The Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Program at the University of Houston (UH) seeks to increase procurement opportunities for minority, woman-owned, and Service-Disabled Veterans businesses. The program includes components designed to increase awareness, provide education, and encourage participation by actively working with UH staff and the vendor community.
Facilities/Construction Management (F/CM) has also been instrumental in supporting the University’s HUB program. In addition to presenting at forums, F/CM staff members meet with individual HUB firms to discuss opportunities and provide mentorship. F/CM further takes a proactive role in ensuring HUB goal contract compliance put by discussing during solicitation, after initial contract award and as needed through the project. Facilities/Construction Management (F/CM) has been instrumental in recognizing the need to provide a pipeline for HUB vendor growth.
The UH HUB Program’s outreach and education program help facilitate a pathway to increase the economic growth of local HUB vendors. For instance, over 100 individuals participated in a Construction Projects Informational Meeting held in November 2019.