Oct 30, 2008

RFP Database Hits New Membership Milestone

RFP Database doubles in membership size in 10 months and hits 25,000 subscribers; becomes one of the largest private sector portals for Requests for Proposals.


Northampton, MA - October 30, 2008 - Confluent Forms LLC is proud to announce that their strategic business sourcing website, the RFP Database, has hit a milestone of 25,000 registered users and has doubled its membership in 10 months.

Requests for Proposals (RFP) are a valuable tool for companies, non-profit organizations, and government agencies to solicit competitive bids as well as a integral sales channel for companies seeking to sell their products and services. Most RFPs are scattered across the internet on the websites of the issuing organizations, making it difficult for service and product companies to effectively find them in time to submit a bid; because of their scattered locations, many RFPs only receive a scant number of bids, defeating the purpose of the competitive bidding process.

Since its launch in 2006, RFPdb.com has become a premier online location for matching businesses with agencies that are searching for vendors. “The site was conceived to create a marketplace where projects could easily be found, shared, and posted,” said David Kutcher, creator of RFPdb and President of Confluent Forms LLC. "Confluent Forms built the site to harness the power of the collective by working with other sales people to locate and share opportunities through the internet."

According to Daniel Nyquist, Business Developer at Artemis Solutions Group and a member of the site, the RFP Database "has generated a number of additional prospects and leads into our pipeline. The deals closed after bidding on the sources provided by RFPdb.com have amounted to around $160,000 in revenue. As our small business drives forward, we will continue to utilize the RFPdb community to hunt down attractive government-based projects."

"I have been using the RFP Database to identify RFP's in my field and have had continued success in not only making the finals, but winning bids I have found through his service" says Graham Stinchcomb, Partner and Chief Marketing Officer at White + Partners, "I consider RFPdb an instrumental tool and valuable resourse in my new business prospecting."

As the economic climate grows more fierce, savvy salespeople are looking for cost-effective ways to learn about projects that are out for bid; at the same time, municipal governments, businesses and non-profits are trying to hire the best companies to fill their needs. Using the site for free, organizations of all sizes and specialties can broadcast their RFPs to a huge audience of interested service and product companies. The RFP Database brings the two together as a destination for finding and distributing RFPs.

The RFP Database can be found at http://www.RFPdb.com


About Confluent Forms LLC:

Confluent Forms LLC
is a boutique branding, graphic design, web design and custom software development firm based in Northampton, MA. Incorporated in January of 2002, Confluent Forms has provided technology consulting, branding, graphic design, web design, PHP and MySQL development, Web 2.0 software development, application development and hosting services to customers from the Fortune 100 to local non-profit organizations, startup businesses and academic institutions.


For More Information:

David Kutcher
President
Confluent Forms LLC
+1-413-303-9612
info@confluentforms.com
http://www.confluentforms.com
Oct 29, 2008

The Power of the Virtual CTO

You're the Executive Director of a non-profit organization, or maybe the Business Manager of a small company, and you want to initiate a technology project. Maybe you want to launch a redesign of your website with a content management system, or maybe you want to have a custom piece of software developed with the hopes of making your business more effective. The only problem is you're not the most technologically inclined and feel that when you talk to software vendors or web design vendors that they're speaking a different language. You have a feeling that you're not going to get what you think you're paying for.

You're not alone, and you're not wrong for thinking that way. Over 50% of technology projects fail.
Oct 27, 2008

You need to publicize your Requests for Proposals!

If a tree falls in the forest and nobody is there to hear it, did it make a sound?

Organizations, whether they are non-profits, corporations or municipal governments, spend a lot of time defining a project's requirements, crafting a detailed 100 page Request for Proposals (RFP), and then announce the project on their website, or possibly advertise in a local newspaper, and set a 3 week deadline for submissions. They then sit back and wait for the proposals to come rolling in. If they're lucky they get a small handful of proposals.
Oct 13, 2008

Not all Requests for Proposals are worth a proposal

In an earlier article we wrote about how you could increase your RFP win percentage by being selective about the Requests for Proposals that you choose to respond to. Writing a good proposal can take an inordinate amount of time, and when time = money, proposals can be expensive propositions.

So how do you know when is the right time to sit down and start writing a proposal response to a RFP?