Tuesday, January 19, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST
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Jacylyn Syfu 
The McKelvey Group, Inc. 
800-246-3154 ext. 822 

Developing Cost/Price Proposals - Basic, LIVE Virtual Training Course - Jan 19, 2021 

The McKelvey Group is holding a BASIC LEVEL training course on DEVELOPING COST/PRICE PROPOSALS on January 19, 2021. This is a full-day live virtual training course and advanced registration is required. Early Bird Registration: Register and pay by December 18 and get 10% off with promo code EARLY10OFF.  We're sorry, but we cannot offer refunds for cancellations within 30 days of the scheduled class. We hope you will join us!

Course Description

This entry-level course is designed to provide an overview of the Pricing process in response to Government Requests for Proposal (RFP). This is an introductory course which focuses on the process, definitions, basic skills, and requirements for completing a Cost/Price proposal in response to an RFP.

Participants will be taught industry best practices for planning, identifying/quantifying elements of cost, building a cost/price model, organizing a narrative, and preparing for submission/audit.  The course is interactive, encouraging attendee participation. Samples and templates will be used in the course and provided to all attendees.

This course provides those new to Government pricing a wider understanding of the entire proposal process.

Responding to a Government RFP requires a significant amount of time and resources. Even if your company has the best solution for the Government, simple mistakes in pricing a proposal can cost your company the win. Or your company could win the contract but find after award that it is losing money because of mistakes made in the pricing response. Improving your expertise at responding to Government procurements takes many years. However, this course can give you the foundation to reduce the learning curve dramatically.

Who Should Attend

This is an entry-level course designed for pricers with 0-3 years of experience.  Accounting, contracts, business development, and other non-pricer personnel looking to develop a basic understanding of the pricing function will also benefit from this course.  Attendees should have a basic level of experience with Microsoft Excel. 

Learning Objectives

This course leads the attendee through a typical proposal process from RFP release to submission.  Upon completion of this course, attendees will:

  • Gain an understanding of the standard pricing process
  • Learn the basic procedures for completing a Government cost/price proposal
  • Learn some of the common pitfalls encountered during pricing

 Course Agenda

  • Introduction
  • Pricing Function – Defined
  • GovCon Procurement Process
  • Types of Contracts/Tasks
  • Elements of Cost/Price
  • Building a Model
  • Writing a Narrative
  • Quality Control/Reviews
  • Production & Delivery
  • Post Delivery
  • Questions & Open Discussion


Your Instructor, Matt McKelvey

Financial & Accounting Management, Government Contracting, and Business Valuation Subject Matter Expert

Matt McKelvey has over twenty-five years’ experience in Finance/Accounting, Government Contracting, Business Valuations, Process Optimization, and Training. Matt is President and CEO of The McKelvey Group, and is widely respected as a subject matter expert in both commercial and Federal marketplaces. He brings his extensive experience working with large, medium, and small companies to help his clients achieve the growth objectives of their owners.

As a consultant and CFO, he is well known for his expertise in working with organizations as they seek to create or improve their relationships with the Federal Government through price and proposal strategies, compliance, accounting, and training. In addition to direct client consulting in these areas, Matt demonstrates his comprehensive expertise through various speaking engagements and the Government contracting courses he instructs, including Cost/Price Proposal Workshops, DCAA Audit Preparation, Earned Value Management Systems, and Incurred Cost Submissions. Matt teaches his courses through several venues including training companies, conferences, and for individual clients. The McKelvey Group is a National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) recognized Continuing Professional Education (CPE) program sponsor providing CPE credits in accordance with nationally recognized standards.

In finance and accounting, Matt supports his clients with strategic planning, alignment of their systems and processes with the plan, and/or a business valuation to assess the value of the company when it achieves that plan. This allows for ongoing financial forecasting, actual to budget reviews, and improved management reporting. These updated systems assist organizations in improving profitability and cash flow while minimizing cost and performance risk.

Matt holds an MBA in Finance and Marketing and a BS in Finance. He is a Six Sigma Certified Black Belt, a member of the National Contract Management Association (NCMA), and is an Accredited Senior Appraiser with the American Society of Appraisers (ASA).