Port Houston is committed to supporting local small, minority, and woman-owned businesses. Below are two of the companies we’ve worked with recently. If you are a small, minority, or woman-owned business owner and are interested in enrolling in our program, visit porthouston.com/businessequity.
Established in 2018, Environeer is a Texas-based minority-owned engineering consulting firm specializing in Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS)permitting and compliance programs. Co-founder Michael (Xiaoyu) Zhang is an environmental engineering leader, entrepreneur, and Navy Reserve officer with more than 10 years of experience in this field. Michael considers himself as a passionate mountaineer working in environmental engineering industry, thus where the company name came from.
Environeer is committed to connecting knowledge and experience to help clients innovatively and cost-effectively solve complex EHS challenges. They are working with the Port Houston environmental team on an executive study regarding chlorinators and drinking water systems centered around the Buffalo Bayou. Other notable projects they have completed include conducting Phase I & II environmental site assessments, preparing air/water/waste permit applications, performing wetlands delineation, implementing Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP), developing EHS management systems (ISO14001 & ISO45001), and EHS auditing & training.
Environeer was selected as a Rising 10 award winner by the Asian Chamber of Commerce and an Emerging 10 award winner by Houston Minority Supplier Development Council.
“As one of the graduates from Opportunity U administered by Port Houston, it’s been a fantastic experience. Throughout the program, we learned how to develop business fundamentals, understand government contracts and bidding processes, and how to become more bankable. The program gave us the opportunity to network with Port Houston decision makers and receive mentorship from experienced professionals. Our goal is to become a prime in the next few years and provide other S/MBEs with the same support we received from the Port. The partnership and friendship we formed with Port Houston’s staff, peer S/MBEs, and primes will continue to cultivate.
As small business owners we wear many hats. Personally, besides Environeer, I’m a Navy reserve officer leading sailors to build airstrips, bridges, and facilities globally; I’m an adjunct professor at Lone Star College teaching Environmental Science; and, I’m also a father of three and husband to my beautiful wife. No matter what hat we’re wearing, remember to give back to the community and pass the torch to the next generation.” – Envrioneer Engineering Consulting, LLC. Co-founder Michael (Xiaoyu) Zhang
SD Candy Company has been operating in the catering and concessions industry since 2008. They are a Port Houston registered minority, woman-owned business and has provided sweet treats to Port Houston’s employees, like custom popcorn gift bags and designed sugar cookies.
Established by Danielle Green and Tamicha Roberts, SD Candy Company provides organizations of all sizes multiple options for fun, satisfying food. On the catering side, the company offers unique, theme designed, interactive dessert stations and savory stations including funnel cakes, ice cream, caramel apples, mini pizzas, and tacos. SD Candy Company also offers affordable candy, party favor, and gift basket services for all occasions, from children’s birthday parties to large scale corporate events.