Government Contracting Events

February 2018


How Does HUBZone Consider Employees and Affiliation?

Date/Time: 2/28/2018, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Location: WEBINAR
Notes: Small businesses will learn who to count as an employee for the purpose of the HUBZone Program. The webinar will also help small business owners understand when to combine the employees from their other businesses to evaluate the principal and employee residency compliance of the HUBZone firm. For Questions contact Julie Fagle at jafagle@iastate.edu. Click on the title of this event for the link. It will open 10 minutes prior to the start time.

March 2018


GovCon Networking Group

Date/Time: 3/1/2018, 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Location: 149 West Broadway, 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. POC for this event is Andy Alexander, CIRAS Government Contract Specialist at 402-547-0333 or email at andyalex@iastate.edu

SBA and Iowa Small Business Government Contracting Oppurtunities

Date/Time: 3/2/2018, 10:30am - 11:30am
Location: America's SBDC, Gravitate West Des Moines, 318 5th Street, West Des Moines, 50265
Notes: Did you know that the SBA has a program to help small, disadvantaged businesses compete in the federal marketplace? The SBA's 8(a) Business Development Program offers a wide range of assistance to eligible small businesses interested in government contracting. This FREE one-hour workshop gives an overview of the SBA's certification process and government contracting opportunities, as well as America's SBDC Iowa's programs and services. Learn how SBA loan programs also support your capacity to compete for government and corporate contracts.   Presenters include Seung "Sean" Hong, (Business Opportunity Specialist, SBA), Terry Case (Lender Relations Specialist, SBA), Jodi Essex (Government Contract Specialist, PTAP / CIRAS), Justin Akers (Regional Director), with America's SBDC Iowa at Iowa State University and Deb Oliver (Executive Director) from Iowa Quality Center.

Understanding How HUBZones are Designated

Date/Time: 3/7/2018, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Location: WEBINAR
Notes: Small businesses will learn how areas become designated as HUBZones. Link to the webinar will be announced by mid-February. For questions contact Julie Fagle at jafagle@iastate.edu

GovCon 101

Date/Time: 3/13/2018, 9:00AM-10:30AM
Location: WEBINAR
Notes: This 1.5 hour session will give you an introduction to Government Contracting and discuss the various factors you may want to consider before entering this market. We'll discuss how the Government market differs from the commercial market, the pros and cons of servicing this market, how the government buys, and all the various steps required in order to sell to the Government.

HUBZone Protests and Appeals

Date/Time: 3/14/2018, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Location: WEBINAR
Notes: Small businesses will learn the process for filing HUBZone protests and appeals; and for responding to protest notices. Link to the webinar will be announced by mid-February. For questions please contact Julie Fagle at jafagle@iastate.edu

Veteran's Business Roundtable

Date/Time: 3/15/2018, 8:00am - 9:30am
Location: Iowa Economic Alliance, Cedar Rapids, IA
Notes: Roundtable discussion to understand the needs of Veteran Owned Businesses in our community and develop content, future topics, and speakers from discussion. Opportunity to meet and network with other Veteran Owned Businesses.

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.

Reviewing Solicitations for Success

Date/Time: 3/29/2018, 9:00AM - 10:00AM
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.

April 2018


GovCon Networking Group

Date/Time: 4/5/2018, 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 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. Contact Andy Alexander at andyalex@iastate.edu for more information

GovCon 101

Date/Time: 4/10/2018, 9:00AM-10:30AM
Location: WEBINAR
Notes: This 1.5 hour session will give you an introduction to Government Contracting and discuss the various factors you may want to consider before entering this market. We'll discuss how the Government market differs from the commercial market, the pros and cons of servicing this market, how the government buys, and all the various steps required in order to sell to the Government.

Market Research-An Overview of Resources Available to Identify Your Government Market

Date/Time: 4/24/2018, 9:00AM - 10:00AM
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.

GovCon Networking

Date/Time: 4/26/2018, 9:30am - 11:30am
Location: Bettendorf Public Library, 2950 Learning Campus Dr, Bettendorf, IA
Notes: This event is targeted at companies interested in building their  network and will specifically target the government contracting market. Attendees will learn about the importance of building that network and be given an opportunity to introduce their business and experience in the government market and share best practices. This event will also feature guest speaker, Kevin Santry, of Santry360. He will share with attendees an outline of changes made by the passing of the 2017 tax bill and offer an analysis of how these changes will impact small businesses. Discussion will focus on changes in business deductions and how to financially plan for the year with these changes in mind. Kevin Santry is a CPA and consultant with over 35 years of experience in business, strategic and succession planning. Please contact Melissa Burant at mmburant@iastate.edu or Kathryn Palagi at kpalagi@santry360.com for more information.

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.

GovCon Networking Group

Date/Time: 5/3/2018, 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Location: 149 West Broadway, 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. POC for this event is Andy Alexander, CIRAS Government Contract Specialist at 402-547-0333 or email at andyalex@iastate.edu

Subcontracting Opportunities Webinar

Date/Time: 5/8/2018, 9:30AM - 10:30 AM
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.

GovCon 101

Date/Time: 5/15/2018, 9:00AM-10:30AM
Location: WEBINAR
Notes: This 1.5 hour session will give you an introduction to Government Contracting and discuss the various factors you may want to consider before entering this market. We'll discuss how the Government market differs from the commercial market, the pros and cons of servicing this market, how the government buys, and all the various steps required in order to sell to the Government.

Midwest Government Contracting Symposium

Date/Time: 5/23/2018 - 5/24/2018, 2 Day Event
Location: TaxSlayer Center, 1201 River Dr., Moline, IL 61265
Notes: The 2018 Midwest Government Contracting Symposium is the 11th annual event in the Quad Cities.  The event  has evolved over the years and has become the single most important conference for small businesses to gain inside knowledge of government contracting.  Prime companies and Government agencies are there to share information on the current issues involved with succeeding in government contracting.  Expert panels will share real world scenarios, and small business, government agencies, and prime companies can network to identify business opportunities.  THE  2 DAY EVENT WILL PROVIDE THE APBI INFORMATION YOU NEED, THE TRAINING, EDUCATION, AND NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES YOU NEED TO INCREASE YOUR REVENUES AND MEET YOUR GOALS.For questions please Contact Melissa Burant at mmburant@iastate.edu

June 2018


Reviewing Solicitations for Success

Date/Time: 6/7/2018, 9:00AM - 10:00AM
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: 6/7/2018, 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 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. Contact Andy Alexander for more information, andyalex@iastate.edu

GovCon 101

Date/Time: 6/12/2018, 9:00AM-10:30AM
Location: WEBINAR
Notes: This 1.5 hour session will give you an introduction to Government Contracting and discuss the various factors you may want to consider before entering this market. We'll discuss how the Government market differs from the commercial market, the pros and cons of servicing this market, how the government buys, and all the various steps required in order to sell to the Government.

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.

GovCon Networking Group

Date/Time: 7/5/2018, 7:30am - 8:30 am
Location: 149 West Broadway, 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 any questions contact Andy Alexander at 402-547-0333 or by email at andyalex@iastate.edu

August 2018


GovCon Networking Group

Date/Time: 8/2/2018, 7:30am - 8:30am
Location: 149 West Broadway, 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

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 - 8:30 am
Location: 149 West Broadway, 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

October 2018


GovCon Networking Group

Date/Time: 10/4/2018, 7:30am - 8:30 am
Location: 149 West Broadway, 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

November 2018


GovCon Networking Group

Date/Time: 11/1/2018, 7:30am - 8:30 am
Location: 149 West Broadway, 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

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


GovCon Networking Group

Date/Time: 12/6/2018, 7:30am - 8:30 am
Location: 149 West Broadway, 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

 
 

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