CSU, Chico News

CED Issues RFP for Business Assistance Services

Date: 09-26-2011

Joe Wills
Public Affairs
Michael Suplita
Center for Economic Development

The Center for Economic Development (CED), in collaboration with 3CORE and the city of Chico, has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Chico businesses to participate in a business assistance program running through June 30, 2012. CED intends to select four businesses that are poised for growth from the applicant pool and provide assistance in the following areas of their operation: competitive intelligence, marketing services, financial services, website services and social media utilization.

The goal of the program is to position businesses to be able to expand their operations through information on new and existing market and customer bases and to position the business to approach both private and public lending organizations to seek funding for the business’s expansion. To qualify for the program, applicants must be headquartered in Chico, have been in business a minimum of two years and be profitable.

The CED will rank candidates based on their adherence to application requirements as well as their ability to demonstrate participation and growth capacity. Special consideration will be given to medium sized (6-99 employees) high-growth companies. Applications are due no later than Friday, Oct. 21, 2011. To receive a full copy of the RFP and application please e-mail Michael Suplita at msuplita@csuchico.edu or call 530-898-4598.