Social Enterprise Business/Feasibility Study Consultant

Deadline date: 
Friday, July 17, 2020 - 4:00am
Deadline: 
Fixed date
RFP status: 
Active

Background:

Indus Community Services is seeking a Business Consultant with the purpose of creating a business plan through conducting a feasibility study and market analysis for our organizations social enterprise. We are looking for a business consultant who is experienced in planning and carrying out a feasibility study/market analysis and creating a financial projection on social enterprise opportunities for non-profit or community organizations. The consultant should have a familiarity with community organizations and working with diverse populations, particularly newcomer women. The feasibility study plan should assess the market opportunities for a social enterprise in the Peel and Halton regions and the financial projection should outline all the costing estimates and considerations. The social enterprise will take graduate seamstresses from our “Sewing and Alterations Entrepreneurship” training program and employ them as contract seamstresses through the Indus Sewing Social enterprise. The social enterprise is looking to give newcomer women an opportunity to become financially independent and generate income while still providing the flexibility to meet their familial responsibilities. This plan will be the foundation of the social enterprise and allow us to take the next steps to determine the feasibility and viability of the sewing social enterprise in Brampton, Mississauga and Oakville.

Scope and Deliverables:

  1. Create a feasibility plan for opening a sewing and alterations shops is Brampton, Mississauga and Oakville through contracting orders to graduates of the sewing and alterations entrepreneurship program. The plan should include

    a. An analysis of the current economic market and customer base for the sewing industry in Peel & Halton in culturally specific markets (South Asian, African, Middle eastern etc)
    b. Mapping of the available spaces to run a social enterprise in the Peel and Halton Area
    c. Outline of financial, space, human, marketing and other resource requirements
    d. Analysis of legal and policy requirements involved including the contracting of seamstresses
    e. Feasibility of implementation, including cost structure and business plan

  2. A detailed and comprehensive report, including logistical, economic, financial, legal, operational, and needs-based requirements for the project
  3. Business plan, preliminary financial feasibility analysis and financial projections

Qualifications:

  • Strong project management skills
  • Experience with social enterprises, business development and marketing
  • Excellent research and written skills
  • Demonstrated ability to meet timelines
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, Access, Power Point and Outlook
  • Valid Ontario Driver’s License. Travel will be required across the Region of Peel, and occasionally to other parts of the GTA, to meet with stakeholders as and when required
  • Reliable IT equipment such as laptop and proficiency in Microsoft Office as well as visual presentation tools such as PowerPoint
  • Peel/Halton based experience will be considered an asset

Proposal Instructions: All proposals should be received by July 17th 2020 by 4:00pm. Submit your proposal by email to hmalhi@induscs.ca. As part of your proposal, please address the following:

  • A brief Executive Summary
  • A resume that clearly demonstrates how your experiences reflect the key qualifications
  • A detailed plan and description of how the deliverables may be executed
  • A breakdown of costs including time availability
  • The names and contact information of three references
  • A community project example that you were involved with would be an asset

Fees: This project has a defined budget of up 13,050 before taxes.

Inquiries and Proposals should be directed to: Harinder Malhi, Director – Newcomer Services Telephone: 905-275-2369, ext. 1240 Email: hmalhi@induscs.ca