funny you should ask
i came into class and spoke with the professor about it and told her about my research, and she told me that i could have just thrown a little introductory paragraph before the table of products i had to create (which was the only clear part of the assignment)--even though the instructions told me to research the format of a professional proposal. i really don't think she understands english well, though she's native to america and the english language. but i tied up the assignment quickly and even scored extra points for creating a professional invoice for my services that included the customer's signature--a signature in some fancy curly font.
heh! thanks for your help, though. the information you sent me will help me at work during my next finance project in may. i really appreciate your help.