RBC launches Request for Proposal seminars for small businesses

    VANCOUVER, Oct. 17 /CNW/ - RBC has launched Request for Proposal (RFP)
seminars to coach small business owners on how to professionally respond to
contract opportunities offered by the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the
2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC), private corporations and
public institutions such as universities and hospitals. Free of cost to the
public, RBC's small business account managers are hosting the seminars
designed to help small businesses learn how to spot RFP opportunities,
determine the best ones to pursue and tailor their responses to highlight
their core strengths.
    "Responding to an RFP is one of the most important business development
activities a small business can undertake, but many small business owners are
intimidated by the process or don't know how to submit an effective bid," said
Betty MacLeod, RBC senior manager of Olympic Business. "The RFP seminar
provides straightforward advice on how to manage an RFP from beginning to end
and tips on how to make your company stand out."
    Delivered by professional facilitators, seminars have already been
scheduled for locations throughout Vancouver and the Lower Mainland, as well
as Victoria, Nanaimo, Whistler and Kelowna.
    The RFP seminars are part of RBC's ongoing efforts to help BC small
businesses grow and prosper. In the past year, the bank has doubled the size
of its small business account manager team in BC from 60 to 120, made it
faster and easier to get business loans and enhanced its online small business
    "RBC is the current small business market leader in Canada, serving one
in four small business clients, because of our commitment to helping small
businesses succeed," said Aly Karmali, regional manager and advisor for RBC
Small Business. "We want to make it easy for small businesses to bank with us,
provide streamlined access to credit and offer financial advice and resources
to give entrepreneurs a competitive edge."
    Recognizing that small business owners value an integrated business and
personal view of their financial needs, RBC's growing team of small business
account managers offer one point of contact for both business and personal
banking. They can help clients develop sound business strategies and navigate
business expansion, while also providing home financing solutions and
retirement planning advice. RBC also offers 24/7 small business banking
services by phone and provides free Definitive Guides that contain information
on a wide range of topics that are useful to business owners.

For further information:

For further information: including a complete listing of seminar times
and locations, please contact: Christie Smith, Public Affairs, RBC Financial
Group, Phone (604) 665-4031

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