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News Release from Comptroller Susan Combs

For Immediate Release
June 17, 2009

Comptroller to Provide Tools for Success to Woman- and Minority-Owned Businesses

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

Purchasers and HUB coordinators can receive tips on building relationships with potential bidders and learn more about the Fiscal 2008 Annual HUB Report. Likewise, vendors attending the event can introduce their products and services to state purchasers. 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, June 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Wednesday, June 24, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, located at 1701 Red River.

"We actively involve woman- and minority-owned businesses in the Texas procurement process because state agencies and universities constantly look to work with businesses certified as HUBs," said Texas Comptroller Susan Combs. "I strongly encourage HUBs - and those businesses considering HUB certification - to take advantage of this powerful and vital process, and 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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