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Small business experiences huge growth in working with HISD

Small-business professionals heard a success story Tuesday about a minority-owned company that has taken its business to new heights, earning contracts to build HISD’s new Milby High School and DeBakey High School for Health Professions.

“Everyone in our construction office is ecstatic about the work they’re doing,” said HISD Team Lead for Supplier Diversity Bernard Willingham, who shared Taylor Construction Management’s story with about 200 small-business professionals at the Greater Houston Business Procurement Forum’s monthly breakfast.

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Contractors network on construction project for Waltrip HS

Satterfield & Pontikes Construction met with about 30 subcontractors interested in bidding for construction work for the Waltrip High School building renovation during a networking event Tuesday.

“We want to get to know more about your company and how your company can fit into this project,” said William Chambers, a senior project manager with Satterfield & Pontikes.

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Vendors, suppliers learn about district’s improved procurement process

More than 30 suppliers and vendors looking to do business with HISD learned how the district is improving its procurement process to create better opportunities for small businesses during a workshop held Tuesday.

“If we’re able to get the product we want, and you’re able to sell it, it’s a win-win for both of us,” said Gilberto Carles, the district’s general manger of procurement services. “If you’re not an awarded contractor, you need to understand why, so you can develop ways to take your company to the next level.”

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CMAR firms to network with subcontractors at ‘Meet the Generals’ event

Fourteen firms that HISD selected to provide construction manager at risk (CMAR) services on school building projects will discuss the facilities they plan to build with more than 150 potential subcontractors and minority- and women-owned business enterprises (M/WBES) at a networking event Monday.

The “Meet the Generals” event, organized by the district’s business assistance department, will give subcontractors the opportunity to form relationships with prime contractors for construction projects funded by the district’s 2012 bond program.

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Lee HS Grad Leads Tech Solutions Company to $18 Million in Business with HISD

Editor’s note: This profile is part of an occasional series on minority or women-owned companies that do business with HISD. The district’s minimum M/WBE goal levels are 20 percent for all levels of purchasing and construction, and 25 percent for professional services. In the 2007 bond program, that commitment reached nearly 34 percent. In the 2012 program, the contracts awarded to date reflect a nearly 51 percent M/WBE commitment.

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M/WBEs Learn Benefits of Creating Joint Ventures to Do Business with HISD

Minority- and women-owned business enterprises on Wednesday learned how merging forces and resources with large companies can lead to a better shot at landing a contract for an HISD building project.

“Smaller companies are not always able to compete against the big guys,” said HISD Team Lead for Supplier Diversity Bernard Willingham. “So, we’re going to talk about how to compete with them instead.”

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