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 - Friday, 9 a.m.-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.

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2020 Calendar

This workshop is designed to aid small businesses, on how to proficiently utilize our website to their benefit. Example, firms will learn how to quickly access METRO’s current and anticipated solicitations, vendor registration, and bid tabulations. Firms will also learn where to find METRO’s historical contract awards, as well as be able to find, the Primes who are doing business with METRO.

You will learn about METRONext and the procurements opportunities, projected schedules and associated support services needed. Now is the time to prepare for what we believe to be the largest transformation of the transportation system in the Houston metropolitan area, over the next 20 years.

In this workshop you will learn about METRO’s Small Business Enterprise (SBE) online certification process and requirements.

Come learn about METRO’s insurance requirements and how to utilize various agencies that will help you comply with METRO projects.

In this workshop you will learn about METRO’s Small Business Enterprise & Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (SBE/DBE) Programs. The focus is on understanding the compliance requirements during the pre/post award stages of the procurement process. We will also discuss Title 49CFR part 26, as it pertains to METRO’s Program.

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The format of the workshop is a panel discussion comprised of bankers, LiftFund and Houston Business Development Inc. As an added bonus, “The 5C’s of Credit,” will also be covered. The presenters will answer questions and give business advice on how to gain access to their programs.

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2021 Calendar

This workshop is designed to inform certified and non-certified businesses on how to do business with METRO. The process for METRO SBE certification and vendor registrations are also covered. METRO’s Procurement staff will discuss, how METRO procures its goods and services and the process used to award contracts. They will also briefly talk about the different cooperatives (co-ops) METRO uses.

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You will learn about METRO’s small purchase procedures: How a firm is notified when contracting opportunities are available. Quote requirements for purchase orders (P.O.s) and if insurance is required on small purchases.

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In this workshop you will learn about METRO’s Small Business Enterprise (SBE) online certification process and requirements.

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Come and meet our partners who accepts our METRO Small Business Enterprise (SBE) certification and serves as additional business development resources to small business owners.  You will also hear about their small business programs and contracting opportunities.

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In this workshop you will learn how to respond to METRO’s various types of solicitations: RFPs, RFQs, & IFBs.  We will discuss: Reviewing the opportunity, their differences, compliance vs responsive and creating winning content.

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You will hear from an expert who has been in the banking industry for over 30 years. You will have a hands-on exercise, using the Bid Price Triangulation module to aid you with your bid/proposal calculations. You will learn how to establish three (3) Known Data Points, how to use the Mathematic Regression Process and how to triangulate a competitive bid/proposal price.

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You will virtually have an opportunity to meet METRO’s buyers and Contract Administrators (CA’s) who procure METRO’s goods and services.  This forum allows the business community, primes & subcontractors an opportunity to meet our Procurement Team. 

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In this workshop you will learn about METRO’s Small Business Enterprise (SBE) online certification process and requirements.

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Come hear from METRO’s Human Resources team and learn about the goods and services they need and use, in the areas of Staffing, Benefits, Insurance, Wellness, Training, Organizational Development, Equal Employment Opportunity and Employee Relations.

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Every Thursday in April

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Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). This class is for METRO CERTIFIED SMALL BUSINESSES ONLY that provide construction services. The firms are pre-selected on a first come – first serve basis (unless we have an active Multi-Trade Contract). The class maximum is 20 certified firms.

METRO’s IT managers will speak with you regarding departmental structure, operations, processes, departmental needs and anticipated IT opportunities.

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Come learn about the strategic benefits to being METRO certified. This workshop is designed for small businesses that want to learn how to do business with METRO and to give them tips on how to enhance their business. For example, they will learn about METRO’s procurement process, METRONext updates, and METRO’s Insurance requirements. You will also learn about METRO’s partners that accept the METRO SBE certification; as well as, some of the benefits of some of its other community partners.

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METRO will virtually salute small businesses around the country, with an emphasis on METRO certified SBE/DBE firms. We will also acknowledge some of our primes that have far exceeded their SBE contract participation goals.

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This workshop will provide basic information regarding the wages paid to workers on construction projects, in accordance with the Davis Bacon Act. This workshop is conducted by a representative from the Department of Labor. Come and enhance your Davis Bacon knowledge on Prevailing Wages and Fringe Benefits.

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In this workshop you will learn about METRO’s Small Business Enterprise (SBE) online certification process and requirements.

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This workshop is designed to aid small businesses, on how to proficiently utilize our website to their benefit. Example, firms will learn how to quickly access METRO’s current and anticipated solicitations, vendor registration, and bid tabulations. Firms will also learn where to find METRO’s historical contract awards, as well as be able to find, the Primes who are doing business with METRO.

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You will hear “safety tips” from METRO’s safety experts. You will learn METRO’s safety expectations and provide a “Sample METRO Safety Plan.”

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This workshop is designed to inform certified and non-certified businesses on how to do business with METRO. The process for METRO SBE certification and vendor registrations are also covered. METRO’s Procurement staff will discuss, how METRO procures its goods and services and the process used to award contracts. They will also briefly talk about the different cooperatives (co-ops) METRO uses.

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In this workshop you will learn about METRO’s Small Business Enterprise (SBE) online certification process and requirements.

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Bonding & Insurance experts will share the importance of bonding and the various type of Bonds: Bid Bonds, Performance Bonds and Payment Bonds. You will also hear from METRO’s Risk Management office, regarding METRO’s Insurance requirements for its contracts.

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It is critical that small businesses began to establish new strategies that will strengthen their business planning and degree of success.

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SCORE, P-TAC, SBA and Milton Thibodeaux of Greater Houston Business Procurement Forum, will all be present, to give you some expert advice on bidding tips, briefly talk about their programs and encourage you to utilize free small business assistance.

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In this workshop you will learn about METRO’s Small Business Enterprise (SBE) online certification process and requirements.

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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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