Bid advance response PROGRAM

A mentoring program in collaboration with RFPrepared.


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 RFPrepared, 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

MEet the Program Instructor

Kirsten Sandlin
Founder & CEO, RFPrepared

Kirsten Sandlin has experienced first hand the struggles small companies face when looking to respond to an RFP. After many years in marketing and public relations for large corporations, she joined two small firms and ended up wearing many different sales and marketing hats.

As a result, she could clearly see the difference between those companies that were more organized, and those that had a hard time pulling it all together. She created RFPrepared to give small companies that are already stretched thin a chance to let the rest of the world know what they can do.


  • 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: September 12 from 9 am-1 pm at the MBO in downtown Denver
    • Initial face-to-face meeting with Kirsten Sandlin: One-hour, TBD with Sandlin during Orientation
    • SAM/DUN/CAGE/VSS/Suss Orientation: 3 hours, date TBD
    • Seminar with procurement representatives from local, state and/or federal agencies: 3 hours, date TBD
  • 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)


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