Growth 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


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

3/2/2021, Webinar

Growth Government Contracting 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.

 

ISU Supplier Orientation

3/2/2021, Webinar

Growth Government Contracting 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.

 

Iowa Manufacturing Lean Leaders Roundtable

3/3/2021, 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. Northeast Iowa manufacturers will be able to share tips and address issues impacting their operational competitiveness. For more, contact Steve Wilson at wilsons@iastate.edu.

 

Speaking FARlish

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

Growth Government Contracting 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.

 

Food Talks

3/9/2021, 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.

 

DAS Vendor Orientation

3/10/2021, 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.

 

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 Government Contracting 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 Government Contracting 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.

 

Identifying State and Local Government Markets

3/17/2021, 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.

 

Iowa Manufacturing Lean Leaders Rountable

3/17/2021, 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 DOT DBE Program

3/18/2021, 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.

 

Jump Start Your Journey Towards Industry 4.0

3/30/2021, Webinar

Growth Leadership Productivity Technology Food Industry Webinar 

Details: Industry 4.0 is a term that describes the next phase of modern manufacturing – a world where factories have the ability to generate massive amounts of data and quickly analyze it to improve their processes. This is a world with powerful benefits. But how do you know where to start? This 90-minute webinar is designed to help Iowa manufacturers understand what they need to know and how they should react. This workshop will help you assess your readiness and develop a plan. For more information, contact Andrew Friend at afriend@iastate.edu.

 

 

April 2021


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

4/6/2021, Webinar

Growth Government Contracting 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.

 

Subcontracting Webinar

4/7/2021, Webinar

Growth Government Contracting 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.

 

Iowa Manufacturing Lean Leaders Rountable

4/7/2021, 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.

 

Past Performance: Leveraging Success to Win Future Awards

4/13/2021, Webinar

Growth Government Contracting Webinar 

Details: This one-hour webinar is designed to help government contractors understand how government agencies measure past performance and how to address any concerns in their past. Attendees will learn how to leverage their past performance to enhance their competitiveness and what strategies to use in addressing any less-than-glowing past performance evaluations. For more, contact mmburant@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.

 

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.

 

Iowa’s TSB Program, plus Introduction to a State Agency (Small Business Development Center)

4/22/2021, 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

June 2021


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.

 

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.

 

Identifying State and Local Government Markets

6/15/2021, 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.

 

 

September 2021


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.

 

 

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.