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. 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.

 

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.

 

 

October 2021


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.

 

Journey to Your Vision Seminar

10/6/2021, Centerville, IA

Address: 721 North 1st Streeet - Indian Hills Centerville Campus

Growth In Person Central Iowa 

Details: Every business faces peaks and valleys as they progress through stages of growth. Do you know what stage your business is in and how you can reach the next level? Attend this valuable one-day seminar to help stack the odds in your favor by understanding the stages of business growth, their unique challenges, and methods to overcome them. Led by Mike Kleis, President - Renaissance Executive Forums of Iowa and Joel Bennett, Lead Consultant - Veel Hoeden Consulting, this "hands-on" event will provide an opportunity to discuss your challenges with other business owners and utilize the collective power of their experience to help you address these barriers head-on. We will be following COVID guidelines with social distancing. Please bring a face covering or mask. There will be bottled water available and wrapped snack and box style lunch available.

 

Secure Iowa Conference with Pratum

10/6/2021, West Des Moines, IA

Address: The Ron Pearson Center, 5820 Westown Parkway

Growth Leadership Productivity Technology In Person Central Iowa 

Details: CIRAS and Pratum proudly announce the return of the Secure Iowa Conference, a day of networking and continuing education in information security, IT risk management, compliance, and privacy. Now in its ninth year, the conference delivers a unique opportunity for business leaders and security, privacy, and audit professionals to gather without traveling out of state. Breakout sessions include both management and technical tracks, ensuring every attendee finds information tailored for their role. For more information contact Shankar Srinivasan at srigshan@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.

 

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.

 

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


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.

 

Procurement Management 101

12/2/2021, Ames, IA

Address: EDIR Core Facility - 1805 Collaboration Pl Ames, IA 50010

Growth Leadership In Person Central Iowa 

Details: This workshop will provide training on basic procurement processes, best practices and provide you with tools to improve your procurement. Purchased goods and services often represent the largest cost category for an organization. Improved and consistent management of this function, especially during these challenging times, is critical to an organization's success. For more, contact Marc Schneider at maschn@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.