Bid advance response PROGRAM

Next program will start in September 2020.


The Bid Advance Response Program is a 6-month mentoring program administered by the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT). The program is funded by the MBO and is conducted in collaboration with UNCHARTED, a Colorado-based, women-owned company.

The program consists of group-based training and one-on-one guidance to prepare small businesses wanting to enter or expand their market into government contracting opportunities. It is designed to work in conjunction with MBO’s consulting and training programs and will help businesses navigate through the government procurement and contracting process, including relevant registrations, proposal preparation strategies and tools, personnel management and other resources. 

The ultimate goal of the program is to help small, minority-owned businesses successfully win government bids.

This mentoring program is valued at $750, and is provided FREE to all accepted businesses!


  • Initial consultation in a small group setting to set goals and determine individual needs of participating businesses
  • Training and guidance in document preparation for RFP responses
  • One-on-one meetings with program instructor to support in the development of documentation relevant to government RFP requirements, including Company Overview, Company Resume/Project Experience, Company References and Resumes for Key Personnel)
  • Access to the FAR Clause Cheat Sheet (provided by RFPrepared) which defines, in plain language, 100 of the most common FAR Clauses used in federal RFPs
  • A full version of the Response Matrix desktop software to facilitate document management and submission
  • Monthly virtual communication with program instructor for ongoing support
  • The option to request additional face-to-face consulting sessions with program instructor to receive additional support as needed


  • Business has been operating for at least 24 months
  • Business employs less than 100 employees globally
  • Business is headquartered in Colorado or at least 50% of its employees are based in Colorado
  • Business is registered and in good standing with the Colorado Secretary of State
  • Business ownership is 51% minority-, veteran- or women-owned, and that owner has primary responsibility for managing day-to-day operations
  • Business Owner and Point-Person assigned to Bid Advance Program, if different than Owner, must be able to attend the following sessions in-person:
    • Initial Orientation
    • Initial meeting with Meridith Marshall during Orientation
    • SAM/DUN/CAGE/VSS/Suss Orientation: 3 hours
    • Seminar with procurement representatives from local, state and/or federal agencies: 3 hours
  • Point Person must be able to commit to the following:
    • 3-4 in-person or virtual meetings throughout the six-month program
    • Use of Slack platform to communicate with other program participants, lead consultant and MBO staff (no monetary costs involved)
  • Business cannot be a past participant of the Bid Advance program

Meet the Program Instructor

Meridith Marshall

Meridith Marshall is the CEO of UNCHARTED, where she utilizes data and one-on-coaching to create the best places to work. Her unique ability to lead as both a practitioner and an industry-recognized expert has provided her with opportunities to drive significant impact quickly and to help others do the same. Meridith has considerable experience partnering with businesses in a variety of settings designing and implementing the State of Colorado’s economic development strategy “Blueprint 2.0” and setting a record of the deployment of federal disaster relief aid following Hurricane Sandy. She is an established leader and recipient of the 2017 International Economic Development Council’s 40 Under 40 award, as well as, a 2020 German Marshall Fellowship recipient. Meridith has an MBA, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Economics and a Minor in Neuroscience from Drake University.


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