This Month at the GHBPF – City of Houston

Breakfast Newsletter – September 12, 2017

Join Us Tuesday,
September 12, 2017
More Opportunities in 2017!

Date change due to Weather Advisories and Houston Community College Campus Closures

Note: The Greater Houston Business Procurement Forum will be working with the American Red Cross and other supporting Groups to assist in the ongoing relief effort for those severely affected by now Tropical Storm Harvey. The effort will be conducted currently leading up to the Forum on September 12, 2017. Items needed include: Blankets, Towels, Canned Goods, Bottle Water, Personal Care Bags and Cleaning Supplies.

You’re invited to Join us for

Greater Houston Business Procurement Forum
8:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Houston Community College Southwest
5601 W. Loop South, 1st Floor
Auditorium
Houston, Texas 77081

We are pleased to Announce the following Keynote Speakers and Topics:

Various Public and Private Sector Entities and their representatives will discuss the prospects for doing business and outline business opportunities for Small and Minority owned businesses with their respective Institutions.

We now have an added feature which allows you to click below to view the May 30, 2017 Power Presentations of our Keynote Speakers.
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The participating Agencies, Institutions and Organizations for the August 30, 2017 Forum are listed below:

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$5.00 at the door

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GHBPF – 2017 Calendar

January 24, 2017
February 28, 2017
March 28, 2017
April 25, 2017
May 30, 2017
June 27, 2017
July 25, 2017
September 12, 2017
September 26, 2017
October 24, 2017
November 14, 2017
December 12, 2017
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KEYNOTE PRESENTATION THEME:

“MAJOR PROJECTS AND INITIATIVES IN HOUSTON AND THE SURROUNDING AREA TO ALSO INCLUDE DISASTER RELIEF AND UPDATES ON THE RESPONSE, RECOVERY AND REBUILD EFFORTS RELATING TO HURRICANE HARVEY AND RESULTING STORMS”

KEY REPRESENTATIVES WILL REVIEW UPCOMING PROJECTS AND INITIATIVES.

Harris County Purchasing Department – Damon Harris, Assistant Purchasing Agent will review key Projects to be undertaken by the Department including the NRG Astrodome Renovation and Harris County Toll Bridge Expansion among others. Mr. Harris will also review opportunities to do business with Harris County as a result of the Tropical Storm Harvey Relief Efforts.

Harris County Flood Control District – Jeff Lindner, Director, Hydrologic Operations Division/Meteorologist will provide a brief update of the Houston area’s ever changing weather patterns that have affected our Infrastructure and overall Relief Efforts related to Tropical Storm Harvey.

Almeda-Genoa Constructors Team, JV – Maria Rios, DBE Representative accompanied by Prime Contractors, Pulice Construction, Inc., Roy Jorgenson & Associates and MICA Corporation will provide updates and opportunities on the Highway 288 Toll Road Expansion Project valued at $815 million with a 12 percent DBE goal for $97.8 million. All trades are required.

ExxonMobil Global Services Company
Kevin Bowser, Global Sustainable Procurement/Supplier Diversity will provide updates on potential business opportunities and highlight the Women’s Business Enterprise Alliance (WBEA) Golf Classic to raise scholarship funds for women owned businesses.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) – Samuel Brunson, Jr., Chief Industry Liaison Section, Office of the Chief Procurement Officer, U.S. Department of Homeland Security will review contracting and acquisition opportunities relating to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts.

U.S. Small Business Administration – Tim Jeffcoat, Director of the Houston District Office will review SBA’s financial assistance Programs while Valerie Coleman, Program Manager, Prime Contracts Office of Government Contracting will review key points in doing business with the Federal Government in times of Disaster.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS AND UPDATES:

Houston Water Works Team, JV – Northeast Water Purification Plant Expansion (NEWPP) – Elizabeth Martin, Diversity Outreach Coordinator accompanied by Robert Monk, Construction Manager, Houston Waterworks Team, JV will review the NEWPP Expansion Project including upcoming business opportunities. The Plant is expanding current production levels by 320 million gallons per day. The Project is valued at $1.3 Billion and is expected to extend through 2024.
All trades will be required.

Gilbane Building Company – Darlene Cowins, MWDBE Liaison and Bob Stasia, Senior Project Executive will provide brief updates on how to do business with Gilbane and upcoming business opportunities.

H-E-B – James Harris, Director, Supplier Diversity will discuss how to do business with the Chain and review business opportunities in the areas of construction, food & beverage, beauty/health and artisanal general merchandising products.

FLUOR Enterprises, Inc. – Annie Lidge, Program Manager, Supplier Diversity will offer tips for doing business with Prime Contractors of Federal Agencies on Disaster Relief Contracts. Ms. Lidge gained extensive knowledge as a Prime Contractor from her past performance with FEMA and other Federal Agencies.

INSPIRATION AND ENTERTAINMENT:

OPENING CEREMONY:

National Anthem: Richard Miles, Manager, Business Development – Archer Commercial Insurance Group

Color Guard: U.S. Marine Corps.

Pledge of Allegiance: TBA

Complimentary Breakfast: Ella Mae’s Catering – Shirley Conley, Principal
Mini-Bites – Mona Tezeno, Principal
Time: 7:45 to 9:30 a.m.

BUSINESS TO BUSINESS NETWORKING:

Businesses have the opportunity to introduce their services to the Audience as well to exchange business leads and interact with each other.
Time: 8:00 to 8:30 a.m.

OPENING CEREMONY:

Time: 8:30 to 8:40 a.m.

BUSINESS INTERACTIVE SESSION:

The Session offers the opportunity to meet with other key officials and decision makers representing other agencies and institutions in the Audience.
Time: 8:45 to 9:15 a.m.

BUSINESS ADVICE SESSION:

Julie Irvin, Proposal Manager & Consultant will review key elements of assembling and presenting a competitive Bid or Proposal.
Time: 9:15 to 9:20 a.m.

KEYNOTE PRESENTATIONS:

The aforementioned Panelist deliver individual Presentations via Power Point or Chat. Time: 9:20 to 10:30 a.m.

ONE-ON-ONE
NETWORKING SESSION:

Businesses have the opportunity to meet Face to Face with Keynote Speakers and other Prime Contractors. Time: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Be Part of the Solution

Volunteer!  Any positive help and assistance getting our city back on its feet is welcome.  There are plenty of places that need folks to volunteer.  Your community needs you.  Get out there and help your community recover.  We were blessed to be able to give back and volunteer at Grace Woodlands.  It is so gratifying to see families walk out with favor, after coming through the door with hope.

 

Do not let it get any worse! If you flooded and were able to keep some of your pictures, we will inspect and advise for free!

Our fellow Houstonians have endured days of torrential rainfall and extensive flooding from Hurricane Harvey.  If you have pictures that were in a residence/business that flooded, please contact us.  Our pictures are snapshots of our memories and our art is an investment, during flood events and power loss there is a high chance for pictures/art to get mold and mildew inside the frames from the dramatic temperature change and improper sealing.  Some of the damaged pictures may even be restored/salvaged.  We will gladly inspect your framed pictures for free.  Setup your appointment here.

The Ladder Won

While building a 12ft x 24ft shed in his backyard, Bill Gerdes, Lead Framer at Picture Worth Custom Framing, had his ladder collapse while he was on it.  Bill was able to fall forward onto the collapsed ladder and escape with bruises and some cuts.  Bill said, “The center part just folded in and down I went!”  Fortunately, his son-in-law was nearby to attend to him to ensure that he was okay.