Events

July 2018


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

Date/Time: 7/18/2018, 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.

3D Printing's Current and Future Impact on Manufacturing

Date/Time: 7/19/2018, 9:30am - 1:00pm
Location: Sheldon, IA
Notes: Understand how 3D printing technology is impacting companies and how the technology will change in the near future. Learn the advantages and limitations of metal powder bed fusion, Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM), and Stereolithography (SLA). Why Attend? Learn how CIRAS is supporting Iowa companies with their 3D printing efforts. Understand how CIRAS can help you reduce the risk of adopting 3D printing technology. Hear from an Iowa based company providing 3D printing technology. Take part in a Q&A session to get answers to your questions. For questions contact Derek Thompson at thompson@iastate.edu.

Key Financial Outcomes of Lean Thinking - ILC

Date/Time: 7/19/2018, 8:30am - 4:30pm
Location: Des Moines, IA
Notes: Many organizations, whether just beginning their Lean journey or well down the path, want to understand how their investment in Lean Thinking is impacting their financial outcomes. While traditional Finance and Accounting methods were designed primarily to support traditional, mass production manufacturing, Lean principles and methods require a new set of performance measures and accounting information to fully understand and make visible the benefits of the Lean transformation. Furthermore, Lean thinking requires the Finance and Accounting function to evolve its functional role and partnership with the enterprise to support transformational improvements in performance and outcomes. This workshop is designed for operational leaders, improvement leaders AND their financial counterparts to encourage a greater level of alignment between Lean Operations and Accounting.

Ukraine & Kazakhstan Business Roundtable

Date/Time: 7/25/2018, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Location: Des Moines, IA
Notes: Learn More About Doing Business in Kazakhstan & Ukraine. U.S. exports are up 30%! With a combined GDP of $230 billion, Kazakhstan and Ukraine offer unprecedented market opportunities in energy, infrastructure, and agriculture sectors. Join this Roundtable discussion hosted by the US-Kazakhstan Business Association, USS-Ukraine Business Council and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development; and promoted by the U.S. Commercial Service. 12:00 to 2:00 pm in Des Moines (venue confirmed upon registration) with lunch provided.

Creating Your Government Marketing Strategy

Date/Time: 7/25/2018, 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. 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.

Free Updates on Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) – Lunch & Learn

Date/Time: 7/26/2018, 11:30am - 1:30pm
Location: Carroll, IA
Notes: Recent changes to the U.S. Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act provided the first major update to that law in more than 70 years. But even if you feel like your company has responded adequately to those changes, you still may have different responsibilities under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). CIRAS and Iowa State University’s Agricultural and Natural Resources Extension (ANR) can help you make sense of it all. This free, 2 -hour FSMA Update event will provide a general summary of what the new law is requiring of human food and animal feed companies in Iowa. It will address current topics such as Preventive Controls, Food Safety Plans, available resources in the development of a Food Safety System, and help on where to seek out advice. Come with your questions and be ready to dive into Food Safety FSMA style over lunch!

Corrosion: Design and Response Strategies

Date/Time: 7/26/2018, 9:00am - 4:30pm
Location: Ankeny, IA
Notes: Iowa transportation equipment is threatened daily by everything from livestock to industrial solvents, potentially costing your company time and money in the form of customer complaints and warranty work. Join CIRAS for a daylong focus on identifying the mechanisms of corrosion and mitigating its effects through design, materials selection, and finding the proper coating. Experts will be on hand to answer your questions.

Plant Layout 101

Date/Time: 7/31/2018, 10:00am - 3:30pm
Location: Ames, IA
Notes: This event will train attendees in the SLP method of plant layout. Attendees with their team will be able to design alternatives, score them, and select the optimal layout per their requirements all in a one-day event. Perfect for those busy companies that want to get it done quickly and efficiently. For questions contact Mike Willett at mwillett@iastate.edu.

August 2018


Toyota Kata: Getting beyond what we can see - ILC

Date/Time: 8/1/2018 - 8/2/2018, Two Day Event
Location: Ames, IA
Notes: Join Mike Casten for this highly interactive 2-day workshop in which you will learn the Toyota Kata concepts and routines through several experiential, interactive and hands-on learning events. In this interactive workshop you will learn: Toyota Kata concepts and routines, A way to create a culture of continuous improvement and adaptiveness, How to manage and coach people to achieve things that lie beyond what they think they can achieve, A way of systematically creating a new way of thinking and a habit of scientific thinking, How to create a managerial framework and context that will enhance the impact of currently employed lean tools and practices. Day 1, August 1 will begin at 9:00am and end at 5:00pm. Day 2, August 2 will begin at 8:00am and end at 2:00pm.

GovCon Networking Group

Date/Time: 8/2/2018, 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

3D Printing and Polymers Lab Tour

Date/Time: 8/2/2018, 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.

3D Scanning Lunch and Learn

Date/Time: 8/7/2018, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Location: Fort Dodge, IA
Notes: 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. If you don’t, 3D scanning can be used to create a good digital model of what you’re trying to make while saving you time and money. For questions please contact Mark Williamson at mdwmson@iastate.edu.

Leading and Managing Positive Change in Organizations - ILC

Date/Time: 8/7/2018, 9:00am - 12:30pm
Location: Cedar Falls, IA
Notes: Do you have the skills necessary to make change happen from the ground up? Changing workplace and societal culture is one of the largest challenges we face today. Learn to effectively lead and manage positive change both in your professional and personal life. Gain tools and insights how to make positive change a reality. Research has found that whether you are an entry-level manager, middle manager, or executive manager you need different sets of skills. However, no matter what level you’re at today, or you strive to be at in the future, you must be able to cultivate change.

WordPress Boot Camp

Date/Time: 8/7/2018 - 8/8/2018, Two Day Boot Camp
Location: Iowa City, IA
Notes: This two-day boot camp is designed to help Iowa businesses learn how to prepare, launch and maintain their own WordPress website. CIRAS experts will meet with participants several weeks before the event to discuss the proposed site, to collect necessary material (such as photos, logos, and text), and to ensure that participants have the necessary WordPress installation. At the event, participants will learn how to select themes, design page, edit content, and manager navigation. For questions, please contact Paul Gormley at gormley@iastate.edu.

Materials, Structures, and Non-Destructive Lab Tour

Date/Time: 8/9/2018, 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.

ExporTech 2018 (Session 1 of 3)

Date/Time: 8/14/2018, 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.

Growth Tools and Technologies - Digital Readiness Assessment, Technology Scouting and Tech Driven Market Intelligence

Date/Time: 8/16/2018, 11:30am - 2:00pm
Location: Cedar Rapids, IA
Notes: Learn about the tools and resources available through CIRAS and Iowa State University to help your business boost growth and profitability. Learn about 3 technologies to begin to define a strategic technical direction for your company. For questions please contact Paul Dunnwald at dunnwald@iastate.edu or Shankar Srinivasan at srigshan@iastate.edu.

Shift Your Culture and Improve Perfermorance

Date/Time: 8/16/2018, 9:00am - 3:00pm
Location: Pella, IA
Notes: Culture is the distinguishing feature of a superbly led organization. Is your company running the way that it should? This hands-on seminar will help you quantify what you could be doing better and connect your organizational culture to your top priorities. We’ll help you look at where you are now and where you want to be. This includes using the Culture Quick Start Program to help you create a customized 90-day blueprint for achieving the improvements you’re trying to make. For questions contact Susan Clark at skclark@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.

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.

GovCon Networking Group

Date/Time: 9/6/2018, 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 contact Andy Alexander at 402-547-0333 or by email at andyalex@iastate.edu

Fermenting Essentials - Accessing Equipment and Experience

Date/Time: 9/11/2018, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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!

October 2018


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 Confrence

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.

GovCon Networking Group

Date/Time: 10/4/2018, 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

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

November 2018


GovCon Networking Group

Date/Time: 11/1/2018, 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

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.

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.

GovCon Networking Group

Date/Time: 12/6/2018, 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

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.

March 2019


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.

May 2019


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.

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.

 
 

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