Meet with proposal experts Karen Natzel and Christine Schlicker to give you one-on-one support and training. This workshop is focused on how to write a proposal to respond to Metro's upcoming RFP for on-call architecture and engineering services. Learn how to tell your business and personnel story, show your value, the unique qualifications you bring, and leverage your strengths in your next RFP response. Bring prior RFP responses or samples to maximize your customized consultation. Attendees are eligible for two hours of free proposal writing assistance.
RSVP is required. Register below for the Feb. 14 session.
A pre-proposal conference is scheduled to follow this workshop. Attendance is strongly encouraged. Details TBD.
Ideas of items to bring to the clinic include:
- Experience pages: bring experience pages and learn how to show your project experience in a way that is relevant to Metro.
- Resumes or company profile: bring resumes, bios, and/or company profiles and learn how to compellingly tell the story of your company and showcase the expertise of your personnel.
- Project Approach: bring prior approach sections and learn how to break your approach into steps that clearly communicate to Metro what to expect in working with you.
- Diversity and Sustainability: bring prior diversity and sustainability sections to discuss how to improve your efforts.
Potential contract areas
- Solid Waste facilities – includes Metro South Transfer Station, Metro Central Transfer Station, St. Johns Landfill and MetroPaint
- Metro Regional Center
- Oregon Convention Center
- Expo Center
- Portland'5 Centers for the Arts facilities – includes Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Keller Auditorium and Antoinette Hatfield Hall
- Parks and Nature – includes Blue Lake Regional Park, Oxbow Regional Park and Borland field office
- Oregon Zoo
Potential work categories
- Landscape architecture
- Land use services
- Civil and structural engineering
- Mechanical, electrical, and plumbing
- Building automation systems and controls
- Cost estimating
- Traffic engineering
This marketing workshop is offered by Metro as part of series of free training opportunities for COBID-certified and COBID-eligible businesses and is designed to give you the tools you need to help your business grow.
Karen Natzel, owner Biz Therapy, LLC
Karen started her career in the design-build industry over 20 years ago as a communications specialist with the Associated General Contractors, then as the Marketing/Business Development director for a local construction firm where she led a successful proposal program. In 2003, she launched her company, K Communications, to help business leaders define their brand, shape their culture, and navigate growth and change. Karen serves as a confidential sounding board for leaders to build healthy, high-performing, and resilient organizations.
Christine Schlicker, owner NicJac Communications
As the owner of NicJac Communications (ESB, WBE, DBE) and freelance consultant for municipal and private entities, Christine’s focus is to help her clients understand complicated proposals and develop responses that speak to their company strengths. Christine’s current client base includes general contractors, architects and engineers, energy service providers, staffing agencies and various professional services. With each of these clients, Christine reviews the solicitation and attends planning meetings to make suggestions and develop a proposal response that highlights the true qualifications of each firm.