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If you don't pay attention to detail, completeness, and accuracy when preparing a proposal for a government RFP, it could cost you a contract. A proposal-writing workshop can teach you the parameters and requirements of government proposals for your product/service as well as your company.

Many Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) offer workshops to assist you with your RFP responses. Find the PTAC office nearest you at http://www.aptac-us.org/ and look for their calendar of events. You can usually sign up for proposal training online; sometimes there'll be a modest fee. Here's a description of a proposal-writing assistance course in California that charges just $20:

PROPOSAL WRITING & DEVELOPMENT

Learn tools and techniques that will enhance your proposal writing skills and get you more work! This course shows you the essential components of a proposal, offers guidance on formatting and specific requirements, and covers proposal administration procedures. Our instructor has developed many successful proposals and will show you how to do the same.

Getting a hands-on experience, especially with writing, can help you nail down your process of thinking, organizing and presenting information. A government proposal writing workshop instructor can give you guidance and help you learn how to write government proposals that win the contract award. To find a PTAC in your state to inquire about their scheduling for government proposal writing workshops, click here.

If the PTAC currently is not offering a proposal-writing workshop within the time frame you’re looking for, consider asking the PTAC official for a 1:1 meeting. Prepare a draft of your government proposal ahead of time, along with any proposal-writing questions.