About the B.I.D. Program

Businesses In Development (BID) Program Flyer

Limited exposure to knowledge and resources that can assist entrepreneurs has been one of the prevailing reasons why generations of minority business owners have been lacking what it takes to be successful in business. The lack of training and a viable network are  key reasons why there are minority-owned disadvantaged business enterprises (DBEs) generating minimal income and failing at a much more alarming rate than those businesses owned by traditional entrepreneurs. As a result, minority tax payers have not been positioned to participate in receiving its fair share of business conducted between State agencies and business entities.

The Community & Economic Development unit at Prairie View A&M University regularly meet with the Texas Comptroller’s Purchasing division to focus on strategies that increase bid participation and sales among Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB’s) who can provide goods and services to over 200 Texas agencies, universities, school districts, and large industries that participate in the statewide bidding process.

In coordination with the State Comptroller’s Office, the Cooperative Extension Program has developed the BID Certification Program to train HUBs on how to do business with State and local government.

Upon program completion, participants will be certified by PVAMU and will be included in our exclusive list of trained vendors to be shared with our network of State purchasers as well as free business marketing through our various multimedia outlets.

Training includes:

● Historically Underutilized Business Overview
● Website navigation
● Basic Bookkeeping
● Putting a value to your product or services
● Business Planning
● Business Marketing
● Sub-contracting through Prime Vendors
● Credit reviewing
● Negotiating and gaining suppliers
● Alternative funding
● Micro Loans and Financial resources
● Completing and submitting a Bid

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