Events

August 2018


Subcontracting Opportunities

Date/Time: 8/20/2018, 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.

GovCon Networking Group (Business Builders)

Date/Time: 8/21/2018, 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 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. For questions please contact Andy Alexander at 402-547-0333 or by email at andyalex@iastate.edu

GovCon Networking Group (Business Builders)

Date/Time: 8/28/2018, 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 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. If any questions please contact Andy Alexander at 402-547-0333 or by email at andyalex@iastate.edu

Lean Government Exchange - ILC

Date/Time: 8/30/2018, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Location: Des Moines, IA
Notes: We are pleased to present our 2nd Lean Government Exchange on August 30th in Des Moines! Government and non-profit entities face unique challenges with their Lean journey so we have designed a day of learning aimed at helping you learn how to overcome those challenges by hearing from others who have gone before you. This event is not limited to those in government - anyone with an interest in continuous improvement will benefit from attending. The day will begin with a keynote address from Brian Elms.

TSB On-site Application Drive

Date/Time: 8/30/2018, 8:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Dubuque, IA
Notes: The Targeted Small Business program helps support small businesses owned by women, minorities, service-disabled veterans and individuals with disabilities overcome some of the hurdles to start or grow a small business in Iowa. Sign up to meet with Targeted Small Business (TSB) staff to discuss the value of the TSB certification. Use computers and technology at the lab to apply onsite and upload the required documentation.

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.

Meat and Poultry Product labeling 101

Date/Time: 9/6/2018, 9:00am - 3:30pm
Location: Ames, IA
Notes: This class is geared towards officially inspected state plants, custom only plants are welcome to participate if they feel it will be beneficial to their operation. Attendees successfully completing Labeling 101 will be designated as an Iowa Meat and Poultry Inspection Trained Labeling Specialist and have Expedited Labeling Privileges. In order to successfully complete Labeling 101 individuals must attend all Labeling 101 sessions on September 6 and pass an open book exam on label preparation that will be administered at the end of the program.

ExporTech 2018 (Session 2 of 3)

Date/Time: 9/11/2018, 8:00am - 4:00pm
Location: West Des Moines, 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.

Project Essentials Managment - ILC

Date/Time: 9/12/2018 - 9/13/2018, Two Day Event
Location: Huxley, IA
Notes: Join us for this crash course in project management best practices! This workshop is so popular we are offering it again this this Fall. Do NOT wait to register if you want to attend this workshop. Designed specifically for those who are actively managing projects, this 2-day class is a deep dive into the processes, knowledge areas, inputs, and outputs you need to know in order to manage projects more effectively. Based on the best practices of the Project Management Institute’s Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, this highly interactive class will give you a chance to evaluate and improve your approach to project management. You’ll learn about the constants – those fundamentals of project management that hold true regardless of the scope or nature of the project– plus you’ll be exposed to some of the most common reasons project approaches vary.

Demand Driven Supply Chain Inventory Management

Date/Time: 9/12/2018, 9:00am - 3:00pm
Location: Ames, IA
Notes: Join us for our second workshop in our series on Inventory Management. Our first workshop, Inventory Management 101, focused on the fundamentals of managing inventory. This workshop will focus on the challenging requirement to manage inventory across your supply chain in today’s new normal of variable demand and supply. Lunch is included in the registration fee. For questions, please contact Marc Schnieder at maschn@iastate.edu.

Reviewing Solicitations for Success

Date/Time: 9/18/2018, 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.

ISU Engineering Career Fair

Date/Time: 9/18/2018, 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!

Manufacturing Best Practices Road Show - Chicago

Date/Time: 9/18/2018, 7:45am - 7:00pm
Location: Multiple Locations, IA
Notes: Do you hear terms like “digital manufacturing,” “Industry 4.0,” and “Internet of Things,” but wonder how any of those things could actually impact your factory? Are you sensing that something is coming but uncertain of what it all means? ABI and CIRAS are partnering to help Iowa manufacturers see firsthand how new digital technologies can change your manufacturing floor today. Join us on a two-day bus trip to Chicago September 18-19 to see leading edge technologies in action at: Genesis Systems (Davenport, IA), John Deere (Davenport, IA), Trumpf Smart Factory (Schaumburg, IL), DMDII (Chicago, IL).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Attracting Global Talent to Iowa

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.

November 2018


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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


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.

Reviewing Solicitations for Success

Date/Time: 3/26/2019, 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.

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


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


Reviewing Solicitations for Success

Date/Time: 6/5/2019, 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.

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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