Certifying Entities

Texas Department of Transportation
125 E. 11th St.
Austin, TX 78701-2483
(512)703-5830
Description: DBE Certifying Program

South Central Texas Regional Certification Agency
301 S. Frio, Suite 106
San Antonio, TX 78207
(210) 227-4722

City of Austin
Two Commodore Plaza
206 E. Ninth St., Ste. 13.140
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 499-7600

City of Houston
P.O. Box 1562
Houston, TX 77251-1562
(713) 837-9000

Houston Metropolitan Authority
P.O. Box 61429
Houston, TX 77208-1429
(713) 739-4845

Procurement Opportunities

Financial Assistance

Texas Linked Deposit
P.O. Box 12728
Austin, TX 78711
(512) 936-0501
http://www.tded.state.tx.us/TexasLinkedDeposit/
Description: Information for Small Business and HUB lending by the State.

Texas Capitol Access Fund
P.O. Box 12728
Austin, TX 78711
(512) 936-0501
http://www.tded.state.tx.us/TexasCapitalAccess/
Description: Opportunities for business lending, includes information on financial institutions that match government funds.

Steps on Starting a Business
http://www.tded.state.tx.us/guide/
Description: A listing of publications from the State (some at no cost) relating to SB Start-up kits, Information on loan and grant information etc.

Useful Business Information

County Clerk List
http://www.tded.state.tx.us/guide/cntyclrklisting.html
Description: A listing of County Clerks in the State of Texas.

Small Business Development Centers
http://www.tded.state.tx.us/smallbusiness/sbdc.htm
Description: Small Business Development Centers help existing and new small business owners develop their management skills for a better chance at success. SBDCs provide confidential counseling assistance at no charge and training programs in many business areas.

Small Business United of Texas
http://www.sbutx.org
Description: Organization that provides governmental information for small businesses volunteer-directed association that proactively represents small business owners at all levels of government. Small Business United of Texas is a statewide small business association representing more than 8,000 businesses. Major issue areas monitored by the organization include business finance and the availability of loans for small business, health insurance, workers' compensation, taxation and employment issues.

Houston Minority Business Council
6671 Southwest Frwy
Ste. 110
Houston, TX 77074
(713) 271-7805
http://www.hmbc.org
Description: Certifies businesses as MBE, recognized by the City of Houston, major corporations, HISD, and Port of Houston. 220 corporations and over 700 minority-owned businesses share a common mission to increase and expand business opportunities and business growth for minority business enterprises.

National Women Business Owners Corporation
1100 Wayne Ave., #830
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(561) 848-5066
http://www.nfwbo.org/
Description: NWBOC has launched a national certification program for woman owned and controlled business as an alternative to the multiple state and local certifications required by many public and private sector agencies. Over 100 private and public agencies now accept NWBOC certification.

North Central Texas Regional Certification Agency
Centerpoint Two, 616 Six Rags Sr.
Ste. 128-LB 24
Arlington, TX 76011
(817) 640-0606
http://www.nctrca.org/
Description: The North Central Texas Regional Certification Agency (NCTRCA), an independent agency is responsible for evaluating the eligibility of firms seeking certification as a Business Enterprise (D/M/WBE).

North Texas Women's Business Council (NTWBC)
1402 Corinth St., Ste. 147
Dallas, TX 75215
(214) 428-1990
http://www.ntwbc.org/
Description: The North Texas Woman's Business Council is in the business of facilitating mutually beneficial procurement opportunities for Women Business Enterprises (WBEs), corporations, and the government.

U.S. SBA Office of Small Disadvantaged Business Certification & Eligibility
409 Third St., S.W.-8th Floor
Washington, DC 20416
(202) 619-1850 or e-mail SDB@sba.gov
http://www.sba.gov/sdb/
Description: Applicants can obtain information on becoming certified in a HUB zone. Federal contract information and assistance for minority enterprises

Texas Statewide HUB Reports
http://www.tbpc.state.tx.us/hub/hub_report/index.html
The Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Program of the Building and Procurement Commission (formerly the General Services Commission) has been tasked with the reporting of expenditures made by state agencies and institutions of higher education during each fiscal year. The Statewide HUB Report also provides information on the total utilization of HUBs.

State of Texas HUB Coordinators
http://www.tbpc.state.tx.us/hub/eof/agycoordr.html
State agencies with biennial budgets that exceed $10 million are required to designate a staff member to serve as the Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Coordinator for the agency during the fiscal year. The Coordinator advises and assists the agency Executive Director and staff in complying with the requirements relating to the Historically Underutilized Business Program.

Economic Opportunity Forum
http://www.tbpc.state.tx.us/hub/eofinfo.html
State agencies are required to design a program of forums in which historically underutilized businesses are invited by state agencies to deliver technical and business presentations that demonstrate their capability to do business with the agency. The Building and Procurement Commission (formerly the General Services Commission) also provides opportunities statewide for business owners to network and meet key purchasers, HUB Coordinators, senior management personnel and obtain information regarding procurement opportunities.

Selected List of HUB Resources on the Web

Agency/Organization Resource  Website
Texas Association of African American Chambers of Commerce: Listing of African American chambers in Texas http://www.taaacc.org
Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce: Listing of Hispanic Chambers in Texas http://www.tamacc.org/chambers/index.html
Texas Women's Chamber of Commerce: Database of selected women owned businesses www.womenschambertexas.com
Texas Asian Chamber of Commerce: Database of selected Asian owned businesses www.txasianchamber.org
Greater Dallas Asian American Chamber of Commerce: Database of selected Asian owned businesses www.gdaacc.com
Austin Asian-American Chamber of Commerce Database of selected Asian owned businesses www.austinaacc.org
Tarrant County Asian American Chamber of Commerce: Database of selected Asian owned businesses www.tcaacc.org
(Houston) Asian Chamber of Commerce: Database of selected Asian owned businesses www.asianchamber-hou.org
U. S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency Listing of minority business development centers http://www.mbda.gov/?section_id=1&
parent_bucket_id=151&content_id=2267

HUB Resource List for Austin

*Selected Minority/Women Chambers of Commerce – Austin

Austin Asian American Chamber of Commerce
Chairman: Niyanta Spelman
8711 Burnett Rd., Suite A-15
Austin, Texas 78757
512/407-8240, 512/407-8233fax

Capital City African American Chamber of Commerce
Interim Executive Director: Sarah Reams
5407 North IH 35, Suite 304
Austin, Texas 78723
512/459-1181x204, 512/459-1183fax

Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
President: Eliza May
3000 South IH 35, Suite 305
Austin, Texas 78704
512/476-7502, 512/476-6417fax

The Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Texas
President: Rose Batson
Post Office Box 26051
Austin, Texas 78755-0051
512/338-0839, 512/338-1614fax

*Most of the chambers have newsletters in which you can advertise for HUB firms. Also there may be other minority or women chambers in the Austin area not listed here that you may use.

Minority/Women Contractors Associations - Austin

Asian Construction Trades Association
Chairman: Thang Bu
4100 Ed Bluestein Blvd.
Austin, TX 78721
512/926-5400, 512/926-5410fax

Austin Black Contractors Association
President: James Harper
Contact: Carol Hadnot
4100 Ed Bluestein Blvd.Austin, TX 78721
512/927-8290, 512/927-8290fax(call before faxing)

Hispanic Contractors Association of Austin
Chairperson: Dawn Crane
4100 Ed Bluestein Blvd.
Austin, TX 78721
512/929-3363, 512/929-3368fax

National Association of Women In Construction, Austin Chapter
President: Bridget Ross
14101 W. Highway 290
Austin, Texas 78737
512/922-5395
bross@qnsi.net

Minority Contractors Associations – San Antonio

Hispanic Contractors Association de San Antonio
Chairman: Jerry Cavazos
4047 Naco Perrin, Suite 201-B
San Antonio, Texas 78217
210/444-1100, 210/444-1101 fax
HUB solicitations contact: info@hcsa.com

* Selected Minority/Women Chambers of Commerce – San Antonio

Alamo Asian American Chamber of Commerce
President: Elisa Chan (Unitech Consulting)
12758 Cimarron Path, Suite 118
San Antonio, Texas 78249
210/641-6003, 210/641-8279fax
HUB solicitation contact: Elisa Chan - echan@unitech.com

Alamo City Chamber of Commerce
President: Llew Fambles
600 Hemisfair Plaza Way
Building 406-10
San Antonio, Texas 78205
210/226-9055, 210/226-0524fax
HUB solicitations contact: Llew Fambles - lfambles@alamocitychamber.org

The San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
President: Rita Elizondo
Casa De Mexico International Building
318 West Houston St., Suite 300
210/225-0462, 210/225-2485fax
HUB solicitations contact: Barbara Ankamah - barbara@sahcc.org

*Most of the chambers have newsletters in which you can advertise for HUB firms. Also there may be other minority or women chambers in the Austin area not listed here that you may use.