City looking for small businesses to help build up Houston

The City of Houston is continuing the rebuilding process after Hurricane Harvey, and they’re calling on more local small businesses to help. The Build Up Houston program, an executive education program that supports construction companies operating in the Greater Houston Area, normally has about 23 businesses from the construction industry on its roster. But the program is expanding to include architectural and engineering firms.

The program is designed to combine the best of classroom learning with real-world case studies. Construction industry experts, business peers, and instructors provide insights, strategies, motivation, and accountability take part in an interactive format, where business owners get the tools, know-how, and confidence to take the next step. Build Up Houston will run from January 2018 until July 2018

Small businesses are encouraged to apply for the program, which is managed by the City of Houston’s Office of Business Opportunity. The current businesses in the program have graduated from an intense seven-month program and have collectively been awarded millions in new contracts.

“Houston has a long road to recovery after Harvey,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “More than ever, we need our local business community; especially our small businesses, to play a major role in our housing repairs and infrastructure.”

Build Up Houston utilizes Interise’s award-winning Streetwise MBA curriculum and covers topics such as business development, strategic planning, access to capital, government contacts, financials, marketing and sales, and human resources. Classes will meet bi-weekly starting in February 2018 at the Houston Community College Central Campus.

“As our city recovers from a historic hurricane and flood, we want to make sure our small, minority, and women-owned businesses are well prepared and positioned to participate on the upcoming disaster recovery focused contracts,” said Carlecia D. Wright, director of the Office of Business Opportunity.

“Participating in Build Up Houston will help companies develop a strategy to scale their companies so that they can respond to the recovery efforts.”

For more information or to apply visit www.houstontx.gov/builduphouston.