Opportunity U and Other Training Events

The Port Houston Business Equity team has the knowledge, skills, and resources to help your small, minority- or woman-owned business succeed. We have 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 help build the capacity of local S/MWBE vendors and position their businesses to better compete for and participate in Port Houston procurements, potentially grow to prime 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 decision makers from 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:

  • S/MWBE certified and enrolled with Port Houston
  • Currently in business for a minimum of 2 years
  • Possesses the potential and desire to grow and do business with Port Houston
  • Commit to attend all 10 sessions


 Application Process:

The application period for our Spring 2022 Opportunity U program is now closed.


Other Training Events

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

All businesses are encouraged to attend to learn how to register, obtain certifications, and participate in the program. The training events also provide an excellent opportunity for businesses to network and exchange contact information for future teaming opportunities.

Click here to see the full list of training events for 2022.

Interested in learning about our Facilities Inspection and Condition Assessment Program? Click here to learn more

Opportunity U Testimonials:

“As the owner of EZ Business Consulting, LLC, I want to personally state my sincere thanks to the Port of Houston for this well put together program, OpPORTunity U. This program which has been instrumental to my business in more than a few ways. As a small business I have participated in a few programs in 2020 and 2021 with similarities in presentations to this. The Port has exceeded my expectations in an array of ways and in my professional experience and opinion, surpasses the quality of any of the others. I attribute it to the following.” – EZ Business Consulting – Zuleika Ellis, Owner (2021 Graduation Class Speaker)

“Thank you Port Houston for taking the time to put such a great program together. Opportunity U has been one of the greatest programs I have attended and very informative there was not one question asked that was not answered. All the presenters brought us such in depth information. My takeaway is learning about the Port Houston, Capability Statement, Bonding & Insurance, and how to Think like a Lawyer.” – LadiesConnecting – Angela Penright, Owner