Biz Talk Session

Findings of the City of Houston’s Minority and Women Business Task Force will be presented at the 2019 EXPO Business Opportunity Marketplace. Mayor Sylvester Turner convened the Task Force led by Houston City Council Member Amanda Edward to research and understand the needs and challenges of minority and women-owned businesses; identify strategies to meet these needs; and position Houston’s small business ecosystem for long-term success. The Task Force has developed an actionable strategies that moves the city of Houston past “just talk”, but to present finding that have clear next steps associated to build a compelling narrative around the opportunity to grow these businesses and the cost of inaction in today’s business marketplace. The Task Force has worked to reduce disparities and help minority and women small business owners build wealth by growing and sustaining their current businesses, and ensuring they have access to capital.

We invite you to attend and learn the Task Force’s Findings and how you as an entrepreneur or corporate/government representative of an organization committed to supplier diversity can help move our City forward as the leader in minority and women business growth in the nation. We will cover a myriad of topics including similarities and differences in the needs for growing minority and women-owned businesses; industry trends and opportunities for growth in M/WBE participation; the role of Business Service Organizations (BSOs) like HMSDC, WBEA, Chambers of Commerce and others can play in educating, fueling growth and facilitating opportunities for M/WBEs in the greater Houston area.