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Historically Underutilized Business/Vendor Show coming in March
The City of Huntsville, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Sam Houston State University, the SHSU Small Business Development Center, and Walker County will together sponsor the 20th Annual Historically Underutilized Business (HUB)/Vendor Show.The HUB/Vendor Show will be held in the Walker County Storm Shelter located on Highway 75 North, on March 17, 2016. From 10-11 a.m. there will be a training session which will provide detailed information on how to do business with government entities, with presenters including the State of Texas and the City of Huntsville.Lunch for participating vendors will be served immediately following the training, to allow more opportunity to network, with introductions and opening remarks beginning at 11:30. The HUB/Vendor Show is scheduled to conclude at 2:30 p.m.“The main objective of the show is to assist vendors in the Huntsville area increase their customer base to include government entities,” Smith said. “Each level of government has slightly different bidding requirements and this can be daunting to the vendors. The sponsors will be available to discuss various details pertaining to their purchasing processes and procedures.”These will include Sharon Schultz, HUB Director with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice; Robert Barragan, Director of the SHSU Small Business Development Center; SHSU Assistant Director of Contract Management Bob Chapa; Walker County Purchasing Agent Mike Williford; and Billie Smith, City of Huntsville Purchasing Manager. All will be available to address any questions related to their entity's purchasing procedures.“While there will be no charge for booth space or to attend any part of the event, booth space will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis,” Smith said. “Vendors from all across the state attend each year, and, during the last several years, we have reached capacity prior to opening day.”For more information, contact Billie Smith at (936) 291-5495. To register a company for booth space, call Ruby Cowan, TDCJ HUB Coordinator, at (936) 437-3128.