Port Houston continued its popular Port University course for small businesses April 10 with presentations from various departments about how to do business with the port. Port University, a four-week training course, is an outreach program designed to educate small businesses about procurement opportunities. The workshops are presented in collaboration with the University of Houston Small Business Development Center.
More than 50 small business representatives attended the class. They learned about: port procurement opportunities, port facilities, the small business program, contracting language, bonding, insurance requirements and the port’s BuySpeed Procurement System. Since its inception in 2003, more than 800 small business owners have graduated from Port University.
In addition to the course, attendees are given information about other upcoming port small business events and opportunities. “Port University is the best thing that the port offers,” said Ryan Lockridge, Lockridge Packaging. “It makes you think and learn about the organization when pursuing contracts. It has been more than helpful.”