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

METRO’s Small Business University (SBU) 2018 Calendar

January 9, 2018
How To Do Business with METRO
Certification, Procurement Team, Opportunities
5330 Griggs (Palm Center)
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

February 7, 2018
Understanding METRO’s Information Technology (IT) Process
1900 Main Street
9 - 10:30 a.m.

February 21, 2018
How to Price Your Proposal “Bidding Tips”
1900 Main Street
9 - 11 a.m.

March 7, 2018
METRO’s “Meet The Buyer’s”
1900 Main Street
2 - 5 p.m.

April 4, 2018
Learn How To Do Business with METRO’s Human Resources (HR) & Benefits Departments 1900 Main Street
9 - 11 a.m.

May 2, 2018
Comprehensive Learning of METRO’s Solicitations
1900 Main Street
9 - 11 a.m.

May 23, 2018
Davis Bacon (Department of Labor) & LCP Tracker Training
1900 Main Street
8 a.m. - 12 Noon

June 13, 2018
Learn How To Do Business with METRO’s Facilities Maintenance Department
1900 Main Street
9 - 10:30 a.m.

July 11, 2018
How To Be Responsive and Responsible, When Responding to an “RFP, RFQ and IFB”
1900 Main Street
9 - 11 a.m.

August 2, 9, 16, 23, 2018 (Every Thursday in August)
OSHA 30 Training
1900 Main Street
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

August 8, 2018
Bonding & Insurance Workshop
1900 Main Street
9 - 11 a.m.

September 12, 2018
Accessing Capital
1900 Main Street
9 - 11 a.m.

October 10, 2018
I’m Certified, What’s Next!
1900 Main Street
9 - 10:30 a.m.

November 7, 2018
Creating A Safety Plan
1900 Main Street
9 - 10:30 a.m.

December 5, 2018
Bidding Tips From Our Partners (SCORE, P-TAC, SBA, Greater Houston Procurement Forum)
1900 Main Street
9 - 10:30 a.m.

 

METRO Quarterly Hands On, Online Certification Workshops
UH Small Business Development Center
2302 Fannin, Suite 200 - Houston, TX 77002
9 - 11 a.m.
September 13, 2018
February 6, 2018
May 8, 2018

 

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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