The Houston Minority Business Development Agency, a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce, recently nominated the HISD supplier diversity team for a Distinguished Supplier Diversity Award.
HISD Team Lead for Supplier Diversity Bernard Willingham urged small businesses to know their products and services well before applying for business contracts with the district.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
HISD Team Lead for Supplier Diversity Bernard Willingham shared a success story Tuesday on Global Momentum Construction, a minority-owned business that partnered with a global construction firm to land a HISD building contract. Continue reading
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.
HISD supplier diversity team members were at a workshop Thursday on growing small businesses to talk to minority- and women-owned business owners about applying for district building contracts. Continue reading
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.”