METRO Small Business Outreach & Training Events


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.

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Small Business & Procurement Help Center

By Appointments Only, Monday through Friday — 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Please email your request for an appointment to sbe.helpcenter@ridemetro.org.

We will do our best to respond to your request within 48 hours.


Available Services:

• Vendor Registration Assistance
• Online Certification Assistance
• B2GNow Training
One-on-One Small Business Assessments
Business Development
• METRO’s Procurement website Demonstration
• Debriefings (Bids or Post Awards)
• One-on-One meetings with Department Representative, as Applicable

METRO Wants To Do Business With You!

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) 2019 Calendar

January 8, 2019
How To Do Business with METRO!
Certification! Procurement Team! Opportunities!
5330 Griggs (Palm Center)
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

January 30, 2019
How to Price Your Proposal “Bidding Tips!”
1900 Main Street
9 – 11:30 a.m.
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February 13, 2019
Preparing a Mock RFP & RFQ (“Hand’s on Exercise! & Evaluation / Feedback”)
1900 Main Street
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Noon)
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March 6, 2019
Understanding METRO’s Information Technology (IT) Process
1900 Main Street
9 – 11 a.m.
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April 3, 2019
METRO’s “Meet The Buyers” (State of METRO!)
1900 Main Street
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Noon)
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April 4, 11, 18, 25, 2019 (Every Thursday in April)
OSHA 30 Training (Pre-Selected Firms Only)
Please Inquire
1900 Main Street
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

May 7, 2019
Celebrating Small Businesses! (In Recognition of National Small Business Week)
1900 Main Street
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Noon)
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May 22, 2019
Davis Bacon (Department of Labor)
1900 Main Street
9 – 11:30 a.m.
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June 12, 2019
Preparing For A METRO “Match-Making!”
1900 Main Street
9 – 11:30 a.m.
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July 17, 2019
Construction Estimating
1900 Main Street
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Noon)
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August 7, 2019
Bonding & Insurance Workshop
1900 Main Street
9 – 11 a.m.
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September 11, 2019
I’m Certified, What’s Next!
1900 Main Street
9 – 10:30 a.m.
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October 9, 2019
Accessing Capital
1900 Main Street
9 – 11 a.m.
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November 6, 2019
Creating A Safety Plan
1900 Main Street
9 – 11 a.m.
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December 4, 2019
Bidding Tips From Our Partners (SCORE, P-TAC, SBA, Greater Houston Procurement Forum)
1900 Main Street
9 – 11 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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