SBDC Affiliate Partner RFP Announcement

Northern California SBDC Announces Affiliate Partner Program for 2023-2024

The Northern California Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Lead Center, a program under the Cal Poly Humboldt Sponsored Programs Foundation, has officially released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for their Affiliate Partner Program for 2023-2024.

Key Dates to Remember:

  • RFP Issuance: October 6th
  • Proposal Submission Deadline: October 31st
  • Winning Bidders Notified: November 1st
  • Contract Commencement: November 6th

For any queries related to this RFP, you can reach out to Scott Rogalski, the Deputy Director, or Preet Ahluwalia, the Business Development Director, at the provided contact details.

What’s Expected from the Affiliate?

The selected Affiliate will be responsible for offering high-level support to small businesses in Northern California. This includes providing no-cost consulting and training tailored to the needs of these businesses. While the Affiliate will be free to design their program and service delivery methods, the Lead Center will oversee all activities through monthly check-ins and periodic reporting.

The primary service funded by SBDC is consulting and training. The Affiliate will be expected to design and offer top-notch consulting services to enhance the skills and knowledge of existing and budding small business owners/managers. This consulting process will involve in-depth communication between the client and the counselor, focusing on identifying and addressing the client’s needs and challenges.

The Affiliate will assist businesses in various areas, including management, marketing, financing, strategic planning, and more. All consulting services will be free of charge, and all consultants must pass the Norcal SBDC Business Advisor certification.

Additionally, the Affiliate may organize training sessions or workshops relevant to groups of small business owners or entrepreneurs. These workshops must be free and accessible for all participants and can be conducted online and offline.

Performance and Financial Reporting:

The Affiliate will be required to track their services and successes using the NeoSerra online tracking system. They must also submit quarterly performance reports and monthly invoices for reimbursement. All records related to this agreement must be preserved for three years.

Application Instructions:

Interested parties should submit their proposals digitally in either Word or PDF format by 3 PM PST on October 20, 2023. Proposals should be sent to Ensure that the submission adheres to the specified format and font size requirements.

For a detailed breakdown of the RFP, including the scope of work, reporting requirements, and application instructions, please refer to the official RFP document.

This is a fantastic opportunity for organizations to collaborate with the Northern California SBDC and significantly impact the small business community in the region. Don’t miss out!

Learn more in the attached RFP outline:

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