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METRO Small Business Outreach

METRO provides outreach and technical assistance for the small business community. The outreach program is designed to assist small businesses in meeting one-on-one with METRO decision-makers, as well as the product/service provider. By attending small business networking forums, small businesses are able to obtain information about how to do business with METRO and how to access decision-makers regarding projects.

The outreach efforts include attending and co-sponsoring focused events to target and reach other potential small and disadvantaged businesses to participate on agency projects.


METRO Small Business University (SBU)

METRO’s Office of Small Business Development offers free management and technical assistance through the METRO Small Business Opportunities University (SBU). SBU courses are designed to enhance the potential for businesses certified with METRO’s Small Business Program to win contracts with METRO. SBU courses are targeted toward specific opportunities at METRO.

SBU Goals and Objectives:

  • To assist small/disadvantaged businesses with navigating through METRO’s contracting and procurement process.
  • To prepare small/disadvantaged businesses for face-to-face interviews with METRO buyers, contract administrators and project managers.
  • To facilitate the communication process between small/disadvantaged businesses and other METRO representatives.


training events

I’m Certified, What’s Next - 2/12/15
Advocacy Partners Chambers Brown Bag - 2/25/15
How To Do Business With METRO - 3/4/15
How To Price Your Proposal - 4/1/15
Online Certification Workshop Registration - 4/8/15
Bonding Workshop - 4/29/15
Creating A Safety Plan - 5/6/15
SBU How To Become a DIR Vendor - 5/20/15
Understanding The Procurement Process - 6/3/15
Contract Compliance ABC’s - 7/1/15

July 8, 2015
Online Certification Computer Training 9 - 11a.m.
U of H Small Business Development Center
2302 Fannin, Suite 200 Houston, Texas 77002


Interagency Mentor Protégé Program (IMPP)

The Houston Independent School District, City of Houston, Port of Houston Authority and the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) have teamed up together to create the Interagency Mentor Protégé Program (IMPP). IMPP exists to strengthen effective working relationships and foster long term stability between established companies and local agencies with emerging historically underutilized businesses. The goals of IMPP are to enhance the business skills and broaden the base of historically underutilized businesses by providing the knowledge and experience of established firms.

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