RFP Table of Contents with A
Cross-Reference Compliance Matrix from PDF to Excel Spreadsheet - Series #4 | Part 1 & 2
Author: Akiesha Foster
A Table of Contents (TOC) with Cross-Reference Compliance Matrix
is a structures outline of the RFP. It is a brief overview of topics that each section addresses. The matrix should also mirror the RFP TOC. Short RFP may not have a TOC; however, a longer proposal is more detailed and includes figures, tables, etc. Adding the cross-reference compliance matrix gives you a way to make sure you have addressed each section of the RFP.
For Small Businesses to be successful with local, state, federal agencies, it is critical to set up a bid and RFP process. Our goal is to provide you with actionable tips to save you time and resources so you can focus on writing a winning RFP response.
As we continue to build our basic framework, we will continue to share important information in each series to help you set up and improve your RFP process.
Let’s Get Started!
You have downloaded RFP to walk you through the process to ensure you have grasped these basic concepts to get you started.
This article will discuss how to create an RFP Table of Contents with Cross-Reference Compliance Matrix from PDF to Excel Spreadsheet.
If you are new to writing a response to RFP, this post is for you.
Who Creates this Matrix
Anyone can create a table of contents with a cross-reference compliance matrix; many small businesses with a one-person shop. However, if you have a team, once the matrix is complete, we recommend that the Proposal Manager review that everything is compliant and that every section is verified.
Listed are the steps we will focus on in this post to set up a simple bid process:
Step 1: You will need to have Adobe Pro
- In order to extract the PDF table of contents pages, you will need to have an Adobe Pro.
Step 2: Watch our short tutorial video trainings
- Part 1: RFP Table of Contents with a Cross-Reference Compliance Matrix from PDF to Excel Spreadsheet – Series #4.
- Part 2: RFP Table of Contents with a Cross-Reference Compliance Matrix from PDF to Excel Spreadsheet – Series #4.
Interested in RFP Training
We created a YouTube channel to help small businesses win more local, state, and federal contracts. To learn more about an RFP process, checkout out our other video series here on our YouTube Channel for FREE training. Start with Series #1 3 Ways to Setup a Winning Bid Process for Small Business, On a Budget for the first part of this Bid Process Training.
A terrific book to reference is “Writing Business Bids & Proposals for dummies” this book is a great start for brand-new bid/proposal managers. Check out this informative Book Review: Writing Business Bids & Proposals for dummies by Neil Cobb & Charlie Divine by Jimmy Low. I would agree with the author that “…Nothing compares to practical experience and hard work…”. This book is a must-have in your library.
The Table of contents with cross-reference compliance matrix is for your internal use to ensure the evaluator will be able to easily locate the required information.
The process you create should be easy to follow. We will continue to explain the bid process in future posts. The Bid process is the beginning of setting up to winning state contract awards.
Are you worried about setting up a winning bid process? Do not worry anymore! We are here to assist your small business with the bid process. So, follow us on social media and subscribe to our YouTube channel!
Stay tuned for our next blog article!
To learn and understand more about starting your own small and home-based business, here are your quick start guides to get started! Get yours now!