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Historically Underutilized Businesses

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) program is to provide a service for UHD departments by obtaining the best value in the purchase of goods and services while maintaining that all procurements are handled in a fair and ethical manner.

Who We Are

UHD is a State of Texas Agency of Higher Education whose core values are excellence, opportunity and diversity.  Located in downtown Houston, UHD is a four-year undergraduate university, beginning limited expansion into graduate programs.  With dedicated faculty, small classes and innovative course options, UHD offers excellent educational opportunities in more than 30 degree programs.

UHD prepares individuals to thrive in the multicultural workplace of the 21st century through interaction with its richly diverse student population.  At UHD, the emphasis is on teaching excellence and student success.

Founded in 1975, UHD is one of four universities in the University of Houston System, which also includes UH, UH-Clear Lake, and UH-Victoria.

UHD spends millions of dollars annually on contracts for administrative goods and services.  Each product and service is evaluated in terms of overall quality, service, delivery, value, and cost.  UHD maintains a centralized purchasing department where procurements are made for the various departments following the policies set forth by the University of Houston System, UHD, and Texas Building and Procurement Commission.

Examples of Goods and Services Purchased

  • Office Supplies
  • Equipment
  • Computer Hardware
  • Computer Software
  • Furniture
  • Multimedia Equipment
  • Janitorial Services
  • Consulting Services
  • Temporary Services
  • Lab Supplies
  • Networking/Telecommunication Equipment

Invitation for Bid/Request for Proposal

When UHD identifies a need for goods or services, it solicits competitive bids or proposals from qualified firms on the state’s Centralized Master Bidders List or from other suggested sources.

The agency staff may solicit bids or proposals from all prospective bidders who have a record of fulfilling contracts in a timely manner at a fair and reasonable price. Prospective bidders who don’t receive a solicitation may request specific invitations prior to the scheduled bid opening.

For information on current contracting opportunities, contact the UHD Purchasing Department at (713) 221-8062.

Commitment to HUBs

UHD is committed to increasing contracting opportunities for historically underutilized businesses (HUBs). Out of that commitment, a program was created to enhance the ability of HUBs to compete for UHD contracts, increase the agency’s awareness of such businesses, and ensure meaningful HUB participation in the procurement process.

HUB Certification Program

The General Services Commission administers and maintains the state’s HUB certification program. To be eligible for certification, businesses must be at least 51% owned, controlled, and actively managed by one or more people from groups that have been historically underutilized.  The groups that have been identified as historically underutilized include African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, Native Indian Americans and women.

To be considered for HUB certification, business owners need to complete the State of Texas Bid List/Certification Application.  Be sure to complete sections II and I.  Mail the completed form and letter of request to: Texas Building and Procurement Commission, HUB Certification Program, P.O. Box 13047, Austin, Texas 78711-3047.

For additional information regarding the UHD HUB program, contact Mersades Richard at UHD Purchasing Department, One Main Street, Houston, TX 77002, (713) 221-8062.


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Last updated or reviewed on 3/1/11

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