women, people with minority status, service-connected disabled veterans, and individuals with disabilities overcome hurdles to start or grow small businesses in Iowa. Each webinar will help you understand the benefits of the TSB program and how to do business with a featured government agency. For more, contact Julie Fagle at jafagle@iastate.edu.

 

ILC - Foundations of Project Management Virtual Workshop

12/17/2020, Webinar

Productivity ILC Webinar 

Details: This full-day virtual workshop will provide valuable tools to help you manage (or even just participate in) successful projects. Attendees will gain specific, actionable techniques for balancing scope, time, and cost, and you'll learn how to talk about your projects in a way that inspires others to take the appropriate action. For more, contact Tracy Schuster at tschust@iastate.edu.

 

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

12/22/2020, 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.

 

 

January 2021


Subcontracting Webinar

1/6/2021, Webinar

Growth GovCon Webinar 

Details: Subcontracting can be a lucrative avenue for companies that want to work in the government sector. This webinar will help Iowa businesses understand subcontracting opportunities, where to find them, and when subcontracting might make sense for your company. For more, contact Julie Fagle at jafagle@iastate.edu.

 

DAS Vendor Orientation

1/13/2021, Webinar

Growth GovCon Webinar 

Details: The Department of Administrative Services (DAS) Central Procurement offers orientation for vendors interested in doing business with State of Iowa agencies. Objectives:- Learn the basics of public procurement.- Learn about what the State purchases. - Learn where to find solicitations. - Learn who to contact. - Learn where to find other procurement information.

 

ILC - Liberating Structures Virtual Workshop

1/27/2021, Webinar

Productivity ILC Webinar 

Details: This two-hour webinar will explain Liberating Structures, a framework created by Henri Lipmanowicz and Keith McCandless that can help organizations liberate the participation and creativity within their meetings. Attendees will discover how to include everyone and distribute control of the content among all participants. You'll learn how Liberating Structures work and experience specific structures that will allow you to tap into the room intelligence no matter how large the team gets. For more, contact tschust@iastate.edu.

 

 

February 2021


Creating Your Government Marketing Strategy- Webinar

2/9/2021, Webinar

Growth GovCon Webinar 

Details: This webinar will provide information on the overall value of initial and ongoing market research for companies pursuing Government sales. We'll discuss resources available for conducting market research, and will give companies a meaningful starting point for a one-on-one discussion with their counselor for specific market research assistance. This session will provide a framework for companies to locate and define their top targets and what they are buying, and also assist in their marketing and pursuit of government customers. Prerequisite: It is recommended that you participate in GovCon 101, or have had a one-on-one meeting with a CIRAS Government Contracting Specialist prior to attending this session.

 

Using beta.SAM.gov

2/15/2021, Webinar

Growth GovCon Webinar 

Details: Landing government contracts requires knowing where to look for potential sales and understanding the landscape once you find a buyer who needs what you have to sell. This 60-minute webinar will show you how to use the beta.SAM.gov website to find potential bidding opportunities, how to search it for data on past contracts issued, and how to generate email alerts when the federal government is preparing to purchase your item or service. For more, contact Justin Niceswanger at jnice@iastate.edu.

 

Capabilities Statement Webinar

2/24/2021, Webinar

Growth GovCon Webinar 

Details: You can't sell your product or service to the government without government purchasing agents understanding who you are and what your business can do. This one-hour webinar will explain what a Capabilities Statement is, how to draft one, and where and how to share it with a potential government customer. For more, contact Samantha Ferm at siferm@iastate.edu.

 

 

March 2021


DAS Vendor Orientation

3/10/2021, Webinar

Growth GovCon Webinar 

Details: The Department of Administrative Services (DAS) Central Procurement offers orientation for vendors interested in doing business with State of Iowa agencies. Objectives:- Learn the basics of public procurement.- Learn about what the State purchases. - Learn where to find solicitations. - Learn who to contact. - Learn where to find other procurement information.

 

GovCon101

3/10/2021, Webinar

GovCon Webinar 

Details: This webinar will give you an introduction to local, state, and federal Government Contracting, and address the various factors you may want to consider before entering this market. We'll discuss how the Government market differs from the commercial market, the pros and cons of servicing this market, how the government buys, and all the various steps required in order to sell to the Government. For questions please contact Samantha Ferm at siferm@iastate.edu.

 

 

April 2021


Subcontracting Webinar

4/7/2021, Webinar

Growth GovCon Webinar 

Details: Subcontracting can be a lucrative avenue for companies that want to work in the government sector. This webinar will help Iowa businesses understand subcontracting opportunities, where to find them, and when subcontracting might make sense for your company. For more, contact Julie Fagle at jafagle@iastate.edu. Registration page coming soon.

 

 

May 2021


DAS Vendor Orientation

5/5/2021, Webinar

Growth GovCon Webinar 

Details: The Department of Administrative Services (DAS) Central Procurement offers orientation for vendors interested in doing business with State of Iowa agencies. Objectives:- Learn the basics of public procurement.- Learn about what the State purchases. - Learn where to find solicitations. - Learn who to contact. - Learn where to find other procurement information.

 

Creating Your Government Marketing Strategy- Webinar

5/18/2021, Webinar

Growth GovCon Webinar 

Details: This webinar will provide information on the overall value of initial and ongoing market research for companies pursuing Government sales. We'll discuss resources available for conducting market research, and will give companies a meaningful starting point for a one-on-one discussion with their counselor for specific market research assistance. This session will provide a framework for companies to locate and define their top targets and what they are buying, and also assist in their marketing and pursuit of government customers. For questions please contact Melissa Burant at mmburant@iastate.edu. Registration page coming soon. 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.

 

 

June 2021


GovCon101

6/2/2021, Webinar

GovCon Webinar 

Details: This webinar will give you an introduction to local, state, and federal Government Contracting, and address the various factors you may want to consider before entering this market. We'll discuss how the Government market differs from the commercial market, the pros and cons of servicing this market, how the government buys, and all the various steps required in order to sell to the Government. For questions please contact Samantha Ferm at siferm@iastate.edu. Registration page coming soon.