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Food Business Consultant

Employment type
5 months ago
Los Angeles

Project Name or Description: SEE-LA Food Business Accelerator

Contract Services: Food Business Consultant

Contract Period: April - Sept 2020

Contract Value: up to $3,000

Company Name: Sustainable Economic Enterprises Los Angeles (SEE-LA)

Address: 1125 W Sixth Street #500, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Time and Place of Submission of Proposals

Please submit proposals by March 20, 2020, 5:00PM PST, via email to: [email protected] (Subject Line: Food Business Accelerator, Food Business Consultant).


Proposals due : March 20, 2020, 5:00PM, Pacific Time

Proposal review and rating : March 23 to March 27, 2020

Finalist notification and interviews : March 11 to March 20, 2020

Vendor Selection Notification : March 30 to April 3, 2020

Contract start and end date s: April 10 to September 30, 2020 (approximate)

1. Background/Introduction

Sustainable Economic Enterprises of Los Angeles (SEE-LA) is the largest mission-driven operator of farmers’ markets in Southern California and a leader in improving food access and nutrition education. Our programs include:

- Six farmers’ markets: Atwater Village, Central Avenue, Crenshaw, Echo Park, Hollywood,
and MLK Campus.

- Benefits and Incentives Program that ensures that our markets serve as a venue for WIC and CalFresh redemption, partners with organizations to advocate for food access, and manages incentives which provide fruit and vegetable vouchers to low income customers.
- Bring the Farmer to Your School program, in which local California farmers have provided
sessions about local agriculture to children at Title I schools for over 15 years.
- Pompea Smith Good Cooking/Buena Cocina Nutrition Education Program , which offers
hundreds of nutrition education and cooking demonstrations across South LA each year.
Supported by federal U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) Community
Development Block Grant (CBDG) and HUD Section 4 Capacity Building for Community
Development and Affordable Housing Program funds, the SEE-LA Food Business Accelerator will work with a cohort of food entrepreneurs selected from our network of farmers’ markets and community partners to provide comprehensive services that create and maintain quality food-sector jobs and support food business growth and sustainability.

2. Project Goals and Scope of Services

With collaboration from community partners, the Accelerator will provide direct services that include case management, linkage to financing opportunities, subsidized test kitchen space, educational webinars, networking events, and business and marketing advising to a cohort of 12 Los Angeles based food entrepreneurs currently working in our farmers’ markets. The participating food entrepreneurs will represent an array of food business types including prepared foods, catering, shelf stable and packaged foods, baking, and confections. Some may wish to scale into brick and mortar establishments, expand their current business model, or move into new food product categories.

We are seeking (4) individuals to serve as Food Business Consultants to work directly with 3 food entrepreneurs each for a minimum of 12 hours per client during the course of the contract. The Food Business Consultants will meet regularly with the food entrepreneurs to help with goal development, provide industry insight and best practices, troubleshoot business issues, and connect to resources and networks for the purpose of helping meet the overall program goal of supporting food business sustainability and expansion that leads to the creation of quality food-sector jobs.

Consultant performance will be evaluated based on adherence to timelines, meeting of milestones outlined in the proposal and contract, and results of evaluations conducted with clients (program participants). Consultants will be asked to submit a brief write up on outcomes of the services provided at the end of the contract period.

The program participants will also be working with a Marketing Consultant, and generalized
business advisors through SBDC (Small Business Development Center), as such, advising from Food Business Consultants will be complimentary to these services and focused on personalized and targeted advising and mentoring on opportunities and best practices in the food and beverage industry.

3. Elements of Proposal

The proposal shall contain sufficient detail to convey the consultant’s knowledge, skill, experience and ability to satisfy project requirements. The following must be provided:

● Consultant/Firm information:
-Contact information
-A summary of the individual or firm’s history, experience, and capabilities. Include
information such as: year business/consultancy was established, strategic intent of
company/consultancy, and SLB (Small Local Business), MBE (Minority Owned Enterprise),
WBE (Woman Owned Enterprise) certifications if applicable.
● Resume of individual/team that will be working on the project.
● List of recent clients or significant accomplishments.
● Approach and scope of work: Description of proposed methodology to meet contract
requirements (12 hours minimum of business coaching per each assigned client) and program goals. Include a cost estimate identifying rates to be charged for performing the tasks necessary to accomplish the objectives of the contract. Individuals who will be working under the contract should be identified by: 1) name, 2) rate or cost basis and 3) expected use during contract execution 4) suggested payment schedule. The project budget is up to, but not exceeding, $3,000.
● Contact information for 3 business/client references.
● Format:
-PDF preferred.
- No longer than 5 pages in length and in 12 point type

4. Evaluation Criteria

Selection criteria include :

● Compliance with this RFP
● Demonstrated understanding of the project
● Detailed narrative of services to be provided
● Track record of success and expertise in food and beverage industries.
● Demonstrated interest in working with communities/clients that are low-income, people of
color, and/or women identified.
● Qualifications of the individual/firm
● Competitive fees
● References

5. Budget

Up to $3,000 over 5.5 months

6. Challenges

● Funding for this program is released monthly and is invoice based, thus SEE-LA requires a
sufficient turn-around time to pay consultants (30 days).
● This is the first time SEE-LA has formalized this type of technical assistance work for food
entrepreneurs. There may be program start-up challenges during the first months of program launch.
● Some food entrepreneurs will have minimal to no business plans in place. The
consultant/firm selected must be able to work with entrepreneurs in a variety of stages of

7. Proposal and Contract Administration

Per our internal guidelines and those of our funding source:

● Email submission of proposal is required.
● Proposals must be submitted in English with quotes/pricing noted in dollar units.
● All costs incurred in the preparation of a proposal will be the responsibility of the proposer
and will not be reimbursed by SEE-LA.
● Individual/firm selected will function as independent consultants and not as agents of
● Proposals are due by 5:00pm, Pacific Time, on March 20, 2020 . Proposals received after
that time will not be considered.
● SEE-LA will provide email notification of contract award or rejection for all proposals by
5:00 pm, Pacific Time, April 3, 2020.
● By virtue of submitting a proposal, the consultant agrees to adhere to all terms and
conditions outlined in this RFP.
● Proposals shall be made as firm offers, for the set period of time noted in the RFP.
● SEE-LA reserves the right to further negotiate the terms and conditions of contracts awarded.
● Elements of the RFP and successful proposal or any part thereof may be incorporated into
and made part of the contract with the selected vendor.
● Any and all grievances regarding the RFP process may be addressed to Valeria Velazquez
Duenas, Senior Program Manager at: [email protected]
● Applicants must be able to certify that they are not presently debarred, suspended, proposed for debarment, declared ineligible, or voluntarily excluded from participating in Federally funded assistance programs.
● As a condition of contract award, the selected proposer shall be required to comply with the provisions of the City of Los Angeles’ Affirmative Action program, including the submission of one of the following affirmative action plans: a) a trade association affirmative action plan,
b) the proposer's own affirmative action plan, or c) an executed copy of the Los Angeles City
Affirmative Action Plan.
● In compliance with the policy of the City of Los Angeles, SEE-LA is committed to
provide minority business enterprises (MBEs), women business enterprises (WBEs)
and all other business enterprises an equal opportunity to participate in the
performance of all Subrecipient contracts. We ask that our vendors assist SEE-LA in
implementing this policy by taking all reasonable steps to ensure that all available
business enterprises, including MBEs and WBEs, have an equal opportunity to
compete for and participate in any applicable subcontracts. Equal opportunity will be
determined by the proposer’s good faith efforts to comply with our outreach program.
Participation by MBEs, WBEs, and all other businesses may be in the form of joint
ventures or subcontracting.
● Where applicable proposers with stated child-care policies shall receive preference in
contracting with SEE-LA.

This Request for Proposal and questionnaire does not commit SEE-LA to award a contract. SEE-LA reserves the right to withdraw or amend this Request for Proposal at any time or reject any RFP for noncompliance with RFP provisions. If, in the opinion of SEE-LA, revisions or amendments will require substantive changes in proposals, the due date may be extended.

To apply

Please submit proposals by March 20, 2020, 5:00PM PST, via email to: [email protected] (Subject Line: Food Business Accelerator, Food Business Consultant).