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. For the time being, we have decided to cancel, postpone, or move online all CIRAS in-person events. 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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March 2021


Business Resiliency Webinar Series

3/9/2021 - 5/25/2021, Webinar

Leadership COVID-19 Webinar 

Details: This Business Resiliency webinar series is intended to be a 30-minute weekly look at what it takes to keep your business flexible and able to overcome disruptions. Each week, we’ll take lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and use them to help you examine your own company to build a resilient business and prepare for the post-COVID world. For more, contact Marc Schneider at maschn@iastate.edu.

 

 

April 2021


Training for Protecting the Workforce from COVID-19

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

Leadership Productivity Technology Food Industry COVID-19 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.

 

How to Read a Federal Solicitation

4/19/2021, Webinar

Growth Government Contracting 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.

 

Compliant and Effective Teaming Agreements, Joint Ventures & Subcontracts (3-Part Series) Hosted by Govology

4/20/2021, Webinar

Government Contracting Webinar 

Details: For large and small contractors alike, teaming agreements, joint venture agreements and subcontracts can be essential to winning and successfully performing federal government contracts. In this three-part series, government contracts attorneys Steven Koprince and Nicole Pottroff explain how to develop, negotiate and administer agreements that are both compliant and effective. The presentations will cover both the key rules (such as flow-downs and ostensible subcontractor affiliation) and best practices for agreements that go beyond the bare minimum legal requirements. Contact your CIRAS Government Contracting Specialist to attend this webinar at NO COST!

 

Business Resiliency Webinar Series Topic 6: Leveraging Virtual Meeting Tools

4/20/2021, Webinar

Leadership COVID-19 Webinar 

Details: This Business Resiliency webinar series is intended to be a 30- to 45-minute weekly look at what it takes to keep your business flexible and able to overcome disruptions. Each week, we’ll take lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and use them to help you examine your own company to build a resilient business and prepare for the post-COVID world. (This week: Virtual Meeting Tools.) For more, contact Marc Schneider at? maschn@iastate.edu.

 

Global Ag Trade Policy Updates

4/21/2021, Webinar

Growth Webinar 

Details: With a new administration in Washington, D.C., and many ongoing issues involving global trade, agriculture is certain to be an area to watch in 2021. Join the Iowa Economic Development Authority for this important webinar to discuss ag policy, administration directives related to agriculture, and the implications for important overseas markets in 2021. For more, contact Marc Schneider at maschn@iastate.edu.

 

Market Segmentation and Prospecting

4/21/2021, Webinar

Growth Webinar 

Details: All companies should be on the lookout for new and better customers. But how do you find them on a limited budget? This webinar is designed to show small and medium-sized Iowa businesses how they can account profiling and publicly available database to find new customers that are similar to the best ones they have now. For more, contact C.J. Osborn at cjosborn@iastate.edu.

 

Iowa Manufacturing Lean Leaders Roundtable

4/21/2021, Webinar

Growth Leadership Productivity Technology Iowa Lean Consortium 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.

 

DMACC Diverse Vendor Fair - Virtual

4/21/2021, Webinar

Government Contracting Webinar 

Details: Want to do business with Des Moines Area Community College? This one-hour webinar is designed to help would-be vendors (especially small businesses and businesses owned and operated by people with disabilities) network and learn how the process works. A DMACC official will discuss what and how the college prefers to purchase. For questions please contact Julie Fagle at jafagle@iastate.edu.

 

8(a) Eligibility, Certification & Growth Strategies (2-Part Series) Hosted by Govology

4/27/2021 - 4/28/2021, Webinar

Government Contracting Webinar 

Details: Jackie Robinson-Burnette is the former SBA Associate Administrator of Business Development (AA/BD) overseeing the 8(a) Program. Steven Koprince is a government contracts attorney focused on working with small businesses. Between them, Robinson-Burnette and Koprince have assisted thousands of 8(a) applicants, participants, and graduates. Now, in this special two-part session, they bring their unique blend of practical and legal knowledge to Govology’s audience. Contact your CIRAS Government Contracting Specialist to attend this webinar at NO COST!

 

Debriefings and Bid Protests, Presented by Matthew Schoonover

4/27/2021, Webinar

Growth Government Contracting Webinar 

Details: Debriefs and bid protests are crucial parts of acquiring a government contract. This one-hour webinar will discuss the debriefing and bid protest process, focusing on lessons learned through bid protests and why companies should use these tools to enhance their competitiveness for future awards. For more, contact Melissa Burant at mmburant@iastate.edu.

 

Doing Business with the United States Postal Service- VA Direct Access

4/27/2021, Webinar

Government Contracting Webinar 

Details: The United States Postal Service (USPS), in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Direct Access Program, is conducting a virtual business opportunity event. USPS seeks to assist potential suppliers with navigating the postal marketplace. The deadline to register for this event is Friday, April 23, 2021, 5:00 PM ET, or whenever capacity is reached. Whichever comes first.

 

Blended Human Food Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) Part 2: Instructor-led (virtual)

4/28/2021 - 4/29/2021, Webinar

Food Industry Webinar 

Details: This two-day webinar is an instructor-led class to obtain global-recognized Food Safety Preventative Controls Alliance (FSPCA) certification as a Preventative Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) in Human Food – the only PCQI training course recognized by the FDA. Class will take place in two four-hour blocks over Zoom or WebEx. Attendance to both blocks is required. For more, contact Kim Anderson at kandrson@iastate.edu.

 

Plant Layout Simulations

4/28/2021, Webinar

Technology Webinar 

Details: Efficient manufacturing means avoiding wasted energy. Is your plant squandering time and money by moving products a greater distance than is necessary? This one-hour webinar will explain how CIRAS can create a simulation of your plant layout and find the most efficient way for you to operate. For more, contact Kirk Haaland at khaaland@iastate.edu.

 

Strain Gage Basics for Structural Applications

4/29/2021, Webinar

Technology Webinar 

Details: This two-hour webinar will cover the basics of using a strain gage in structural applications. CIRAS experts will explain how strain gages measure the forces at work on a part or product and how to collect the data, as well as practical applications for using strain gages as tools to test products in the field. For more information, contact John Roberts at jarobert@iastate.edu.

 

How Metal Additive Manufacturing Can Impact Your Company

4/29/2021, Webinar

Technology Webinar 

Details: This one-hour webinar is designed to give Iowa manufacturers a broad overview of the capabilities and design considerations for metal 3D printing. CIRAS experts will explain why metal additive manufacturing could be important for your business, where it might fit in your production process, and how you can leverage CIRAS for metal additive manufacturing. For more, contact Jake Behrens at jbehrens@iastate.edu.

 

Intro to SBIR/STTR Programs: America’s Seed Fund

4/29/2021, Webinar

Growth Government Contracting Webinar 

Details: Do you have a breakthrough business but lack the resources necessary to develop it? This one-hour webinar will explain the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs - two highly competitive programs that encourage domestic small businesses to engage in research and development with the potential for commercialization. For more, contact Mary Zimmerman at maryz@iastate.edu.

 

Size and Status Protests: Eligibility, Bases, and Processes - Hosted by Govology

4/29/2021, Webinar

Government Contracting Webinar 

Details: In today’s competitive government contracting market, small business eligibility gives contractors a huge leg up. As more and more contracts are set aside for small, 8(a), HUBZone, veteran-owned and woman-owned companies, eligibility can be the key to success. Small business eligibility can be leveraged to secure access to contracts that other, non-eligible competitors can’t access. But it also creates additional grounds upon which competitors can protest a contractor’s set-aside contract award. Specifically, competitors can challenge a contractor’s eligibility to receive contract awards through the use of size and status protests. Contact your CIRAS Government Contracting Specialist to attend this webinar at NO COST!

 

ILC Danfoss Virtual Tour/Event

4/29/2021, Webinar

Address: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ilc-danfoss-virtual-tourevent-registration-144524268979

Productivity Iowa Lean Consortium Webinar 

Details: Join us for this 90-minute virtual event with Danfoss Power Solutions in Ames, Iowa. Danfoss team members will share how the company adapted to COVID-19 -- including changes the team made to be able to share their Value Stream Map virtually from a team member’s garage so they could carry on. For more, contact Tracy Schuster at tschust@iastate.edu.

 

 

May 2021


Leveraging the SBA Data Small Business Search

5/4/2021, Webinar

Growth Government Contracting Webinar 

Details: This one-hour webinar will explain how government contractors can make full use of the SBA’s Dynamic Small Business Search (DSBS). Participants will learn how to enter information into this vital system, how to navigate it for market research, and how federal contracting officers use it to identify businesses who might fit upcoming opportunities. For more, contact Mary Zimmerman at maryz@iastate.edu.

 

Business Resiliency Webinar Series Topic 8: Growing Via Exports

5/4/2021, Webinar

Leadership COVID-19 Webinar 

Details: This Business Resiliency webinar series is intended to be a 30- to 45-minute weekly look at what it takes to keep your business flexible and able to overcome disruptions. Each week, we’ll take lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and use them to help you examine your own company to build a resilient business and prepare for the post-COVID world. (This week: Growing Your Business via Exports.) For more, contact Marc Schneider at? maschn@iastate.edu.

 

Iowa Lean Manufacturing Lean Leaders Roundtable

5/5/2021, Webinar

Growth Leadership Productivity Technology Iowa Lean Consortium 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.

 

Pandemic Behavior: How We’ve Changed and What it Means

5/5/2021, Webinar

COVID-19 Webinar 

Details: This one-hour webinar will explore the results of an Iowa State University survey of behavior patterns during the pandemic. Attendees will learn how Iowans have fared with job-related changes such as working at home and what impact new routines (changing amounts of screen time, exercise, etc.) are likely to have on public health. For more, contact Teresa Hay McMahon at thmc@iastate.edu.

 

DAS Vendor Orientation

5/5/2021, Webinar

Growth Government Contracting 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.

 

Training for Protecting the Workforce from COVID-19

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

Leadership Productivity Technology Food Industry COVID-19 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

 

Mentor/Protégés, Joint Ventures, and Teaming

5/11/2021, Webinar

Growth Government Contracting Webinar 

Details: This 90-minute webinar is designed to help Iowa businesses take advantage of valuable tools created by the U.S. Small Business Administration – the SBA’s mentor/ protégé program, joint ventures, and teaming. We’ll explain the importance of these contracting tools and how they can be used to make your small business more competitive for federal awards. For more, contact Melissa Burant at mmburant@iastate.edu.

 

How Does the Federal Government Estimate Pricing on a Project?

5/12/2021, Webinar

Growth Government Contracting Webinar 

Details: This one-hour webinar will provide an overview of the federal government’s procurement acquisition planning process. Experts will explain how the government develops its estimate of the probable cost of the services that are being acquired and how officials will assess the reasonableness of your offer. For more, contact Mary Zimmerman at maryz@iastate.edu.

 

What to consider before Investing in 3D Printing Technology

5/13/2021, Webinar

Technology Webinar 

Details: This one-hour webinar is designed to give Iowa manufacturers a broad overview of what they need to consider before investing in 3D printing technology. CIRAS experts will explain why 3D printing could be important for your business, where it might fit in your production process, and what you should consider before you spend any money. For more, contact Chris Hill at chhill@iastate.edu.

 

Creating Your Government Marketing Strategy- Webinar

5/18/2021, Webinar

Growth Government Contracting 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.

 

Unusual Tools: Tales from the NDE Toolbox

5/18/2021, Webinar

Technology Webinar 

Details: This one-hour webinar will explore some of the less common tools used by Iowa State University’s Center for Nondestructive Evaluation to evaluate particular parts or products. In some situations, tools such as acoustic detectors and magnetic rubber may be the best way to understand the issue you’re facing. Join this webinar for a discussion of the science and the possibilities it may offer your company. For more, contact Dave Utrata at heydave@iastate.edu.

 

Business Resiliency Webinar Series Topic: General COVID-19 Updates (May)

5/18/2021, Webinar

Leadership COVID-19 Webinar 

Details: ?This Business Resiliency webinar series is intended to be a 30- to 45-minute weekly look at what it takes to keep your business flexible and able to overcome disruptions. Each week, we’ll take lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and use them to help you examine your own company to build a resilient business and prepare for the post-COVID world. (This week: General update on COVID-19 issues.) For more, contact Marc Schneider at? maschn@iastate.edu.

 

ILC Coaching Kata Overview

5/18/2021, Webinar

Productivity Iowa Lean Consortium Webinar 

Details: This one-hour webinar will provide an overview of the Improvement/Coaching Kata and how it can be an effective way to teach teams to think scientifically about work and solve real-world problems together. The I/C Kata is a way for leaders and their teams to practice and improve process thinking, root cause identification/prioritization, and corrective action in an agile-like approach to driving improvements. For more, contact Tracy Schuster at tschust@iastate.edu.

 

Update on US-China Trade Relations

5/19/2021, Webinar

Growth Webinar 

Details: Trade relations between the United States and China have changed dramatically over the past year. This webinar from the Iowa Economic Development Authority will review the disruption and uncertainty caused by trade tensions. We’ll review the situation for Iowa exporters and discuss the outlook for 2021. For more, contact Marc Schneider at maschn@iastate.edu.

 

Iowa Lean Manufacturing Lean Leaders Roundtable

5/19/2021, Webinar

Growth Leadership Productivity Technology Iowa Lean Consortium 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.?

 

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

5/19/2021, Webinar

Growth Government Contracting 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 more about the TSB program and how to do business with a particular government agency. For more, contact Julie Fagle at jafagle@iastate.edu.

 

Powerful Proposal Writing (PPW) - Shipley Associates

5/20/2021, Webinar

Growth Government Contracting Webinar 

Details: Writing proposals can be a key tool in your campaign to win a government contract. This daylong webinar will help you understand proposal writing best practices and the value of proposals as sales documents that can advance the sale. For more, contact Jodi Essex at jodir@iastate.edu.

 

Quality Control and Part Inspection with 3D Scanning Technology

5/20/2021, Webinar

Technology Webinar 

Details: This one-hour webinar will demonstrate how 3D scanning can be used as a tool for part inspection and comparison. CIRAS experts will explain how you can capture high-quality scan data, clean noise from the scan, and interpret the information received as part of an inspection program. For more, contact Jake Behrens at jbehrens@iastate.edu.

 

Doing Business with the Iowa DOT and Understanding its DBE Certification

5/25/2021, Webinar

Growth Government Contracting Webinar 

Details: The Iowa Department of Transportation has multiple ways that Iowa companies can interact with the agency to obtain government contracts. Topics covered will include how to register and find opportunities in the Iowa DOT’s Purchasing Section, how to get prequalified in the DOT’s Contracts Bureau, and the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certification - how to qualify, and the advantages that it provides. For more, contact Mary Zimmerman at maryz@iastate.edu.

 

Business Resiliency Webinar Series Topic 10: Finding Better Suppliers

5/25/2021, Webinar

Leadership COVID-19 Webinar 

Details: ?This Business Resiliency webinar series is intended to be a 30- to 45-minute weekly look at what it takes to keep your business flexible and able to overcome disruptions. Each week, we’ll take lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and use them to help you examine your own company to build a resilient business and prepare for the post-COVID world. (This week: Finding Better Suppliers.) For more, contact Marc Schneider at? maschn@iastate.edu.

 

MOBILE ELEVATING WORK PLATFORM (MEWP)

5/28/2021, Webinar

Productivity Webinar 

Details: Aerial lift platforms such as boom lifts, scissor lifts and stock pickers, are called Mobile Elevating Work Platforms or MEWPs. MEWPs can be found in a variety of work settings. They are often used in place of ladders and scaffolds as they allow easier and safer access to places on the worksite especially when working at higher elevations. This training program covers the OSHA general industry and construction standards, along with the updated ANSI 92.22 and ANSI 92.24 requirements for Safe Use of MEWPs and includes the following: MEWP classifications New safety design features Safe use plan Inspections (Frequent, annual, pre-start and worksite) Risk assessment Qualifications and training Operating requirements and more

 

 

June 2021


Business Resiliency Webinar Series Topic 11: Managing Business Risk

6/1/2021, Webinar

Leadership COVID-19 Webinar 

Details: ?This Business Resiliency webinar series is intended to be a 30- to 45-minute weekly look at what it takes to keep your business flexible and able to overcome disruptions. Each week, we’ll take lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and use them to help you examine your own company to build a resilient business and prepare for the post-COVID world. (This week: Managing risks.) For more, contact Marc Schneider at?maschn@iastate.edu.

 

Warehouse Management 101 Webinar Series (Part 1/3)

6/2/2021, Webinar

Leadership Webinar 

Details: This three-part series of webinars will give Iowa companies an introduction to managing fundamental warehouse functions within a facility. CIRAS experts will walk you through the basics of designing a warehouse layout, setting up your put-away and picking processes, and choosing between different types of storage and material handling equipment. For more, contact Marc Schneider at maschn@iastate.edu.

 

GovCon101

6/2/2021, Webinar

Growth Government Contracting 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.

 

Training for Protecting the Workforce from COVID-19

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

Leadership Productivity Technology Food Industry COVID-19 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

 

Blended Human Food Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) Part 2: Instructor-led (virtual)

6/7/2021 - 6/8/2021, Webinar

Food Industry Webinar 

Details: This two-day webinar is an instructor-led class to obtain global-recognized Food Safety Preventative Controls Alliance (FSPCA) certification as a Preventative Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) in Human Food – the only PCQI training course recognized by the FDA. Class will take place in two four-hour blocks over Zoom or WebEx. Attendance to both blocks is required. For more, contact Kim Anderson at kandrson@iastate.edu.

 

OSHA 500 TRAINER COURSE FOR CONSTRUCTION

6/8/2021 - 6/11/2021, Davenport, IA

Address: 4620 E 53rd St

Productivity In Person Eastern Iowa 

Details: The OSHA 500 class authorizes participants who complete this train-the-trainer course to conduct 10 & 30 hour outreach classes to the construction industry and issue OTI Construction 10 & 30 hour participation cards. Course time is spent learning and practicing adult training techniques. Students will participate in the development and delivery of lectures covering construction safety topics during class. As a prerequisite for the class, participants must provide verification of 510 class attendance, and management confirmation of at least 5 years of relevant safety experience.

 

Food Talks

6/9/2021, Webinar

Growth Leadership Productivity Food Industry Webinar 

Details: This one-hour webinar is the online home for a quarterly round table where Iowa food manufacturers can discuss a variety of food safety issues. Whether you’re new to food safety regulations or well positioned for the future, this group will be a place where you can discuss challenges and learn about the successful practices of others. For more, contact Kim Anderson at kandrson@iastate.edu.

 

Iowa’s TSB Program, plus Introduction to a State Program/Agency - Iowa Source Link

6/10/2021, Webinar

Government Contracting 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 more about the TSB program and how to do business with a particular government agency. For more, contact Julie Fagle at jafagle@iastate.edu.

 

Growth Strategies to Build a Resilient Food Business

6/10/2021, Webinar

Growth Leadership Food Industry Webinar 

Details: You’re in the food business because you know something about making food or beverages. But do you know everything you need to know to keep a company moving forward? This three-hour webinar will feature experts helping you understand how marketing strategy, e-commerce, and food safety and quality can play an essential role in your growth. For more, contact Brenda Martin at bkmartin@iastate.edu.?

 

EntreFEST

6/10/2021 - 6/11/2021, Ceder Rapids

In Person Eastern Iowa 

Details: EntreFEST is a two-day conference, celebrating the spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation where professionals at every level come together, share ideas, and own their success.

 

Data Security and Business Development

6/15/2021, Webinar

Technology Webinar 

Details: Information security is becoming an increasing large factor in your company’s ability to win contracts. How do you prove that your company is 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.

 

Digital Lab Tour (in-person or virtual subject to COVID19 status)

6/24/2021, Webinar

Technology Webinar 

Details: CIRAS will be hosting a Digital Manufacturing Lab tour. We will be showcasing 3D printers, 3D scanners, Cobots. The first 30 mins will be the general introduction to the lab wherein you will learn about how the digital lab can support you on your Industry 4.0 journey. Following which we will have three parallel breakout sessions on 3D printers, scanners, and cobots. In these breakout sessions, you will get a high-level overview of ?technology pros/cons, technology costs, common applications, some case studies, and a call to action. This tour can be attended by anyone associated with manufacturing. No prior knowledge or training is required.

 

VA Direct Access Program – Schneider Electric Subcontracting Opportunities on Energy Performance Contracting Projects Virtual Business Opportunity Session

6/30/2021, Webinar

Webinar 

Details: Schneider Electric, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Direct Access Program, is participating in a virtual business opportunity session. The desired outcome for this event will be for Schneider Electric to identify small business partners to participate in Energy Performance Contracts in a subcontractor capacity.

 

 

July 2021


Capabilities Statement Webinar

7/7/2021, Webinar

Government Contracting Webinar 

Details: You can’t sell your product or service to the government without government purchasers understanding who you are and what your business can do. This 90-minute 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.

 

Training for Protecting the Workforce from COVID-19

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

Leadership Productivity Technology Food Industry COVID-19 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

 

Buy American and Trade Agreements Act Compliance for Federal Procurement

7/13/2021, Webinar

Growth Government Contracting Webinar 

Details: The United States government has complex country-of-origin requirements for the products it procures. This two-hour webinar will explain the requirements of two major statutes – the Buy American Act and the Trade Agreement Act – including when they apply, how to determine product eligibility, and recommended compliance measures. For more, contact Jodi Essex at jodir@iastate.edu.

 

Warehouse Management 101 Webinar Series (Part 2/3)

7/14/2021, Webinar

Leadership Webinar 

Details: This three-part series of webinars will give Iowa companies an introduction to managing fundamental warehouse functions within a facility. CIRAS experts will walk you through the basics of designing a warehouse layout, setting up your put-away and picking processes, and choosing between different types of storage and material handling equipment. For more, contact Marc Schneider at maschn@iastate.edu.

 

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

7/21/2021, Webinar

Growth Government Contracting Webinar 

Details: Iowa's Targeted Small Business (TSB) program exists to help people with minority status,service-connected disabled veterans, and individuals with disabilities overcome hurdles to start or grow small businesses in Iowa. This webinar is designed to help Iowa companies understand and make better use of the TSB program. Brought to you by the CIRAS Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) and the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA), this event will include an overview of the TSB program and how to navigate the TSB portal. We'll cover: Next steps for your business after becoming TSB certified. Structure of Iowa government and independent buying agencies. Best ways to do business with the state as a TSB Marketing practices We'll also spend 30 minutes of this one-hour webinar giving attendees an overview of a government agency, its mission, and how you can do business with one particular portion of Iowa government. For more, contact Julie Fagle at jafagle@iastate.edu.

 

 

August 2021


Identifying State and Local Government Markets

8/3/2021, Webinar

Growth Government Contracting 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 more, contact Mary Zimmerman at maryz@iastate.edu.

 

Training for Protecting the Workforce from COVID-19

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

Leadership Productivity Technology Food Industry COVID-19 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.

 

Grippers and Robots

8/10/2021, Webinar

Technology Webinar 

Details: This webinar will review the technical features of several grippers for cobots (Robotic, PHD, Schunk) by RAMCO, such as payload capacity, compatibility, installation types, 3D printed tips, quick-change feature, etc. This webinar will include examples of typical types of grippers. All attendees will get a high-level understanding of the common type of grippers 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 training is required. The link will be posted shortly. For questions please contact Abhay Grover at agrover@iastate.edu.

 

Warehouse Management 101 Webinar Series (Part 3/3)

8/11/2021, Webinar

Leadership Webinar 

Details: This three-part series of webinars will give Iowa companies an introduction to managing fundamental warehouse functions within a facility. CIRAS experts will walk you through the basics of designing a warehouse layout, setting up your put-away and picking processes, and choosing between different types of storage and material handling equipment. For more, contact Marc Schneider at maschn@iastate.edu.

 

 

September 2021


Training for Protecting the Workforce from COVID-19

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

Leadership Productivity Technology Food Industry COVID-19 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.

 

Food Talks

9/9/2021, Webinar

Growth Leadership Productivity Food Industry Webinar 

Details: This one-hour webinar is the online home for a quarterly round table where Iowa food manufacturers can discuss a variety of food safety issues. Whether you’re new to food safety regulations or well positioned for the future, this group will be a place where you can discuss challenges and learn about the successful practices of others. For more, contact Kim Anderson at kandrson@iastate.edu.

 

 

October 2021


Blended Human Food Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) Part 2: Instructor-led (virtual)

10/5/2021 - 10/6/2021, Webinar

Food Industry Webinar 

Details: This two-day webinar is an instructor-led class to obtain global-recognized Food Safety Preventative Controls Alliance (FSPCA) certification as a Preventative Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) in Human Food – the only PCQI training course recognized by the FDA. Class will take place in two four-hour blocks over Zoom or WebEx. Attendance to both blocks is required. For more, contact Kim Anderson at kandrson@iastate.edu.

 

 

December 2021


Food Talks

12/9/2021, Webinar

Growth Leadership Productivity Food Industry Webinar 

Details: This one-hour webinar is the online home for a quarterly round table where Iowa food manufacturers can discuss a variety of food safety issues. Whether you’re new to food safety regulations or well positioned for the future, this group will be a place where you can discuss challenges and learn about the successful practices of others. For more, contact Kim Anderson at kandrson@iastate.edu.