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Bid Boss Consulting is here to make your life easier.
"You don't have time to worry about whether you hired the right person to win the bid. That's why we're here."
Sara Jane (SJ) Baublitz and Whitney Kippes met when we were the two youngest and most recent hires at an international relief and development agency. Bonding over our ongoing fight against millennial stereotyping, SJ and Whitney worked on business development and relationship management before eventually going their separate ways.
In 2019 we reunited to form Bid Boss Consulting. At that point, we'd come to value the twenty collective years of experience as what it was - a valuable asset. We had also both faced very real burnout and the intense toll that years spent in business development and proposal management can take.
In spite of that, we’ve continued to love doing the work.
In a profession where the expectation is that folx burnout within two years in business development and move on, our long-time love affair with bids is rare. And it made us wonder - What are we losing every time we have to recruit and train a new person? And why do we accept high turnover as a given?
As we navigate an increasingly competitive fundraising environment, the needs of your organization and your team are also changing.
This is a problem that requires a two-pronged approach - the capture and proposal support to get today's bid out the door and the training and coaching solutions to strengthen your internal capacity for the long-term.
An expert proposal team member ready to provide surge support
A fully integrated team member when you need mid and longer term support
A seasoned advisor on business development strategy and processes
A certified trainer providing custom in- house training and coaching
Bid Boss is a women-run consulting firm based in Arlington, Virginia with the mission of helping international development organizations win more, while avoiding staff burnout. With nearly fifty collective years of experience in the international development sector, and over thirty in business development and capture management, we've aggregated knowledge and expertise about the best avenues that can help our clients mobilize resources and position for a wide variety of donors, including USAID, USDA, DFID, the United Nations, foundations, and the private sector.
Whitney and SJ’s collected wisdom from collaborating with organizations small and large over the years came together as Bid Boss’s mission to help clients win more and avoid burnout. Our values reflect our priority to help the people behind our client's missions to serve communities around the world.
Valuing community over competition
Overcoming imposter syndrome
You are more than your work
Business development professionals have to see the value in the journey, not the destination - especially because that destination is so often beyond our control.