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The Center For Women & Enterprise job openings are listed below. If nothing is listed we still encourage you to send us your resume. We are always interested, in hearing from motivated, talented people. Email us your questions or resume at info@cweonline.org.

Director - Women's Business Center -Central MA

Location:  Westborough, Massachusetts – serving central Massachusetts 

The Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) is an economic empowerment nonprofit founded in Boston in 1995 to lift up the women who lift up the world. CWE is home to the largest cluster of Women’s Business Centers in the country, covering Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The Women’s Business Centers (WBCs) are funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration.  At CWE, we believe that when women thrive economically, families and communities also thrive, creating a more equitable and inclusive economy. To that end, CWE offers business services - training, individual business counseling, and community connections - that help women start and grow their businesses. 

In addition to the Women’s Business Centers, CWE operates the Veterans Business Outreach Center of New England (VBOC of NE) and is a Regional Partner Organization of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). 

Over 50% of CWE’s service footprint is focused on low-income communities in urban and rural areas whose access to such services have historically been extremely limited. While our focus is on serving the needs of those who identify as women, we serve all genders. CWE is also home to the Veterans Business Outreach Center of New England and is a regional certifier for the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. 

In 2020 alone, we trained and counseled 4,902 people across all of our centers.  We helped entrepreneurs create and/or nurture over 2,060 jobs, and helped entrepreneurs generate over $59 million in wages. 

WHAT YOU’LL DO: 

In our next chapter, CWE is committed to being New England’s most trusted and impactful resource for women entrepreneurs.  As Director, you will oversee one of CWE’s Women’s Business Centers (WBCs).  In CWE's next chapter, you will help our team improve, standardize and streamline operations across our sites in alignment with CWE’s mission, vision and three-year strategic plan. Reporting to CWE’s VP of Program Operations, you will keep the WBC in excellent standing with key partners such as the Small Business Administration, through strong communication and programmatic impact. 

You’ll be tuned in to the needs of your region’s small business owners to create relevant programs and counseling experiences that will empower business owners to affect substantial economic impact in their communities, as measured by successful business start-ups, job creation and retention, and increased company revenues. 

Working in close partnership with CWE’s VP of Strategic Partnerships, you’ll communicate the great work of your center with funders, and provide thought leadership in the field of economic development and entrepreneurship education. You will expand and deepen programming partnerships with community and economic development organizations across your region, eg the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation and Rhode Island Foundation.  In collaboration  with your colleagues across New England, you will have a consistent focus on creating programs and relationships that allow the center to be more accessible, equitable, and supportive.   

As Director, you’ll have the support and daily involvement of two team members--a full time Program Coordinator and a full time temporary Project Manager for COVID Business Recovery, funded by the Small Business Association with committed funds through at  least spring 2021.  .  Our service model relies heavily on volunteers and contracted consultants, who offer workshops on specialized topics and/or work with clients one-on-one on topics such as business planning.  These talented individuals add to the bandwidth of the CWE staff.  Core consultants help to identify needs among our clients, and develop content to help meet those needs. 

RESPONSIBILITIES: 

Ensure operational excellence 

  • Establish, implement and maintain operational protocol within your center to maximize efficiency and effectiveness. 
  • Manage your center’s budget to ensure that expenses are in line with local and organizational strategy. 
  • Understand and ensure compliance with governing documents such as CWE Standard Operating Procedures, and the federal Notice of Award and Project Guide. 
  • Ensure that grant deliverables are met or exceeded, and that all information needed for reporting is submitted in a timely manner. 

Volunteer engagement and management 

  • Recruit, manage, and cultivate an Advisory Board of community volunteers for your center.  This is a group of volunteers who meet quarterly to support the Director in developing and executing on the vision for the center.  Advisory Board members are often entrepreneurs or people who support entrepreneurs, such as bankers and local economic development officials.  They can help make connections in the community, identify areas that could be strengthened, and often volunteer to support our clients.  
  • Build out and manage a team of Core Consultants and volunteers who deliver counseling and training to our clients. Ensure all volunteers receive consistent onboarding, which includes familiarization with a feminist approach to business development. 

Be a leader in the entrepreneurial ecosystem for your region's WBC 

  • In conjunction with our team, create and teach innovative programs in entrepreneurship and small business ownership. 
  • Work directly with clients through individual business counseling and instruction, including helping them to package their financials to approach an investor or lender. 
  • Ensure each client has a high quality and relevant experience each time they work with CWE. 
  • Speak on state, regional, and national webinars/panels on the needs of women entrepreneurs and best practices in serving entrepreneurs. 
  • Collaborate deeply with the other CWE center directors, sharing best practices, troubleshooting, and pooling resources. 
  • Collaborate closely with the VP of Strategic Partnerships and the Director of Grants & Data to identify local funding prospects and build relationships with community leaders, influencers and funders. 
  • Via participation in the Association of Women’s Business Centers (AWBC), collaborate with your WBC colleagues from across the country to share best practices and problem-solve. 
  • Proactively engage and collaborate with people and organizations throughout the entrepreneurial ecosystem of Massachusetts. 

WHO WE ARE LOOKING FOR  

There are innumerable ways to learn, grow, and excel professionally. We know people gain skills through a variety of professional, personal, educational, and volunteer experiences. We respect this when we review applications and take a broad look at the experience of each applicant. This said, we are most likely to be interested in your candidacy if you can demonstrate the majority of the qualifications and experiences listed below. 

  • Previous experience as a key member and/or leader of of a small business 
  • Extensive personal and/or professional networks through your region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem 
  • Skilled manager and teambuilder  
  • Confident public speaker and communicator 
  • Excellent organizational, communication, writing, and decision-making skills           
  • Innovative self-starter with ability to develop and drive new initiatives 
  • Experienced in and commitment to serving the needs of CWE’s diverse client base 
  • Diplomatic, professional and patient 
  • Ability to write reports and business correspondence 
  • Ability to effectively present information in a variety of ways, including online (i.e. via webinar) 
  • Appreciation for the need for high quality data and comfortable with utilizing technology to manage client relationships 
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English is strongly preferred.  Knowledge of Portuguese and/or Haitian Creole is a plus. 

We strive to meet our clients where they are, which involves some evening and weekend hours.  We prioritize self-care and encourage staff to work with their manager to set a schedule that works for the organization, for our clients and for the employees, within a 40-hour work week. 

 Each WBC serves a particular geographic region.  Between you and your team, you will ensure that the region is served, which will include some travel within the region, when the health situation permits.  Virtual engagements can take the place of in-person events where appropriate. 

For the purpose of our work, the Central Massachusetts region primarily encompasses the area from Orange/Athol to the 495 belt.  The and time on the job, when in person work resumes, is based in areas such as Westborough, Hopkinton, Worcester, and Leominster.  It is required that the candidate reside in Massachusetts.

 Compensation and Benefits: 

The salary range for this position is $70,000 to $80,000, plus benefits.  Benefits include mileage reimbursement, bereavement leave, health, and dental insurance (CWE contributes a percentage to health and dental cost), family leave, life insurance (CWE pays 100% of the cost), paid holidays, jury duty leave, and vacation benefits.  At CWE, we are proud to offer employees the ability to work with their managers to create  a flexible schedule that suits clients, staff, and our organization.  Additionally, we have implemented a flex time policy of 4 hours/week to provide employees with the additional support needed during this complicated time.   This position is classified as full-time, and exempt. 

COVID-19 Policies:   

We are currently allowing employees to work remotely, in response to the pandemic.  Our office space is available to employees if they choose to use it, provided they follow all CDC-recommended safety procedures.  We offer each employee a laptop to facilitate working from home.  We will resume in-person operations when it is safe to do so and will communicate with our employees as we learn more about the timeline for resumption of in-person work.  Our decisions will be informed based on the latest guidance from health officials, and from the Small Business Administration. 

HOW TO APPLY 

To apply to this position, please submit your resume and cover letter to Michelle Miller, miller@cweonline.org.   

TIMELINE AND HIRING PROCESS 

We will review and respond to all applications received.  While subject to change, candidates elected to advance throughout the process can expect to interview with Michelle Miller, an interview with members of the Search Committee, and for finalists, an interview day with staff and other stakeholders, including a robust and holistic reference check process.  Expected start date is fall 2021. 

The Center for Women & Enterprise celebrates diversity and equal opportunity.  We are committed to intentional actions and relationships that sustainably advance the IDEAS framework:  Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access and Social Justice.  These principles inform our hiring practices and our company culture.  More information is available on our website. 

Program Manager - Women's Business Center - Rhode Island

Location:  Providence, Rhode Island – serving the state of Rhode Island

The Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) is an economic empowerment nonprofit founded in Boston in 1995 to lift up the women who lift up the world. CWE is home to the largest cluster of Women’s Business Centers in the country, covering Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The Women’s Business Centers (WBCs) are funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration. At CWE, we believe that when women thrive economically, families and communities also thrive, creating a more equitable and inclusive economy. To that end, CWE offers business services - training, individual business counseling, and community connections - that help women start and grow their businesses.

In addition to the Women’s Business Centers, CWE operates the Veterans Business Outreach Center of New England (VBOC of NE) and is a Regional Partner Organization of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).

Over 50% of CWE’s service footprint is focused on low-income communities in urban and rural areas whose access to such services have historically been extremely limited. While our focus is on serving the needs of those who identify as women, we serve all genders. CWE is also home to the Veterans Business Outreach Center of New England and is a regional certifier for the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council.

In 2020 alone, we trained and counseled 4,902 people across all our centers. We helped entrepreneurs create and/or nurture over 2,060 jobs, and helped entrepreneurs generate over $59 million in wages.

WHAT YOU’LL DO:

In our next chapter, CWE is committed to being New England’s most trusted and impactful resource for women entrepreneurs.  As the Program Manager, you will be the first and most frequent point of contact for our clients, conducting intake and referring them to the CWE programs and resources that fit their needs. You will support clients with basic business questions and will manage all programs associated with the City of Providence.  This position supports all operations of the Rhode Island WBC and is critical to its success.

As the manager, you will be focused on client relationships and ensuring a meaningful experience for the women we serve, throughout their journey. You will work with the Director in the areas of client management and administration, successful program development and delivery, and data entry. You will manage the administrative office functions and ensures that programs and services are provided with excellence and consistency.

You will lead CWE Rhode Island’s outreach via such tools as social media and e-newsletters to engage new and existing clients. No day is the same, but they are all important to making sure aspiring and established entrepreneurs in Rhode Island have what they need to make informed decisions about their own definition of success.

Our Rhode Island WBC is fortunate to enjoy a contract relationship with the City of Providence.  We offer programming throughout the year in partnership with the City, and the Program Manager ensures all programs are operated consistently and with high quality.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Client Service
 

  • Listen to the needs of clients; triage and recommend appropriate supports
  • Help to schedule client consultations with staff and consultants
  • Provide program support – acting as the point person for the administration of classes
  • Maintain client relationships by following up with clients about their needs and progress, and informing them of upcoming programs
  • Work with your team to plan programs
  • Provide basic client supports – hosting introductory-level consultations and leading introductory workshops such as “Steps to Start a Business”, “Is Entrepreneurship Right for You”, “Business Planning Basics” and other sessions as necessary

Project Management

  • Manages relationship with City of PVD in partnership with Director 
  • In partnership with the Director keeps VPs of Finance, Program Operations and Strategic Partnerships up to date on PVD relationship 
  • Tracks deliverables toward PVD grant, plans classes and arranges instructors 

Outreach & Marketing

  • Manage our outreach, through promotions and social media

Data Management & Reporting

  • Gather data on how clients are progressing and how we can continue to serve them. You will use this information to create testimonials to meaningfully report our work to our funders and the community.
  • Manage Neoserra and EDMIS (Entrepreneurial Development Management Information System), our client data tools, to track and analyze activities and outcomes of programs
  • Ensures quality reporting of client activity, including working with consultants to ensure documentation is submitted properly and in a timely manner

Work with Women’s Business Center (WBC) Team & Partner Organizations

  • Regularly communicate with your WBC team and the broader program team within CWE regarding your findings from client conversations and programmatic strategy
  • Support the center’s relationship with U.S. Small Business Administration and assist with necessary reporting
  • Related duties as assigned

WHO WE ARE LOOKING FOR:

There are innumerable ways to learn, grow, and excel professionally. We know people gain skills through a variety of professional, personal, educational, and volunteer experiences. We respect this when we review applications and take a broad look at the experience of each applicant. This said, we are most likely to be interested in your candidacy if you can demonstrate most of the qualifications and experiences listed below.

Education

  • Undergraduate degree, or at least two years of professional experience in a program support role

Experience

  • Previous experience working with a small business
  • Experience working with Customer Relationship Management tools (CRMs)
  • Experienced in and committed to serving the needs of CWE’s diverse and multicultural client base

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Commitment to excellent customer service, ideally experience working in an office environment
  • Ability to balance multiple priorities and deliver on expectations
  • Familiarity with social media marketing and Constant Contact
  • Proficiency with software such as the Microsoft Office Suite and Zoom
  • Passionate about maintaining and using data to tell effective stories and track impact
  • Able to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions, and problem solve on the go, especially in situations where only limited standardization exists
  • Excellent organizational, communication, writing, and decision-making skills 
  • Independent self-starter with the ability to develop and drive new initiatives       
  • Diplomatic, professional, and patient
  • Excellent communicator across media: verbal (phone/video), email, mass communications, social media.  Able to maintain a consistent, professional, engaging voice across platforms.
  • Committed to the success of all women and passionate about entrepreneurship
  • Commitment to success and high-quality service delivery
  • Independent and reliable

We strive to meet our clients where they are, which involves some evening and weekend hours. We prioritize self-care and encourage staff to work with their manager to set a schedule that works for the organization, for our clients and for the employees, within a 40-hour work week.

Each WBC serves a particular geographic region. Between you and your team, you will ensure that the region is served, which will include some travel within the region, when the health situation permits. Virtual engagements can take the place of in-person events where appropriate.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:

The salary range for this position is $50,000 to $65,000, plus benefits. Benefits include mileage reimbursement, bereavement leave, health and dental insurance (CWE contributes a percentage to health and dental cost), family leave, life insurance (CWE pays 100% of the cost), paid holidays, jury duty leave, and vacation benefits. At CWE, we are proud to offer employees the ability to work with their managers to create a flexible schedule that suits clients, staff, and our organization. Additionally, we have implemented a flex time policy of 4 hours/week to provide employees with the additional support needed during this complicated time. This position is classified as full-time, and exempt.

COVID-19 POLICIES: 

We are currently allowing employees to work remotely, in response to the pandemic. Our office space is available to employees if they choose to use it, provided they follow all CDC-recommended safety procedures. We offer each employee a laptop to facilitate working from home. We will resume in-person operations when it is safe to do so and will communicate with our employees as we learn more about the timeline for resumption of in-person work. Our decisions will be informed based on the latest guidance from health officials, and from the Small Business Administration.

HOW TO APPLY:

To apply to this position, please submit your resume and cover letter to Doris De Los Santos, ddelossantos@cweonline.org. Please include the position title in the subject line.

TIMELINE AND HIRING PROCESS:

We will review and respond to all applications received. While subject to change, candidates elected to advance throughout the process can expect to interview with the Director of CWE Rhode Island, and for finalists, an interview with the Rhode Island team and VP of Program Operations. Expected start date is fall 2021.

The Center for Women & Enterprise celebrates diversity and equal opportunity. We are committed to intentional actions and relationships that sustainably advance the IDEAS framework:  Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access, and Social Justice. These principles inform our hiring practices and our company culture. More information is available on our website.

Project Manager - COVID Recovery - Rhode Island

Location:  Providence, Rhode Island, serving the state of Rhode Island

Temporary contracted position, funded through April 2022

The Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) is an economic development nonprofit founded in Boston in 1995 to lift up women who lift up the world. CWE is home to the largest cluster of the partially-SBA-funded Women's Business Centers in the country, covering Eastern Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Central Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Vermont. We believe that when women thrive economically, our families and communities thrive, and that a more equitable, inclusive economy is more effective and enjoyable. To do that, CWE offers business services - training, individual business counseling, and community connections - that help women start and grow their businesses. CWE operates the Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) of New England and is a regional certifier for the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).  

About Our Work Together:
The Project Manager – COVID Recovery is responsible for the development and implementation of the COVID Recovery Project for the CWE Rhode Island Women’s Business Center.  The incumbent drives programming for entrepreneurs seeking to recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their businesses.  Programming will include individual consultations and workshops on topics such as disaster recovery and strategic innovation.  The person who fills this role will recruit and manage instructors and consultants, recommend and implement new programs, and make improvements to existing programs and services. 

The ideal candidate has business ownership experience with a demonstrated knowledge of small business development and disaster recovery for small business.  Core skills include innovation, organization, and relationship management.  The right person for this position is a motivated self-starter who shares CWE’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage the WBC Supplemental Funding Opportunity for CWE RI Women’s Business Center, under the direction of the WBC Director
  • Assess the needs of small business owners impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic; recommend and assist with the development of programming to meet those needs
  • Recruit, onboard and manage program consultants, instructors and volunteers – in partnership with the Rhode Island WBC Director
  • Work closely with the CWE RI Women’s Business Center Director to track and analyze activities and outcomes of programs – using our CRM, Neoserra
  • Develop and deliver and/or coordinate the development and delivery of education and training programs specific to economic disaster recovery for small business
  • Build alliances with CWE RI Women’s Business Center staff and external community partners to offer programs collaboratively.
  • Implement marketing and outreach to reach new clients in conjunction with the CWE Program Manager
  • Attend and speak at community meetings and events, occasionally
  • Related duties as assigned

 

WHO WE ARE LOOKING FOR:

There are innumerable ways to learn, grow, and excel professionally. We know people gain skills through a variety of professional, personal, educational, and volunteer experiences. We respect this when we review applications and take a broad look at the experience of each applicant. This said, we are most likely to be interested in your candidacy if you can demonstrate most of the qualifications and experiences listed below.

  • You have owned a small business and/or have worked in an advisory capacity for a small business and/or worked as a key member of a small business 
  • You are well versed in the needs of emerging entrepreneurs and growth-stage businesses, especially regarding sustainability in uncertain times
  • Undergraduate degree in economics, business administration or liberal arts; MBA preferred (significant work/life experience may be considered in lieu of degrees)
  • Minimum of 5-7 years of professional experience in one or more of the following fields:  small business management, economic development, micro-enterprise, education, program development, entrepreneurship
  • You are an innovative self-starter with ability to develop and drive new initiatives
  • You really know how to listen. You can read between the lines and help people get clearer about their needs even if they don’t come to you with clarity
  • You’re an excellent communicator across media: verbal (phone/video), email, mass communications, social media. You can maintain a consistent, professional, engaging voice across platforms
  • You can respond quickly and keep track of lots of moving parts, both internally and externally
  • You are able to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions, and problem solve on the go, especially in situations where only limited standardization exists.
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English is strongly preferred


We strive to meet our clients where they are, which involves some evening and weekend hours. We prioritize self-care and encourage staff to work with their manager to set a schedule that works for the organization, for our clients and for the employees, within a 40-hour work week.

Each WBC serves a particular geographic region. Between you and your team, you will ensure that the region is served, which will include some travel within the region, when the health situation permits. Virtual engagements can take the place of in-person events where appropriate.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:

The salary range for this position is $60,000 to $70,000, plus benefits. Benefits include mileage reimbursement, bereavement leave, health and dental insurance (CWE contributes a percentage to health and dental cost), family leave, life insurance (CWE pays 100% of the cost), paid holidays, jury duty leave, and vacation benefits. At CWE, we are proud to offer employees the ability to work with their managers to create a flexible schedule that suits clients, staff, and our organization. Additionally, we have implemented a flex time policy of 4 hours/week to provide employees with the additional support needed during this complicated time. This position is classified as temporary, full-time, and exempt.

COVID-19 POLICIES: 

We are currently allowing employees to work remotely, in response to the pandemic. Our office space is available to employees if they choose to use it, provided they follow all CDC-recommended safety procedures. We offer each employee a laptop to facilitate working from home. We will resume in-person operations when it is safe to do so and will communicate with our employees as we learn more about the timeline for resumption of in-person work. Our decisions will be informed based on the latest guidance from health officials, and from the Small Business Administration.

HOW TO APPLY:

To apply to this position, please submit your resume and cover letter to Doris De Los Santos, ddelossantos@cweonline.org. Please, the subject line should include the position tittle.

TIMELINE AND HIRING PROCESS:

We will review and respond to all applications received. While subject to change, candidates elected to advance throughout the process can expect to interview with the Director of CWE Rhode Island, and for finalists, an interview with the Rhode Island team and VP of Program Operations. Expected start date is fall 2021.

The Center for Women & Enterprise celebrates diversity and equal opportunity. We are committed to intentional actions and relationships that sustainably advance the IDEAS framework:  Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access, and Social Justice. These principles inform our hiring practices and our company culture. More information is available on our website.

Request for Proposals: Mighty Networks Build-out

Request for proposals: MIGHTY NETWORKS BUILDOUT

Proposals Due: October 25 at 5pm EST

Submission: Questions and Proposals sent to: Michelle Miller, mmiller@cweonline.org

Budget: $40,000-$60,000

The Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) is requesting proposals for Mighty Networks buildout.  Vendors interested in being retained to provide the services (a “Vendor”) are invited to submit written proposals to CWE.  Proposals should be submitted via email to mmiller@cweonline.org by 5PM EST on October 25, 2021. Any proposals received after this date and time will not be considered. 

The Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) is an economic empowerment nonprofit founded in Boston in 1995 to lift up the women who lift up the world. CWE is home to the largest cluster of Women’s Business Centers in the country, covering Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The Women’s Business Centers are funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration.  At CWE, we believe that when women thrive economically, families and communities also thrive, creating a more equitable and inclusive economy. To that end, CWE offers business services - training, individual business counseling, and community connections - that help women start and grow their businesses.

Over 50% of CWE’s service footprint is focused on low-income communities in urban and rural areas whose access to such services have historically been extremely limited. While our focus is on serving the needs of those who identify as women, we serve all genders. CWE is also home to the Veterans Business Outreach Center of New England and is a regional certifier for the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council.

In 2020 alone, we trained and counseled 4,902 people across all of our centers.  We helped entrepreneurs create and/or nurture over 2,060 jobs, and helped entrepreneurs generate over $59 million in wages.

A.  DESCRIPTION OF WORK

Services will be provided online, primarily via Zoom.  The Vendor shall minimally provide the services as described in Appendix A attached hereto plus any such services as may be reasonably inferable and necessary in the performance of the services.

B.   SELECTION PROCESS; SERVICES AND QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED

Responding firms will be evaluated and ranked in order of their qualifications.  CWE may hold discussions with firms to further explore their proposals and the scope and nature of the services they would provide.  In making its selection, CWE may consider any other information, including information not requested in this Request for Proposals (“RFP”) or not included in the proposals received.  CWE is not required to rank first the firm that submits the lowest cost proposal for providing the services.  In the event CWE is unable to negotiate a satisfactory contract with the first ranked firm, CWE may terminate negotiations with that firm and enter into negotiations with the firm submitting the proposal ranked next best.

Evaluation of the proposals will be based upon several factors including, but not limited to: competence to perform the required services as indicated by the training, education and experience of the firm’s personnel, especially the training, education and experience of the employees who would be assigned to perform the services; ability in terms of workload and availability of qualified personnel, equipment and facilities to perform the required services competently and expeditiously; past performance as reflected by the evaluations of previous clients with respect to factors such as control of costs, quality of work and meeting of deadlines; and other similar factors.

This RFP is not and shall not be construed as an offer of a contract by CWE.  Any contractual arrangement will be evidenced solely by a contract authorized by CWE.

CWE accepts no responsibility for expenses incurred by responding firms in the preparation or submittal of a proposal and reserves the rights not to enter into any contract with any respondent, to waive any irregularities, informalities, or inconsistencies in the proposals, to enter into contracts with more than one respondent and to reject any and all proposals received.

In the interest of a fair and competitive procurement process, all questions must be submitted in writing and will be addressed with the entire list of interested vendors who have made questions and inquiries. Questions regarding this RFP are to be e-mailed to Michelle Miller, mmiller@cweonline.org.  All questions must be submitted on or before October 25 at 5:00 PM EST.  Answers to questions made in any other manner will not be binding upon CWE, and respondents shall not rely upon them.

Inquiries regarding this RFP should only be addressed to the individual identified herein and under no circumstances shall any interested party or their designees contact any other employee or official of CWE during the RFP process in an attempt to lobby or influence the selection process pursuant to this RFP.

Prior to the closing time and date designated for the receipt of proposals, proposals submitted early may be modified or withdrawn only by notice to Michelle Miller, VP Program Operations, mmiller@cweonline.org, prior to the closing time designated for receipt of proposals.  Such notice shall be in writing over the signature of the responding firm and be received by Michelle Miller prior to the official closing time and date of the receipt of proposals.  Any modification shall be so worded as not to reveal the amount of the original cost proposal.  To do so will render the modification and the original cost proposal invalid.  Withdrawn proposals may be resubmitted up to the closing time designated for the receipt of proposals provided that they are then in full compliance with this RFP.

C.   INFORMATION TO BE PROVIDED

Proposals should provide straightforward and concise descriptions of the Vendor’s ability to satisfy the requirements of this RFP. The proposal must be complete and accurate. Omissions, inaccuracies, or misstatements may be cause for rejection of a proposal. The Vendor is solely responsible for the costs of developing the proposal and the costs will not be charged to CWE. Provide an overview of your firm including organizational structure. Provide detailed information on your core competencies, experience, and past performance.

Please include details of rates of personnel, monthly and annual fees including payment terms.

Proposals should be no more than 10 pages.  Pages are to be 8-1/2 x 11”, single-spaced type, one-sided.  No other promotional material is required or desired. All proposals must be submitted via email to mmiller@cweonline.org by 5PM EST on October 25. Proposals received after this date and time will not be considered. Proposals received by fax or mail will not be considered. 

In preparing proposals, vendors should provide the following information:

1.      Experience and Firm Information

a.     Briefly describe your firm and its areas of business.  Identify company name and address, company principals, years in business, number of employees, ownership and legal organization (e.g., corporation, partnership).

b.     Include information about pertinent prior experience, specialized expertise, and resources that the firm can bring in providing the services.  Summarize the firm’s experience with public sector entities and any relevant experience.

c.     Identify all the individuals who will be primarily and directly responsible for working with CWE, their anticipated roles and provide resumes for all persons who will be assigned to work with CWE.  Include the name and telephone number for the lead person who will be responsible for working with CWE.  Note: no substitution of personnel will be permitted without the written consent of CWE.

d.     Describe up to three examples of service arrangements that demonstrate the value your firm brings.

e.     Describe any investigation, review or litigation regarding a violation or alleged violation by your firm of any state or federal law or regulation that is currently pending or that was concluded within the past 10 years.

f.     Describe any investigation, review, or litigation regarding a violation or alleged violation by your firm of any ethics laws or rules that is currently pending or concluded since 2000.

g.     Describe any professional liability insurance policy or policies provided by a company or companies that are authorized to do business in Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Maine or Rhode Island, and that afford professional liability coverage for the services proposed to be rendered.

2.      Cost proposal for required services.

         Provide a cost proposal itemizing all estimated costs and fees for providing the required services.  Cost information shall be presented in the format specified in Appendix C of this RFP.  The cost proposal shall include all costs of supervisory personnel, labor, materials, equipment overhead, profit and all other costs associated with providing the services.

3.      Transition Plan.

         Provide a transition plan describing how the respondent will take full charge of the services required to be performed.

4.      Cost proposal for additional services.

         Respondent shall submit a cost proposal, utilizing the format provided in Appendix B, for additional optional services that CWE may elect for respondent to perform.

5.      Labor Agreements.

         Each respondent must identify any existing labor agreements that would affect the Contract (as defined herein) and identify any bargaining agent that would represent employees for the Contract.

D. NOTICE OF AWARD

Once a vendor is selected, an agreement will be signed between CWE and the selected vendor, to allow immediate commencement of the project management tasks.      

E. THE CONTRACT AND CERTAIN TERMS

1.      The Contract.  The contract (“Contract”) between CWE and the Vendor will incorporate all provisions of this RFP, the appendices attached to this RFP, the Vendor’s proposal, and other provisions as may be mutually agreed upon.  The Contract negotiated will be submitted to the Board for its approval and will not be binding or effective until it is approved by the Board and all other legal requirements are met.  In the event of inconsistencies between the Contract, attachments to the Contract, this RFP and the Vendor’s proposal, the Vendor will be required to comply with the requirement more favorable to CWE.  The contract must also include the following contract clauses by reference:

Byrd Anti–Lobbying Amendment (31 U.S.C. 1352)

  • Debarment and Suspension (Executive Orders 12549 and 12689)
  • 22 U.S.C. § 7101 et seq. (Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000)
  • 49 U.S.C. App. 1517 (Fly America Act)
  • 41 U.S.C. § 701 et seq. (Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988), as implemented by 2 C.F.R. Part 182
  • 13 C.F.R. Parts 112, 113, and 117 (Civil Rights Compliance)
  • 13 C.F.R. Part 146 (Restrictions on Lobbying)
  • 37 C.F.R. Part 401 (Rights to Inventions Made by Nonprofit Organizations and Small Business Firms Under Government Grants, Contracts, and Cooperative Agreements)
  • Executive Order 13166 (Improving Access to Services for Persons with Limited English Proficiency)
  • Executive Order 13513 (Federal Leadership on Reducing Text Messaging While Driving

2.      Term. The initial term of the Contract will be 6 months (October 2021-March 2022).

3.      Indemnification. The Vendor shall indemnify and hold harmless CWE and its officers and employees from and against all claims and liabilities incurred in or arising out of the Vendor’s performance of the Contract

4.      Invoicing.  CWE will pay the Vendor for services in 6 monthly installments on the last day of each month starting in October and ending in March of the following year.

5.      Labor Relations.  Vendor is an independent contractor, and the employees of the Vendor are not and shall not be considered to be employees of CWE. Vendor will be responsible for addressing all labor, employment and working condition issues with its employees without the involvement of CWE staff unless agreed to otherwise.

6.      Payroll Taxes, Deductions, and Contributions.  The Vendor will be required to pay all applicable payroll taxes and deductions required by local, state, and federal law, including Social Security taxes, unemployment compensation, Medicare, and other similar deductions.

7.      Worker’s Compensation Insurance.  Worker’s Compensation Insurance shall be carried by the Vendor in the full amount required by applicable state law.

8.      Termination.  CWE shall have the right to terminate the Contract at any time in the event of (i) a material breach of the Contract by the Vendor that remains uncured for fourteen (14) days after notice of the breach is provided to the Vendor by CWE, (ii) a determination by a court or administrative agency that any material provision of the Contract is contrary to law or that any material provision of the Contract may not lawfully be carried out or (iii) (a) the Vendor’s commencement of a proceeding under any Federal or state insolvency, reorganization or similar law, or having such a proceeding commenced against it and either having an order of insolvency or reorganization entered against it or having the proceeding remain undismissed and unstayed for ninety (90) days, or (b) the Vendor having a receiver, conservator, liquidator or trustee appointed for it or for the whole or any substantial part of its property.

9.      The Contract may also be terminated by CWE for its convenience and without cause upon ninety (90) days written notice to Vendor.

10.    In the event of any such termination and, in any event, at the end of the term of the Contract, all written records of operation and electronic data maintained by the Vendor will be promptly turned over to CWE, including but not limited to all data files compiled or maintained in connection with the Contract and all documentation required by regulatory agencies.

11.    Equal Opportunity.  CWE is committed to a policy of providing equal job opportunities on public contracts and prohibiting discrimination against any employee, applicant or subcontractor because of age, color, creed, handicap condition, marital or parental status, national origin, race, sex, veteran status, or political opinion or affiliation.  The Vendor represents, warrants, and agrees that it shall take affirmative action to ensure that applicants are employed, and that employees are treated during employment, without regard to their age, color, creed, handicap condition, marital or parental status, national origin, race, sex, veteran status, or political opinion or affiliation.  Such action shall include, although not to be limited to, the following:  Employment, promotion, demotion or transfer; recruitment or recruitment advertising; layoff or termination; rates of pay or other forms of compensation; and selection for training, including apprenticeship.  The Vendor agrees to post in conspicuous places notices setting forth the provisions of this Equal Opportunity clause.  The Vendor shall include in all solicitations and /or advertisements for employees placed by or on behalf of the Vendor, a statement that all qualified applicants shall receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, creed, handicap condition, marital or parental status, national origin, race, sex, veteran status, or political opinion or affiliation.

12.    Appropriation of Funds.  CWE’s obligations hereunder are subject to there having been made and in effect such appropriations and other approvals of available funds to meet CWE’s obligations as may from time to time be required by applicable law.

13.    Vendor shall comply with all applicable Federal, State and local laws, rules and regulations as applicable to the services.

APPENDIX A

SCOPE OF SERVICES

  1. Develop a centralized infrastructure for Mighty Networks for our 5 Women’s Business Centers and the Veterans Business Outreach Center of New England
  2. Consult with our program leads to understand our client bases and build the system accordingly
  3. Develop a “how to” guide for our centers
  4. Train our staff, clients and consultants on how to use the system – basic and how to maximize its use
  5. Develop and build communities within Mighty Networks
  6. Provide a succession plan for managing the communities at the end of this agreement

Challenge Statement:

We at CWE have a powerful, regional network of entrepreneurs and we want to provide a platform by which they can learn and connect. We’ve piloted MN in 2 of our 6 offices and have chosen it for its LMS-lite capabilities and powerful community building tools.

We now need an expert community facilitator with an eye for logistical implementation to integrate MN into our full program operations. We need someone to build out the regional infrastructure for the platform, including developing SOPs and training staff on the logistical use of the platform. We also need someone to jumpstart and facilitate the community across our region, driving meaningful, relevant engagement on the platform within our network of 5000+ entrepreneurs across New England.

Request for Proposals - Resiliency and Recovery Project Management

Request for proposals: RESILIENCY AND RECOVERY PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Proposals Due: October 25 by 5pm EST

Submission: Questions and Proposals sent to: mmiller@cweonline.org and srodriguez@cweonline.org

Budget: $60,000-$80,000

The Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) is requesting proposals for RESILIENCY AND RECOVERY PROJECT MANAGEMENT.  Vendors interested in being retained to provide the services (a “Vendor”) are invited to submit written proposals to CWE.  Proposals should be submitted via email to mmiller@cweonline.org and srodriguez@cweonline.org by 5PM EST on October 25.  Any proposals received after this date and time will not be considered. 

The Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) is an economic empowerment nonprofit founded in Boston in 1995 to lift up the women who lift up the world. CWE is home to the largest cluster of Women’s Business Centers in the country, covering Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The Women’s Business Centers are funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration.  At CWE, we believe that when women thrive economically, families and communities also thrive, creating a more equitable and inclusive economy. To that end, CWE offers business services - training, individual business counseling, and community connections - that help women start and grow their businesses.

Over 50% of CWE’s service footprint is focused on low-income communities in urban and rural areas whose access to such services have historically been extremely limited. While our focus is on serving the needs of those who identify as women, we serve all genders. CWE is also home to the Veterans Business Outreach Center of New England and is a regional certifier for the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council.

In 2020 alone, we trained and counseled 4,902 people across all of our centers.  We helped entrepreneurs create and/or nurture over 2,060 jobs, and helped entrepreneurs generate over $59 million in wages.

A.  DESCRIPTION OF WORK

Services will be provided in a hybrid format.  Much of the work will be conducted virtually via Zoom, but as the health situation allows, from time to time some in-person meetings or activities may be expected.  In person work would be done in and around the communities of Greater Boston.  The Vendor shall minimally provide the services as described in Appendix A attached hereto plus any such services as may be reasonably inferable and necessary in the performance of the services.

B.   SELECTION PROCESS; SERVICES AND QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED

Responding firms will be evaluated and ranked in order of their qualifications.  CWE may hold discussions with firms to further explore their proposals and the scope and nature of the services they would provide.  In making its selection, CWE may consider any other information, including information not requested in this Request for Proposals (“RFP”) or not included in the proposals received.  CWE is not required to rank first the firm that submits the lowest cost proposal for providing the services.  In the event CWE is unable to negotiate a satisfactory contract with the first ranked firm, CWE may terminate negotiations with that firm and enter into negotiations with the firm submitting the proposal ranked next best.

Evaluation of the proposals will be based upon several factors including, but not limited to: competence to perform the required services as indicated by the training, education and experience of the firm’s personnel, especially the training, education and experience of the employees who would be assigned to perform the services; ability in terms of workload and availability of qualified personnel, equipment and facilities to perform the required services competently and expeditiously; past performance as reflected by the evaluations of previous clients with respect to factors such as control of costs, quality of work and meeting of deadlines; and other similar factors.

This RFP is not and shall not be construed as an offer of a contract by CWE.  Any contractual arrangement will be evidenced solely by a contract authorized by CWE.

CWE accepts no responsibility for expenses incurred by responding firms in the preparation or submittal of a proposal and reserves the rights not to enter into any contract with any respondent, to waive any irregularities, informalities, or inconsistencies in the proposals, to enter into contracts with more than one respondent and to reject any and all proposals received.

In the interest of a fair and competitive procurement process, all questions must be submitted in writing and will be addressed with the entire list of interested vendors who have made questions and inquiries. Questions regarding this RFP are to be e-mailed to mmiller@cweonline.org and srodriguez@cweonline.org.  All questions must be submitted on or before October 15 at 9:00 AM EST.  Answers to questions made in any other manner will not be binding upon CWE, and respondents shall not rely upon them.

Inquiries regarding this RFP should only be addressed to the individual identified herein and under no circumstances shall any interested party or their designees contact any other employee or official of CWE during the RFP process in an attempt to lobby or influence the selection process pursuant to this RFP.

Prior to the closing time and date designated for the receipt of proposals, proposals submitted early may be modified or withdrawn only by notice to mmiller@cweonline.org and srodriguez@cweonline.org prior to the closing time designated for receipt of proposals.  Such notice shall be in writing over the signature of the responding firm and be received by Michelle Miller and Samilys Rodriguez prior to the official closing time and date of the receipt of proposals.  Any modification shall be so worded as not to reveal the amount of the original cost proposal.  To do so will render the modification and the original cost proposal invalid.  Withdrawn proposals may be resubmitted up to the closing time designated for the receipt of proposals provided that they are then in full compliance with this RFP.

C.   INFORMATION TO BE PROVIDED

Proposals should provide straightforward and concise descriptions of the Vendor’s ability to satisfy the requirements of this RFP. The proposal must be complete and accurate. Omissions, inaccuracies, or misstatements may be cause for rejection of a proposal. The Vendor is solely responsible for the costs of developing the proposal and the costs will not be charged to CWE. Provide an overview of your firm including organizational structure. Provide detailed information on your core competencies, experience, and past performance.

Please include details of rates of personnel, monthly and annual fees including payment terms.

Proposals should be no more than 10 pages.  Pages are to be 8-1/2 x 11”, single-spaced type, one-sided.  No other promotional material is required or desired. All proposals must be submitted via email to mmiller@cweonline.org and srodriguez@cweonline.org by 5PM EST on October 25. Proposals received after this date and time will not be considered. Proposals received by fax or mail will not be considered. 

In preparing proposals, vendors should provide the following information:

1.      Experience and Firm Information

a.     Briefly describe your firm and its areas of business.  Identify company name and address, company principals, years in business, number of employees, ownership and legal organization (e.g., corporation, partnership).

b.     Include information about pertinent prior experience, specialized expertise, and resources that the firm can bring in providing the services.  Summarize the firm’s experience with public sector entities and any relevant experience.

c.     Identify all the individuals who will be primarily and directly responsible for working with CWE, their anticipated roles and provide resumes for all persons who will be assigned to work with CWE.  Include the name and telephone number for the lead person who will be responsible for working with CWE.  Note: no substitution of personnel will be permitted without the written consent of CWE.

d.     Describe up to three examples of service arrangements that demonstrate the value your firm brings.

e.     Describe any investigation, review or litigation regarding a violation or alleged violation by your firm of any state or federal law or regulation that is currently pending or that was concluded within the past 10 years.

f.     Describe any investigation, review, or litigation regarding a violation or alleged violation by your firm of any ethics laws or rules that is currently pending or concluded since 2000.

g.     Describe any professional liability insurance policy or policies provided by a company or companies that are authorized to do business in Massachusetts and that afford professional liability coverage for the services proposed to be rendered.

2.      Cost proposal for required services.

         Provide a cost proposal itemizing all estimated costs and fees for providing the required services.  Cost information shall be presented in the format specified in Appendix C of this RFP.  The cost proposal shall include all costs of supervisory personnel, labor, materials, equipment overhead, profit and all other costs associated with providing the services.

3.      Transition Plan.

         Provide a transition plan describing how the respondent will take full charge of the services required to be performed.

4.      Cost proposal for additional services.

         Respondent shall submit a cost proposal, utilizing the format provided in Appendix B, for additional optional services that CWE may elect for respondent to perform.

5.      Labor Agreements.

         Each respondent must identify any existing labor agreements that would affect the Contract (as defined herein) and identify any bargaining agent that would represent employees for the Contract.

D. NOTICE OF AWARD

Once a vendor is selected, an agreement will be signed between CWE and the selected vendor, to allow immediate commencement of the project management tasks.      

E. THE CONTRACT AND CERTAIN TERMS

1.      The Contract.  The contract (“Contract”) between CWE and the Vendor will incorporate all provisions of this RFP, the appendices attached to this RFP, the Vendor’s proposal, and other provisions as may be mutually agreed upon.  The Contract negotiated will be submitted to the Board for its approval and will not be binding or effective until it is approved by the Board and all other legal requirements are met.  In the event of inconsistencies between the Contract, attachments to the Contract, this RFP and the Vendor’s proposal, the Vendor will be required to comply with the requirement more favorable to CWE.  The contract must also include the following contract clauses by reference:

Byrd Anti–Lobbying Amendment (31 U.S.C. 1352)

  • Debarment and Suspension (Executive Orders 12549 and 12689)
  • 22 U.S.C. § 7101 et seq. (Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000)
  • 49 U.S.C. App. 1517 (Fly America Act)
  • 41 U.S.C. § 701 et seq. (Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988), as implemented by 2 C.F.R. Part 182
  • 13 C.F.R. Parts 112, 113, and 117 (Civil Rights Compliance)
  • 13 C.F.R. Part 146 (Restrictions on Lobbying)
  • 37 C.F.R. Part 401 (Rights to Inventions Made by Nonprofit Organizations and Small Business Firms Under Government Grants, Contracts, and Cooperative Agreements)
  • Executive Order 13166 (Improving Access to Services for Persons with Limited English Proficiency)
  • Executive Order 13513 (Federal Leadership on Reducing Text Messaging While Driving

2.      Term. The initial term of the Contract will be from date of accepted proposal, through September 1, 2022.

3.      Indemnification. The Vendor shall indemnify and hold harmless CWE and its officers and employees from and against all claims and liabilities incurred in or arising out of the Vendor’s performance of the Contract

4.      Invoicing.  CWE will pay the Vendor for services in monthly installments on the last day of each month starting in November and ending in September of the following year.

5.      Labor Relations.  Vendor is an independent contractor, and the employees of the Vendor are not and shall not be considered to be employees of CWE. Vendor will be responsible for addressing all labor, employment and working condition issues with its employees without the involvement of CWE staff unless agreed to otherwise.

6.      Payroll Taxes, Deductions, and Contributions.  The Vendor will be required to pay all applicable payroll taxes and deductions required by local, state, and federal law, including Social Security taxes, unemployment compensation, Medicare, and other similar deductions.

7.      Worker’s Compensation Insurance.  Worker’s Compensation Insurance shall be carried by the Vendor in the full amount required by applicable state law.

8.      Termination.  CWE shall have the right to terminate the Contract at any time in the event of (i) a material breach of the Contract by the Vendor that remains uncured for fourteen (14) days after notice of the breach is provided to the Vendor by CWE, (ii) a determination by a court or administrative agency that any material provision of the Contract is contrary to law or that any material provision of the Contract may not lawfully be carried out or (iii) (a) the Vendor’s commencement of a proceeding under any Federal or state insolvency, reorganization or similar law, or having such a proceeding commenced against it and either having an order of insolvency or reorganization entered against it or having the proceeding remain undismissed and unstayed for ninety (90) days, or (b) the Vendor having a receiver, conservator, liquidator or trustee appointed for it or for the whole or any substantial part of its property.

9.      The Contract may also be terminated by CWE for its convenience and without cause upon ninety (90) days written notice to Vendor.

10.    In the event of any such termination and, in any event, at the end of the term of the Contract, all written records of operation and electronic data maintained by the Vendor will be promptly turned over to CWE, including but not limited to all data files compiled or maintained in connection with the Contract and all documentation required by regulatory agencies.

11.    Equal Opportunity.  CWE is committed to a policy of providing equal job opportunities on public contracts and prohibiting discrimination against any employee, applicant or subcontractor because of age, color, creed, handicap condition, marital or parental status, national origin, race, sex, veteran status, or political opinion or affiliation.  The Vendor represents, warrants, and agrees that it shall take affirmative action to ensure that applicants are employed, and that employees are treated during employment, without regard to their age, color, creed, handicap condition, marital or parental status, national origin, race, sex, veteran status, or political opinion or affiliation.  Such action shall include, although not to be limited to, the following:  Employment, promotion, demotion or transfer; recruitment or recruitment advertising; layoff or termination; rates of pay or other forms of compensation; and selection for training, including apprenticeship.  The Vendor agrees to post in conspicuous places notices setting forth the provisions of this Equal Opportunity clause.  The Vendor shall include in all solicitations and /or advertisements for employees placed by or on behalf of the Vendor, a statement that all qualified applicants shall receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, creed, handicap condition, marital or parental status, national origin, race, sex, veteran status, or political opinion or affiliation.

12.    Appropriation of Funds.  CWE’s obligations hereunder are subject to there having been made and in effect such appropriations and other approvals of available funds to meet CWE’s obligations as may from time to time be required by applicable law.

13.    Vendor shall comply with all applicable Federal, State and local laws, rules and regulations as applicable to the services.

APPENDIX A

SCOPE OF SERVICES

  • Lead management and execution of CWE’s Resiliency and Recovery Demonstration Grant, in close partnership with the Director – CWE Eastern Massachusetts, and the VP Program Operations.
  • Participate in regular calls with SBA
  • Lead regular check-in meetings with key staff members
  • Lead on client intake – accept calls from Spanish-speaking clients, input data to Neoserra, refer to and register them in appropriate CWE courses, follow up with clients to capture impact metrics
  • Coordinate with Program Operations Manager to update Neoserra with Spanish-language content
  • Coordinate with current CWE consultants and Directors of the Eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island WBCs to update programmatic offerings where applicable
  • Develop and provide CWE with a list of Spanish-speaking experts in key areas such as marketing, legal and accounting
  • Build a base of Spanish-speaking consultants and partnerships with community organizations, in coordination with the Directors of the respective centers
  • Communicate with Directors of other WBCs to avoid duplication of efforts
  • Run focus groups to identify the best way to deliver programs, and on what topics for Spanish speaking clients to build a course roadmap for aspiring and existing entrepreneurs to start, sell, transfer and/or and grow their business
  • Develop a written manual to include best practices for program design to successfully serve Spanish-speaking entrepreneurs, as well as a step-by-step “How To” guide on planning, designing and executing successful focus groups for Spanish-speaking entrepreneurs
  • Work with CWE’s marketing team to provide, and if appropriate, implement recommendations for marketing to Spanish-speaking communities
  • Provide a continuation plan for long-term sustainability of the activities and recommendations developed as a result of the scope of work of the contract

Challenge Statement:

We at CWE have a powerful, regional network of entrepreneurs and we want to provide a system by which Spanish-speaking clients can learn and connect.  We’ve offered Spanish-language content in the past, especially in our Eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island markets, and want to develop a cohesive system for regularly serving Spanish-speaking entrepreneurs throughout our network.  We have an opportunity to utilize the recent award of a Resiliency and Recovery Demonstration grant to jumpstart this initiative in a way that will serve the region, building from an initial and primary focus on the Eastern Massachusetts market.

We now need an expert project manager and community facilitator with an eye for logistical implementation to integrate Spanish-language content and accessibility into our full program operations. We need someone to manage this grant in partnership with us, with the goal of building out the regional infrastructure for these services, including developing best practices for reaching and serving the Spanish-speaking community. We also need someone to jumpstart and facilitate the community in Eastern Massachusetts, driving meaningful, relevant engagement with our programs.