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METRO Offers Small Businesses a Map to Success
Press Release
Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Representatives from dozens of small businesses have a leg up on the competition thanks to METRO's "Meet the Buyers" event.  The free seminar held today gave business owners a chance to hold face-to-face meetings with the agency's procurement decision makers. It is part of METRO's award-winning Small Business Enterprise Program.  METRO Board Chair Carrin Patman expressed the Board's deep commitment to partnering with small businesses.

"I want to thank you for the enormous contributions small businesses make to the region and particularly to METRO. You are also job creators and that is invaluable for all of us," said Patman.

Over the last three years, METRO has awarded $136 million to small and disadvantaged businesses (SBE/DBE).

"We were the first agency in the Houston-Galveston region to set a 35 percent small business goal on eligible contracts.  We’re proud to say we consistently meet or exceed our goal," Patman added. 

METRO President & CEO Tom Lambert explained how everyone at the agency is responsible for encouraging small business partnerships.  

"Our culture is to embrace the opportunity to work with small businesses as we go forward," Lambert said.

METRO offers a full series of free training courses for the small business community. Additionally, it is recommended these companies register as vendors with the agency and seek METRO's online certification.  Currently, there are over 1100 SBE's listed in the Small Business Certification Directory.  The program regularly receives recognition for its outstanding record


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