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News Release from Comptroller Susan Combs

For Immediate Release
May 14, 2009

Woman- and Minority-Owned Businesses Can Find Tools for Success at Texas Comptroller’s Procurement Seminar and EXPO

During the Texas Comptroller’s free 2009 Procurement Connection Seminar and EXPO in Kingsville, owners of Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUBs) can receive valuable information about the state procurement process and also network with purchasers from state agencies, universities and state contracting partners. The event will help woman- and minority-owned businesses grow and succeed by offering resources designed to help business flourish.

Vendors attending the event can introduce their products and services to state purchasers. Likewise, purchasers and HUB coordinators can receive tips on building relationships with potential bidders and learn more about the Fiscal 2008 Annual HUB Report. Participants can get a complete look into Texas Procurement and Support Services (TPASS) resources, learn more about marketing to state entities, discover tools to boost business connections and earn continuing education units.

The Comptroller’s office will host the seminar and EXPO on Tuesday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Wednesday, May 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Texas A&M University – Kingsville in the Memorial Student Union Building, MSC122, located at 700 University Blvd. in Kingsville.

“State agencies and universities are constantly looking to work with businesses certified as HUBs, and we want to actively involve HUBs in the Texas procurement process,” said Texas Comptroller Susan Combs. “HUB certification is a powerful advantage and a vital step. I strongly encourage HUBs — and those businesses considering HUB certification — to explore the many tools available for creating new opportunities to do business with the state.”

More than 12,000 businesses are certified in the Statewide HUB Program, which is part of the Comptroller’s TPASS Division. Texas awarded more than $1.8 billion in contracts and subcontracts to certified HUBs in fiscal 2008.  State agencies and higher education institutions are required to make a good-faith effort to contract with HUBs for construction, services and commodities purchases. Visit http://www.window.state.tx.us/procurement/hubexpo/ to learn more about the HUB Expo and register online.

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