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.

Jan
5
Fri
SBA and Iowa Small Business: Government Contracting Opportunities @ America's SBDC Iowa NIACC
Jan 5 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Jan
10
Wed
Start Smart Workshop @ NIACC, Pappajohn Center, Room 117
Jan 10 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

This free two-hour workshop is designed for anyone who is considering starting a business or expanding their current business. Participants will learn how to create a business plan, do market research, consider different types of business ownership and learn how to register a business. Registration is required for Start Smart. Please Call 641-422-4111 or email mary.spitz@niacc.edu

Jan
16
Tue
DoD SBIR Workshop @ ISU Research Park
Jan 16 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Join us next month for 1 of 2 workshops Department of Defense (SBIR) Phase 1 proposal workshops.  One will be at the ISU Research Park in Ames, and the other will be held at the NewBoCo Foundry Lab in Cedar Rapids.

DOD Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contracts provide small businesses (less than 500 employees) with $150K for a Phase I project focused on Proof of concept and $1M in Phase II focused on Prototype development and field testing in the form of contracts. Successful projects will also have Phase II opportunities selling into the DOD. The Defense Department funds a little of everything including IT and healthcare.

Attend the workshop and find out how your company can take advantage of this non-dilutive capital.

The workshops will be led by Jim Greenwood, who has taught workshops at National SBIR conferences for over 15 years, served as an SBIR reviewer for multiple agencies, and who has reviewed over 1,000 draft proposals. This workshop coincides with the February 7, 2018 DOD solicitation deadline.

The workshop will provide an overview of the SBIR program with a focus on DOD and other contract agencies. Participants will learn what it takes to win a DOD SBIR and go through all the sections of a typical proposal.

Here is the link to the current DOD SBIR topics (one of 3 annual releases of topics): https://sbir.defensebusiness.org/topics

For more information contact jordan@iicorp.com or 515-421-4038

FREE LUNCH INCLUDED

TechBrew North Iowa @ Mason City Brewing
Jan 16 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

TechBrews are networking events designed to bring together entrepreneurs, technologists, business people and investors. It is presented by the Technology Association of Iowa in partnership with the North Iowa Corridor and NIACC Pappajohn Center. To register, email Mandy McWherter at mandy@technologyiowa.com

Jan
17
Wed
DoD SBIR Workshop @ Foundry Lab at NewBoCo
Jan 17 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

Join us next month for 1 of 2 workshops Department of Defense (SBIR) Phase 1 proposal workshops.  One will be at the ISU Research Park in Ames, and the other will be held at the NewBoCo Foundry Lab in Cedar Rapids.

DOD Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contracts provide small businesses (less than 500 employees) with $150K for a Phase I project focused on Proof of concept and $1M in Phase II focused on Prototype development and field testing in the form of contracts. Successful projects will also have Phase II opportunities selling into the DOD. The Defense Department funds a little of everything including IT and healthcare.

Attend the workshop and find out how your company can take advantage of this non-dilutive capital.

The workshops will be led by Jim Greenwood, who has taught workshops at National SBIR conferences for over 15 years, served as an SBIR reviewer for multiple agencies, and who has reviewed over 1,000 draft proposals. This workshop coincides with the February 7, 2018 DOD solicitation deadline.

The workshop will provide an overview of the SBIR program with a focus on DOD and other contract agencies. Participants will learn what it takes to win a DOD SBIR and go through all the sections of a typical proposal.

Here is the link to the current DOD SBIR topics (one of 3 annual releases of topics): https://sbir.defensebusiness.org/topics

For more information contact jordan@iicorp.com or 515-421-4038

FREE LUNCH INCLUDED

Jan
24
Wed
North Iowa Social Media Breakfast @ Fieldhouse
Jan 24 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am

Join the North Iowa Social Media Breakfast Club for breakfast and networking with local social media influencers and enthusiasts.

Top Five For Small Business: Ways to Minimize Risk When Disciplining or Terminating an Employee @ Greater Des Moines Partnership
Jan 24 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

The DSM Partnership is proud to present a new series focused on issues small businesses face daily.  This Top Five series will feature experts in human resources, marketing, accounting, IT and others.  They will introduce 5 things on certain topic that will help you be successful in your small business.

Employers often have to spend valuable time managing employee discipline and discharge decisions. We will discuss best practices for creating processes that save time, setting expectations and reducing entity risk.

Elizabeth A. Coonan is a member of BrownWinick and serves as Chair of BrownWinick’sEmployment Law practice group. Elizabeth represents clients in the areas of employment, workers’ compensation and business immigration law. She assists employers with policy development and enforcement, non-competes and other restrictive covenants, business visas and compliance with immigration laws, litigation and workers’ compensation strategy and provides trainings on drug testing, harassment and FMLA issues.

Elizabeth also serves as an independent investigator for harassment and other claims. Elizabeth counsels clients regarding discipline and termination situations and compliance with local, state and federal employment and civil rights laws and regulations. She represents clients in proceedings in front of various courts and administrative bodies including the Iowa Civil Rights Commission and the Iowa Division of Workers’ Compensation. Elizabeth also assists clients in dispute resolution using alternate forums and is a certified mediator.

Elizabeth has been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers for her work in the area of Employment and Labor Law and is included in The Best Lawyers in America® for her work in the area of workers’ compensation law. She is a member of the Polk County and Iowa State (Workers’ Compensation and Labor and Employment Law Sections) Bar Associations and serves as a Drake Law Women Advisory Board Member. She is also a member of the Iowa Association of Workers’ Compensation Attorneys. Elizabeth is active in the community as a Commissioner on the Iowa Commission on the Status of Women, serves on the Iowa Department of Human Rights Board, is a member of the Board of Directors for the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center, a member of the Board of Directors of House of Mercyand serves on the Board of Directors for the Junior League of Des Moines. She previouslyserved on the Broadlawns Advocacy Circle, working on its mental health awareness campaign, has served as the President of the Board of Directors of the Young Women’s Resource Center, is a graduate of and a past member of the Board of Governors of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute.  She also serves other non-profit organizations in varying capacities.

Elizabeth received her B.A. in Political Science and International Studies from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and her J.D., with honors, from Drake University. She was admitted to the Iowa bar in 2002 and subsequently admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa and the United States Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Top Five Ways to Minimize Risk when Disciplining or Terminating an Employee @ Greater Des Moines Partnership
Jan 24 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

The Greater Des Moines Partnership has announced the next presenter in its Top Five for Small Business series. Beth Coonan, Attorney at the BrownWinick Law Firm, will present on the Top Five Ways to Minimize Risk when Disciplining or Terminating an Employee. The Top Five series features presentations to inform, educate and inspire business owners in Greater Des Moines (DSM). The events focus on a variety of timely topics that affect business owners and managers including legal, human resources, information technology, marketing, accounting and other pressing issues

Coonan’s presentation will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 24 at the Greater Des Moines Partnership, 700 Locust St., Ste. 100.

Employers often must spend valuable time managing employee discipline and discharge decisions. Coonan’s presentation will discuss best practices for creating processes that save time, setting expectations and reducing entity risk.

Coonan is a member of the BrownWinick Law Firm and serves as Chair of BrownWinick’s Employment Law practice group. Coonan represents clients in the areas of employment, workers’ compensation and business immigration law. She assists employers with policy development and enforcement, non-compete clauses and other restrictive covenants, business visas and compliance with immigration laws, litigation and workers’ compensation strategy and trainings on drug testing, harassment and FMLA issues.

Coonan also serves as an independent investigator for harassment and other claims. She counsels clients regarding discipline and termination situations and compliance with local, state and federal employment and civil rights laws and regulations. She represents clients in proceedings in front of various courts and administrative bodies including the Iowa Civil Rights Commission and the Iowa Division of Workers’ Compensation. Coonan also assists clients in dispute resolution using alternate forums and is a certified mediator.

The event is $15 to attend, which includes lunch or $10 to watch via simulcast. Click here to register.

Start Smart Workshop @ NIACC, Pappajohn Center, Room 117
Jan 24 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

This free two-hour workshop is designed for anyone who is considering starting a business or expanding their current business. Participants will learn how to create a business plan, do market research, consider different types of business ownership and learn how to register a business. Registration is required for Start Smart. Please Call 641-422-4111 or email mary.spitz@niacc.edu

Feb
1
Thu
Free Webinar: Practical Identity Safety Practices for Your Business @ Webinar
Feb 1 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm