This is our statewide listing of workshop events. If you click on the workshop events listed below on the calendar, more information and registration instructions will pop up.
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Better Decision Making: Avoiding the Conclusion Trap and Other Pitfalls – ILC Workshop 1:00 pm
Better Decision Making: Avoiding the Conclusion Trap and Other Pitfalls – ILC Workshop @ Online
Jan 2 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
School, work, and our entire lives push us to perform under the pressures of the clock. But all too often, deadline pressures can exploit our psychological biases and lead us into decisions before we’re ready.[...]
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Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification Program – Advance Iowa Program
Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification Program – Advance Iowa Program @ Online
Jan 4 all-day
According to U.S. News and World Report, Six Sigma is one of the “Top Five In-Demand Skills,” in the workplace. Why? • Immediate ability to apply skills to real-life situations- large and small. • Part[...]
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COVID-19 Manufacturing Roundtable – CIRAS Discussion 7:30 am
COVID-19 Manufacturing Roundtable – CIRAS Discussion @ Online
Jan 5 @ 7:30 am – 8:00 am
During these times of rapid change, CIRAS is hosting a weekly manufacturing roundtable to provide updates on COVID-19, share best practices, and host expert speakers. Participation from attendees, including sharing lessons and asking questions, is[...]
Ideas for Keeping Local Companies Locally Owned- Advance Iowa Webinar 9:00 am
Ideas for Keeping Local Companies Locally Owned- Advance Iowa Webinar @ Zoom
Jan 5 @ 9:00 am – 9:45 am
Iowa is facing the looming retirement of thousands of business owners. How do we help these business owners stay viable through the introduction of new leadership? Join Daniel Beenken and Patrick Luensmann as they explore[...]
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ISU CIRAS Subcontracting Webinar 10:00 am
ISU CIRAS Subcontracting Webinar @ Online
Jan 6 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Government contracting doesn’t always require receiving a contract – or even dealing directly with the government. This online webinar is designed to help Iowa businesses understand the benefits of subcontracting opportunities, where to find them,[...]
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The Six Types of Government Customers – ISU CIRAS webinar 9:00 am
The Six Types of Government Customers – ISU CIRAS webinar @ Online
Jan 11 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Once you’ve identified the government agencies that are likely to purchase your product or service, you need to reach out to them. But who do you contact? And how do you tailor your message to[...]
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COVID-19 Manufacturing Roundtable – CIRAS Discussion 7:30 am
COVID-19 Manufacturing Roundtable – CIRAS Discussion @ Online
Jan 12 @ 7:30 am – 8:00 am
During these times of rapid change, CIRAS is hosting a weekly manufacturing roundtable to provide updates on COVID-19, share best practices, and host expert speakers. Participation from attendees, including sharing lessons and asking questions, is[...]
ServSafe: Food Safety Certification Course 9:00 am
ServSafe: Food Safety Certification Course @ Johnson Co. Extension Office
Jan 12 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
ServSafe is a leading food safety training and certification program. This course will cover important topics required for safe food handling and give you the opportunity to take your certification exam. Topics will include  Providing[...]
ISU CIRAS Agency Highlight: Iowa Dept. of Homeland Security and Emergency Management 9:30 am
ISU CIRAS Agency Highlight: Iowa Dept. of Homeland Security and Emergency Management @ Online
Jan 12 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
You can’t sell your good or service to a government agency if you don’t know how the agency works. Who do you contact? How do you find out about their needs? How do you know[...]
Better Decision Making: Avoiding the Conclusion Trap and Other Pitfalls – ILC Workshop 1:00 pm
Better Decision Making: Avoiding the Conclusion Trap and Other Pitfalls – ILC Workshop @ Online
Jan 12 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
School, work, and our entire lives push us to perform under the pressures of the clock. But all too often, deadline pressures can exploit our psychological biases and lead us into decisions before we’re ready.[...]
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COVID-19 Workplace Training Module 2 – ISU Webinar 8:00 am
COVID-19 Workplace Training Module 2 – ISU Webinar @ Canvas
Jan 13 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Iowa State University is offering a four-module program for preparing employees, supervisors, and owners of manufacturing and construction companies for planning, preparing, and responding to COVID-19 in the workplace. The curriculum consists of four, 1-hour[...]
NIACC Pappajohn Start Smart Workshop 6:00 pm
NIACC Pappajohn Start Smart Workshop @ Zoom
Jan 13 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Start Smart is a two-hour workshop designed for anyone who is considering starting a business.  You will learn to create a business plan, do market research, evaluate demand and business strength, consider different types of[...]
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Patent Center Beta Training – USPTO Webinar 12:00 pm
Patent Center Beta Training – USPTO Webinar @ Online
Jan 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Patent Center Beta is a new tool from the US Patent and Trademark Office for electronically filing and management of patent applications. Join members of the USPTO as they walk you through the various features[...]
Who Can Afford to Buy My Company – Advance Iowa Webinar 12:00 pm
Who Can Afford to Buy My Company – Advance Iowa Webinar @ Zoom
Jan 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Iowa is facing the looming retirement of thousands of business owners. How do we help these business owners stay viable through the introduction of new leadership? Join Daniel Beenken and Patrick Luensmann as they explore[...]
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Keys to the Future for the Family Business… Next Generation Leadership! 8:00 am
Keys to the Future for the Family Business… Next Generation Leadership! @ Online
Jan 15 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Hosted by Advance Iowa: The breakfast series is open to Iowa Family Business Center Members only this year. We are offering one free session to new families interested in finding out more about our programming.
ILC Virtual Lean Coffee 9:00 am
ILC Virtual Lean Coffee @ Online
Jan 15 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Join us for a Virtual Lean Coffee! This Lean Coffee will be held on the third Friday of each month in 2021, and it will be open for ILC members only. We will stay true[...]
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How to Read a Federal Solicitation – ISU CIRAS Webinar 9:00 am
How to Read a Federal Solicitation – ISU CIRAS Webinar @ Online
Jan 18 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Successfully selling to the federal government starts with knowing and understanding what it wants to buy. This frequently is spelled out in a formal solicitation issued by a federal agency seeking particular products or services.[...]
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COVID-19 Manufacturing Roundtable – CIRAS Discussion 7:30 am
COVID-19 Manufacturing Roundtable – CIRAS Discussion @ Online
Jan 19 @ 7:30 am – 8:00 am
During these times of rapid change, CIRAS is hosting a weekly manufacturing roundtable to provide updates on COVID-19, share best practices, and host expert speakers. Participation from attendees, including sharing lessons and asking questions, is[...]
ServSafe: Food Safety Training Course 9:00 am
ServSafe: Food Safety Training Course @ Jefferson Co. Extension Office
Jan 19 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
ServSafe is a leading food safety training and certification program. This course will cover important topics required for safe food handling and give you the opportunity to take your certification exam. Topics will include  Providing[...]
Simple Robotic Automation – ISU CIRAS Webinar 10:00 am
Simple Robotic Automation – ISU CIRAS Webinar @ Online
Jan 19 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Now more than ever, Iowa manufacturers need to be as productive and efficient as possible. One way to get there is through automation. But what’s the best way to get there? This one-hour webinar will[...]
5 Problems with Your Problem Solving – ILC Webinar 11:00 am
5 Problems with Your Problem Solving – ILC Webinar @ Online
Jan 19 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
People have been teaching problem-solving for decades, usually focusing on some form of PDCA (Plan, Do, Check, Act). Yet somehow, most companies never really get beyond the templates and the terminology. Why? This one-hour webinar[...]
Email Marketing Bootcamp – ISU CIRAS 1:00 pm
Email Marketing Bootcamp – ISU CIRAS @ Online
Jan 19 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Automated Email Marketing is one of the most effective tools for marketers to nurture long-term prospects and get existing customers to purchase more from an organization. Studies show that customers are more likely to connect[...]
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COVID-19 Workplace Training Module 3 – ISU Webinar 8:00 am
COVID-19 Workplace Training Module 3 – ISU Webinar @ Canvas
Jan 20 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Iowa State University is offering a four-module program for preparing employees, supervisors, and owners of manufacturing and construction companies for planning, preparing, and responding to COVID-19 in the workplace. The curriculum consists of four, 1-hour[...]
Cross Cultural Awareness in a Virtual World – IEDA Webinar 9:00 am
Cross Cultural Awareness in a Virtual World – IEDA Webinar @ Online
Jan 20 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
With Zoom, Teams, and other video call platforms becoming the new norm across the world, globally-minded salespeople are refining their techniques to succeed in the new norm. Your international meetings may be virtual, but the[...]
EBSA COVID-19 Response Webinar 2:00 pm
EBSA COVID-19 Response Webinar @ Online
Jan 20 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Join Fran Gray, Lead Benefits Advisor with the U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), Kansas City Regional Office as she covers topics including an overview of EBSA resources, the Families First Coronavirus[...]
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Hearing All Voices – IRS Webinar 12:00 pm
Hearing All Voices – IRS Webinar @ Online
Jan 21 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
The IRS is looking for ways to support the small business community, and this is just a first step. Small business owners in MN, ND, SD, IA, WI, IL, KS, and MO are invited to[...]
Lean A3 Problem Solving – ILC Webinar 1:00 pm
Lean A3 Problem Solving – ILC Webinar @ Online
Jan 21 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Problem-solving is the foundation of Lean. Do you have the tools, standardization, and expertise at all levels of your organization to solve problems? And how do you keep your company focused on its core values[...]
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Leading the People Side of Lean – ILC Webinar 11:00 am
Leading the People Side of Lean – ILC Webinar @ Online
Jan 22 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
We say it all the time: Lean is simple, but not necessarily easy. Have ever introduced visual management tools only to have them turn into unused wallpaper? Have you ever seen really great workflow improvements[...]
Flagship Fridays What IF— Innovators Forum 12:00 pm
Flagship Fridays What IF— Innovators Forum
Jan 22 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Hosted by the Iowa State Student Innovation Center: Innovation Center will feature “Flagship Fridays What IF— Innovators Forum,” an interviewer moderated, on-line conversation session with leaders representing a diverse scope and scale of innovation.   Our universities do an excellent job[...]
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Alternate Energy Revolving Loan Application Due
Alternate Energy Revolving Loan Application Due
Jan 25 all-day
The Iowa Energy Center (IEC) is accepting applications for the Alternate Energy Revolving Loan Program (AERLP) and has established the first two application cycles of 2021. The IEC Board makes funding decisions at least once[...]
University of Iowa’s Venture School Application Deadline
University of Iowa’s Venture School Application Deadline @ Zoom
Jan 25 all-day
Bring your idea to life with The University of Iowa’s Venture School. The NIACC Pappajohn Small Business Development Center is partnering with the University of Iowa again to bring Venture School to Mason City. The[...]
Email Marketing Bootcamp – ISU CIRAS 1:00 pm
Email Marketing Bootcamp – ISU CIRAS @ Online
Jan 25 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Automated Email Marketing is one of the most effective tools for marketers to nurture long-term prospects and get existing customers to purchase more from an organization. Studies show that customers are more likely to connect[...]
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COVID-19 Manufacturing Roundtable – CIRAS Discussion 7:30 am
COVID-19 Manufacturing Roundtable – CIRAS Discussion @ Online
Jan 26 @ 7:30 am – 8:00 am
During these times of rapid change, CIRAS is hosting a weekly manufacturing roundtable to provide updates on COVID-19, share best practices, and host expert speakers. Participation from attendees, including sharing lessons and asking questions, is[...]
Business Considerations for Cyber Compliance – ISU CIRAS Panel Discussion 9:00 am
Business Considerations for Cyber Compliance – ISU CIRAS Panel Discussion @ Online
Jan 26 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Amid growing concern about cybersecurity, more and more companies are following the mandates of government agencies and refusing to do business with any company that can’t meet strict standards on handling data. Getting compliant with[...]
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COVID-19 Workplace Training Module 4 – ISU Webinar 8:00 am
COVID-19 Workplace Training Module 4 – ISU Webinar @ Canvas
Jan 27 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Iowa State University is offering a four-module program for preparing employees, supervisors, and owners of manufacturing and construction companies for planning, preparing, and responding to COVID-19 in the workplace. The curriculum consists of four, 1-hour[...]
ISU Supplier Orientation – ISU CIRAS Webinar 10:00 am
ISU Supplier Orientation – ISU CIRAS Webinar @ Online
Jan 27 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Government contracting can be a valuable tool for growing and developing an Iowa business. But first, you have to know how your product or service matches up with what potential customers need. Wouldn’t it be[...]
Developing Your Brand Protection Toolkit – NASBITE webinar 11:00 am
Developing Your Brand Protection Toolkit – NASBITE webinar @ Online
Jan 27 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Brand protection is a substantial challenge, and trademark counterfeiting continues to be a serious issue for small- and medium-sized enterprises. Presented by NASBITE International and the Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT), this webinar[...]
Liberating Structures – ILC Webinar 1:00 pm
Liberating Structures – ILC Webinar @ Online
Jan 27 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Traditional organization tends to cause problems when you’re trying to lead a large group of people to an effective outcome. Conventional microstructures such as open discussion, status reports, and presentations isolate control of the conversation[...]
Small Businesses and Cybersecurity – Dell Webinar 3:00 pm
Small Businesses and Cybersecurity – Dell Webinar @ Online
Jan 27 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
As the world grapples with Covid-19, scammers are now taking the opportunity to dupe unsuspecting people into revealing their sensitive information so that they can steal their money. Hacking is up 4X since the start[...]
NIACC Pappajohn Start Smart Workshop 6:00 pm
NIACC Pappajohn Start Smart Workshop @ Zoom
Jan 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Start Smart is a two-hour workshop designed for anyone who is considering starting a business.  You will learn to create a business plan, do market research, evaluate demand and business strength, consider different types of[...]
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Patent Center Beta Training – USPTO Webinar 12:00 pm
Patent Center Beta Training – USPTO Webinar @ Online
Jan 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Patent Center Beta is a new tool from the US Patent and Trademark Office for electronically filing and management of patent applications. Join members of the USPTO as they walk you through the various features[...]
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Flagship Fridays What IF— Innovators Forum 12:00 pm
Flagship Fridays What IF— Innovators Forum
Jan 29 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Hosted by the Iowa State Student Innovation Center: Innovation Center will feature “Flagship Fridays What IF— Innovators Forum,” an interviewer moderated, on-line conversation session with leaders representing a diverse scope and scale of innovation.   Our universities do an excellent job[...]
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