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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January 2021


Training for Protecting the Workforce from COVID-19

1/6/2021 - 1/27/2021, Webinar

Leadership Productivity Technology Food COVID Webinar 

Details: Iowa State University is offering a four-module program for preparing employees, supervisors, and owners of manufacturing and construction companies for planning, preparing, and responding to COVID-19 in the workplace. The curriculum consists of four, 1-hour long, webinars that will be offered every Wednesday 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM from January – September 2021. The program will offer ten cycles of the four webinars. For more information contact Mike O'Donnell at modonnll@iastate.edu

 

CIRAS' 2021 Email Marketing Boot Camp

1/19/2021 - 1/29/2021, Webinar

Growth Webinar 

Details: Automated Email Marketing is one of the most effective tools for marketers to nurture long-term prospects and get existing customers to purchase more from an organization. This online boot camp will help you learn from experts. Then, you’ll get one-on-one time to help you apply that knowledge to your specific business. For more, contact Paul Gormley at gormley@iastate.edu.

 

HAZWOPER 24 Hour

1/26/2021 - 1/27/2021, West Des Moines, IA

Address: IISC Office 1501 42nd St STE 100 West Des Moines, Iowa

Productivity InPerson Central Iowa 

Details: The triennial update of the NFPA 70E is here and we are pleased that The ESCO Group, an Iowa-Illinois Safety Council member, will be providing a 2-day training course guiding us through the new standard with emphasis on the updated changes from the 2018 edition. Some of the changes that will be covered include, definitions, general requirements for electrical safety-related work practices, establishing a safe work condition, work involving electrical hazards, plus • General electrical safety including arc flash labels, shock and arc flash hazards • The current NFPA 70E guidance/requirements • Requirements for electrical safety programs • OSHA guidance/requirements for electrical safety (1910.300 series) and LOTO (1910.147) • Multimeter safety, shock and arc flash PPE Note: CIRAS has moved to online-only events through at least January 2021 as a response to COVID-19. If you are healthy and choose to attend this partner-sponsored event, we recommend following CDC guidelines – including regular handwashing, maintaining 6 feet of distance from other participants when possible, and wearing a cloth face covering. Check with the sponsoring organization to find out what safety protocols are in place.

 

NFPA 70E Standard For Electrical Safety

1/26/2021 - 1/27/2021, West Des Moines, IA

Address: IISC Office 1501 42nd St STE 100 West Des Moines, Iowa

Productivity InPerson Central Iowa 

Details: The triennial update of the NFPA 70E is here and we are pleased that The ESCO Group, an Iowa-Illinois Safety Council member, will be providing a 2-day training course guiding us through the new standard with emphasis on the updated changes from the 2018 edition. Some of the changes that will be covered include, definitions, general requirements for electrical safety-related work practices, establishing a safe work condition, work involving electrical hazards, plus • General electrical safety including arc flash labels, shock and arc flash hazards • The current NFPA 70E guidance/requirements • Requirements for electrical safety programs • OSHA guidance/requirements for electrical safety (1910.300 series) and LOTO (1910.147) • Multimeter safety, shock and arc flash PPE Note: CIRAS has moved to online-only events through at least January 2021 as a response to COVID-19. If you are healthy and choose to attend this partner-sponsored event, we recommend following CDC guidelines – including regular handwashing, maintaining 6 feet of distance from other participants when possible, and wearing a cloth face covering. Check with the sponsoring organization to find out what safety protocols are in place.

 

Business Considerations for Cyber Compliance - A Panel Discussion

1/26/2021, Webinar

Growth GovCon Webinar 

Details: Getting compliant with new cybersecurity standards is going to take a significant amount of time and resources. Is it worth it? Join CIRAS and Winsor Consulting for a panel discussion to answer your questions. For more, contact jodir@iastate.edu.

 

NFPA 70E Standard for Electrical Safety

1/26/2021 - 1/27/2021, West Des Moines, IA

Address: IISC Office 1501 42nd St STE 100 West Des Moines , IA

Productivity InPerson Central Iowa 

Details: The triennial update of the NFPA 70E is here and we are pleased that The ESCO Group, an Iowa-Illinois Safety Council member, will be providing a 2-day training course guiding us through the new standard with emphasis on the updated changes from the 2018 edition. Some of the changes that will be covered include, definitions, general requirements for electrical safety-related work practices, establishing a safe work condition, work involving electrical hazards, plus • General electrical safety including arc flash labels, shock and arc flash hazards • The current NFPA 70E guidance/requirements • Requirements for electrical safety programs • OSHA guidance/requirements for electrical safety (1910.300 series) and LOTO (1910.147) • Multimeter safety, shock and arc flash PPE

 

COVID-19 Manufacturing Roundtable

1/26/2021, 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

 

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.

 

ISU Supplier Orientation

1/27/2021, 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.

 

IoT in Manufacturing: Common sensors and their applications

1/28/2021, Webinar

Productivity Technology Webinar 

Details: This one-hour webinar will introduce attendees to common sensors and their manufacturing applications. You’ll learn about Industry 4.0, the Internet of Things (IoT), and how – starting with sensors – it all can fit together to make your factory more productive. For more, contact Andrew Friend at afriend@iastate.edu.

 

Team Safety

1/28/2021 - 1/29/2021, Webinar

Productivity Webinar 

Details: Employee engagement is the key to a successful safety program. The NSC Team Safety course shows you how to make group safety efforts work for your organization. You’ll learn how to build an effective safety team – or get the most from the team you have. Discussions, demonstrations and exercises will teach you how to create a group safety program, including how to develop your team’s safety skills and enable them to make a positive impact on your organization’s safety culture. The result: a more effective safety team, which means measurable improvements for your organization.

 

 

February 2021


How to Read a Federal Solicitation

2/1/2021, Webinar

Growth GovCon Webinar 

Details: Much of government contracting starts with trying to understand a solicitation. This one-hour webinar will provide an overview of the contents of federal government solicitations, including the Uniform Contract Format, as well as common pitfalls to avoid. For more, contact Justin Niceswanger at jnice@iastate.edu.

 

COVID-19 Manufacturing Roundtable

2/2/2021, 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

 

Simplified Acquisition: Simply Awesome Hosted by Govology

2/2/2021, Webinar

GovCon Webinar 

Details: Join us and learn how to find “bite-sized” opportunities and why these small contracts are much more powerful and important than they appear. You’ll come away with the ability to recognize these opportunities and the next steps to take when you find them. Each step includes critical concepts that successful companies master as they launch and grow their government contract business. Contact your CIRAS Government Contracting Specialist to attend this webinar at NO COST!

 

Iowa Manufacturing Lean Leaders Rountable

2/3/2021, Webinar

Growth Leadership Productivity Technology ILC Webinar 

Details: Lean manufacturing is a never-ending journey of continuous improvement, and there are bound to be bumps along the way. This twice-monthly webinar is a roundtable discussion on the first and third Wednesday of every month. Iowa manufacturers will be able to share tips and address issues impacting their operational competitiveness. For more, contact Steve Wilson at wilsons@iastate.edu.

 

Training for Protecting the Workforce from COVID-19

2/3/2021 - 2/24/2021, Webinar

Leadership Productivity Technology Food COVID Webinar 

Details: Iowa State University is offering a four-module program for preparing employees, supervisors, and owners of manufacturing and construction companies for planning, preparing, and responding to COVID-19 in the workplace. The curriculum consists of four, 1-hour long, webinars that will be offered every Wednesday 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM from January – September 2021. The program will offer ten cycles of the four webinars. For more information contact Mike O'Donnell at modonnll@iastate.edu.

 

Training for Protecting the Workforce from COVID-19

2/3/2021 - 2/24/2021, Webinar

Leadership Productivity Technology Food COVID Webinar 

Details: Iowa State University is offering a four-module program for preparing employees, supervisors, and owners of manufacturing and construction companies for planning, preparing, and responding to COVID-19 in the workplace. The curriculum consists of four, 1-hour long, webinars that will be offered every Wednesday 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM from January – September 2021. The program will offer ten cycles of the four webinars. For more information contact Mike O'Donnell at modonnll@iastate.edu

 

Essentials of Compliant Subcontracting for Prime Contractors (2021 Update) Hosted by Govology

2/4/2021, Webinar

GovCon Webinar 

Details: This webinar will provide a foundation for prime contractors in such topics as regulations, procurement planning, procurement execution, flow-downs, policy, documentation, and overall nuances between procuring under a government prime contract and typical commercial procurement. Contact your CIRAS Government Contracting Specialist to attend this webinar at NO COST!

 

CIRAS 2021 Video Marketing Boot Camp

2/8/2021 - 2/19/2021, Webinar

Growth Webinar 

Details: If your website is going to engage with customers on their terms, you're going to add online video to your marketing arsenal. But how does that work? Where do you even start? This Video Marketing Boot camp will show you everything from laying out the content of your video through buying and using the correct equipment for your needs. For more, contact Paul Gormley at gormley@iastate.edu.

 

Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMR)

2/9/2021, Webinar

Growth Productivity Technology Webinar 

Details: This webinar will review the technical features of an OMRON Autonomous Mobile Robot (AMR) such as payload cpacity, battery life, mobility, navigation etc. along with applictaions of AMR in manufacturng for moving material in challenging environments that may include confined passageways as well as dynamic and peopled locations. All attendees will get a high level understanding of the AMRs, 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. No prior trainings are required. For questions please contact Abhay Grover at agrover@iastate.edu.

 

Robotic End of Arm Tooling and Grippers

2/9/2021, Webinar

Technology Webinar 

Details: In this webinar, we will explore their role as the interface between robots and the materials they handle. We will review the different types of grippers, criteria for choosing the proper gripper, how 3D printing can play a role, as well as common applications in manufacturing. This event is being 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 (CIRA), and the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC).

 

COVID-19 Manufacturing Roundtable

2/9/2021, 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

 

PPP Forgiveness, Indirect Rates & The Incurred Cost Proposal Hosted by Govology

2/9/2021, Webinar

GovCon Webinar 

Details: During this webinar, we will discuss why contractors may or may not want to apply for forgiveness and will provide technical guidance on the proper calculation of rates and completion of the incurred cost proposal. Contact your CIRAS Government Contracting Specialist to attend this webinar at NO COST!

 

Data Culture - How to leverage data in your business

2/9/2021, Webinar

Technology Webinar 

Details: Every business has data; the key to unlocking your company’s potential is making that data accessible, timely, and actionable. Join technology experts from ACS for this one-hour webinar and discover how to unleash your company’s hidden potential by leveraging the information you already have. For more, contract Shankar Srinivasan at srigshan@iastate.edu.

 

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.

 

Developing Indirect Rates: How to Ensure You're Profitable

2/10/2021, Webinar

Growth GovCon Webinar 

Details: Understanding indirect costs is key to turning a profit on a government contract. Indirect cost are your overhead costs that are not directly attributed to a specific contract, such as insurance, space rental, or administrative staff salaries. This is one-hour webinar features experts from the Barclay Group explaining the fundamental concepts of indirect costs and how to handle them when planning for government contracts. For more, contact Jodi Essex at jodir@iastate.edu.

 

Still a Game Changer: The SBA’s All Small Mentor-Protege Program (2021 Update) Hosted by Govology

2/11/2021, Webinar

GovCon Webinar 

Details: In this course, government contracts attorneys Steven Koprince and Nicole Pottroff explain the ins-and-outs of the ASMPP, covering the program’s eligibility requirements, its potent benefits (including the ability to form special mentor-protege joint ventures), the application process, and common misconceptions and pitfalls. Contact your CIRAS Government Contracting Specialist to attend this webinar at NO COST!

 

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.

 

Regulatory Updates Affecting GovCon, Presented by Matthew Schoonover

2/16/2021, Webinar

Growth GovCon Webinar 

Details: This one-hour webinar will cover some of 2020’s most substantive changes to the rules and regulations that impact small business government contractors. The list includes changes to the SBA’s mentor/protégé, joint venture, and 8(a) regulations; changes for size calculations; and upcoming changes to the service-disabled, veteran-owned small business program. For more information, contact Melissa Burant at mmburant@iastate.edu.

 

Intro to Teaming (2021 Update) Hosted by Govology

2/16/2021, Webinar

GovCon Webinar 

Details: This webinar is suited for both new and seasoned contractors who are interested in pursuing larger federal contracts. If you’ve been passing on opportunities due to lack of experience and past performance, geographic performance restrictions, bonding limitations, and other factors, then this webinar is for you. Contact your CIRAS Government Contracting Specialist to attend this webinar at NO COST!

 

COVID-19 Manufacturing Roundtable

2/16/2021, 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

 

The Federal Acquisition Regulation 101 (2021 Update) Hosted by Govology

2/17/2021, Webinar

GovCon Webinar 

Details: For any small business pursuing and performing work on federal projects, understanding the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) is an absolute must — not only from a compliance perspective but also from cost and performance perspectives. As such, understanding the FAR will help you stay profitable and manage your performance as well as the performance of sub-contractors. Contact your CIRAS Government Contracting Specialist to attend this webinar at NO COST

 

The Construction Operation Lifecycle

2/17/2021, Webinar

Growth GovCon Webinar 

Details: Construction projects funded by taxpayers can be a challenging environment for government contractors seeking to make money. This one-hour webinar will teach you how to really “see” the work being done so you can analyze it and manage your workforce more effectively. For more information, contact Mary Zimmerman at maryz@iastate.edu.

 

Iowa Manufacturing Lean Leaders Rountable

2/17/2021, Webinar

Growth Leadership Productivity Technology ILC Webinar 

Details: Lean manufacturing is a never-ending journey of continuous improvement, and there are bound to be bumps along the way. This twice-monthly webinar is a roundtable discussion on the first and third Wednesday of every month. Iowa manufacturers will be able to share tips and address issues impacting their operational competitiveness. For more, contact Steve Wilson at wilsons@iastate.edu.

 

Who Buys What You Sell? A Step-by-Step Process Hosted by Govology

2/18/2021, Webinar

GovCon Webinar 

Details: This webinar provides award-winning techniques and strategies that have directly helped companies win more than $1.8 Billion in government contracts. As a result of these strategies, the presenter, Mr. Joshua Frank, managing partner of RSM Federal, received SBA’s Veteran Business of the Year and the Society of American Military Engineers’ (SAME) Small Business Advocate of the Year awards. Contact your CIRAS Government Contracting Specialist to attend this webinar at NO COST!

 

Asserting Bid Protests: A Contractor’s Guide for Getting the Contracts You Deserve Hosted by Govology

2/23/2021, Webinar

GovCon Webinar 

Details: In this webinar, experienced government contracting attorney Maria Panichelli will provide a tutorial on the ins and outs of asserting bid protests. You will learn about the differences between pre-and post-award bid protests, familiarize yourself with some common bases for protests, and learn the general rules for debriefings and deadlines as well as the technical aspects of bid protest procedure. Maria will also discuss the most common mistakes protestors make — and how to avoid them! Learn the who, what, when, where, why, and how of protests, and maximize your chances at a win! Contact your CIRAS Government Contracting Specialist to attend this webinar at NO COST!

 

COVID-19 Manufacturing Roundtable

2/23/2021, 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

 

International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR): How to Navigate the Rules

2/23/2021, Webinar

Growth GovCon Webinar 

Details: Selling munitions to the government involves complex rules and regulations. This one-hour webinar will explain the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), which govern trade in munitions and related technology. Participants will learn what the rules cover and how to maintain compliance. For more, contact Jodi Essex at jodir@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.

 

ILC - Foundations of Project Management Virtual Workshop

2/25/2021, 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.

 

Wide Area Workflow – The DoD’s Primary Portal for Invoicing (2021 Update) Hosted by Govology

2/25/2021, Webinar

GovCon Webinar 

Details: Wide Area Workflow (WAWF) is the Department of Defense’s primary portal for invoicing and payment. This webinar provides step-by-step instructions on how to register for system access, create and submit a payment request, and track the status of the request. It is also the only application that will be used to capture the Unique Identification of Tangible Items information. Contact your CIRAS Government Contracting Specialist to attend this webinar at NO COST!

 

Growing Your Business with Remote Assist Technology

2/25/2021, Webinar

Technology Webinar 

Details: Modern remote assistance technology can help manufacturers see more, learn more, understand more about their machinery, and offer better service to their customers – even when working remotely or assisting someone in another building, state or country. This one-hour webinar will educate Iowa manufacturing leaders about the benefits of remote assist technologies. For more, contact Jake Behrens at jbehrens@iastate.edu.

 

Sales Strategy for 2021

2/26/2021, Webinar

Growth Webinar 

Details: Are you searching for a more effective sales approach in 2021? This 75-minute, lunchtime webinar is designed to help company leaders understand the key dimensions of strategy. You’ll develop a better understanding of planning and tactics and what their implications are for your products and services. For more, contact cjosborn@iastate.edu.

 

 

March 2021


CHANGES: The Most Important Clause in Federal Construction Contracts, Presented by Maria Panichelli

3/2/2021, Webinar

Growth GovCon Webinar 

Details: If you do business with the federal government, the Changes clause just may be the most important clause in your contract. This 90-minute webinar will walk you through the steps necessary to address changes in government contracts and how to take steps to ensure that you get paid for them. For more, contact Justin Niceswanger at jnice@iastate.edu.

 

COVID-19 Manufacturing Roundtable

3/2/2021, 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

 

Training for Protecting the Workforce from COVID-19

3/3/2021 - 3/24/2021, Webinar

Leadership Productivity Technology Food COVID Webinar 

Details: Iowa State University is offering a four-module program for preparing employees, supervisors, and owners of manufacturing and construction companies for planning, preparing, and responding to COVID-19 in the workplace. The curriculum consists of four, 1-hour long, webinars that will be offered every Wednesday 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM from January – September 2021. The program will offer ten cycles of the four webinars. For more information contact Mike O'Donnell at modonnll@iastate.edu.

 

Strategy in Times of Uncertainty

3/5/2021, Webinar

Leadership Webinar 

Details: What do you do in times of turmoil? This one-hour webinar will explore how a company assesses the threats to its current business mission and strategy when market conditions change quickly. For more information, contact Joy Donald at jdonald@iastate.edu.

 

Speaking FARlish

3/8/2021 - 3/9/2021, Webinar

Growth GovCon Webinar 

Details: The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) outlines the rules for most of what happens in a government procurement process, but the FAR uses words in a way that is not consistent with everyday English. This two-day webinar will help government contractors understand this strange language and use it to properly position themselves for every phase of the sales and performance cycle. For more, contact Justin Niceswanger at jnice@iastate.edu.

 

COVID-19 Manufacturing Roundtable

3/9/2021, 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

 

ILC How to Coach Problem Solving Virtual Workshop

3/9/2021, Webinar

Productivity ILC Webinar 

Details: Whether you’re a change agent or a manager in a Lean environment, coaching problem-solving is a critical skill to master. This online workshop is designed to show you how to develop your coaching skills in a consistent way throughout your organization. This workshop is a mix of learning and action, with a mixture of online presentations and assignments to be completed virtually. For more, contact Tracy Schuster at tschust@iastate.edu.

 

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.

 

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.

 

CIRAS Digital Manufacturing Lab Powered by Alliant Energy - Virtual Lab Tour

3/11/2021, Webinar

Growth Productivity Technology Webinar 

Details: This 90-minute webinar will be an on-line virtual tour of the CIRAS Digital Manufacturing Lab powered by Alliant Energy, a facility created to help manufacturers de-risk potential technology adoption. The first 30 minutes will be a general introduction to the lab and a virtual tour, followed by parallel breakout sessions on 3D printers, scanners, and cobots. For more information, contact Abhay Grover at agrover@iastate.edu.

 

Identifying the Six Types of Government Customers

3/15/2021, Webinar

Growth GovCon Webinar 

Details: Doing business with the government requires relationships. So, what do you do if you don’t know anybody and don’t know how to get started? This one-hour webinar is designed help Iowa businesses understand what motivates officials at federal agencies and how to make connections with the appropriate people. For more, contact Justin Niceswanger at jnice@iastate.edu.

 

Dealing with Differing Site Conditions on Federal Projects

3/16/2021, Webinar

Growth GovCon Webinar 

Details: Your company has received a contract for construction or infrastructure work but, before or during performance, you identify material differences or unusual conditions between what’s described in your contract compared to what you observe onsite. What do you do when you experience differing site conditions? This 90-minute webinar will feature a legal expert discussing the function and purpose of differing site condition clauses in government contracts. For more, contact Justin Niceswanger at jnice@iastate.edu.

 

COVID-19 Manufacturing Roundtable

3/16/2021, 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

 

COVID-19 Manufacturing Roundtable

3/23/2021, 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

 

Virtual Materials Lab Tour

3/25/2021, Webinar

Technology Webinar 

Details: This one-hour webinar is designed to explain the tools available to help companies test and analyze materials at the CIRAS Materials Lab. The presentation will simulate what would happen if a company wanted to address quality control problems on specific components. We’ll walk you through the triage of what frequently goes wrong and what tools could be helpful. For more, contact Adam Boesenberg at aboesenb@iastate.edu.

 

COVID-19 Manufacturing Roundtable

3/30/2021, 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

 

 

April 2021


Scheduling Issues on Federal Construction Contracts: Distinguishing Delays, Disruption and Suspensions, Presented by Maria Panichelli

4/6/2021, Webinar

Growth GovCon Webinar 

Details: Very few federal contracts are completed without some sort of delay occurring, but who is responsible for the resulting costs? This 90-minute webinar features two experienced government contracting attorneys explaining how to distinguish delays and suspensions from disruption. They’ll explain the different types of delay and walk you through the process of establishing government liability. For more, contact Justin Niceswanger at jnice@iastate.edu.

 

COVID-19 Manufacturing Roundtable

4/6/2021, 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

 

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.

 

Training for Protecting the Workforce from COVID-19

4/7/2021 - 4/28/2021, Webinar

Leadership Productivity Technology Food COVID Webinar 

Details: Iowa State University is offering a four-module program for preparing employees, supervisors, and owners of manufacturing and construction companies for planning, preparing, and responding to COVID-19 in the workplace. The curriculum consists of four, 1-hour long, webinars that will be offered every Wednesday 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM from January – September 2021. The program will offer ten cycles of the four webinars. For more information contact Mike O'Donnell at modonnll@iastate.edu.

 

COVID-19 Manufacturing Roundtable

4/13/2021, 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

 

COVID-19 Manufacturing Roundtable

4/20/2021, 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

 

Davis Bacon and Service Contract Labor Standards, Featuring Michael Richard

4/20/2021, Webinar

Growth GovCon Webinar 

Details: An enormous proportion of money spent by the federal government falls under two major laws – the Davis-Bacon Act, which requires government construction contractors to pay their employees the prevailing wage and fringe benefits, and the Service Contract Act, which places the same requirement on most contracts for services. This 90-minute webinar can help government contractors in the service and constructions industries learn how these acts really work and how to avoid common pitfalls. For more, contact Justin Niceswanger at jnice@iastate.edu.

 

COVID-19 Manufacturing Roundtable

4/27/2021, 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

 

 

May 2021


Training for Protecting the Workforce from COVID-19

5/5/2021 - 5/26/2021, Webinar

Leadership Productivity Technology Food COVID Webinar 

Details: Iowa State University is offering a four-module program for preparing employees, supervisors, and owners of manufacturing and construction companies for planning, preparing, and responding to COVID-19 in the workplace. The curriculum consists of four, 1-hour long, webinars that will be offered every Wednesday 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM from January – September 2021. The program will offer ten cycles of the four webinars. For more information contact Mike O'Donnell at modonnll@iastate.edu

 

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.

 

Training for Protecting the Workforce from COVID-19

6/2/2021 - 6/30/2021, Webinar

Leadership Productivity Technology Food COVID Webinar 

Details: Iowa State University is offering a four-module program for preparing employees, supervisors, and owners of manufacturing and construction companies for planning, preparing, and responding to COVID-19 in the workplace. The curriculum consists of four, 1-hour long, webinars that will be offered every Wednesday 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM from January – September 2021. The program will offer ten cycles of the four webinars. For more information contact Mike O'Donnell at modonnll@iastate.edu

 

 

July 2021


Training for Protecting the Workforce from COVID-19

7/7/2021 - 7/28/2021, Webinar

Leadership Productivity Technology Food COVID Webinar 

Details: Iowa State University is offering a four-module program for preparing employees, supervisors, and owners of manufacturing and construction companies for planning, preparing, and responding to COVID-19 in the workplace. The curriculum consists of four, 1-hour long, webinars that will be offered every Wednesday 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM from January – September 2021. The program will offer ten cycles of the four webinars. For more information contact Mike O'Donnell at modonnll@iastate.edu

 

 

August 2021


Training for Protecting the Workforce from COVID-19

8/4/2021 - 8/25/2021, Webinar

Leadership Productivity Technology Food COVID Webinar 

Details: Iowa State University is offering a four-module program for preparing employees, supervisors, and owners of manufacturing and construction companies for planning, preparing, and responding to COVID-19 in the workplace. The curriculum consists of four, 1-hour long, webinars that will be offered every Wednesday 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM from January – September 2021. The program will offer ten cycles of the four webinars. For more information contact Mike O'Donnell at modonnll@iastate.edu.

 

 

September 2021


Training for Protecting the Workforce from COVID-19

9/1/2021 - 9/29/2021, Webinar

Leadership Productivity Technology Food COVID Webinar 

Details: Iowa State University is offering a four-module program for preparing employees, supervisors, and owners of manufacturing and construction companies for planning, preparing, and responding to COVID-19 in the workplace. The curriculum consists of four, 1-hour long, webinars that will be offered every Wednesday 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM from January – September 2021. The program will offer ten cycles of the four webinars. For more information contact Mike O'Donnell at modonnll@iastate.edu.