Opportunity U & Training Events


The Port Houston Business Equity team has the knowledge, skills, and resources to help your Small, Minority, and/or Woman-owned Business succeed. We offer multiple pathways for your business to obtain the necessary tools to compete for procurements and grow your business.

Opportunity U

Opportunity U is a comprehensive training program designed to support and assist local SMWBE vendors. This initiative helps position these businesses to better compete for and participate in Port Houston procurements, potentially grow to become preferred contractors, and leverage other opportunities outside of Port Houston.


  • Develop sound business fundamentals
  • Position businesses to learn about and bid on government contracts
  • Strengthen ability to secure access to capital
  • Allow businesses to meet key decision makers at Port Houston
  • Receive mentoring from experienced professionals

Eligibility Requirements:

Applicant must be the primary owner, or co-owner, and key decision maker of a business that meets the following criteria:

  • SMWBE certified and enrolled with Port Houston’s Business Equity Program
  • In business for a minimum of two years
  • Possesses the potential and desire to grow and do business with the Port
  • Commitment to attend all of Port Houston training sessions

Application Process:

The application deadline for the next Opportunity U Cohort is closed. Please be on the lookout for our next session starting in Fall 2023.

Other Training Events

Port Houston conducts monthly training events and workshops to help contractors, professional service providers, vendors, and suppliers familiarize themselves with our Business Equity Program.

All businesses are encouraged to attend sessions to better understand how to register, obtain certifications, and participate in the program. These training events also provide a unique opportunity for businesses to learn, network, and exchange contact information for future collaborative opportunities.

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