Request for Proposal RFP# 22-6: LA County Business Services

Request for Proposal

RFP Number: RFP# 22-6
RFP Name: LA County Business Services
Date Issued: June 7, 2023
Contact Person: Chris Bernhardt
Email Address:

Submittals Accepted Until: 5:00 pm PT on Tuesday, June 20th, 2023

**UPDATE** Please scroll to the bottom of the page to see Q&A for the questions that were submitted by the designated deadline.

Submittals delivered to:
E-mail Address:

General Information

NOTICE: Notice is hereby given that statement of qualifications will be received by Grant Associates, for support in providing Business Services by filing with Grant Associates at the above email address.

PURPOSE/BACKGROUND: Grant Associates, a national workforce development company, is seeking requests for proposals for local Los Angeles entities who can support our business engagement efforts. Grant Associates is submitting a proposal to the County of Los Angeles to operate a Comprehensive America’s Job Center of California (AJCC) under the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA). The AJCC RFP to which Grant Associates is responding is available at

If successful in the bid attempt, Grant Associates will operate a high functioning business services team to serve the businesses, adults, and youth of Los Angeles County.  The selected business services subcontractor will assist the Grant Associates’ business services team with connecting with businesses in the county to serve our customers with the services available through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA).  The subcontractor will also be required to participate in partner meetings, submit required documentation, provide ongoing feedback, and participate in evaluation activities, including gathering and providing data as needed.  Grant Associates will enter into an agreement with the successful proposer and may negotiate a fee for a service contract.


Event Date
RFP Release June 7, 2023
Vendor Questions (if any) Due June 9, 2023
Responses to Vendor Questions June 12, 2023
Proposal Responses Due June 20, 2023
Selection Completed June 21, 2023



This RFP is to secure subcontractors to provide one or more of the following business services:

  • Business Engagement and Outreach
  • Adhere to Permissible Local Employment and Training Activities defined in to Exhibit A-1 of RFP


LEVERAGED RESOURCES: Proposers who are successful will be expected to provide leveraged resources to fulfill the contract services and objectives, including, but not limited to: facilities and materials, cash, in-kind benefits, volunteering, as well as direct participant costs that are paid from other public and private sources as per 1.18.5 to of Exhibit A-1 of the RFP.

PROGRAM AND CONTRACT TERM: Upon notification of funding by the County of Los Angeles, Grant Associates will enter negotiations with the successful bidder for a sub-contract with an anticipated term of January 1, 2024–June 30, 2024. The contract may be extended or renewed up to three times with one (1) fiscal year options beginning July 1st through June 30th of each fiscal year at Grant Associate’s sole discretion, based on performance and availability of funds. Proposer(s) must reflect funding for twelve months in their proposals.

QUALIFICATIONS/ELIGIBLE PROPOSERS: This project will require the Business Services Provider to have the following qualifications:

  • Demonstrated competency in providing business services
  • Appropriate licenses/qualifications to provide services
  • Reasonableness of the fee for services
  • History of supporting workforce development programs
  • Ability to meet with both corporate leadership and with local staff in-person or virtually
  • Qualified to conduct business in the State of California
  • If a corporation or limited liability company, must be in good standing with the Secretary of State of California
  • Must not have been determined to be non-responsible or debarred by the County of Los Angeles, State of California, or federal government.





Executive Summary: The executive summary should contain a brief description of the services to be provided, a commitment to participate in proposal development, an intent to sign the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), and the proposed unit cost for services.

Proposal Narrative  

The narrative section is limited to a maximum of ten pages, double-spaced, one-sided, 12-point type. Additional pages will not be read or considered in scoring. The narrative should include the following information:

  • Proposed services to be delivered including the length of the service
  • Assessment process and specific tools to evaluate educational and training needs
  • Recruitment process and customer flow
  • Staff names that will be involved in this project as well as their roles and their qualifications and experience (please note any language abilities other than English)
  • Description of experience providing similar services during the past five years including the number of youth receiving services and experience working with special populations such as foster youth, re-entry, and homeless
  • Outcomes relating to service delivery
  • Source of funding including agency name, amount, and services provided during the past two years
  • Attachment A – Proposer Cover Sheet
  • Attachment B – Budget and Cost Information


Budget and Budget Narrative  

Provide a budget narrative describing costs in addition to completing the Budget form. Discuss matching and in-kind resources you can commit. 


Provide a minimum of two funder references with the following information: organization name, type of funding, contact name, phone number, email, and a brief description of the work performed.

EVALUATION CRITERIA: Evaluations will be based on the criteria listed below:

  • Demonstrated competency in providing youth services to workforce programs
  • Qualifications to provide services
  • Reasonableness of the fee for services 
  • History of supporting workforce development programs
  • Ability to meet with both corporate leadership and with local staff in-person or virtually


PROPRIETARY PROPOSAL MATERIAL: Any proprietary information revealed in the proposal should, therefore, be clearly identified as such.

QUESTIONS: Questions regarding this project may be directed to Chris Bernhardt via e-mail at by 12:00pm PT on June 9th, 2023. Email should use the subject prompt: RFP# 22-6 Questions

Unauthorized contact regarding this RFP with other Grant Associates’ employees may result in disqualification. Any oral communications will be considered unofficial and non-binding on Grant Associates. All answers to questions will be posted on in the original RFP announcement.  It is the responsibility of individual firms to check the website after the announced release date for answers to their questions.

SUBMITTAL REQUIREMENTS: Prospective candidates should submit a formal quotation to the following contact no later than 5:00 pm PT on Tuesday, June 20th, 2023.

Grant Associates may select a limited number of Responders for telephone interviews before the selection committee.

REJECTION OF SUBMITTALS: Grant Associates reserves the right to reject any and all submittals and to waive irregularities and informalities in the submittal and evaluation process. This RFP does not obligate Grant Associates to pay any costs incurred by respondents in the preparation and submission of their qualifications. Furthermore, the RFP does not obligate Grant Associates to accept or contract for any expressed or implied services.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYMENT: The successful consultant or consultants must comply with Grant Associates’ equal opportunity requirements.  Grant Associates is committed to a program of equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, sex, age, nationality, or disability.

TITLE VI: It is Grant Associates’ policy to assure that no person shall, on the grounds of race, color, national origin, or sex, as provided by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise discriminated against under any of its federally funded programs and activities.

COMPLIANCE WITH LAWS AND REGULATIONS: In addition to nondiscrimination and affirmative action compliance requirements previously listed, the Temporary Agency or Agencies ultimately awarded the business shall comply with federal, state, and local laws, statutes and ordinances relative to the execution of the work.


Q: Is Grant Associates targeting all sub regions?
A: No, Grant Associates is only targeting three sub regions.

Q: Would our services be the secondary subrecipient budget or part of operational budget?
A. Services related to this RFP would be part of the operations budget, not the subrecipient.