The standing-room-only event was held at the Hattie Mae White building and featured an overview of the structure of the department, roles and operating procedures of the procurement team, and advice on how businesses can be more successful in winning contracts.
“We’re here for the kids – everything we do is to help provide a better educational experience for them,” said HISD Procurement Manager Ryan Sumpter. “In procurement, that means our goal is to maximize the use of tax dollars for the district.”
Attendees were encouraged to contact the sourcing specialists who handle the purchasing for their particular product or service and to introduce themselves. They were also urged to research the district’s website for upcoming bid opportunities, as well as to review past winning bids.
“A lot of information is available online,” said Sourcing Specialist Bill Garner. “If you understand the process before you get started, you have a leg up on your competitors who are coming in new.”
The monthly workshop, held the first Wednesday of each month, is sponsored by the Business Assistance Supplier Diversity Department. Topics vary and are designed to benefit small and minority- and women-owned businesses (M/WBEs) that are looking to develop more opportunities and grow their business.
The next Workshop Wednesday will be held May 6. For more information and to receive notifications of upcoming workshops and networking opportunities, contact HISD Business Assistance Supplier Diversity at 713-556-7273.