TxDOT Small Business Briefings:
Preliminary Agenda

[Updated November 4, 2012]

7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Exhibit Set-Up / Registration and Exhibits
8:00 a.m. General Session: TxDOT Open For Business

Introduction/Welcome/TxDOT Is Open For Business!

State Agencies Contract Opportunities Showcase
State contracting is a multi-billion dollar industry. There are several types of contracts available for all types of businesses. In addition to small spot purchases, agencies also procure several large contracts a year that require multiple contractors. Several state agencies will be on hand at this session to talk about upcoming contract opportunities and to discuss how small and minority businesses can participate.
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon Specialized Industry Sessions
These sessions are designed to provide in-depth industry information on how to become qualified to bid or propose on contracts, industry requirements to work on contracts, resources to assist with finding industry opportunities as well as information on how to market your business in a specific industry and with TxDOT.

Construction/Maintenance Contracting
Construction Contract Opportunity Forecast

Becoming a Pre-Qualified Bidder, DBE Certification, Plans On-Line, Marketing your business to Prime Contractors, Bonding & more

Professional Service Consulting Contracting
Pre-Certification, Developing a Letter of Interest, Teaming

State Contract for Information Technology Products & Services
DIR IT Program, TxDOT IT Procurement and industry specific marketing information

Selling Goods & Services to the State
Registering your business as a State of Texas vendor on the Central Masters Bidders List, understanding State Procurement, and how to research contract opportunities on the Electronic State Business Daily System & more
12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m. Luncheon/Networking Buffet
1:30 p.m. Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Technical Assistance & Financial Resources for Small Business Development
Several agencies and organizations will provide information on business development programs as well as lending and financial resources that can develop and grow your business such as developing a business.

Marketing Your Business to the State
This workshop will provide you with the information and resources to effectively market your business by providing procurement research data, industry resource information as well as strategies and tips to market your business through various social medias.

Small Business Certifications
There are several federal, state and local certification programs. This session will provide information that will assist you in determining which certification is best for your business, will provide in-depth instructions on requirements and information you will need to become certified and provide one on one certification assistance from federal, state and local certification agencies.
2:45 p.m. Break
3:00 p.m. Repeat Concurrent Sessions Above
4:00 p.m. Contract Opportunities Fair and Exhibits Close