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[POSTPONED] Cedar Valley Manufacturing Conference

Apr29

Date:
Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Time:
7:45am–3:30pm

Location:
Van G. Miller Adult Learning Center

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[POSTPONED] Cedar Valley Manufacturing Conference

This event has been POSTPONED. It will be rescheduled for a future date.

Join us for the 10th Annual Cedar Valley Manufacturing Conference. You'll have the opportunity to network with other decision makers and business professionals, tour the new Van G. Miller Adult Learning Center, and leave with information that will be valuable to your business as you move into the future.

Keynote: The Future of Building Better Business Relationships
Lisa Schaefer, MSE, Shine with Schaefer LLC

Today's customers take 90 seconds to determine if they will do business with you.  What is your organization currently doing to promote an image of sales and service?  In this session learn essential ways to attract customers using the Hook,Story, Close method of connecting.  Also explore the essentials of first impressions, service follow up and customer needs and wants.  

Agenda

7:45am Check-in/Networking
8:15am Welcome
Dr. Todd Holcomb, president, Hawkeye Community College
Cary Darrah, president & CEO, Grow Cedar Valley
8:35am Van G. Miller Adult Learning Center Services Overview
Laura Hildebaugh, director, Adult Education & Literacy Programs

Learn about the programs and people at the Adult Learning Center- you'll be amazed by the number of students served and countries represented.
8:45am

Industry 4.0
Curt Burnett, Curtis Burnett, LLC

The current positive business climate is masking an impending disaster for US Industry. There is a tsunami of technology, called Industry 4.0, that is headed toward our factories that will significantly disrupt traditional manufacturing. These technologies will fuel a new wave of global manufacturing competition. During this presentation Curt will describe the challenges presented by Industry 4.0 and what is happening in the Cedar Valley and State to help manufacturers stay globally competitive. 

10:00am Break
10:15am

Keynote: The Future of Building Better Business Relationships
Lisa Schaeffer, MSE, Shine with Schaeffer LLC

Today's customers take 90 seconds to determine if they will do business with you.  What is your organization currently doing to promote an image of sales and service?  In this session learn essential ways to attract customers using the Hook, Story, Close method of connecting. We will also explore the essentials of first impressions, service follow up and customer needs and wants. 

11:45

Waterloo Career Center: Advanced Manufacturing 
Bob Plagge, instructor, Waterloo Career Center and students

Students will share their experience in the Advanced Manufacturing career program. Projects will be discussed and there will be time for an audience Q & A. 

Lunch
1:00pm

Create an R & D Strategy
Dave Rogers, Carney, Alexander Marold, & Co. LLC
Beth Balzer, Iowa Economic Development Authority

Industry is moving quickly – it may be time for you to learn more about available Research & Development (R&D) tax credits. Dave Rogers, Carney Alexander Marold & Co LLP, will advise what they are and the potential benefit to your company, followed by a discussion on inventory tracking, control for tax reporting under the Good Consumed During Production. Beth Balzer, Iowa Economic Development Authority, will share other tax benefits of the R & D program, what type of company projects may qualify, and the process.

1:45pm

Social Media Savvy: It's All About Marketing Your Business
Panel: Mike Kuebler, Zanotti Armor; Lindsey Newcomb, Advanced Heat Treat; Amand Huisman, City of Cedar Falls; Katie Hansen, Lincoln Savings Bank

Social Media is proving to have real impact on your business's ability to get follower engagement and the word out about what you do. Come learn from this experience panel what they do and how it's impacted their ability to increase business! 

2:30pm Break
2:45pm

Cybersecurity

Cybercriminals are evolving their tactics, did you know that last year data privacy regulators sank their teeth into companies that were breached or exposed customer data. Failed cybersecurity protocols are at the root of data breaches, ransomware and supply chain attacks. This session will give you more information about what's trending and insight into avoiding be a cyber victim. 

3:15pm Closing


Cost

The conference fee is $25.

Registration

This event has been postponed. It will be rescheduled for a later date.

Sponsors

  • Hawkeye Community College
  • Iowa Advanced Manufacturing Sector Partnership

Tags

  1. cedar valley manufacturing conference
  2. community events
  3. continuing education
  4. corporate and business solutions
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