Thursday AM February 25th, 2010

Another initiative is planned to link small businesses with government contracts. Ed Mayberry reports.

GPC 2010Government Procurement Connections will soon celebrate its 17th year linking minority, small and women-owned businesses with more than $5.3 billion in contract opportunities.  A procurement conference is set for mid-March.  Mayor Annise Parker says it's an opportunity to make key contacts.

"An inter-governmental contracting fair that provides small, minority, women and disadvantaged business owners the opportunity to meet directly with more than hundred exhibitors from the city, county, state and federal governments involved in purchasing, construction and professional services contracting.  I invite any new small business or minority-owned business that wants to figure out how to do a better job of government contracting, what they need to do, how they can make those connections."

Russ Hamley with Associated Building Contractors says there are lots of building projects that will be up for bids, including almost three-quarters of a billion dollars with the City of Houston.

"Also HISD has a half a billion dollars worth of construction.  The METRO has a $1.4 billion rail expansion, in addition to the UT System, has $900 million worth of work over the next five years—a total of about $4.5 billion.  Suffice it to say, there's a lot of construction that's going to happen in this community.  Small and minority contractors need to come to the GPC to learn about how to get their share of that work, and together we can build Houston."    

This year's procurement conference is set for March 17th and 18th at the George R. Brown Convention Center.

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Ed Mayberry

Local Anchor, All Things Considered

Ed Mayberry has worked in radio since 1971, with many of those years spent on the rock 'n' roll disc jockey side of the business...