Port Houston continued its popular Port University course in 2019 for small businesses with presentations from various departments about doing 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.
Port Houston’s Small Business and Education Outreach department participates in more than 200 events every year through collaboration with various chambers of commerce, economic development organizations and private/public agency partners.