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Paid Contract Position to Help with Food Coop Business Planning

Lisa Fernandes
lisa.f.organizer
Group Organizer
Portland, ME
Post #: 2,224
Hi Everyone, the Portland Food Coop is growing and evolving! They are in need of some freelance help to develop the rest of their business plan. If you know of anyone who has this expertise, please pass on the following details!!!

Contract Position: Business Plan Project Manager

The Business Plan Project Manager will work with the Board to develop and write the Portland Food Co-op’s business plan. The Project Manager will lead and facilitate the process, conduct necessary background research, involve current member-owners and the Board in contributing to the document, and educate member-owners and the Board about the source and rationale of key assumptions and background research used to inform key decisions.

Key Activities:
Conduct or commission a market study to determine whether the local market can bear our ideas
Integrate existing survey data
Research market competition and identify the co-op’s unique niche
Help develop financial projections using industry standards, start-up benchmarks and information from comparable co-ops.

Expected Outcomes/Deliverables:
Final business plan approved by the Board
Background data and market research to support conclusions

Required Skills:
Business planning experience
Understanding of the PFC’s unique model (or an ability to adapt quickly)
Strong communication skills to help the Board grow its expertise in business planning
Industry knowledge or ability to tap into community resources in areas where support is needed
Ties to the local business community and possible target funders and local foods supporters
Good facilitation skills, respect for process and member-owner involvement
Flexibility and ability to meet deadlines

Time Commitment:
It is anticipated that the project will take 80-120 hours, beginning in November with a final product produced by mid-January, 2013. A Board subcommittee will develop a more detailed work plan in partnership with the Project Manager.

To Apply:
Please submit a cover letter and resume to admin@portlandfoodcoop.org, deadline November 12th. Please also include 3 references and a list of relevant clients (past and/or present), as well as a brief writing sample.
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