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Request for Qualification

The Southland Development Authority (SDA) serves the south suburbs of Cook County. We are conducting a Request for Qualification for consultants to perform periodic, project-based, 1:1 technical assistance for small and medium-sized businesses. 


The SDA is a not-for-profit business started in November 2019. Its mission is to grow the economy of south suburban Cook County. It offers a wide range of development resources and services to drive catalytic growth. One of these resources is its Business Growth Services Program which provides technical assistance to small and medium-sized businesses. 

Business Growth Services (BGS) works with a dynamic network of consultants to provide an ecosystem of services tailored to our business client’s needs. This network of deeply experienced industry experts periodically works with business owners, one-on-one, on a project-by-project basis, to help them grow. 

The Opportunity

BGS would like to grow its network of consultants in the following areas: 

– Consumer Marketing
– Finance (i.e., accounting, financial consulting, CPA, etc.)
– Operations
– Supply Chain
– Digital Marketing (e.g., SM, SEO, Website development)
– Business Certification Expert (WBE, MBE, etc.)
– Salesforce
– Trucking
– Restaurant Management
– Architecture
– Construction Estimating / Bidding


– Minimum of five years of experience in subject matter area
– Demonstrated progression in experiences and responsibilities
– Minimum five years of consulting experience
– Minimally, a Bachelor’s degree in an area of expertise, an advanced degree is a plus
– Experience providing technical assistance is a plus
– Experience working with small businesses is a plus
– Prior experience working with BGS is a plus
– Bilingual (Spanish/English) is a plus

Criteria For Review

– Consultant/Consultancy qualification and experience (50%)
– Depth and breadth of capabilities (i.e., number of subject matter areas covered) (10%)
– Workload capacity (10%)
– Bi-lingual (10%)
– Minority-owned enterprise (10%)
– Previous, successful experience working in SDA’s Business Growth Services Program as a consultant (5%)
– Local presence (5%)

Submittal Requirements

Please submit a digital copy of your qualifications and your team’s by 5 PM, Friday, May 13, 2022. In addition, you may submit questions related to this RFQ by email to Marcia Delaney, Vice President, Client Services (marcia.delaney@southlanddevelopment.org). We must receive your questions by 10 AM CST on Wednesday, May 11, 2022.

All Submittals Must Include

  1. Resume 
  2. Bio or Company profile, including the name, address, email, and telephone number of your company’s primary contact for this RFQ. Also, please include a profile of each individual who will participate in consulting work 
  3. Statement of capabilities 
  4. Work samples for each area of competency with no fewer than a total of three examples of work) 

Thank you for considering this opportunity. 

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