HUB Expo

The Comptroller’s HUB Expo is the premier event for small and historically underutilized businesses to learn about procurement opportunities available with Texas state agencies and universities. Expo workshops offer tips for businesses pursuing state contracts. Networking opportunities with state procurement personnel help attendees build valuable relationships that will start them on the path to becoming “best value” state vendors.

FY 2018 Procurement Connection Seminar and Expo

Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017

Renaissance Austin Hotel
9721 Arboretum Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78759
Time Description
7:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. Registration — exhibitors, participants and state agency personnel
8:30 a.m. – 8:55 a.m. Opening Remarks – Welcoming Remarks, State Gold Partners Speakers
Tips for Effective Networking in the Exhibit Hall
Overview of Conference Workshop
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall open (closed for luncheon program)
Time Description
9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. 4 concurrent workshops (track 1):
  • State Government Construction Opportunities (Including Universities)
  • State Government Technology Opportunities
  • Texas Workforce Commission - Business Resources for Building Business Capacity
  • TERP Grants-TCEQ – Business Resources for Building Business Capacity
10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. 4 concurrent workshops (track 2):
  • Putting Together a Winning Proposals – Do’s and Don’ts for Submitting a Response
  • How to Successfully Do Business with State Universities
  • Business Development Resources Available to Small Businesses (SBDCs and PTACs)
  • Local Resources Available to Build Business Capacity: City of Austin Small Business Program
11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Networking in the Exhibit Hall
12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch Program – Jette Withers, State Procurement Officer, Moderator
12:15 p.m. - 12:20 p.m. Welcoming Remarks – State Agency Partners Acknowledgements
12:20 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. State Platinum Partners Remarks
12:30 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. Tribute to John Trevino, Jr. for His Lifelong Contributions to Small Businesses
(HUBs and minority and woman-owned business enterprises)
12:45 p.m. - 12:50 p.m. Keynote Introduction
12:50 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Keynote Speaker: TBA
1:15 p.m. – 1:25 p.m. Ending Remarks
1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Panel of Successful HUB Businesses
“Tips for Success” and “Lessons Learned”
HUB Speakers:
  • Paula Mendoza - Possible Missions
  • Dustin Gadberry - Gadberry Construction
  • Other vendors to be announced
3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m 4 concurrent workshops (track 3):
  • Data Mining Tools for Successfully Marketing to the State of Texas
  • Access to Capital
  • Understanding HUB (state) and DBE (TXDOT) Certifications
  • How to Successfully Do Business with TXDOT (Both DBEs and HUBs)