Fifth Annual Panel & Expo
Get More Contracts
Doing Business with the Public and Private Sectors


Tuesday, November 5, 2019 from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM CST

Registration/Site Checkin: 8:30-9:00 AM
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HCC Alief Hayes 
2811 Hayes Road
West Houston Institute Building C Auditorium
Houston, TX 77082
(Building fronts on Westheimer; turn left at the entrance)
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Sandra Louvier
Director Center for Entrepreneurship

About Us:
SCORE is an all-volunteer group with real-world business experience, dedicated to your success.

Our Mission: Help small Businesses succeed. 

Our Mantra: We educate, counsel, mentor.

Founded in 1964, SCORE is a non-profit association and a Resource Partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration.
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Small business owners are invited to join HCC Procurement, SCORE and the HCC Center for Entrepreneurship West Houston as we host our fifth annual Get More Contracts Panel & Expo.  

Panel Topics: 
> How to gain access to decision makers; 
> Qualifications needed to bid; 
> Information that must be included in the bid; 
> Procurement process-where and how to submit a bid; 
> Answers to frequently asked questions:
   >> Do I need to be certified to be awarded a contract?
   >> How to stay in-the-know about current and upcoming projects?

Procurement Panelists
  • City of Houston - Porscha Jackson, PhD, External Affairs Administrative Coordinator 
  • Port of Houston Authority - Pedro Garcia, Small Business & Education Outreach 
  • Houston Community College System, SBDP - Veronica Douglas, Manager, Small Business Development Program  
  • Metropolitan Transit Authority (METRO) - Shurronda Murray, External Relations Officer Procurement
  • Small Business Administration - Panel Moderator - Gaye Spears-Madison, Business Opportunity Specialist, Houston District 
All are expanding and they are spending hundreds of millions of dollars on products and services ... and they want to do business with local small business owners.
Entrepreneur Panelists
Featuring a panel of entrepreneurs who have grown through contracting and can share their successes and obstacles overcome.  All of them are alumni of HCC Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses.
Nation Waste, Inc.     Nuksy's Fine Catering     Julie Irvin Hartman
Maria Rios                   Yolanda Henry, Chef Yo     Certified Proposal 
President, CEO           Owner, Executive Chef       Manager and Speaker

City of Houston (COH) , Mayors Office of Business Opportunity,
Port of Houston Authority, Metropolitan Transit  Authority,
Houston Community College Small Business Development Procurement,
City of Houston Housing and Community Development,
Texas Department of Criminal Justice,
Houston Minority Supplier Development Council,
Houston Independent School District (ISD), Spring Branch ISD, Fort Bend ISD,
HCC Minority Business Development Agency Business Center,
Houston First, Centerpoint Energy, LiftFund, Houston Business Development, Inc.,
Wallis Bank, SCORE, HCC Centers for Entrepreneurship,
Nation Waste, SMR Business Service, and more….
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Thank you to our Event Sponsor: 


HCC Center for Entrepreneurship – West Houston

      OUR MISSION: To help entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses.

We do this by offering workshops, seminars, summits, classes and competitive training and advising, while also providing practical knowledge, resources and connections. Contact us at or 713-718-6650