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Small Business Portal: Expression of Interest Request

Monday, August 12, 2013

The City of Barrie, Georgian College and The Chamber of Commerce request expressions of interest from local businesses to Simcoe County, Barrie and Orillia that have designed and developed a cloud-based social portal software that can be used to manage a social-enabled small business information portal.


Item Description
Project Timing The system will need to be online and live for November 2013
Existing Web Based Software The system will allow us to get started with minimum configuration and development and must have been in operation for at least 6 months.
Social Enabled The system will allow users to socialize and engage each other when sharing content and connecting.
Easy Sign Up Process The system will allow users to use existing Google, Facebook, LinkedIN or Twitter user accounts to open up an account. The sign-up process will need to be simple.
Free Membership The system will offer users a free membership platform at the minimum. We understand that the system may offer a premium membership or offer advertising.
Content Sharing Within Organizations The system will offer a feature to allow organizations to create and manage their own group/page. This will enable them to share content to members that follow it. Administration and design configuration would be an asset.
Advertising The system will allow us to have control over the advertising on our page/group. It will also allow us access to analytics or to the advertising system.
Branding The system will have branding settings that allow an organization to customize the look and feel of a page/group.
The system will have minimum to zero costs associated with getting started. We understand that operating costs may be associated with premium system features. Please outline any on-going costs.
Term We are looking at a three (3) year term.


Responses must be received by August 30, 2013 by 5 PM.

The Small Business Portal Working Committee will be reviewing all responses and will request formal presentations by the organizations selected. We will respond to all request acknowledging receipt and if you are selected to present.

Please send all responses to Sybil Goruk via email in PDF format.

Submissions will get an email response so that you know it was received.

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