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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

March 26, 2014
Healthcare Workshop for Business Owners

  • Discuss how business owners can bundle voluntary benefits for more options at little or no direct cost
  • Save on employee coverage

Kashmere Facility
5700 Eastex Freeway
11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

April 9, 2014

How to Respond to a METRO RFP
This workshop is designed to provide an overview of how to respond to a METRO request for proposals. Participants will practice how to map their service and experience to a specific RFP. Participants will learn what company documents they should have prepared so that they can respond more quickly and often. Procurement will be on hand to participate in the discussion, answer questions and offer best practices for submittals.

1900 Main Street, Procurement Training Room
11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.


May 7, 2014
I’m Certified What’s Next?
This workshop is designed to provide an overview of the METRO procurement process. Participants will also learn about the Office of Small Business and the technical assistance that is available to METRO certified small businesses.

Plan to attend this informative workshop to learn how to maximize your METRO small business certification opportunities. METRO procurement will be on hand to discuss How METRO procures its goods and services.

1900 Main Street
11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.


May 13, 2014
Online Certification Workshop
Attendees will have hands on computer training and the ability to complete their certification application onsite. A RSVP is required to ensure that all attendees have access to a computer.

1900 Main @ St. Joseph Parkway
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - New Certification
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Recertification
Certification Training Registration (PDF)

Upcoming Workshops (PDF)

If you have any questions, please contact Tiko Hausman at 713-739-6032.


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