Small Business Programs

Specialty Programs

Sell your products and services to federal, state and local government agencies, pursue international markets, receive free technical engineering assistance, or obtain discounted professional services through our specialty programs, accessible to our clients through the UH SBDC Network office.

Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)

Interested in selling to federal, state or local government agencies? The Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) can help you develop effective marketing techniques and assist you in finding contract opportunities matched to your company’s capabilities. PTAC‘s free consulting and low cost technical assistance is available to businesses in 45 counties between and around the major cities of Houston and Austin in the Southeast Texas area. Click here to learn more.

International Trade 
Need help identifying business opportunities in foreign markets? The International Trade program guides small and medium-sized companies through the process of entering the international trade arena.  International trade assistance also includes low-cost training seminars focused on trade issues and no-cost loan packaging support to help your business obtain export financing. Click here to learn more.

Innovation and Technology

Looking for funding to help with the research and development of an innovative technology?  Look into the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technolgy Transfer (STTR) programs. We can help you determine if you are eligible to apply for SBIR or STTR funding and we can help you develop the financial portion of your proposal. Click here to learn more.

Space Alliance Technology Outreach Program (SATOP)
Perhaps your small business is facing a technical challenge and you are unsure where to turn for assistance. SATOP may hold the key. This NASA-funded program provides a small business up to 40 hours of technical support utilizing the resources and engineering expertise of NASA and participating NASA contractors. And, the technical assistance is FREE! Click here to learn more.

State of Texas

There are two avenues to consider when selling to the Lone Star State. Utilize the Central Master Bidders List (CMBL) and/or get certified as a Historically Underutilized Business (HUB), both managed through the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

The CMBL is a master database of companies used by the State of Texas purchasing entities to send vendors notifications of bid opportunities cased on the products or services they can provide to the State of Texas.

Manufacturers, suppliers, and other vendors wishing to furnish materials, equipment, supplies, and services to the state should register for the CMBL to receive notices of bidding opportunities.  Annual registration/renewal fees are required and may be paid on-line by credit/debit card or check debit (US addresses only) or via a printable application.Online Application

HUB Certification is a business designation that is determined by the business owner's status:

The statewide HUB Program facilitates the use of HUB's in state procurement and provides information on the state's procurement process to minority and woman-owned businesses. Find out more about the HUB Certification program.