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There has never been a better time to win major contracts. Governments and corporations across the world are competitively procuring an increasing amount of products and services. They are also increasingly motivated to work with social sector suppliers. The market opportunity runs into billions. It’s not easy though. It’s no longer sufficient to be cheapest, you now need to be the supplier providing the most economically advantageous offering. Considerations such as quality assurance, business capacity and continuity, compliance with legislation, and social outcomes all come into the equation. While procurement requirements and tendering processes vary from place to place, and industry to industry, there are some common ingredients to be a successful bidder and supplier. Developed in partnership with the CEIS Group, international social enterprise procurement experts, this program has been developed to provide all of the ingredients you will need to bid, win and deliver contracts. This program covers the processes involved, the terminology and requirements you will encounter, the main elements of a successful bid, and how to get your organization ready to manage and deliver contracts effectively. Through a series of six courses, the program provides all of the information, insights and tools you will need to tender and deliver contracts. 1. GETTING READY FOR CONTRACTING Bidding for contracts can be a big step that throws up many possibilities and risks. Find out more about the opportunities to bid for contracts, how to find them, and why every social enterprise should take these opportunities seriously. 2. UNDERSTANDING THE NEEDS OF BUYERS Ever wondered what makes public sector and corporate buyers tick? Take this course to get inside the buyers’ mindset. Find out about the influences on their decisions, the rules they must follow, and what this means for you as a bidder. 3. NAVIGATING THE TENDERING PROCESS The process of bidding for contracts can be a minefield. Use this course as your step-by-step guide to the process. Learn about the terminology and requirements you will encounter and how to make the tough choice about whether to bid or not. 4. PREPARING A WINNING BID The competition is tough. Everyone is chasing that contract. Find out how you can make your bid as strong as possible by understanding how bids are scored and how you can structure and present your tender responses for maximum impact. 5. WORKING COLLABORATIVELY ON CONTRACTS It's not always smart or possible to go it alone. Collaboration is often key to winning and delivering contracts. Find out when and how to collaborate, and the forms it can take. Learn how to build an effective collaboration and avoid the pitfalls. 6. MANAGING AND DELIVERING ON CONTRACTS So, what happens after the contract is won? This is where the hard work really starts. Find out about all the fundamentals of contract management. Learn how to manage relationships, ensure effective delivery, and mitigate the main risks. These courses can be taken sequentially, with each building on the last, or you can take them as and when you require knowledge on a particular topic. Read More

  This module will outline the difference between a Classic and an Agile approach to managing a project. Core benefits, objectives, as well as the Agile Manifesto will be explored. Key concepts and tools will be reviewed, along with rooted methodologies. Various aligning characteristics for social enterprise development projects will be identified. Support documents will be available for teams to use in their own development. *We recommend that you complete the module “Classic Project Management” before completing this module.   .helpButton { display: none; } body.bg { opacity: 0; -moz-animation: cssAnimation 0s ease-in 2s forwards; -webkit-animation: cssAnimation 0s ease-in 2s forwards; -o-animation: cssAnimation 0s ease-in 2s forwards; animation: cssAnimation 0s ease-in 2s forwards; -webkit-animation-fill-mode: forwards; animation-fill-mode: forwards; } @keyframes cssAnimation { to { opacity: 1; } } @-webkit-keyframes cssAnimation { to { opacity: 1; } } @import url(https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Fjalla+One|Raleway); @import url(https://socialenterpriseinstitute.ca/styles/learnUponMin.css); Read More

  Brand strategy is a fundamental business concept that is often misunderstood yet it is critical to the success of an organization. Social enterprises are unique in that the alignment of mission and brand should be very strong. This course teaches key concepts in brand strategy and actively guides participants through the development of brand strategy with exercises designed to help you think about all the critical inputs. Participants will walk away with an understanding of brand strategy and a platform for their brand.   .helpButton { display: none; } body.bg { opacity: 0; -moz-animation: cssAnimation 0s ease-in 2s forwards; -webkit-animation: cssAnimation 0s ease-in 2s forwards; -o-animation: cssAnimation 0s ease-in 2s forwards; animation: cssAnimation 0s ease-in 2s forwards; -webkit-animation-fill-mode: forwards; animation-fill-mode: forwards; } @keyframes cssAnimation { to { opacity: 1; } } @-webkit-keyframes cssAnimation { to { opacity: 1; } } @import url(https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Fjalla+One|Raleway); @import url(https://socialenterpriseinstitute.ca/styles/learnUponMin.css); Read More

  Building Unique Value Propositions helps learners to clearly define and refine their enterprise’s unique value propositions. UVPs are an important feature that communicate how your product or service is differentiated from similar and competing businesses.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                .helpButton { display: none; } body.bg { opacity: 0; -moz-animation: cssAnimation 0s ease-in 2s forwards; -webkit-animation: cssAnimation 0s ease-in 2s forwards; -o-animation: cssAnimation 0s ease-in 2s forwards; animation: cssAnimation 0s ease-in 2s forwards; -webkit-animation-fill-mode: forwards; animation-fill-mode: forwards; } @keyframes cssAnimation { to { opacity: 1; } } @-webkit-keyframes cssAnimation { to { opacity: 1; } } @import url(https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Fjalla+One|Raleway); @import url(https://socialenterpriseinstitute.ca/styles/learnUponMin.css); Read More

Répliquer, entreprises sociales en série, succession, franchise sociale et plus encore…  tout un potentiel à découvrir ! Comment pouvons-nous assurer la stabilité, la croissance et la pérennité des entreprises sociales ? Ici et ailleurs dans le monde, de gens se sont questionnés sur le concept de « changement d’échelle » afin qu’entres autres, leurs entreprises génèrent plus de revenus, aient plus d’impact dans leur communauté augmentent la capacité de desservir plus de monde, créer plus d’emplois, etc.. Plusieurs modèles efficients de gestion, de croissance et voir même de réplication des entreprises sont maintenant éprouvés.  Nous pouvons donc apprendre de ces expériences tout en découvrant les conditions essentielles pour réussir. La section « ressources » propose de l’information judicieuse sur certains des concepts. Après avoir complété ce module d’apprentissage, les apprenant.e.s seront en mesure de rédiger des questions d’étude de marché efficaces, concises et signifiantes pour les sondages, formulaires, groupes de discussion, entrevues ou autres études de marché primaires. Le cours permettra aux participant.e.s de préciser ce qu’ils/elles ont besoin de savoir, d’éviter les erreurs et les pièges habituels, et de pouvoir rédiger une suite de questions afin de guider le développement et la promotion de leur entreprise. Read More

  After completing this learning module, learners will understand what a “channel” is and will recognize the importance of developing an effective channel strategy. They will receive a high-level introduction to popular channels and will learn how to identify and test different channels while maximizing their ROI and avoiding costly mistakes.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  .helpButton { display: none; } body.bg { opacity: 0; -moz-animation: cssAnimation 0s ease-in 2s forwards; -webkit-animation: cssAnimation 0s ease-in 2s forwards; -o-animation: cssAnimation 0s ease-in 2s forwards; animation: cssAnimation 0s ease-in 2s forwards; -webkit-animation-fill-mode: forwards; animation-fill-mode: forwards; } @keyframes cssAnimation { to { opacity: 1; } } @-webkit-keyframes cssAnimation { to { opacity: 1; } } @import url(https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Fjalla+One|Raleway); @import url(https://socialenterpriseinstitute.ca/styles/learnUponMin.css); Read More

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