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HHSC Procurement Opportunities - POLICY ON THE UTILIZATION OF HUBS

HHSC HUB PROGRAMS

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AND COMPLIANCE

CERTIFYING ENTITIES

Texas Department of Transportation
125 E. 11th St.
Austin, TX 78701-2483
(512)703-5830
http://www.dot.state.tx.us/business/dbeinfo.htm
Description: DBE Certifying Program

South Central Texas Regional Certification Agency
301 S. Frio, Suite 106
San Antonio, TX 78207
(210) 227-4722
http://www.sctrca.org

City of Austin
Two Commodore Plaza
206 E. Ninth St., Ste. 13.140
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 499-7600
http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/smbr/

City of Houston
P.O. Box 1562
Houston, TX 77251-1562
(713) 837-9000
http://www.cityofhouston.gov

Houston Metropolitan Authority
P.O. Box 61429
Houston, TX 77208-1429
(713) 739-4845
http://www.hou-metro.harris.tx.us


PROCUREMENT OPPORTUNITIES

San Antonio Electric Commerce
Description: Assists small business to conduct business with federal agencies. Provides free training, consultation, and tools to help you find new business and improve existing relationships with Department of Defense and other federal customers using electronic commerce.
http://www.saecrc.org/

Electronic State Business Daily
http://esbd.tbpc.state.tx.us
Description: A list of bid opportunities for the State of Texas including contact information.

Houston-Galveston Area Council Cooperative Program
http://www.h-gac.com/HGAC/Programs/cooperative+purchasing/default.htm

MD Anderson HUB Program
Description: A list of bid opportunities for the hospital can be found at
http://www3.mdanderson.org/depts/purchase/hub.htm

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
(formerly the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission)
http://www.tnrcc.state.tx.us/admin/hub/hub.html
Description: The TSEQ is committed to purchasing from and contracting with historically underutilized businesses (HUBs) and minority- and woman-owned business enterprises (MBE/WBE).

U.S. General Services Administration
http://www.gsa.gov/
Description: Contains a listing of federal opportunities. The site is a bit difficult to navigate. To find out about opportunities go to "Search" from the main page, scroll down on the search page and select business opportunities. Another place to search is the "Office of Enterprise Development."

UT HUB Program
http://www.utsystem.edu/hub/direc.html


FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Texas Linked Deposit
P.O. Box 12728
Austin, TX 78711
(512) 936-0501
http://www.tded.state.tx.us/TexasLinkedDeposit/
Description: Information for Small Business and HUB lending by the State.

Texas Capitol Access Fund
P.O. Box 12728
Austin, TX 78711
(512) 936-0501
http://www.tded.state.tx.us/TexasCapitalAccess/

Description: Opportunities for business lending, includes information on financial institutions that match government funds.

Steps on Starting a Business
http://www.tded.state.tx.us/guide/
Description: A listing of publications from the State (some at no cost) relating to SB Start-up kits, Information on loan and grant information etc.


USEFUL BUSINESS INFORMATION

County Clerk List
http://www.tded.state.tx.us/guide/cntyclrklisting.html
Description: A listing of County Clerks in the State of Texas.

Small Business Development Centers
http://www.tded.state.tx.us/smallbusiness/sbdc.htm
Description: Small Business Development Centers help existing and new small business owners develop their management skills for a better chance at success. SBDCs provide confidential counseling assistance at no charge and training programs in many business areas.

Small Business United of Texas
http://www.sbutx.org
Description: Organization that provides governmental information for small businesses volunteer-directed association that proactively represents small business owners at all levels of government. Small Business United of Texas is a statewide small business association representing more than 8,000 businesses. Major issue areas monitored by the organization include business finance and the availability of loans for small business, health insurance, workers' compensation, taxation and employment issues.

Houston Minority Business Council
6671 Southwest Frwy
Ste. 110
Houston, TX 77074
(713) 271-7805
http://www.hmbc.org
Description: Certifies businesses as MBE, recognized by the City of Houston, major corporations, HISD, and Port of Houston. 220 corporations and over 700 minority-owned businesses share a common mission to increase and expand business opportunities and business growth for minority business enterprises.

National Women Business Owners Corporation
1100 Wayne Ave., #830
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(561) 848-5066
http://www.nfwbo.org/
Description: NWBOC has launched a national certification program for woman owned and controlled business as an alternative to the multiple state and local certifications required by many public and private sector agencies. Over 100 private and public agencies now accept NWBOC certification.

North Central Texas Regional Certification Agency
Centerpoint Two, 616 Six Rags Sr.
Ste. 128-LB 24
Arlington, TX 76011
(817) 640-0606
http://www.nctrca.org/

Description: The North Central Texas Regional Certification Agency (NCTRCA), an independent agency is responsible for evaluating the eligibility of firms seeking certification as a Business Enterprise (D/M/WBE).

North Texas Women's Business Council (NTWBC)
1402 Corinth St., Ste. 147
Dallas, TX 75215
(214) 428-1990
http://www.ntwbc.org/
Description: The North Texas Woman's Business Council is in the business of facilitating mutually beneficial procurement opportunities for Women Business Enterprises (WBEs), corporations, and the government.

U.S. SBA Office of Small Disadvantaged Business Certification & Eligibility
409 Third St., S.W.-8th Floor
Washington, DC 20416
(800) 558-0884
http://www.sba.gov/services
Description: Applicants can obtain information on becoming certified in a HUB zone. Federal contract information and assistance for minority enterprises.

Texas Statewide HUB Reports
http://www.tbpc.state.tx.us/hub/hub_report/index.html
The Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Program of the Building and Procurement Commission (formerly the General Services Commission) has been tasked with the reporting of expenditures made by state agencies and institutions of higher education during each fiscal year. The Statewide HUB Report also provides information on the total utilization of HUBs.

State of Texas HUB Coordinators
http://www.tbpc.state.tx.us/hub/eof/agycoordr.html
State agencies with biennial budgets that exceed $10 million are required to designate a staff member to serve as the Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Coordinator for the agency during the fiscal year. The Coordinator advises and assists the agency Executive Director and staff in complying with the requirements relating to the Historically Underutilized Business Program.

Economic Opportunity Forum
http://www.tbpc.state.tx.us/hub/eofinfo.html
State agencies are required to design a program of forums in which historically underutilized businesses are invited by state agencies to deliver technical and business presentations that demonstrate their capability to do business with the agency. The Building and Procurement Commission (formerly the General Services Commission) also provides opportunities statewide for business owners to network and meet key purchasers, HUB Coordinators, senior management personnel and obtain information regarding procurement opportunities.


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This page was updated on May 12, 2004