Government Contracting 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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September 2021


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.

 

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.

 

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


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'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

 

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.

 

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.

 

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


Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Annual Conference

11/3/2021, Des Moines, IA

Growth Leadership Government Contracting In Person Central Iowa 

Details: All-day conference focused on educational/informational and networking opportunities for DBE's in the Iowa DOT roads/bridges construction industry. For more, contact Mary Zimmerman at maryz@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.

 

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.

 

 

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.