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.

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.

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 10 of 11 sessions


 Application Process:

The application period for our Fall 2021 Opportunity U program has closed. Stay tuned for our next Opportunity U Program coming soon.