RFP for Local Procurement Study

Posted by Sustainable Business Network of Philadelphia on February 27, 2017

Study the Barriers of Locally-Owned Businesses to Procurement Opportunities
SBN has identified government and institutional procurement as key opportunities to build both the revenues and capacity of small locally-owned business. However, in our 2011 study, Taking Care of Business, small local businesses were found to have difficulty in accessing and understanding procurement opportunities offered by local government and institutional stakeholders.

To delve more deeply into the barriers small locally-owned businesses confront in accessing the Greater Philadelphia region’s government and institutional procurement opportunities, SBN is requesting proposals from qualified individuals or firms to conduct an assessment of this segment of the business community. Click here to read the RFP.


We aim to study the experiences of small locally-owned businesses with procurement as well as to identify resources that would best support their capacity-building needs. The selected consultant will focus their outreach efforts on local small businesses in a range of sectors, with particular attention on women, minority, and disadvantaged-owned firms, as well as firms in the green stormwater infrastructure industry.

The results of this study will provide vital information to several local stakeholders beyond SBN—including the Commerce Department’s Office of Economic Opportunity and the City Controller’s Office—that are working to improve city government and institutional procurement efforts.

Visit http://sbnphiladelphia.org for more information on context, requested scope of services, and qualification requirements. Proposals should be submitted by 5:00 pm on Friday, March 17, 2017.

If you have any questions about the survey, please do not hesitate to contact Saleem Chapman at [email protected] or 215-922-7400 ext. 105.

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