RFQ | E3 Durham Hispanic Outreach, Navigation, and Support

January 10, 2023

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Timeline: Jan 17, 2023 - Nov 30, 2023
Budget: $20,000 - $25,000

E3 Durham (E3D) is a SBA grant funded program designed to help underserved and under-connected entrepreneurs to equitably start, grow, and scale businesses. In order to effectively reach all entrepreneurs in the service region, a Hispanic outreach contractor is being sought out for translation and interpretation services.



The following serves as a list of the specific responsibilities that will be undertaken by the contractor during this 11-month contract period (Jan X-Nov X). Total time is projected to be approximately 50 hours per month of services.

The goal of the contractor is to build trust within the Durham county Hispanic/Latino community enough to offer E3D as an authentic tool to help meet the needs of entrepreneurs and business owners within the Durham area.

  • Work collaboratively with ecosystem partners that have specific resources for the Hispanic Latino community to create a trusted pipeline.
  • Host Hispanic Latino think tank(s) or listening session(s).
  • Host at least one PUAP session in Spanish (or English) addressing key business needs/resources for the Hispanic Latino community. Attend Pull-Up at Provident events on the first Wednesday each month.
  • Include at least one Hispanic Latino serving ecosystem table at PUAP each quarter.
  • Translate program intake form into Spanish.
  • Walk interested entrepreneurs through the Spanish version of intake form both in community and at PUAP.
  • Attend monthly meetings for supporting Hispanic entrepreneurs with the City/County of Durham.
  • Visit/meet with Hispanic-owned businesses and business owners and share E3D material resources, as appropriate at least twice a week.
  • Create and put into practice a full circle impact loop with every interested Hispanic business owner regardless of if they enrolled in E3D or not.
  • Increase awareness and use of E3D resources by people of Hispanic/Latino descent.
  • 8 total outreach efforts documented per month.
  • 15-20 new contacts a month: awareness
  • Monthly follow up contacts with interested/enrolled clients.
  • At least 20 newly enrolled by November 2023: use of program

Anticipated work distribution

  • Translation services for intake and outreach materials created by the Forward Cities team - 3 hours/month
  • On the ground outreach to Hispanic/Latinx business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs - 15-20 hours/month
  • Interpretation services and outreach to potential Spanish speaking clients at the monthly Pull-Up at Provident event 5 hours/month
  • Direct counseling support for Spanish speaking clients - 15-20 hours/month
  • Coordination meetings with E3 Durham team - 5 hours/month


  • Must be fully fluent in English and Spanish languages - verbal and written
  • Extensive experience in ecosystem work, entrepreneurship and business support, and community building/organizing
  • Experience with Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) is a plus
  • Must have a minimum of 2 years experience in business development, business coaching, and/or entrepreneurial support
  • Should be located in/near the Durham community
  • Knowledge of and familiarity with the Durham small business community is a plus

The contractor can either be an individual or an organization. If interested, please submit your qualifications document (i.e. resume, cv, profile, etc., two references, and a cover letter describing how previous experience in Durham sets you up for success in this role) in document form to Magalie Yacinthe at myacinthe@forwardcities.org. We will be accepting applications until the position is filled.



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