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Request for Proposals

The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce is launching a new program, designed to offer a variety of programing and connections that are delivered in a variety of ways and times for small businesses. As an expert in your field, we’d like to invite you to submit a Request for Proposal to serve as a presenter for the platform. After reviewing proposals, we will match program content need with the expertise of our membership.

Description of programing:

  • Ask the Expert
    One hour sessions, in the Catalyst Center, that include up to 20 minutes for a presentation, then Q&A.
  • Small Business Roundtables
    Two hour sessions, in the Catalyst Center or at a member’s facility, that includes a presentation and roundtable discussion. Participants come away with increased knowledge of a topic or trend relevant to small businesses and connections to other small business leaders.
  • Webinars and How-to Videos
    Brief (up to 20 minutes) videos that are available 24/7; and scheduled webinars (up to one hour) on trending business topics.
Listed below is a sampling of topics, however, additional topics may be suggested and submitted in the proposal for consideration. We are looking for cutting edge, 21st Century emerging information that will be of benefit to small business owners and entrepreneurs.

• How is SEO Different Today • 21st Century, 4Ps of Marketing • Target Markets • Securing Finance • Harvesting Your Business • Accountant and Attorney Topical Expertise • What are you really selling? • Building Image & Brand in Social Media • Credit Card Security • E-mail Etiquette and Internal Communication • Design Elements (tips and tricks) • Team Building • Financial Statements • Topics Specific to our Region • Performance Evaluation System • Storytelling


Selected members of the Small Business Development Department and Small Business Council will review submissions based on the previously stated standards. Candidates must be a Chamber member in good standing in order to be considered. Candidates will be invited to attend a Speaker Team Intro Session and a schedule of dates will be announced. Our Small Business Council will be spending the next few weeks talking with members about the types of small business programs they would like to see.  As a result, we are in a holding pattern for new RFP submissions. If you submit and we don't get back to you right away, please know that we likely will not be in a position to consider new proposals until the spring.  
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