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) 2017 Calendar

February 22, 2017
Small Business Technical Proposal Preparation
1900 Main Street
9 - 11 a.m.
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March 8, 2017
METRO’s “Meet The Buyer’s”
1900 Main Street
2 - 5 p.m.
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March 29, 2017
Bonding & Insurance Workshop
1900 Main Street
9 - 11 a.m.
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April 12, 2017
METRO Small Purchases (PO’s)
1900 Main Street
9 - 10:30 a.m.
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May 9, 2017
Quarterly Hands On, Online Certification Workshops

UH Small Business Development Center 
2302 Fannin, Suite 200
Houston, TX 77002
9 - 11 a.m.
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May 10, 2017
Davis Bacon (Department of Labor) & LCP Tracker Training
1900 Main Street
8 a.m. - 12 Noon
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May 31, 2017
Everything You Need To Know About A METRO Contract But Were Afraid To Ask!
1900 Main Street
9 - 11 a.m.
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June 14, 2017
Building A Business Plan and Getting It Funded
1900 Main Street
9 - 11 a.m.
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July 12, 2017
Accessing Capital
1900 Main Street
9 - 11 a.m.
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August 3, 10, 17, 24, 2017
OSHA 30 Training (Every Thursday in August)
1900 Main Street
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

August 9, 2017
Learn How To Do Business with METRO’s Facilities Maintenance Department
1900 Main Street
9 - 10:30 a.m.
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September 12, 2017
Quarterly Hands On, Online Certification Workshops

UH Small Business Development Center 
2302 Fannin, Suite 200
Houston, TX 77002
9 - 11 a.m.
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September 13, 2017
Learn How To Do Business with METRO’s Human Resources (HR) & Engineering Departments
1900 Main Street
9 - 11 a.m.
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October 11, 2017
Come Hear From Agencies Who Accept
METRO’s Certification
1900 Main Street
9 - 11 a.m.
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November 8, 2017
Come Hear From Our Partners
(SCORE, P-TAC, SBA, Greater Houston Procurement Forum)
1900 Main Street
9 - 11 a.m.
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December 6, 2017
I’m Certified, What’s Next!
1900 Main Street
9 - 10:30 a.m.
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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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