Iowa State University’s Department of Supply Chain and Information Systems has begun offering an online graduate certificate in supply chain management. Prospective students have until August 10 to register for classes that begin this fall.
Month: July 2019
Did You Know?…. The DUNS® Number Is On Its Way Out
If you’ve done any work in with the federal government (either as a vendor or grantee) you most likely have been required to register for a proprietary DUNS number through Dun & Bradstreet. The DUNS number, which was created in 1962, has been the official verification number for entities to register with the Federal Government since 1998 (once it was codified by the Federal Acquisition Regulation, aka FAR).
How to ID Your Company’s Cybersecurity Risks
According to a 2018 IBM-sponsored study by the Ponemon Institute, the global average for a data breach is $3.86 million. That breaks down to almost $150 per stolen record. If you’re a small or medium-sized manufacturer, you may not think statistics like these apply to you. But out of 17 industries represented in the report, the most impacted sectors were financial, service, and wait for it — manufacturing.
Northeast Iowa Conference to Address Manufacturing Workforce Challenges
Northeast Iowa manufacturers struggling to modernize and grow will have the chance to learn new strategies designed to improve their bottom line in any economy.
Did you know?… How to Sell to Iowa Public Schools
Summer is ending, which means parents everywhere are beginning to shop for Back To School. Have you ever considered what may be on the school's shopping list?
Polo Custom Products—Using CIRAS as a Compass to Grow Government Business
For Mary Phelan, it all boils down to CIRAS being a sounding board she can trust. Phelan, program manager for government and defense at Polo Custom Products in Monticello, has been working closely with the CIRAS Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) for roughly two years.
Birmingham Manufacturing Gets Reawakened to the Value of Innovation
Michael Nunn is still searching for the perfect product improvement idea. But thanks to some help from CIRAS, Nunn now believes he’s on the correct path.
HNI Helps Improve Muscatine Government, Hospital by Spreading Lean
America’s health care industry was running wild in 2008. Costs were out of control, and Trinity Hospital in Muscatine was struggling to keep up. The small institution lost $6.8 million that year, and it ultimately sought financial stability in a merger with the Iowa Health System. Trinity’s new corporate parent (now known as UnityPoint Health) spent the next few years finding a myriad of new back-office efficiencies to save money, said Angela Johnson, current executive director of the hospital’s Muscatine campus. But by 2012, it nevertheless had become clear that broader change was still needed in Muscatine.
DID YOU KNOW?… Federal Agencies use the SPA
No, this isn’t an article about spring water or hot tubs! “SPA” stands for “Simplified Purchase Agreement,” a method of purchasing set up by the Government Publishing Office (GPO) and available to use by various federal agencies for their printing needs. As an alternative to relying on the GPO for soliciting their opportunities, agencies typically find SPA procedures to be more relaxing (see what I did there?).