Events

September 2018


How to do Business in the Federal Market

Date/Time: 9/20/2018, 9:30am - 11:30am
Location: Clinton, IA
Notes: Learn how to do business in the federal market by learning: -Local Resources available to help your business navigate the process -What small business programs are available and their benefits -How your business can do business with Thomson Prison

Blended Human Food PCQI Part 2: Instructor Led Course

Date/Time: 9/21/2018, 9:30am - 4:30pm
Location: Altoona, IA
Notes: Blended Human Food Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) Part 2 Course. Instructor led and completion of FSPCA Blended Part 1 must be completed to register for Part 2. Instructor information: Kimberly L. Anderson is a Lead Instructor for the FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food Course. She comes for a diverse background in the food industry and was a former FDA Investigator.

Strategic Marketing Boot Camp

Date/Time: 9/24/2018 - 9/25/2018, Two Day Boot Camp
Location: Grinnell, IA
Notes: The Strategic Marketing Boot Camp is meant to be an introduction to the fundamentals of marketing and marketing plan development. Attendees will learn the basics and apply them immediately to develop a strategic marketing plan.

ISU Engineering Career Fair

Date/Time: 9/25/2018, 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: Ames, IA
Notes: The Engineering Career Fairs completely fill the Hilton Coliseum and Scheman Building each February and September. Face-to-face networking is one of the most effective recruiting methods, so don’t miss the opportunity to network with 4000-7000 great students!

Search Engine Marketing 1 Boot Camp

Date/Time: 9/26/2018 - 9/27/2018, Two Day Boot Camp
Location: Grinnell, IA
Notes: Companies that desire to be found utilizing Search Engine Marketing (Pay-per-click) strategies can learn the best practices from, and develop strategies with, a Google Certified Partner. Find out if Search Engine Marketing is right for your company and how to get the most out of your pay-per-click marketing dollars.

PTAP Hosted Webinar: Top Tips for Finding and Winning Government Contracts

Date/Time: 9/26/2018, 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Location: Cedar Rapids, IA
Notes: CIRAS PTAP staff will be on hand to help celebrate our first annual National PTAC day with a webinar that will feature PTAC experts; Kate Hoy (Washington PTAC), Tom Larkin (GA Tech PTAC) and Patricia Simpson (Florida PTAC), who will share their top tips for: - Getting Ready to Enter the Government Marketplace - Finding Government Contracts - Bidding on Government Contracts CIRAS staff will be on hand afterward to answer any additional questions as to government contracting. For questions please contact Julie Fagle at jafagle@iastate.edu.

Top Tips for Finding and Winning Government Contracts

Date/Time: 9/26/2018, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Location: Webinar
Notes: Celebrating our first annual National PTAC day with a webinar that will feature PTAC experts; Kate Hoy (Washington PTAC), Tom Larkin (GA Tech PTAC) and Patricia Simpson (Florida PTAC), who will share their top tips for: - Getting Ready to Enter the Government Marketplace - Finding Government Contracts - Bidding on Government Contracts

October 2018


FDA Food Firm Registration FSMA Update Event

Date/Time: 10/1/2018, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Ames, IA
Notes: This is a free event that offers food firms the chance to learn about registering with the FDA. This event will address amendments to the Food and Drug Act by FSMA for food manufacturers. For questions, please contact Kim Anderson at kandrson@iastate.edu.

Legends in Manufacturing Awards Dinner

Date/Time: 10/2/2018, 4:30pm - 10:00pm
Location: Altoona, IA
Notes: More information coming soon. For questions, please contact Holly Mueggenberg at hmueggenberg@iowaabi.org.

ABI Advanced Manufacturing Conference

Date/Time: 10/3/2018, 8:00am - 5:00pm
Location: Altoona, IA
Notes: More information coming soon. For questions, please contact Holly Mueggenberg at hmueggenberg@iowaabi.org.

Veteran's Business Round Table

Date/Time: 10/4/2018, 8:00am - 9:00am
Location: Cedar Rapids, IA
Notes: Calling on all Veteran Business Owners! Join us for a light breakfast and facilitated discussion on business topics (not industry specific) that are relevant to ALL Veteran Business Owners. This will be our first roundtable this quarter and we’ll determine as a group how often to meet, going forward. Questions? Contact Julie Fagle at jafagle@iastate.edu. This event is being sponsored by VGM, Alliant Energy, and Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance.

Internet Marketing Strategy Boot Camp

Date/Time: 10/8/2018 - 10/9/2018, Two Day Workshop
Location: Ames, IA
Notes: The Internet Marketing Strategy Boot Camp is meant to be an in-depth introduction to the elements of a strategic web marketing presence. During the Boot Camp, attendees will learn about each of the areas, get hands-on practice with the tools and concepts and will be able to speak and work with each of the area experts to work on their particular issues. We hope to provide the knowledge, transfer the skills, and boost the confidence of the attendee to either conduct Internet Marketing themselves or competently lead others/contractors to achieve their goals.

Automation Implementation with ROI

Date/Time: 10/9/2018, 11:30am - 1:00pm
Location: Bettendorf, IA
Notes: To provide small and medium sized manufacturers with answers to three questions: How do I identify which of my operations are best to automate? How do I estimate total cost (including maintenance and training) of automating and therefore ROI? What integrator can I trust to do what is best for me?? For questions, please contact Mike Willet at mwillett@iastate.edu.

GovCon Networking Group (Business Builders)

Date/Time: 10/9/2018, 7:30am - 8:30am
Location: Council Bluffs, IA
Notes: The intent of these sessions are to provide Iowa companies in any industry an opportunity to participate in peer networking discussions related to government and commercial procurements. Facilitated by the local ISU CIRAS Procurement Technical Assistance Centers and Chamber Staff, and will be structured as a session to discuss relevant and trending topics from the government/commercial markets, current challenges or questions from industry, as well as building your network of Iowa business partners. The agenda and topic discussions for these groups will be driven by the attendees. Contact Andy Alexander at 402-547-0333 or andyalex@iastate.edu to register.

Video Marketing Boot Camp

Date/Time: 10/10/2018 - 10/11/2018, Two Day Workshop
Location: Ames, IA
Notes: Join us and discover how to improve your business with online video marketing! This hands-on boot camp will cover everything from laying out the content of your video through what equipment fits your needs the best and the basics of how to use it.

Creating Your Government Marketing Strategy

Date/Time: 10/10/2018, 9:00am - 10:30am
Location: Webinar
Notes: This session 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 to 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.

ExporTech 2018 (Session 3 of 3)

Date/Time: 10/10/2018, 8:30am - 5:00pm
Location: Ames, IA
Notes: Do you see growth opportunity in global markets, but are struggling to carve out the time and resources to make it happen? Are you reactively selling to international customers who find you, rather than taking a proactive and strategic approach to identifying your best prospects in global markets? If YES...ExporTech™ could be the answer. Why ExporTech? Accelerated Speed-To-Market jump starts international sales growth. Results in actionable Strategic Export Growth Plan. Plans vetted by panel of international business experts. Coaching support for accountability. Efficient Connection / Time Savings efficiently connects companies with experts and qualified vendors. Customized topics and speakers. Applied knowledge through small group and one-on-one interaction. Reduced Risk and Increased Success engages top leadership. Starts with the big picture in mind (strategic focus.) Research on strategies/practices that distinguish successful exporters. If you are ready to make the investment of time, ExporTech can unlock your export growth potential. If you would like to learn more about this year's ExporTech program please contact Marc Schneider at maschn@iastate.edu or 1-563-221-1596.

Attracting and Retaining Global Talent

Date/Time: 10/16/2018, 10:00am - 2:00pm
Location: Ames, IA
Notes: Let's face it: Iowa is out of people. As leading manufacturers continue to grow, the ability to attract and retain talent will become key to success. This workshop will highlight successful practices by companies and their communities to attract and retain talent from outside of Iowa from the shop floor to the executive ranks. For questions contact Michael O'Donnell at modonnll@iastate.edu.

Materials, Structures, and Non-Destructive Lab Tour

Date/Time: 10/18/2018, 9:45am - 2:15pm
Location: Ames, IA
Notes: Learn how labs can support your material selection and failure efforts of metal based components and assemblies, support for component and material testing objectives with both destructive and non-destructive technologies, support the development of Test Plans and Test Protocols.

ILC 2018 Fall Conference

Date/Time: 10/23/2018 - 10/25/2018, Three Day Event
Location: West Des Moines, IA
Notes: Join us in Des Moines for Fall Conference 2018! This year's conference will feature 2 keynote speakers, informational breakout sessions, exhibitors, giveaways, and networking. Oct 23 will be dedicated to pre-conference workshops and tours. Breakout sessions and workshops will offer continuous improvement in learning opportunities for those working in healthcare, services, government, education, manufacturing, finance, and other businesses. Lean leaders and practitioners will share how they are using Lean methods to change their culture while striving for operational excellence.

Data Analytics for Manufacturers

Date/Time: 10/23/2018, 9:00am - 3:00pm
Location: Ames, IA
Notes: The rise of connected manufacturing equipment and “Industry 4.0” has created huge opportunities for manufacturers. These opportunities come with complexities of massive amounts of data and new tools to analyze and visualize information.In addition to providing an overview of fundamental tools, the class will include examples using real data from a manufacturing environment. Attendees will leave the class with an improved understanding of the basics of analytics, tools to perform basic analysis on their own, and an understanding of how to frame more complex problems for experts.

Tools for Growth- Tech Scouting, Tech Driven Marketing Intelligence, and Three Technologies to Try

Date/Time: 10/25/2018, 11:30AM-2:00PM
Location: Carroll, IA
Notes: Learn about the tools and resources available through CIRAS and Iowa State University to help your business boost growth and profitability. See current technologies to begin to define a strategic technical direction for your company.

Subcontracting and the Federal Government: Everything You Need to Know

Date/Time: 10/25/2018, 9:30am - 11:30pm
Location: Davenport, IA
Notes: Learn about subcontracting requirement in the federal government. We will review subcontracting plans, what they are, why they matter and how to meet the requirements. This event is for both large and small businesses. Key Topics and information this event will cover Subcontracting; federal government; government contracts; federal business

November 2018


Lunch & Learn: Winning the Race on Strategy - SWOT 2.0

Date/Time: 11/1/2018, 11am - 1:00pm
Location: Clive, IA
Notes: You can't make good decisions about the path forward for your business if you don't have the whole picture. But how much information is enough? How do you know when you've got a broad enough point of view? This free CIRAS lunch and learn will help Iowa business leaders understand how to find and leverage resources to shape decisions about strategy and growth.

Importance of Using Market Research to Grow Your Business

Date/Time: 11/6/2018, 11:00am - 1:30pm
Location: Ames, IA
Notes: Join CIRAS for an overview event focused on the whats, hows and whys of market research. Start asking the right questions to get the most valuable data and prevent costly mistakes!

Export Compliance Training

Date/Time: 11/7/2018, 8:30am - 4:30pm
Location: Ankeny, IA
Notes: Upon completion of this program, you will be aware of the new export security requirements for all exporters. You will have an 11-point checklist to guide you to full compliance on every export. You will become aware of the required seven lists that must be checked on all exports and understand what common red flags mean to you. You will leave the program that day with a better understanding of the regulations and with specific tools and instructions on how to begin building a secure and compliant department and company. This program is for anyone involved with exports, sales, customer service, traffic managers, purchasing managers, plant managers, shipping/receiving personnel, compliance officers and ISO managers.

Introduction to HTS/Schedule B Classification

Date/Time: 11/8/2018, 8:30am - 4:30pm
Location: Ankeny, IA
Notes: This workshop will cover the following topics presented by Mr. Mike Allocca of Allocca Enterprises: Understand how, why and when the harmonized Tariff Schedule was created, Learn what the GRI – General Rules of Interpretation – are and how they are used on every classification, Review the roles of a customs broker, freight forwarder and importer/exporter of record, Learn the difference between a Schedule B & HTS number, Understand how to use the CROSS - Customs Ruling Online Search System Review instructor & CBP based specific classification examples, Determine the difference between duty, user fees, and antidumping/countervailing duties This program is for traffic managers, purchasing managers, shipping/receiving personnel, compliance officers, sales managers, customer service managers and anyone involved or concerned with international shipments.

Water Technologies: Developing Your Long Term Strategy

Date/Time: 11/8/2018, 9:30am -3:00pm
Location: Des Moines, IA
Notes: We will engage 100 leaders, scientists, engineers, food safety experts together to talk the future of water for Iowa manufacturing.Gain an understanding of the complexity of access to enough "clean" water. Learn about innovative technologies for manufacturing processes that use water. Identify strategies to implement new technologies in your company. Topics we will focus on, water importance, regulatory management, and public utilities, water footprint (mass balance), sanitation & food safety, and 2-3 short technology presentations. For questions contact Brenda Martin at bkmartin@iastate.edu.

3D Printing and Polymers Lab Tour

Date/Time: 11/8/2018, 9:45am - 2:15pm
Location: Ames, IA
Notes: Learn how labs can support your material selection and failure efforts of polymer based components and assemblies. Learn advanced 3D printing technologies, like metal printing, are changing how companies envision their products and process. Learn how you can shorten your product development cycle.

Better Process Control School

Date/Time: 11/12/2018 - 11/15/2018, 4 Day Event
Location: Ames, IA
Notes: The Better Process Control School certifies supervisors of thermal processing systems, acidification and container closure evaluation programs for low-acid and acidified foods in closed containers. All low-acid and acidified food processors must have a certified supervisor on hand at all times during processing. This school satisfies the training requirements for both FDA and USDA regulations. For questions, please contact Brenda Martin at bkmartin@iastate.edu.

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

Date/Time: 11/14/2018, 9:00am - 10:00am
Location: Webinar
Notes: 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. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

ISU Lab Resources for Manufacturers

Date/Time: 11/15/2018, 10:00AM-1:00PM
Location: Calmar, IA
Notes: For this Lunch and Learn, CIRAS will present how ISU lab resources and CIRAS can be utilized to help Iowa manufacturing generate cost savings, increase development speed, provide root-cause analysis, and enhance product quality.

GovCon 101

Date/Time: 11/20/2018, 9:00am - 10:30am
Location: Webinar
Notes: This 1.5 hour session will give you an introduction of Government Contracting and discuss 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. Prerequisite: There are no recommended prerequisites for this session.

Subcontracting Opportunities

Date/Time: 11/27/2018, 9:00am - 10:00am
Location: Webinar
Notes: 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. 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. Attending one of our Market Research workshops can also help you determine whether subcontracting is appropriate, but it is not required.

December 2018


Blended Human Food PCQI Part 2: Instructor Led Course

Date/Time: 12/3/2018, 9:00am - 4:30pm
Location: Ames, IA
Notes: Blended Human Food Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) Part 2 Course. Instructor led course with enriched grain industry discussion. Instructor led and required to complete FSPCA PCQI certificate in blended course. Part 1 online must be completed before taking part 2. Instructor information: Kimberly L. Anderson is a Lead Instructor for the FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food Course. She comes for a diverse background in the food industry and was a former FDA Investigator.

Reviewing Solicitations for Success

Date/Time: 12/4/2018, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: Webinar
Notes: This webinar will give you a general overview of the Government solicitation process. We will explain the difference between RFIs, RFQs, and RFPs and when each type is used and evaluated, as well as various contract types. We will then provide some tips for reviewing solicitations and preparing to submit a bid or proposal. 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 Jodi Essex at jodir@iastate.edu.

Search Engine Optimization 1 Boot Camp

Date/Time: 12/4/2018 - 12/5/2018, Two Day Boot Camp
Location: Ames, IA
Notes: The Search Engine Optimization Boot Camp 1 teaches the attendees what is important in SEO and how to make their own website content more findable online. Attendees will learn the fundamentals, practice with the latest SEO tools and will immediately make positive progress on making their website more visible online. For questions, please contact Paul Gormley at gormley@iastate.edu.

Search Engine Optimization Boot Camp 2

Date/Time: 12/6/2018, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Location: Ames, IA
Notes: The Search Engine Optimization Boot Camp 2 takes off from where the SEO 1 boot camp leaves off. There are advanced techniques past the fundamental elements of SEO that can help your site get found with more regularity. The SEO BC 2 will provide that information and application. For questions, please contact Paul Gormley at gormley@iastate.edu.

January 2019


GovCon 101

Date/Time: 1/7/2019, 9:00am - 10:00am
Location: Webinar
Notes: This 1.5-hour webinar will give you an introduction to Government Contracting and discuss 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 Julie Fagle at jafagle@iastate.edu.

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

Date/Time: 1/9/2019, 9:00am - 10:00am
Location: Webinar
Notes: 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.

Creating Your Government Marketing Strategy

Date/Time: 1/16/2019, 9:00am - 10:30am
Location: Webinar
Notes: This session 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 to 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.

February 2019


GovCon 101

Date/Time: 2/6/2019, 9:00am - 10:30am
Location: Webinar
Notes: This 1.5 hour session will give you an introduction of Government Contracting and discuss 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. Prerequisite: There are no recommended prerequisites for this session.

Subcontracting Opportunities

Date/Time: 2/7/2019, 9:00am - 10:00am
Location: Webinar
Notes: 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. 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. Attending one of our Market Research workshops can also help you determine whether subcontracting is appropriate, but it is not required.

Materials, Structures, and NDE Tour

Date/Time: 2/7/2019, 9:45am - 2:15pm
Location: Ames, IA
Notes: Learn how labs can support your material selection and failure efforts of metal based components and assemblies, support for component and material testing objectives with both destructive and non-destructive technologies, support the development of Test Plans and Test Protocols.

Fermenting Essentials - Accessing Equipment and Experience

Date/Time: 2/21/2019, 9:00am - 2:30pm
Location: Ames, IA
Notes: Free. Overview of industry programs and tour of fermentation, biochemical processing spaces. Meet the experts who can help your company at Iowa State University.  Benefits: Visit Iowa State University to see resources available to your company. We have fermentation equipment, mixers, separators, dryers to support your process trials. Whether you are developing new or improving current products, talk with Iowa State experts about your fermentation and processing challenges. Collaborate with experts to improve your process capabilities, optimize processes and pursue innovative ideas.   Goals: Engage Iowa State experts in discussions and hear how we have helped other companies. Find out what problems we can help you solve. Learn about working collaboratively with Iowa State experts to leverage technology to benefit your company. Gain insight to the many resources available at Iowa State and how to access our help to improve the profitability and growth of your business.

March 2019


3D Printing and Polymer Lab Tour

Date/Time: 3/7/2019, 9:45am - 2:15pm
Location: Ames, IA
Notes: Learn how labs can support your material selection and failure efforts of polymer based components and assemblies. Learn advanced 3D printing technologies, like metal printing, are changing how companies envision their products and process. Learn how you can shorten your product development cycle.

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

Date/Time: 3/20/2019, 9:00am - 10:00am
Location: Webinar
Notes: 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.

Creating Your Government Marketing Strategy

Date/Time: 3/27/2019, 9:00am - 10:30am
Location: Webinar
Notes: This session 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 to 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.

April 2019


GovCon 101

Date/Time: 4/9/2019, 9:00am - 10:30am
Location: Webinar
Notes: This 1.5-hour webinar will give you an introduction to Government Contracting and discuss 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 Julie Fagle at jafagle@iastate.edu.

Materials, Structures, and NDE Tour

Date/Time: 4/18/2019, 9:45am - 2:15pm
Location: Ames, IA
Notes: Learn how labs can support your material selection and failure efforts of metal based components and assemblies, support for component and material testing objectives with both destructive and non-destructive technologies, support the development of Test Plans and Test Protocols.

May 2019


GovCon 101

Date/Time: 5/6/2019, 9:00am - 10:30am
Location: Webinar
Notes: This 1.5 hour session will give you an introduction of Government Contracting and discuss 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. Prerequisite: There are no recommended prerequisites for this session.

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

Date/Time: 5/8/2019, 9:00am - 10:00am
Location: Webinar
Notes: 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.

Subcontracting Opportunities

Date/Time: 5/13/2019, 9:00am - 10:00am
Location: Webinar
Notes: 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. 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. Attending one of our Market Research workshops can also help you determine whether subcontracting is appropriate, but it is not required.

June 2019


3D Printing and Polymer Lab Tour

Date/Time: 6/13/2019, 9:45am - 2:15pm
Location: Ames, IA
Notes: Learn how labs can support your material selection and failure efforts of polymer based components and assemblies. Learn advanced 3D printing technologies, like metal printing, are changing how companies envision their products and process. Learn how you can shorten your product development cycle.

 
 

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