Okay, people.....in a few days I will be placing a bid for grounds care on a major, internationally recognized entity here in Atlanta. I have never done a bid this big, so I need a little bit of guidance. First, I am not going to divulge where this bid is taking place because of it's importance. Let's just say this entity did near $2 billion in gross revenue last year, and being contracted by it would give me the status of "local celebrity". Anyway, the total area to be maintained is 5 city blocks, with numerous structures throughout (akin to being littered with condos or an office park). Total turf area measures 2.5 - 3 acres. 800-900 shrubs of varying sizes. Some areas get chemicals, some do not. Annual color and mulch are not part of this bid. Where I need help is deciding whether to bid at my normal rate, or to bump it up due to the prestige this place carries, or bump it down due to the sheer volume of work. My current hourly rate per man hour is positioned at a competitive price (but not the cheapest) that gets me a comfortable profit margin. Most (95%) of my business is high-end residential (i.e. mega-mansions, estates). My commercial work is a condominium complex that covers about an acre. I'd really like to hear from some of you that work for nationally-acclaimed entities/businesses, and what practices you use for such. Landing this account would be my American dream come true--thanks in advance for your help.