Technical Assistance Service Provider Request for Qualifications (RFQ)

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“The Economic Development Authority (the “EDA”) of the City of Norfolk (the “City”) is soliciting qualifications for Service Providers to provide small business technical assistance for the Norfolk Small Business Technical Assistance Clinic (the “Program”). The purpose of the Program is to provide contextual technical assistance to Black and Latinx microbusinesses in Norfolk, VA to complement and compound the impact of funding received from Norfolk’s Capital Access Program and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.”

Program Objective and Process

The Program will work exclusively with Black and Latinx Norfolk microenterprises (0-5 employees).

These business owners (the “Participants”) pre-qualified for the Program as previous awardees of the Capital Access and or CORE grants. The goal of this Request for Qualifications is to build a roster of Service Providers that will deliver technical assistance to the Program’s business participants.

Requested Respondents

This Request for Qualifications specifically seeks qualifications from service providers and independent contractors specializing in the following fields:

Branding & Marketing

  • Digital marketers
  • Content creators
  • Brand strategists

Accounting & Financial Planning

  • Bookkeepers
  • Tax preparers
  • CPAs

Website Development & E-Commerce

  • Programmers

Business Consulting

  • Sales
  • Operations
  • Business models
  • Management coaches

Program Design

It is the sole intent of this Request for Qualifications to develop a list, valid for approximately 1 year with the possibility of renewal for up to 3 years, of pre-qualified technical assistance Service Providers (“Service Providers”) who are interested and willing to work with business owners participating in the program stewarded by the EDA and staffed by the Economic Development Department of the City.

Inclusion on the list of pre-qualified Service Providers does not ensure that a Service Provider will be selected by a business owner to contract for professional services. If selected as a result of this Request for Qualifications, the service period will be approximately 12 months from the date of notification of approval with an expiration date of April 30, 2022, with the possibility of renewal for up to 3 years.

Due Date: This RFQ will remain open through close of business – April 16, 2021.

Requesting Agency:

Economic Development Authority of the City of Norfolk
999 Waterside Drive Suite 2430
Norfolk, VA 23510

Responses and questions are to be submitted electronically via email to: DEV-smallbusiness@norfolk.gov

All questions will be addressed in an updated FAQ document and posted on our website.