from the RGV Business Journal

Want to do business with the state of Texas, the federal government or corporate America? Join the thousands of minority and women owned business owners who have taken the time to get 8-A and HUB certified and now hold contracts worth millions.

The McAllen Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, SBA and UTPA HUB Program will host a free seminar for Historically Underutilized Business (HUB), 8-A and Minority Business enterprise certifications from 9 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 15 at the MHCC Offices, 24 N. 12th Street, McAllen.

The 8-A Business Development Program assists socially or economically disadvantaged firms that are interested in federal government contracting.

Federal government agencies award a percentage of their contracts to certified 8-A firms and participants are eligible to receive sole-source contracts and allowed to form joint ventures to bid on contracts. In addition, the HUB Program and benefits of being HUB certified, will also be discussed at the seminar. “Becoming a certified HUB business provides businesses with increased exposure to buyers across the state” noted Cynthia M. Sakulenzki, MHCC president/CEO.

Representatives from state and federal agencies along with corporate America will be attending the Texas Association of Mexican American Association (TAMACC) Convention that the McAllen Hispanic Chamber is hosting this July 29 thru August 1. They will be looking to do business with certified HUB and 8-A companies.

“We recommend that companies start taking steps to become certified and become eligible to bid on Million Dollar contracts that are available to Minority Owned businesses. Attending this workshop will definitely be your first step,” said Sakulenzki.

To register for the seminar and/or for more information call the MHCC office at 928-0060. Limited seating is available.