Yolo County Department of Child Services RFP

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Overview

The County of Yolo in California is issuing this child services RFP to find qualified firms and consultants to lead, manage, and complete a comprehensive assessment of the Yolo, Sutter and Colusa DCSS (Department of Child Support Services) operations. These three county departments are exploring regionalizing their child support operations. 

The purpose of the bid assessment is primarily to help guide the design and development of a regional model for child support service delivery. Additionally, the model should be efficient, encourage employee engagement and achieve its performance outcomes. Further, the program must meet current funding availability but better serve the children of the three counties in question.

Questions & Timeline

There will be an optional bid conference taking place tomorrow, July 18th at 4:30 PM ET. The deadline for questions is July 19th at 7:00 PM. Proposals are due back to Yolo County by August 2, 2019.

You can also find more bids like this child services RFP by visiting Yolo County’s website.

Contact

The Bid Lab helps firms of all kinds and sizes manage RFP responses like this one. If you’re looking for the perfect RFP, or already have a bid in mind, The Bid Lab can help! Call 1-844-4BIDLAB or email respond@thebidlab.com to get in touch with us right away. You can also check out other featured bids like this one our website.

Electric Vehicle Charging Station RFP

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Overview

The City of Orem is issuing an RFP for the purchase and installation of (4) Express 250 Chargepoint Electric Vehicle Charging Stations (50 kW) near the Orem City Center campus located at 56 North State Street, Orem, Utah.

All interested bidders must submit bids to include all wire, fittings, signs, breakers, panel upgrades, trenching, directional boring, conduit, excavation, junction boxes, removal and disposal of concrete, concrete flatwork, curb and gutter, asphalt restoration, landscape and sprinkler restoration, direct and indirect labor, completion of all electrical connections, mounting of stations, Express 250 stations, activation costs, concrete mounting kits, bollards, 5 year networking plan and 5 year charge point DC fast charger assure total station care coverage for all 4 charging stations.

Questions & Timeline

You can ask RFP questions to Mr. Kent Allen at (801) 229-7131 or krallen@orem.org . Additionally, questions related to this electric vehicle charging RFP should be directed to Mr. Taggart Bowen at (801) 229-7316 or trbowen@orem.org.

Proposals are due back on Sciquest online or by the Office of Purchasing, 56 North State Street, Orem, Utah, 84057 during regular business hours until 3:00 pm, Thursday, July 18, 2019.

You can also find bids like this electric vehicle charging RFP from the City of Orem on their website

Contact

The Bid Lab helps firms of all kinds and sizes manage RFP responses like this one. If you’re looking for the perfect RFP, or already have a bid in mind, The Bid Lab can help! Call 1-844-4BIDLAB or email respond@thebidlab.com to get in touch with us right away. You can also check out other featured bids like this one our website.

City of Pleasanton’s Softball Fieldhouse Renovation RFP

Overview

The City of Pleasanton is seeking a qualified bidder to remodel the approximately 3,800-square foot softball fieldhouse and scorekeeper’s booth in the Ken Mercer Sports Park.

The scope of work must include, but is not limited to, the removal and replacement of the exterior cladding panels with Trespa siding material, a new metal roofing system, doors, windows, HVAC, interior paint, carpet, bathroom modifications and reconstruction of the four (4) scorekeeper’s booths and related site drainage improvements.

Estimate & Timeline

The engineer’s cost for the renovation bid is $1.2M. Due to the size and scope of the project, the Pleasanton softball complex will be shut down beginning November 2019. The projected completion date is February 2020.

Pleasanton requests that bidders submit three references of work done in the last seven years of similar size and scope. If you have the experience necessary to hit a home run on this RFP, this renovation bid is due back by November 1, 2019. You can find other bids like this one by visiting the City of Pleasanton’s website.

Contact

The Bid Lab helps firms of all kinds and sizes manage RFP responses like this one. If you’re looking for the perfect RFP, or already have a bid in mind, The Bid Lab can help! Call 1-844-4BIDLAB or email respond@thebidlab.com to get in touch with us right away. You can also check out other featured bids like this one our website.

How to Find and Source RFPs

How to Find and Source RFPs

Finding the right Request for Proposal (RFP) can mark a major turning point for your business or organization. The RFP process is responsible for awarding billions of dollars in contracts each year. But, in such a competitive landscape, it can be difficult to know where to begin one’s search. At The Bid Lab, we’re experts in identifying RFPs that strategically align with our clients’ business goals. If you are trying to find and source RFPs for your organization, here are several tips we’re happy to share.

Narrow the focus

When beginning your search for RFPs, there is nothing wrong with keeping an open mind and being optimistic; but, it is just as important, to quickly add specificity and purpose to your search. This will save you time and help you avoid becoming mired in a maze of lengthy, inapplicable PDF pages.

Start with clear industry targets in which your organization already has a solid footing, or has plans to enter. Conduct a basic competitor analysis to better understand what you’re up against. For example, who are the major bid issuers in your space, what are their requirements, and how are your competitors bidding? This background research will illuminate critical clues that will help you in your RFP efforts.

Embrace search-engine functionalities

For many people, databases, required logins, and Google searching can be as daunting as lions, tigers and bears (oh my!). But have faith! Armed with your newfound narrow focus, there are tricks you can employ to make digital resources work harder for you.

Curated databases exist, such as BidSync, GovernmentContracts.us, BidNet Direct and The RFP Database. They compile thousands of RFP bid opportunities into a centralized location, allowing you to browse opportunities quickly and efficiently. While it is true many of these tools require a membership, many of them also offer free trial periods, incredibly helpful search criteria to help you narrow results, and automatic notifications that send you opportunities based on specified keywords. The RFP Database, for example, does not require payment to use and can break down search results into helpful industry categories like Graphic Design, Building Materials, Data Management, and many more.

Another way to make the search process less arduous is to make better use of the array of tools Google offers in its platform. For example, narrow your search to easy-to-access PDF files by adding “filetype:pdf” to your search string in the Google search bar.

Additionally, many of the platforms mentioned offer search functionalities for dates posted. There is nothing much more frustrating than finding the perfect bid after hours of searching, only to realize it’s due in two days. Filter your results to only show bids posted in the last month. This will ensure your results are more relevant, and that you have time to respond effectively before the deadline arrives. Oftentimes, RFPs have pre-proposal conferences and question deadlines, so having bid in-hand as quickly as possible after it’s posted can be the difference between a winning and a losing proposal.

Get social

Social media can be more helpful in bidding than you may realize. Many social feeds – like our’s, @thebidlab – promote a variety of valuable RFP opportunities directly to their followers. But you can also source new RFPs by leveraging your own personal networks to find opportunities. LinkedIn posts, for example, from bid issuers in your industry, often contain new business opportunities. Many organizations, especially private companies, use social media posts early on in their  RFP promotion process. Therefore, taking the time to search through your own networks can help give you a critical head start on the competition!

Additionally, browsing social networks can also help identify new organizational players in your industry. Then, by searching the procurement sections of these new targets’ websites, you may be able to identify new RFPs directly that others may have missed.

Stick with it, and don’t be afraid to ask for help

Even with a full suite of tools and tips, searching and sourcing RFPs can be demanding, and even overwhelming. But, it’s unquestionable that finding the perfect RFP can change the trajectory of your organization in a monumental way. When searching for your perfect RFP, stay positive and don’t give up! It is important to search efficiently, but investing time in the RFP process is as necessary as it is beneficial.

You may find, however, that your RFP search requires more time, resources, or experience than you and your team are able to give. If that is the case, don’t hesitate to reach out and ask for help. At The Bid Lab, we not only assist our clients in finding RFPs that strategically align with their business needs, but we also help manage their responses to ensure a win-worthy response.  

If you’re interested in learning more about what we do, contact us today for a complimentary consultation.