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. At this time, CIRAS is holding in-person and virtual events. CIRAS is continually updating our delivery methods and safety controls to meet guidance of public health professionals. 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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August 2021


Virtual Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Course

8/2/2021 - 9/27/2021, Webinar

Growth Leadership Productivity Technology Iowa Lean Consortium Webinar 

Details: Are you ready to move forward in your continuous improvement journey? This virtual, instructor-led Lean Six Sigma course will prepare attendees to perform the role of an LSS Green Belt. Training materials represent what you need to know to successfully prepare students to achieve Green Belt certifications and performance standards. For more, contact Steve Wilson at wilsons@iastate.edu.

 

 

September 2021


CIRAS' 2021 Web Analytics Boot Camp

9/10/2021 - 10/1/2021, Webinar

Growth Webinar 

Details: CIRAS' 2021 Web Analytics Boot Camp is a great opportunity to learn the fundamentals of web analytics, so they can be applied practically to your company. Each week for 4 weeks there will be a training session, time for attendees to apply the learning and a follow-up coaching session where attendees can ask questions about their specific circumstances. The process is meant to show how analytics can be set up with minimal effort yet yield vast amounts of useful data. For more, contact Paul Gormley at gormley@iastate.edu.

 

Using SAM.gov

9/27/2021, Webinar

Growth Government Contracting 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 SAM.gov website to find potential bidding opportunities, how to generate email alerts when the federal government is preparing to purchase your item or service, and how to run some basic reports about past contract history.

 

OSHA 10 Hour General Industry

9/28/2021 - 9/29/2021, West Des Moines, IA

Address: IISC Office, 1501 42nd St STE 100

Productivity In Person Eastern Iowa 

Details: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. The 30 hour class establishes a foundation for the company safety program.

 

Transit Networking

9/28/2021, Webinar

Growth Government Contracting Webinar 

Details: Government contracting requires continually reaching out to buyers and potential teaming partners to tell them what your company can do. This 90-minute webinar is designed to help transit-related Iowa businesses (especially small businesses and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises) network and build relationships for future projects. For more, contact Mary Zimmerman at maryz@iastate.edu.

 

Strategic Teaming and Mentoring for Manufacturers

9/29/2021, Webinar

Growth Productivity Government Contracting Webinar 

Details: Strength frequently lies in numbers. What if you could sell more of your products or services to the government simply by working with someone else? This two-hour webinar will explore the strategic aspects of teaming for manufacturers, how to find the right teammate, and what you should look for in forming a new relationship. For more, contact Melissa Burant at mmburant@iastate.edu.

 

9/29/21 COVID-19: OSHA's Requirements, Suggestions and Strategies

9/29/2021, Webinar

Productivity Technology Food Industry COVID-19 Webinar 

Details: Iowa State University is offering an information and training module to prepare employees, supervisors, and owners of manufacturing and construction companies for OSHA requirements, suggestions, and strategies for worker protection from COVID-19 in the workplace. The curriculum consists of one 90 minute webinar that will be offered every Wednesday from 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM from July – September 2021.

 

Small Business Works 2021: Level Up & Network Series

9/29/2021, Webinar

Government Contracting Webinar 

Details: This free virtual training and matchmaking event will provide you with the resources your small business needs to thrive in the federal marketplace!

 

CMMC Con 2021

9/29/2021, Webinar

Government Contracting Webinar 

Details: Back by popular demand, CMMC Con 2021 is a one-day event designed to support stakeholders in the U.S. Defense Industrial Base (DIB) as they navigate the rapidly shifting future of cybersecurity compliance. This event will equip defense contractors with a better understanding of the evolving threat landscape, the impact of cybersecurity compliance law aimed at mitigating these threats, and the how-to for solving these challenges. Registered attendees will receive a complimentary 2021/2022 Edition of our CMMC Companion eBook.

 

 

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. Early bird registration of $275.00 per person is open until September 5th. Registration fee will increase to $375.00 from September 6th - October 1st. Attendance to both blocks is required. For more, contact Kim Anderson at kandrson@iastate.edu.

 

Manufacturing Lean Leaders Roundtable - 10/6/2021

10/6/2021, 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.

 

Principles of Occupational Safety and Health

10/12/2021 - 10/15/2021, Davenport, IA

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

Productivity In Person Eastern Iowa 

Details: The certificate in Principles of Occupational Safety and Health (POSH) is an intensive four-day course covering 19 topics that provide a solid understanding of fundamentals of workplace safety and health. The course focuses on best practices for implementing and managing a safety program. POSH is a great introduction for anyone new to safety responsibilities and an excellent review for experienced safety practitioners.

 

Capabilities Statement Webinar

10/13/2021, 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 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.

 

Top 21 Legal Mistakes in Government Contracting

10/19/2021, Webinar

Growth Government Contracting Webinar 

Details: Government contracting law is complex, and the rules aren't always intuitive. In this webinar, Steve Koprince, a government contracting attorney, will unveil the top 21 common legal mistakes contractors make time and time again. As an attendee, you will leave with the tools necessary to avoid these mistakes. For more, contact Jodi Essex at jodir@iastate.edu.

 

Iowa Dept. of Administrative Services (DAS) Vendor Orientation

10/20/2021, Webinar

Growth Government Contracting Webinar 

Details: The Iowa Dept. of Administrative Services (DAS) is a state agency which handles various functions in support of other state agencies. In this one-hour webinar, DAS will explain how contractors can do business with them. The presentation will cover the following information: - 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.

 

Iowa's TSB Program, plus Introduction to the University of Iowa

10/20/2021, 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

 

Manufacturing Lean Leaders Roundtable - 10/20/2021

10/20/2021, 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.

 

GSA for Beginners: What You Need to Know, But Didn’t Know to Ask

10/21/2021, Webinar

Government Contracting Webinar 

Details: Have you been receiving telemarketing calls that insist you need a GSA Schedule since you registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) database? Is a GSA Schedule a magic bullet to selling to the federal government? Join this webinar to get the answers to these questions. For more, contact Julie Fagle at jafagle@iastate.edu.

 

OSHA 501 Trainer Course for General Industry

10/26/2021 - 10/29/2021, Davenport, IA

Address: Birchwood Fields Learning Center 4620 E 53rd St Davenport, IA

Productivity In Person Eastern Iowa 

Details: The OSHA 501 class authorizes participants who complete this train-the-trainer course to conduct 10 & 30 hour outreach classes to general industry and issue OTI general industry 10 and 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 general industry safety topics during class.

 

ISU Supplier Orientation

10/28/2021, Webinar

Growth Government Contracting Webinar 

Details: Want to do business with Iowa State University? This one-hour webinar is designed to explain CIRAS government contracting assistance and show would-be vendors how the Iowa State procurement process works. Attendees will be connected to an Iowa State procurement official who will discuss bidding invoicing, and payment processes, as well as what and how the university prefers to purchase. For more, contact Mary Zimmerman at maryz@iastate.edu.

 

CIRAS Service Showcase Series

10/28/2021, Webinar

Growth Leadership Productivity Technology Government Contracting Food Industry Iowa Lean Consortium COVID-19 Webinar 

Details: A monthly webinar which focuses on one of the many services that CIRAS offers.

 

 

November 2021


Cybersecurity or Business Security? - DIYs for Small Businesses

11/2/2021, Webinar

Technology Webinar 

Details:  Today, every small business is using some type of digital platform or tool to complete transactions, advertise, store data, etc. Therefore, putting a fence or physical lock on your door alone will not fully secure your business. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) outlines a variety of cybersecurity practices that you can implement YOURSELF. This webinar will discuss free and effective resources that you can leverage to keep your business safe. For more, contact Shankar Srinivasan at srigshan@iastate.edu.

 

CIRAS' 2021 Video Marketing Boot Camp

11/3/2021 - 11/19/2021, Webinar

Growth Webinar 

Details: CIRAS' 2021 Video Marketing Boot Camp is a great opportunity to learn the fundamentals of video, so they can be applied practically to your company. You will learn the necessary groundwork to produce professional results by exploring equipment and software options, strategies for shaping your message and getting in front of the right audience. Each week for 4 weeks there will be a training session, time for attendees to apply the learning, and a follow-up coaching session where attendees can ask questions about their specific circumstances. For more, contact Paul Gormley at gormley@iastate.edu.

 

Iowa’s TSB Program, & Introduction to the Small Business Development Center

11/17/2021, 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.

 

Using SAM.gov

11/22/2021, Webinar

Growth Government Contracting 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 SAM.gov website to find potential bidding opportunities, how to generate email alerts when the federal government is preparing to purchase your item or service, and how to run some basic reports about past contract history. For more, contact Justin Niceswanger at jnice@iastate.edu.

 

 

December 2021


Identifying State and Local Government Markets

12/1/2021, Webinar

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.

 

Iowa Dept. of Administrative Services (DAS) Vendor Orientation

12/1/2021, Webinar

Growth Government Contracting Webinar 

Details: The Iowa Dept. of Administrative Services (DAS) is a state agency which handles various functions in support of other state agencies. In this one-hour webinar, DAS will explain how contractors can do business with them. The presentation will cover the following information: - 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.

 

GovCon 101

12/6/2021, Webinar

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. Prerequisite: There are no recommended prerequisites for this session.

 

Structured Problem Solving Virtual Workshop

12/7/2021, Webinar

Productivity Iowa Lean Consortium Webinar 

Details: To be successful at creating a culture of continuous improvement, team members and leaders must know how to apply structured problem-solving skills as well as coach others. This means they have to develop the ability to apply Plan-Do-Check-Adjust (PDCA) thinking to effective problem solving. Join us for this virtual training as we go beyond the basics of PDCA to explore the key skills needed for lasting success in problem solved. For more information, contact Tracy Schuster at tschust@iastate.edu?.

 

ISU Supplier Orientation

12/7/2021, Webinar

Growth Government Contracting Webinar 

Details: Want to do business with Iowa State University? This one-hour webinar is designed to explain CIRAS government contracting assistance and show would-be vendors how the Iowa State procurement process works. Attendees will be connected to an Iowa State procurement official who will discuss bidding invoicing, and payment processes, as well as what and how the university prefers to purchase. For more, contact Mary Zimmerman at maryz@iastate.edu.

 

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.

 

 

January 2022


Using SAM.gov

1/24/2022, Webinar

Growth Government Contracting 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 SAM.gov website to find potential bidding opportunities, how to generate email alerts when the federal government is preparing to purchase your item or service, and how to run some basic reports about past contract history. For more, contact Justin Niceswanger at jnice@iastate.edu.

 

Regulatory Updates for Government Contractors presented by Matt Schoonover

1/25/2022, Webinar

Growth Government Contracting Webinar 

Details: In this presentation, government contracts attorney Matthew Schoonover will highlight some of the most consequential regulatory changes that impact small business government contractors. Topics will include changes to the domestic preference requirements, the minimum wage hike for federal contractors, updates to the limitation on subcontracting, changing DUNS number requirements, and more. For more, contact Jodi Essex at jodir@iastate.edu.

 

 

February 2022


Iowa Dept. of Administrative Services (DAS) Vendor Orientation

2/9/2022, Webinar

Growth Government Contracting Webinar 

Details: The Iowa Dept. of Administrative Services (DAS) is a state agency which handles various functions in support of other state agencies. In this one-hour webinar, DAS will explain how contractors can do business with them. The presentation will cover the following information: - 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.

 

 

April 2022


Iowa Dept. of Administrative Services (DAS) Vendor Orientation

4/6/2022, Webinar

Growth Government Contracting Webinar 

Details: The Iowa Dept. of Administrative Services (DAS) is a state agency which handles various functions in support of other state agencies. In this one-hour webinar, DAS will explain how contractors can do business with them. The presentation will cover the following information: - 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.

 

 

May 2022


Using SAM.gov

5/2/2022, Webinar

Growth Government Contracting 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 SAM.gov website to find potential bidding opportunities, how to generate email alerts when the federal government is preparing to purchase your item or service, and how to run some basic reports about past contract history. For more, contact Justin Niceswanger at jnice@iastate.edu.

 

Iowa Dept. of Administrative Services (DAS) Vendor Orientation

5/18/2022, Webinar

Growth Government Contracting Webinar 

Details: The Iowa Dept. of Administrative Services (DAS) is a state agency which handles various functions in support of other state agencies. In this one-hour webinar, DAS will explain how contractors can do business with them. The presentation will cover the following information: - 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.