Back

Upcoming Seminar Teaches the Best Way to Respond to an RFP

By Colin McEvoy on September 8, 2017

Do you know the best way to respond to a Request for Proposal (RFP)?

An upcoming seminar will teach best practices for writing, responding to, and evaluating a proposal, and will include panelists from top RFP requesters and submitters from organizations like OlympusGuardian Life Insurance, and the Allentown Economic Development Corporation.

The seminar will be held Tuesday, Oct. 3, from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Guardian Life Insurance of America building at 6255 Sterners Way in Hanover Township, Northampton County. It will address why companies ask for RFPs, the best way to handle a response, and key terms and language that are important to understand.

Attendance is free, but pre-registration is required by Sept. 28. Click here to register online.

That seminar is being offered in partnership with the upcoming Lehigh Valley Meet the Buyers Expo, a bi-annual event that provides a unique opportunity to meet buyers face-to-face and network with other small businesses.

“The Lehigh Valley continues to excel in its ability to strengthen its business community,” said Sally Handlon, president of Handlon Business Resources and a member of the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation’s (LVEDC) Local Sourcing and Business Diversity Council, which is organizing the event.

“This Expo workshop is another example of helping to meet the needs of the business community, as RFPs – which are generally a requirement of our larger business purchasers – is a dreaded process for smaller businesses,” Handlon said. “By providing some tips and completion direction, the response to an RFP will be better positioned for the requesting business and be less burdensome on the submitting business.”

More than 250 businesses attended the last Meet the Buyers Expo in 2015, where small businesses met face-to-face with government and private industry professionals to discuss procurement deals and business opportunities. Some of the Lehigh Valley’s largest companies were among the buyers, including  B. Braun, Martin Guitar, Crayola, PPL, Lutron Electronics, Mack Trucks, Olympus, the St. Luke’s University Health Network, and UGI Utilities.

The Meet the Buyers Expo will be held on Wednesday, October 18, at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks in Bethlehem. Click here for a full schedule and information about how to register.

September Issue of Monthly LVstartup E-Newsletter Released

The September issue of LVstartup, a monthly e-newsletter about entrepreneurs and startups in the Lehigh Valley, was released today. It includes stories about a newly-re[...]

Continue to Next Page

Lehigh ValleyQuick Facts

Industry Spotlight

9.1% of Labor Force
Employed in Professional, Technical, Financial & Business Services
Q2 2017

By the Numbers
$39.1 Billion

Gross Domestic Product
2016

Investor Spotlight
City Center Lehigh Valley
Industry Spotlight

10.5% of Labor Force
Employed in Manufacturing
Q2 2017

By the Numbers
$3.44 Billion

Exports
2015

Investor Spotlight
Air Products
By the Numbers
$59,989

Median Household Income

Investor Spotlight
PPL Electric Utilities
By the Numbers
24,246

New Jobs Created Over Past 5 Years

Investor Spotlight
National Penn
By the Numbers
659,312

Population

Investor Spotlight
Olympus
By the Numbers
344,623

Labor Force

Investor Spotlight
Lutron Electronics
Industry Spotlight

33% of Labor Force
Employed in Health Care, Social Assistance & Education

By the Numbers
4,399

Technology Patents from 2000-2015

Investor Spotlight
Mack Trucks
Industry Spotlight

10.7% of Labor Force
Employed in Accomodation, Food Services, Arts, Entertainment & Recreation

Investor Spotlight
UGI
Investor Spotlight
NFI
Industry Spotlight

15% of the total community college degrees awarded in PA
2015-2016 academic year

By the Numbers
$6.9 Billion

Manufactuing Contribution to GDP
2016

Investor Spotlight
BB&T
Industry Spotlight

68th largest metropolitan area in the U.S. by population

By the Numbers
$7.98 Billion

Finance, Insurance & Real Estate
Contribution to GDP
2016

Investor Spotlight
Seedcopa
Industry Spotlight

9,747 degrees awarded by colleges and universities
2014-2015 academic year

By the Numbers
$5.3 Billion

Professional & Business Services
Contribution to GDP
2016

Investor Spotlight
Fuling
Industry Spotlight

80,000 employed in "Eds & Meds" sectors

By the Numbers
21.7%

Population between ages 18 and 34

Investor Spotlight
Workforce Board