The Vice President of a local chapter of Dress for Success reached out to you, the owner of Elegance in Business Etiquette, indicating the need to bring in a guest speaker for a 3-day seminar on proper dress, dining protocols, and communication essentials. The Dress for Success chapter decided to explore the possibility of finding a professional to conduct these seminars. You received a request for business proposal (RFP) for your services and are now submitting to the chapter a business proposal for the work. Some minimal details: The organization has over 100 enrolled members. All members are required to attend at least one 3-day professional development seminar every 2 years.
Biz Proposal 15 points -mix of contract preparation (with creative writing) and persuasive writing for a given RFP scenario-3-4 pages not including a cover page
- Statement of Work-why were you requested?
- Summary- 3-4 sentences of what your client is about to read; total content synopsis
- History of your company/mission statement
- Scope of the project- bulleted and thorough points of what your company will be doing
- Project Timeline and Schedule of Work (list of deliverables with completion times)
- Conclusion- what the client should expect to see/feel upon completion of the work
- Closing statement of deadline to sign the proposal
Great proposals use the golden rule that a picture is worth a thousand words- consider graphs, charts, and other visual content to help “sell” the important elements in your proposal. The importance to any client is to recognize that they need to know WHAT you will be doing and HOW MUCH TIME AND MONEY it will take to do it.
Display in your writing that you’ve researched your industry, this will be looked at when grading your proposal.