The Bid Advance Response Program is a 6-month mentoring program to help small minority-, women-, and veteran-owned businesses understand and win government bids. This highly-competitive program consists of group-based training and one-on-one guidance to prepare small businesses wanting to enter or expand their market into government contracting opportunities.
The program works with the Minority Business Office’s consulting and training programs and will help businesses navigate through the government procurement and contracting process. The training includes support with relevant registrations, proposal preparation strategies and tools, and personnel management.
This mentoring program is valued at $750, and is provided free to all accepted businesses.
The program is administered by the Minority Business Office at OEDIT and is conducted in collaboration with UNCHARTED, a Colorado-based, women-owned company.
Up to seven businesses participate in each cohort. Cohorts typically begin twice a year, in the spring and fall. The program includes:
- an initial consultation in a small group setting to set goals and determine individual needs of participating businesses
- training and guidance on preparing documents to respond to requests for proposals
- one-on-one meetings with the program instructor to develop documents for government request for proposal requirements including company overview, company resume/project experience, references, and resumes for personnel
- access to a Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) clause preparation document that will help you review, in a simple manner, the most common FAR clauses used in federal request for proposals
- monthly virtual communication with program instructor for ongoing support
- option to request additional in-person consulting sessions with program instructor as needed
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Meridith Marshall is the CEO of UNCHARTED, where she utilizes data and one-on-coaching to create the best places to work. Her unique ability to lead as both a practitioner and an industry-recognized expert has provided her with opportunities to drive significant impact quickly and to help others do the same. Meridith has considerable experience partnering with businesses in a variety of settings designing and implementing the State of Colorado’s economic development strategy Blueprint 2.0 and setting a record of the deployment of federal disaster relief aid following Hurricane Sandy. She is an established leader and recipient of the 2017 International Economic Development Council’s 40 Under 40 award, as well as, a 2020 German Marshall Fellowship recipient. Meridith has an MBA, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Economics and a Minor in Neuroscience from Drake University.
To be eligible, your business needs to:
- not have participated in this program before
- have been operating for at least 24 months
- have fewer than 100 employees globally
- be headquartered in Colorado or have at least 50% of its employees based in Colorado
- be registered in Good Standing with the Colorado Secretary of State
- be 51% minority, women or veteran-owned, and that owner has primary responsibility for managing day-to-day operations
A representative from the business needs to attend all of these sessions:
- initial orientation
- initial meeting with the consultant
- three-hour government software procurement orientation, such as SAM, DUN, CAGE, VSS, and/or Suss
- three-hour seminar with procurement representatives from local, state, and federal agencies
- 3 or 4 in-person or virtual meetings throughout the six-month program
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Applications typically open in the spring and fall. The application closes 30 days after the application opens. When the application is open, you will be able to apply online.
One week after the application deadline, we announce participants. The program begins two weeks after the application deadline.