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The statewide HUB Program facilitates the use of HUBs in state procurement and provides information on the state's procurement process to minority and woman- owned businesses.   A "Historically Underutilized Business"......is at least 51% owned by an Asian Pacific American, Black American, Hispanic American, Native American and/or American woman, ...is an entity with its principal place of business in Texas, and...has an owner residing in Texas with a proportionate interest that actively participates in the control, operations and management of the entity's affairs. For more information on the State of Texas HUB please click here:   http://www.window.state.tx.us/procurement/prog/hub/

In accordance with the Texas Local Government Code §262.011(a), the Jefferson County Purchasing Agent is appointed by and accountable to a Board comprised of three (3) District Judges and two (2) members of the Commissioners' Court. The Purchasing Board appoints the Purchasing Agent for Jefferson County to a two-year term and approves the budget for the Purchasing Department.  In The Jefferson County Purchasing Policy it states to Seek the best quality, lowest priced goods and services that meet the needs of the County and its personnel; and to Provide all responsible vendors and contractors with equitable access to servicing the needs of Jefferson County and its personnel through competitive acquisition of goods and services.  For more information on The County Purchasing,click here: http://co.jefferson.tx.us/Purchasing/main.htm

The City of Beaumont Purchasing Division has established policies in accordance with Texas State Laws. The Purchasing policies have been designed to stimulate competition, prevent favoritism, and secure the best goods and services at the lowest price.    If you are an MBE (Minority Business Enterprise) firm and wish to be recognized as such by the City of Beaumont, you must complete the required MBE forms. For the proper forms and more information concerning MBE Certification requirements.    For Information on the Purchasing Department please click here:   http://www.cityofbeaumont.com/Purchasing/purchasing_bids.htm

Port Arthur has celebrated more than 100 years as a Gulf Coast city, but its timeline is only a fraction of the greater history of the region's inhabitants. The shores of Sabine Lake have been occupied more than 1,500 years; American Indians, primarily the Atakapas, were the earliest known settlers. The late 1700s brought the first visits from Europeans -- English, Spanish and French. Most were explorers who did not stay, but in the 1800s the lake became an avenue for trade. Among the traders was Jean Laffite, and legends of hidden treasure have lingered in Southeast Texas. For more Information on The City of Port Arthur Purchasing.  please click here:   http://www.portarthur.net/DepartmentPage.cfm?id=31

Please click this link:  http://www.co.orange.tx.us/  for information on the Orange County Purchasing Department   The Orange County  Department of Purchasing is charged with the responsibility of procuring commodities and services and contract administration by ensuring compliance with the state law in the area of purchasing, as well as, ensuring that the county receives quality goods and services at the lowest possible cost.  The county has established policies designated to stimulate competition, while preventing favoritism, yet securing the best good and services at the lowest price.  This department also conducts auction sales for disposal of surplus and confiscated items.

  The City of Orange Finance Department operates under the direction of the Director of Finance and is responsible for all the financial functions of the City. Activities include Annual Budget coordination, Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, Industrial District Contract billing, investment activities and reporting, project cost accounting, general ledger reporting, divisional budget reporting, payroll processing, purchase requisition processing, accounts payable, fixed asset management and all other accounting activities of the City. Fore more information on the City of Orange please click here:    http://orangetexas.net/Departments-and-Services/Finance.aspx

On Feb. 13, 2009, Congress passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 at the urging of President Obama, who signed it into law four days later. A direct response to the economic crisis, the Recovery Act has three immediate goals to Create new jobs and save existing ones;  to Spur economic activity and invest in long-term growth ;   to  Foster unprecedented levels of accountability and transparency in government spending    For more information please click here:   http://www.recovery.gov/Pages/home.aspx

Mozilla Firefox  is a global community of thousands who sincerely believe in the power of technology to enrich people’s lives.  It is  a public benefit organization dedicated not to making money but to improving the way people everywhere experience the Internet.  And is an open source software project whose code has been used as a platform for some of the Internet’s most innovative projects.  The common thread that runs throughout Mozilla is our belief that, as the most significant social and technological development of our time, the Internet is a public resource that must remain open and accessible to all. With this in mind, our efforts are ultimately driven by our mission of encouraging choice, innovation and opportunity online.  For more information please click here:  http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/about/


The U.S. Department of Commerce has a broad mandate to advance economic growth and jobs and opportunities for the American people. It has cross cutting  responsibilities in the areas of trade, technology, entrepreneurship, economic development, environmental stewardship and statistical research and analysis.  The products and services the department provides touch the lives of Americans and American companies in many ways, including weather forecasts, the decennial census, and patent and trademark protection for inventors and businesses.  The development of commerce to provide new opportunities was the central goal at the department's beginning in 1903 and it remains a primary obligation today.  The Secretary of Commerce oversees a $6.5 billion budget and approximately 38,000 employees.  Fore more information, please click here:http://www.commerce.gov/

The Under Secretary for Economic Affairs serves as the principal adviser to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary on economic issues, and oversees the activities of the US Census Bureau and the Bureau of Economic Analysis. The Under Secretary also serves as the Department's representative to the Council on Economic Advisers, interagency panels on economic issues, and other government agencies concerned with economic matters. The Under Secretary is responsible for the analysis and development of policies on economic and statistical issues, and on issues affecting broad sectors of the domestic economy in response to the needs and interests of the Secretary or Deputy Secretary    For more information, please click here:   http://www.esa.doc.gov/  

Provided by the U.S. Census Bureau's Foreign Trade Division, USA Trade Online provides current and cumulative U.S. export and import data on more than 18,000 export commodities and 24,000 import commodities worldwide! Using the Harmonized System (HS) and the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes, customers are able to select broad commodity categories up to the 10-digit HS or up to the 6-digit NAICS level.     With USA Trade Online, you’ll be able to access not only the latest merchandise trade data, but also annual data from 1992 and monthly data from 2002 (port-level data is only available from 2003 - present). You can even get quarterly statistics through the cumulative year-to-date settings!      For more information about What is the United States Trade Online, please click here:   http://www.usatradeonline.gov/usatrade.nsf/vwRef/About_Product


The U.S. Census Bureau Small Business Opportunity Page  purpose is as follows:  to  Identify potential small businesses (searching NAICS codes) for use by the Census Bureau, its Program (requiring) offices and prime contractors; Conduct efficient and effective market research for requirements;  and,is to increase opportunities for contract and subcontract awards to small businesses.    For more information, please click here:     http://www.census.gov/procur/www/sb/index.html



Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.  The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U. S. Virgin Islands and Guam.    For more information, please click here:   http://www.sba.gov/

This web site provides access to all of the major components of the 1997 NAICS Manual: definitions, correspondence tables, and an alphabetic index..    This web site lets you look at the new industry classifications in two ways through a Table 1: 1997 NAICS (US) matched to 1987 SIC , and  Table 2: 1987 SIC matched to 1997 NAICS (US)    Fore more information, please click here:   http://www.census.gov/epcd/www/naicstab.htm

 For MBDA information, please click here:  http://www.mbda.gov/main/who-is-mbda    Who is MBDA?     MBDA Helps Grow Minority Businesses.  MBDA provides funding for a network of Minority business centers located throughout the Nation. The Centers provide minority entrepreneurs with one-on-one assistance in writing business plans, marketing, management and technical assistance and financial planning to assure adequate financing for business ventures.

MINORITY BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AGENCY

SCORE "Counselors to America's Small Business" is a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small business start, grow and succeed nationwide. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).  For information click here:http://www.score.org/index.html


The USPTO Office of Procurement awards and administers a wide variety of contracts and simplified purchases for the acquisition of goods and services in support of USPTO's mission. Included herein is USPTO's acquisition process, information for small businesses, and access to vendor self service. Also available are helpful links such as current and previous USPTO contracts, upcoming opportunities, and an office staff listing for additional assistance.   For more information about the United States Patent and Trademark Office, pklease click here:    http://www.uspto.gov/


The FedWorld.gov web site is a gateway to government information. This site is managed by the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) as part of it's information management mandate.     For more information, please click here:    http://www.fedworld.gov/

Did You Know?     

The roots of IRS go back to the Civil War when President Lincoln and Congress, in 1862, created the position of commissioner of Internal Revenue and enacted an income tax to pay war expenses.  And, the roots of IRS go back to the Civil War when President Lincoln and Congress, in 1862, created the position of commissioner of Internal Revenue and enacted an income tax to pay war expenses.   For more information, please click here:  http://www.irs.gov/index.html

Official information and services from the U.S. government.   Whatever you want or need from the U.S. government, it's here! You'll find a rich treasure of online information, services, and resources.  For more information, please click here:  http://www.usa.gov/About.shtml