Events

November 2017


Winter Strategic Marketing Boot Camp

Date/Time: 11/27/2017 - 11/28/2017, 9 AM - 4 PM
Location: Johnston County Extension, Iowa City, IA
Notes: Discover best practices for developing a strategic marketing plan. You will learn the value and function of marketing inside any business. Discern the differences between Sales and Marketing and how they relate to one another. Discover 10 Marketing Insights that will change the way you implement your marketing forever.

Winter Search Engine Marketing Boot Camp

Date/Time: 11/30/2017 - 12/1/2017, 9 AM - 4 PM
Location: Johnston County Extension, Iowa City, IA
Notes: In today's digital world, buyers get an estimated 60-90 percent of a given purchasing decision made before they ever reach out to suppliers. Getting your name in front of them while they are doing the initial research is imperative to growth success. Search Engine Marketing is the only available inbound marketing tactic where you can get consistent top results starting even on the same day you launch your campaigns. If you are looking to get in front of your target market immediatly, Pay Per Click (PPC) marketing is your best choice. With Google owning the lion's share of the Search Advertising Marketing, a good starting point is Google AdWords. This boot camp can help you understand it all! This workshop will include live session in which you will work on your account, whether seting up a new one or optimizing an existing one.

December 2017


3D Laser Scanning - What it is and How CIRAS can Help

Date/Time: 12/1/2017, 11:30AM - 1:30PM
Location: DMACC West Campus
Notes: The wave is coming. Are you going to surf it or be swamped? Many Iowa manufacturers will sink or swim in the coming years based on whether they're ready for the approaching wave of digital advancements. Major innovation is ahead, but it's going to require that you have digital plans for your products. Laser scanning can create a good 3D digital model of what you're trying to make while saving you time and money.

Automation in Manufacturing - Opportunities and Challenges

Date/Time: 12/5/2017, 8:30AM - 4:00PM
Location: Gateway Hotel, Ames Iowa
Notes: Iowans understand that if you build it, they will come. But how can you build anything new when you can't find employees? This daylong Future of Manufacturing event will help production managers, manufacturing engineers, and company decision makers understand the basics of industrial automation-including how it works and how to prepare. You'll hear both from the companies who create industrial machines and the businesses who have used them successfully. Learn directly from the experts about what's possible, what's in development, and how to guard against mistakes.

MDI, Managing for Daily Improvement

Date/Time: 12/6/2017, 9 AM - 5 PM
Location: B&G Foods, Inc., Ankeny, IA
Notes: MDI, Managing for Daily Improvement, works at making the invisible “pain points” visible! Do you know/ understand your road blocks to a brighter future? If you do, are you working on the right priorities & do you know what ingredients are an essential part of a lean journey toward true North? Is “Learning to See”, fix for root cause in a timely manner with closed-loop Customer feedback important to you? If so, come learn how using daily Gemba walks strategically & weekly AWO, (Action Work Out), Tier boards tactually help you engage your culture in fixing your own IPO’s, (Issues, Problems, Opportunities). This is a train and do learning workshop, not a nice to see & do nothing, because it won’t work here type of day. This will be a fun filled, spiced-up action packed work day that will generate ROI results! We will even schedule follow-up, “Sharing of Best Practices Trips,” progress report tours in the future to help with your organization's engagement & success rate in finding a better desired state.

Reviewing Solicitations for Success

Date/Time: 12/7/2017, 9 AM - 10 AM
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.

GovCon Networking Group

Date/Time: 12/7/2017, 7:30AM - 8:30AM
Location: 149 West Broadway, Council Bluffs
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 contracting. The groups will be offered quarterly throughout the state, facilitated by the local ISU CIRAS Procurement Technical Assistance Centers, and will be structured as a session to discuss relevant and trending topics from the Government market, 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 for more information or to register at andyalex@iastate.edu or 402-547-0333.

Winter Advanced Video Marketing Boot Camp

Date/Time: 12/12/2017 - 12/13/2017, 2 Day Workshop
Location: Johnson County Extension Office, Iowa City
Notes: In a world where internet video marketing is more important than ever, the people who brought you CIRAS’ Video Marketing Boot Camp have created a sequel. This new daylong training session will feature hands-on learning under the guidance of professional videographers working to help you produce more effective videos. Participants will learn advanced techniques to improve everything from shot selection to editing, as well as how to use tools for animating graphics, logos and other portions of your videos. You must be a Boot Camp graduate or have some other experience with video production to take part in this training. It’s the next logical step for someone who wants to take their videos to the next level.

GovCon 101

Date/Time: 12/13/2017, 9 AM - 10:30 AM
Location: Veterans Service Office, 636 6th Ave, Council Bluffs, IA 51502
Notes: This 1.5 Hours 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 to sell to the Government. Contact Andy Alexander at andyalex@iastate.edu to register or for more information.

January 2018


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

Date/Time: 1/3/2018, 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.

Fermentation Lab Tour

Date/Time: 1/9/2018, 9AM - 2:30PM
Location: EDIR Core Facility, 1805 Collaboration Place
Notes: What: Free tour of fermentation, biochemical processing spaces and 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, process optimization and innovative ideas. Contact Brenda Martin at bkmartin@iastate.edu for more information.

ISU Lab Resources for Manufacturers

Date/Time: 1/18/2018, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Location: Vermeer Global Pavillion - Pella
Notes: Lunch and learn for manufacturers to learn about CIRAS resources in the areas of engineering design, testing, materials, and nondestructive evaluation. To register, contact Paul Berge at pmberge@iastate.edu

March 2018


AMP-ISU Lab Tours

Date/Time: 3/8/2018, 9:30AM - 2:30PM
Location: Iowa State University
Notes: AMP-ISU Lab Tours of: Metal Additive Manufacturing and PolyCy lab tours followed by a working lunch for discussions. For more information, contact Shankar Srinivasan at srigshan@iastate.edu

Regulatory Update - Storm Lake

Date/Time: 3/19/2018, 6pm - 9pm
Location: Hansen 8, Harold Walter Siebens Forum, Buena Vista University 610 W Fourth Street Storm Lake, Iowa 50588
Notes: IMPA, Iowa Meat and Poultry Inspection Bureau, CIRAS, and Iowa State University Meat Science Extension will co-sponsor 5 training session addressing several regulatory updates that affect your business. Topics to be covered include: Robust Humane Animal Handling Plans Appendix A and Appendix B updates Validation and Verification updates Compliance with the FSMA Sanitary Transportation Rule OSHA Inspections The training sessions will be based on current USDA/FSIS and FDA Regulatory Guidelines. All presentations will include an explanation of the regulatory requirements as well as industry and inspection staff responsibilities in verifying compliance of these requirements. The information provided at these sessions will be beneficial to both official and custom plants and federally inspected plants. We look forward to your attendance. Registration with Matt Wenger, mwenger@iastate.edu

Regulatory Update-Fayette

Date/Time: 3/20/2018, 6pm - 9pm
Location: Liberal Arts Building Upper Iowa University 605 Washington Street
Notes: IMPA, Iowa Meat and Poultry Inspection Bureau, CIRAS, and Iowa State University Meat Science Extension will co-sponsor 5 training session addressing several regulatory updates that affect your business. Topics to be covered include: Robust Humane Animal Handling Plans Appendix A and Appendix B updates Validation and Verification updates Compliance with the FSMA Sanitary Transportation Rule OSHA Inspections The training sessions will be based on current USDA/FSIS and FDA Regulatory Guidelines. All presentations will include an explanation of the regulatory requirements as well as industry and inspection staff responsibilities in verifying compliance of these requirements. The information provided at these sessions will be beneficial to both official and custom plants and federally inspected plants. We look forward to your attendance. Registration with Matt Wenger, mwenger@iastate.edu

Regulatory Update - Ottumwa

Date/Time: 3/21/2018, 6pm - 9pm
Location: Studio, Bridge View Center, 102 Church Street Ottumwa, Iowa 52501
Notes: IMPA, Iowa Meat and Poultry Inspection Bureau, CIRAS, and Iowa State University Meat Science Extension will co-sponsor 5 training session addressing several regulatory updates that affect your business. Topics to be covered include: Robust Humane Animal Handling Plans Appendix A and Appendix B updates Validation and Verification updates Compliance with the FSMA SanitaryTransportation Rule OSHA Inspections The training sessions will be based on current USDA/FSIS and FDA Regulatory Guidelines. All presentations will include an explanation of the regulatory requirements as well as industry and inspection staff responsibilities in verifying compliance of these requirements. The information provided at these sessions will be beneficial to both official and custom plants and federally inspected plants. We look forward to your attendance. Registration with Matt Wenger, mwenger@iastate.edu

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

Date/Time: 3/21/2018, 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.

Regulatory Update - Atlantic

Date/Time: 3/22/2018, 6pm - 9pm
Location: Cass County Center, Iowa Western Community College, 705 Walnut Street Atlantic, Iowa 50022
Notes: IMPA, Iowa Meat and Poultry Inspection Bureau, CIRAS, and Iowa State University Meat Science Extension will co-sponsor 5 training session addressing several regulatory updates that affect your business. Topics to be covered include: Robust Humane Animal Handling Plans Appendix A and Appendix B updates Validation and Verification updates Compliance with the FSMA Sanitary Transportation Rule OSHA Inspections The training sessions will be based on current USDA/FSIS and FDA Regulatory Guidelines. All presentations will include an explanation of the regulatory requirements as well as industry and inspection staff responsibilities in verifying compliance of these requirements. The information provided at these sessions will be beneficial to both official and custom plants and federally inspected plants. We look forward to your attendance Registration with Matt Wenger, mwenger@iastate.edu

Become a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual - Human Food

Date/Time: 3/27/2018 - 3/29/2018, 2.5 Day Workshop
Location: Economic Development Core Facility, 1805 Collaboration Place
Notes: The Hazard-Analysis and Preventive Controls Rule of the US Food and Drug Administration indicates only a qualified individual can appropriately manage a food safety preventive controls program. Does this apply to you? If your facility is required to register with the FDA under section 415 of the Food, Drug, & Cosmetic Act, you must comply if your activities include manufacturing, processing, packing or holding human food. Many activities required by law can only be conducted or overseen by a qualified individual. This is not the same as a HACCP-certified individual. This requires more to be in compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act Rules. This 2.5 day course, developed by the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance, uses the ONLY curriculum recognized by the FDA to meet requirements. Successful completion results in participants' qualification as a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual, who can to design, implement and maintain the company Food Safety Plan. The course will be taught by Lead Instructors for the FSPCA Preventative Controls for Human Food Course.

April 2018


Regulatory Update - Ames

Date/Time: 4/4/2018, 6pm - 9pm
Location: Room 133, Meat Laboratory, Iowa State University, 914 Stange Road Ames, Iowa 50011
Notes: IMPA, Iowa Meat and Poultry Inspection Bureau, CIRAS, and Iowa State University Meat Science Extension will co-sponsor 5 training session addressing several regulatory updates that affect your business. Topics to be covered include: Robust Humane Animal Handling Plans Appendix A and Appendix B updates Validation and Verification updates Compliance with the FSMA Sanitary Transportation Rule OSHA Inspections The training sessions will be based on current USDA/FSIS and FDA Regulatory Guidelines. All presentations will include an explanation of the regulatory requirements as well as industry and inspection staff responsibilities in verifying compliance of these requirements. The information provided at these sessions will be beneficial to both official and custom plants and federally inspected plants. We look forward to your attendance. Contact Matt Wenger to register: mwenger@iastate.edu

May 2018


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

Date/Time: 5/2/2018, 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.

July 2018


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

Date/Time: 7/5/2018, 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.

September 2018


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

Date/Time: 9/5/2018, 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.

November 2018


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.

 
 

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