Modular Market model (Market 707) Developer
|Deadline:||12:00 PM, July 26, 2012|
|Organization:||Scadding Court Community Centre|
This proposal is for services to assist Scadding Court Community Centre (SCCC) in developing their Modular Market model, currently being piloted as Market 707. SCCC is a multi-service agency located in downtown west Toronto. Our programs target under-serviced, culturally diverse groups such as low-income families, at-risk children and youth, newcomers, people living with disabilities, seniors and the un/underemployed. Our work is about supporting individuals and families, strengthening communities and building a better Toronto.
To support and foster the well being of individuals, families, and community groups by providing and encouraging both local and international opportunities for recreation, education, athletics, community participation and inclusive social interaction.
About Market 707
Market 707 has transformed the Dundas-Bathurst area into an innovative destination through the creation of a replicable downtown outdoor market that generates employment, promotes economic inclusion, draws local and international visitors, and energizes the local business climate. This market opened in 2010 and is currently fully occupied with 12 vendors housed in refurbished shipping containers. The project has two key objectives:
- Social Entrepreneurship and Community Economic Development
- Streetscape Animation through Community Building
This model has great potential in Toronto for achieving these objectives both in this location and in other locations around the city. To start facilitating implementation elsewhere, SCCC has drafted a Market Developers Manual.
SCCC envisions working with a team of professionals including a business and marketing consultant, and a lawyer both on an individual consulting basis and collectively in the form of an advisory committee. This support and dialogue will allow SCCC to build its capacity for business development and operations as well as knowledge sharing between experts in different sectors. The goal will be to evolve and optimize the effectiveness of our Modular Marketplace Model in order to facilitate and encourage the creation of similar markets throughout Toronto. It will also allow for effective integration, documentation and communication of what we have learned in the Marketplace model context. Furthermore, this team will directly support the viability of individual entrepreneurs and the Modular marketplace as a whole.
Description of Role of the Business and Marketing Consultant
Consultant would aid SCCC in moving closer to our goals by:
- Establishing an active Marketplace Advisory Committee comprised of Market 707 project staff and vendors, the retained consultant(s) and lawyers, the project funder and other stakeholders;
- Develop a branding and marketing strategy for Market 707 as a whole;
- Strengthen the vision of Market 707 and create clear processes and procedures that are in line with this vision (ex. new vendor selection criteria);
- Perform individual business reviews in accordance with our vision and model;
- Engage vendors in business-related learning and planning;
- Contribute to those sections of the toolkit and manual where business expertise would provide greater insight to processes specific to a Modular Marketplace;
- Assist with business modeling related to marketplace replication and pricing schedules.
- Support the dissemination of project learning through the sharing of the manual, events and other strategies for knowledge-sharing, to be determined.
We expect that a consultant will work with us for a period of 9‐10 months and host a minimum of 3 advisory committee meetings.
Description of Desired Outcomes
At the end of the process, we would like to collectively achieve the following concrete outcomes:
- A revised Modular Market Developers’ Manual to be used by others in planning and supporting a modular market;
- A vendors’ toolkit highlighting some considerations in developing a business and marketing plan for new vendors;
- Increased capacity of Market 707 project staff to support their vendors and assist other organizations in establishing modular markets.
Interested parties should submit a proposal containing the following:
- A proposal, not to exceed five pages and to include a proposed consulting plan;
- Contact information;
- Project description/approach;
- Business/marketing expertise;
- Resumes for all relevant team members;
- References, with contact information.
Applicants must clearly demonstrate the following:
- At least 2-3 years experience in business/marketing or a related field;
- Ability to communicate effectively with diverse populations;
- Knowledge of non-profit organizations;
- Strong communication and organizational skills;
The budget for a business and marketing consultant is up to $12,000.00 (HST included).
For More Information
|Name:||Jacqueline Hall, Special Project Developer:|
|Phone:||(416) 392-0335 x233|
To submit the RFP
Letters of Proposal are due by 12:00pm on July 26th, 2012. Please forward via email to:
Consultant’s work will begin August 7th, 2012.