Government Contracting Training and Events

 

May 2019


12th Annual Midwest Government Contracting Symposium

5/22/2019 - 5/23/2019, Moline, IL

Address: TaxSlayer Center, 1201 River Dr. Moline, IL

Details: What makes this symposium unique from other such events? The variety of product and service opportunities covered and the access to senior leadership from these requirement and procurement agencies. Key personnel and contracting staff from these agencies will be on hand for networking and connecting.

 

 

June 2019


Iowa Department of Administrative Services Vendor Orientation

6/5/2019, Des Moines, IA

Address: 1305 E Walnut St.

Details: The Department of Administrative Services (DAS) Central Procurement is now offering 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 here to find solicitations. Learn who to contact. Learn where to find other procurement information. For questions, please contact Jodi Essex at jodir@iastate.edu.

 

Contractor Post-Award Activities Training

6/11/2019, Sioux City, IA

Address: Western Tech Community College, 4647 Stone Avenue, Room A208, Sioux City, IA 51106

Details: So, you've landed that government contract. Are you sure you know what to do with it? This daylong training event is designed to help Iowa businesses make smart, "real world" decisions as they begin to execute the terms and conditions of awarded government contracts. Teresa Bouchonnet, whose 30-year career includes contracting-related jobs for all five branches of the U.S. military,will discuss the complexities of developing and maintaining business with your company's government customers. How do you keep a relationship going beyond the current contract? What are the rules for managing contract performance? We'll give you the best practices, then illustrate the concepts further by walking you through special exercises and case studies.

 

Contractor Post-Award Activities Training

6/12/2019, Ames, IA

Address: Economic Development Core Facility, 1805 Collaboration Place

Details: So, you've landed that government contract. Are you sure you know what to do with it? This daylong training event is designed to help Iowa businesses make smart, "real world" decisions as they begin to execute the terms and conditions of awarded government contracts. Teresa Bouchonnet, whose 30-year career includes contracting-related jobs for all five branches of the U.S. military,will discuss the complexities of developing and maintaining business with your company's government customers. How do you keep a relationship going beyond the current contract? What are the rules for managing contract performance? We'll give you the best practices, then illustrate the concepts further by walking you through special exercises and case studies.

 

Contractor Post-Award Activities Training

6/13/2019, Coralville, IA

Address: BioVentures Center, 2500 Crosspark Road, Room: MPR, Coralville, IA 52241

Details: So, you've landed that government contract. Are you sure you know what to do with it? This daylong training event is designed to help Iowa businesses make smart, "real world" decisions as they begin to execute the terms and conditions of awarded government contracts. Teresa Bouchonnet, whose 30-year career includes contracting-related jobs for all five branches of the U.S. military,will discuss the complexities of developing and maintaining business with your company's government customers. How do you keep a relationship going beyond the current contract? What are the rules for managing contract performance? We'll give you the best practices, then illustrate the concepts further by walking you through special exercises and case studies.

 

Cedar Rapids Flood Risk Management Outreach Event

6/14/2019, Cedar Rapids, IA

Details: Hear from the project manager on the upcoming project details for the 16th Avenue Closure Structure and Reach 3 Levee solicitations. Learn about the project schedule for these and upcoming projects managed by USACE. Understand USACE specific construction and technical requirements. Discuss solicitation and other eligibility requirements for bidding from the contracting and small business offices. Have conversations with key individuals with USACE and learn how to better position your company for future contract opportunities. Network with other contractors and build potential partnerships for these or future USACE contracts. This event is no cost to attend, but seating is limited so please provide your RSVP to Beth White Elizabeth.m.white@usace.army.mil.

 

 

July 2019


You are a Certified Targeted Small Business- What's Next?

7/24/2019, Webinar

Details: This webinar series is provided in partnership with Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) and Targeted Small Business (TSB) program with the State of Iowa. This webinar is useful for companies that have recently received their TSB certification from the State of Iowa. The session will provide information on next steps and considerations to take advantage of the procurement opportunities for TSB's with the state of Iowa. We will explore the structure of the state and independent buying agencies and review the types of products and services they buy, discuss in greater detail the procurement benefits to the program, how to best do business with the state as a vendor and TSB, as well as marketing best practices. We will also discuss additional procurement and preference programs that you may be eligible for as a TSB. This session is also suitable for companies that are eligible for TSB certification, but would like to review the procurement processes and opportunities prior to pursuing certification.

 

 

August 2019


Creating Your Government Marketing Strategy

8/6/2019, 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. 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. For questions, please contact Melissa Burant at mburant@iastate.edu.

 

Cybersecurity Workshop Training

8/8/2019, Cedar Rapids, IA

Address: Marriott Hotel, 1200 Collins Rd NE

Details: Northrop Grumman, in collaboration with the USC Center for Economic Development, is offering free cybersecurity training to small businesses through an Air Force Small Business Office Mentor Protege Program. This workshop is open to all small businesses. Advance registration is required.

 

Preparing a Winning Proposal

8/14/2019, Council Bluffs, IA

Address: Chamber of Commerce, 149 West Broadway

Details: Success in government contracting requires that you convince a government agency that you are the best choice to fill any particular need. Doing that requires knowing how the system works, who to deal with, what the rules are, and how to cast yourself in the best light. CIRAS can help you with that. In four different sessions scheduled for four different cities, you'll learn everything from how to read and answer an RFP to tips for organizing your proposal and getting questions answered. You'll also learn how to avoid some of the most common mistakes.

 

 

September 2019


Subcontracting Webinar

9/16/2019, Webinar

Details: This online session will help attendees understand subcontracting opportunities and where these opportunities may be a better fit for some companies and industries, as well as a great initial way to build past performance. This session will also help companies understand subcontracting plans, will provide some tactical processes to identify subcontracting opportunities, and will provide an overview of how to effectively perform initial outreach for subcontracting marketing.

 

 

October 2019


You are a Certified Targeted Small Business (TSB) - What's Next?

10/16/2019, Webinar

Details: This webinar series is provided in partnership with Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) and Targeted Small Business (TSB) program with the State of Iowa. This webinar is useful for companies that have recently received their TSB certification from the State of Iowa. The session will provide information on next steps and considerations to take advantage of the procurement opportunities for TSB's with the state of Iowa. We will explore the structure of the state and independent buying agencies and review the types of products and services they buy, discuss in greater detail the procurement benefits to the program, how to best do business with the state as a vendor and TSB, as well as marketing best practices. We will also discuss additional procurement and preference programs that you may be eligible for as a TSB. This session is also suitable for companies that are eligible for TSB certification but would like to review the procurement processes and opportunities prior to pursuing certification. For questions, please contact Melissa Burant at mmburant@iastate.edu.

 

Preparing a Winning Proposal

10/23/2019, Iowa City, IA

Address: Merge, 136 S. Dubuque Street, Iowa City, IA 52240

Details: Success in government contracting requires that you convince a government agency that you are the best choice to fill any particular need. Doing that requires knowing how the system works, who to deal with, what the rules are, and how to cast yourself in the best light. CIRAS can help you with that. In four different sessions scheduled for four different cities, you'll learn everything from how to read and answer an RFP to tips for organizing your proposal and getting questions answered. You'll also learn how to avoid some of the most common mistakes.

 

Preparing a Winning Proposal

10/24/2019, Davenport, IA

Address: Birchwood Fields Learning Center, 4620 E 53rd St., Room 111, Davenport, IA 52807

Details: Success in government contracting requires that you convince a government agency that you are the best choice to fill any particular need. Doing that requires knowing how the system works, who to deal with, what the rules are, and how to cast yourself in the best light. CIRAS can help you with that. In four different sessions scheduled for four different cities, you'll learn everything from how to read and answer an RFP to tips for organizing your proposal and getting questions answered. You'll also learn how to avoid some of the most common mistakes.??

 

 

November 2019


Subcontracting Webinar

11/4/2019, Webinar,

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Details: This online session will help attendees understand subcontracting opportunities and where these opportunities may be a better fit for some companies and industries, as well as a great initial way to build past performance. This session will also help companies understand subcontracting plans, will provide some tactical processes to identify subcontracting opportunities, and will provide an overview of how to effectively perform initial outreach for subcontracting marketing.

 

Creating Your Government Marketing Strategy

11/12/2019, 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. 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. For questions, please contact Melissa Burant at mburant@iastate.edu.

 

 

January 2020


You are a Certified Targeted Small Business (TSB) - What's Next?

1/15/2020, Webinar

Details: This webinar series is provided in partnership with Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) and Targeted Small Business (TSB) program with the State of Iowa. This webinar is useful for companies that have recently received their TSB certification from the State of Iowa. The session will provide information on next steps and considerations to take advantage of the procurement opportunities for TSB's with the state of Iowa. We will explore the structure of the state and independent buying agencies and review the types of products and services they buy, discuss in greater detail the procurement benefits to the program, how to best do business with the state as a vendor and TSB, as well as marketing best practices. We will also discuss additional procurement and preference programs that you may be eligible for as a TSB. This session is also suitable for companies that are eligible for TSB certification but would like to review the procurement processes and opportunities prior to pursuing certification. For questions, please contact Melissa Burant at mmburant@iastate.edu.

 

 

February 2020


Subcontracting Webinar

2/3/2020, Webinar

Details: This online session will help attendees understand subcontracting opportunities and where these opportunities may be a better fit for some companies and industries, as well as a great initial way to build past performance. This session will also help companies understand subcontracting plans, will provide some tactical processes to identify subcontracting opportunities, and will provide an overview of how to effectively perform initial outreach for subcontracting marketing.

 

Creating Your Government Marketing Strategy

2/11/2020, 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. 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. For questions, please contact Melissa Burant at mburant@iastate.edu.

 

 

April 2020


Subcontracting Webinar

4/6/2020, Webinar,

Address: 

Details: This online session will help attendees understand subcontracting opportunities and where these opportunities may be a better fit for some companies and industries, as well as a great initial way to build past performance. This session will also help companies understand subcontracting plans, will provide some tactical processes to identify subcontracting opportunities, and will provide an overview of how to effectively perform initial outreach for subcontracting marketing.

 

You are a Certified Targeted Small Business (TSB) - What's Next?

4/15/2020, Webinar,

Address: 

Details: This webinar series is provided in partnership with Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) and Targeted Small Business (TSB) program with the State of Iowa. This webinar is useful for companies that have recently received their TSB certification from the State of Iowa. The session will provide information on next steps and considerations to take advantage of the procurement opportunities for TSB's with the state of Iowa. We will explore the structure of the state and independent buying agencies and review the types of products and services they buy, discuss in greater detail the procurement benefits to the program, how to best do business with the state as a vendor and TSB, as well as marketing best practices. We will also discuss additional procurement and preference programs that you may be eligible for as a TSB. This session is also suitable for companies that are eligible for TSB certification but would like to review the procurement processes and opportunities prior to pursuing certification. For questions, please contact Melissa Burant at mmburant@iastate.edu.