Government Procurement Connections

The 2011 Government Procurement Connections forum is underway. The event provides assistance for minority-and women-owned businesses seeking government contracts. Andrew Schneider has this report.

GRB side pond viewRepresentatives of more than 100 agencies from federal, state and local government are gathering at the George R. Brown Convention Center for Government Procurement Connections.

One of the highlights of the first day was a panel discussion on the state Historically Underutilized Business, or HUB, Program. Like the conference itself, the HUB Program aims to increase government contracting opportunities for minority- and women-owned businesses.

Wayne Wilson of the Texas Health & Human Services Department drew attention to HUB’s Mentor Protégé program.

“What our mentor program is designed to do, it’s to provide developmental assistance to HUBs and to increase their ability to contract with the state. It develops a protégé’s competency, it increases a company’s long term stability in the industry, and it also increases the mentor company’s ability to identify potential firms that may be used as subcontractors. ”

Government Procurement Connections continues today at the GRB.


Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew heads Houston Public Media’s coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas delegations in the U.S. House and Senate, as well as the Texas governorship, the state legislature, and county and city governments. Before taking up his current post, Andrew...

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