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Growing Your Business in the Big Apple

Originally founded in New York City, The Bid Lab knows the ins and outs of bidding in and around the Big Apple better than anyone. As the world’s 11th largest economy, New York bids offer competitive but lucrative opportunities to grow your business through the Request for Proposal (RFP) process. In this article we highlight what makes a New York RFP unique, how to find proposals specific to different areas (for example, Long Island RFPs or New York City RFPs), and where to look for the best New York RFP opportunities!

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Which New York Agencies Issue RFPs?

There’s no shortage of governmental bids for vendors looking to do business in New York State, New York City and Long Island, but it’s also an extremely competitive market. Firms of every size and industry make their name in New York through RFP wins. From the city’s major financial actors to the New York State Department of Health, and more, The Bid Lab regularly works with New York’s most active RFP players.

Below is a breakdown of common city and state government agencies that frequently issue RFPs. (Keep in mind, there are hundreds more!)

New York State Agencies:
  • Department of Economic Development/Empire State Development
  • Division of Minority and Women’s Business Development (DMWBD)
  • New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC)
  • New York State Education Department
  • Department of Financial Services
  • New York Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
New York City Agencies:
  • New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH)
  • New York City Police Department (NYPD)
  • New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE)
  • The City of New York Sanitation Department (DSNY)
  • Housing Preservation & Development
  • Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications (DoITT)
  • MTA Bridges and Tunnels
Long Island Agencies:
  • Nassau County Police Department
  • Suffolk County Police Department
  • Nassau Interim Finance Authority
  • Long Island State Parkway Police
  • Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation and Museums

How to Make Your Mark in the Empire State

What Should I Know About NYC RFPs?

With a GDP of nearly $2 trillion all on its own, bidding in New York City is a uniquely valuable path to grow your business. Financial services dominate, but healthcare, technology, and educational services represent billions in revenue opportunities as well.

New York City’s dense and diverse population make it a rewarding and unique place to do business. Like most RFPs nationwide, New York City proposals reflect the population they serve, which is why you might notice an emphasis on granting minority-owned, women-owned and LGBTQ+-owned businesses higher scores in their evaluation criteria. Around 800 different languages are spoken in the city, making it one of the most linguistically diverse in the world, so New York City RFPs may dedicate a group of questions to language services.

If your business doesn’t fit in the above categories, or has not considered these specific questions, never fear! Many times a New York City proposal will recognize a MWBE (Minority or Women-Owned Business Enterprise) subcontractor or co-proposer to fill this requirement. The Bid Lab’s experts can also help you determine whether or not your business qualifies for any of the aforementioned designations.

Finding New York RFPs and Bidding in New York

How Are New York City RFPs Different Than Other RFPs?

If you look for procurement listings on the website, you’ll find New York City proposal opportunities in all five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and the Bronx. While each locality operates under the same general citywide laws and regulations, they exist separately in many ways. For example, the Brooklyn charter school system has its own network that’s separate from Manhattan charter schools.

To get even more specific, there are many interborough differences across entities. For example, the Coney Island hospital system, located in Brooklyn, functions as a separate system from the Brooklyn Heights hospital system. While this means that New York City proposals offer seemingly endless opportunities to respond to the many needs of businesses and entities, it does require the proposer to pay attention to minute details: Each borough, and even neighborhood, will have specific requirements depending on its location and population. Not to mention that once you venture farther, for example to respond to a Long Island RFP, the rules and conditions can change once again. Lucky for you, The Bid Lab was born in New York City and there’s no one who knows how to navigate the New York bidding waters better than we do.

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Where Can I Find New York RFPs?

We often start by helping our partners leverage a variety of available databases focused on proposal opportunities in New York. A few notable mentions are Empire State Development, New York State Contract Reporter, and New York City Economic Development Corporation. All of these databases provide a bounty of centralized, and searchable, bid opportunities to target. For Long Island RFPs, you may need to dig a little deeper, for example by scouring the bidding opportunities pages on the Nassau County or Suffolk County government websites. If you’re looking for someone to go through and strategically match your goals with New York-specific opportunities, check out our Bid Finder service.

If you want to see your name in lights, we’ve got you covered! Whether your business needs assistance building your first or fifth RFP response, our team of expert bid writers can help. Thanks to being originally founded in New York City, The Bid Lab knows exactly what it takes to create a winning response to a New York City RFP or New York State RFP. We can also assist with the specific demands of public sector bids, including their often intricate regulatory requirements. With thousands of hours of combined experience in these areas, we can help your team submit a proposal that truly stands out against the competition. So, schedule a free consultation with us today at 1-844-4BIDLAB or email us at Let’s make your next New York RFP response a winning one. You know what they say, if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere!

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Positivity. Anyone can do the job. Only we do the job with the right attitude, even when deadlines are tight.

Flexibility. Every firm has its own way of doing things. Our RFP writers will work around your people, processes, and schedules.

Reliability. Our team has never missed a deadline, and we don’t plan on starting anytime soon.

Quality. Our 4-eye review process ensures that even the smallest of errors are caught before work is submitted.

Transparency. Have any questions during the process? Call us and we will share the status of your bid at any time.

Our Clients Love Our RFP Responses

We are absolutely committed to our clients, and strive to serve as an extension of their teams. We are more than consultants, we are partners. But, don’t just take our word for it. See what our clients have to say below!

“We onboarded The Bid Lab with the understanding we were partnering with an equally talented group of people focused on the bidding process. And, wow! They delivered. I’ll admit I was a bit skeptical they’d be able to understand the technical components of our solution, but their team took the time to truly grasp our solution to present it like their own. They are truly an extension of our team in every sense.”
-James Salame
Bruin, New York

“The Bid Lab’s ability to consistently arrive to meetings prepared and navigate us through the process with such positivity has enabled us to focus on the parts of the bid that need the most attention. We love working with The Bid Lab and appreciate their consistent ability to go above and beyond for us!”
-Gloree Centeno
Techolution, New York 

“Working on RFPs can be stressful, overwhelming and time-consuming but I never felt alone or lost because The Bid Lab was there every step of the way. And, with a 30X return on investment, I will definitely keep expanding my relationship with The Bid Lab!”
– Janki Patel
Jump Ahead Pediatrics, NY & NJ

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