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CIRAS eNews - August 2022

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Watching Iowa's Economy

One of the most frequent questions we get from businesses in Iowa is whether we are going to have a recession. There are countless approaches to analyzing the economy and whether there will be a recession. Even highly technical approaches have a lot of uncertainty. More importantly, each recession impacts each business differently.

At CIRAS, we cannot predict the economy, but we can help you interpret what is going on and be ready for whatever happens. Starting this month, we are publishing a brief review of key indicators impacting Iowa's economy. Over the coming months, we will be launching additional resources to help leaders be better pr
epared for changes in the economy - whether or not there is a recession. 
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ILC Annual Conference Announces Keynote Speakers

The Iowa Lean Consortium’s (ILC) Annual Conference, the state’s largest event for continuous improvement professionals, will return this year on October 25, 2022, at the Meadows Event Center in Altoona.

This year’s ILC conference will be a hybrid format, allowing participants to attend sessions, network, and engage with vendors in-person or virtually. 

The keynote addresses will feature Jake Wood and Mike Rayburn. Wood teaches about leading through the chaos and building teams and organizations that win, while Rayburn will entertain attendees with music and comedy while teaching attendees to think beyond our typical responses and ask “what if." 

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Upcoming Conferences, Trainings & Workshops

The Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) seeks to make Iowa better by educating its businesses about the latest research-proven methods and best practices of industry. Here are just a few of the ways we plan to do that in the coming month. View full event list.

Human Resource Series: Where Are Our Workers

August 17th, 12:00 PM | Virtual 

ILC Foundations of Project Management Workshop

August 18th, 8:30 AM | Virtual 

ISU Supplier Orientation

August 23rd, 10:00 AM | Virtual 

Preparing a Winning Proposal

August 24th, 9:00 AM | Sioux City

ILC Lean Learning Hour

August 19th, 9:00 AM | Virtual 

Hazard Communications: Chemical Hazards

August 31st,  8:00 AM | Virtual 

Market Segmentation & Prospecting

September 1st,  9:00 AM | Virtual

Virtual Supplier Matchmaking Event with HNI

September 7th,  9:00 AM | Virtual 

Virtual Supplier Matchmaking Event with John Deere 

September 8th,  9:00 AM | Virtual 

CIRAS Digital Lab Tour 

September 8th, 1:00 PM | Ames 

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt & Black Belt

September 12th,  3:00 PM | Virtual

DIY Market Research- Hands-on Event

September 20th,  9:00 AM | Ames 

The Journey to Your Vision: Renew Rural Iowa

September 21st,  8:15 AM | Ames 

Human Resource Series: Where Are Our Workers

September 21st, 12:00 PM | Virtual 


Industry Iowa a CIRAS Podcast
Industry Iowa is a CIRAS podcast to help Iowa businesses and communities prosper and grow. 
In case you missed it: Host Steve Wilson and CIRAS Project Manager, Brian Muff disscuss Collaborative Research Projects, how CIRAS Connects Iowa Companies and University Faculty. 

Upcoming Episode August 5th: Steve interviews Mike Rayburn, keynote speaker for the upcoming ILC Annual Conference. 

Listen to all the episodes of Industry Iowa here.

Listen to the episode here

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Did You Know? Updates to

If you are experiencing challenges with your SAM registration – You are not alone. On April 4, 2022 the U.S. government transitioned from DUNS numbers to Unique Entity IDs, also known as a UEIs.  Many companies are experiencing challenges and delays in getting their SAM registrations renewed, preventing the government from being able to issue them contract awards. 
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Survey of Need for Occupational Health & Safety 

The Heartland Center is conducting a survey to determine the need for occupational health and safety professionals in the workplace. By completing the following questionnaire you will help the faculty and staff of the Center better plan and direct our various educational programs to meet those needs. The survey will take less than ten minutes to complete.
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