About the Development Program

The Houston Community College System’s Small Business Development Program (“SBDP” or the “Program”) was created to provide business opportunities for local small businesses to participate in contracting and procurement at Houston Community College (HCC). By formalizing existing practices and implementing new procedures, the SBDP allows HCC to produce more effective small business participation and create opportunities relating to HCC contracting and procurement.

It is anticipated that through the growth of the SBDP, HCC will positively contribute in capacity building, increasing competition among small businesses and creating opportunity which will ensure best value to HCC.

Shown below are the key features of the Program.

  1. The SBDP is a goal-oriented program, requiring Contractors who receive Contracts from HCC to use Good Faith Efforts to utilize certified small businesses. The Program applies to all Contracts over $50,000, except Contracts for sole-source items, federally funded Contracts, Contracts with other governmental entities, and those Contracts that are otherwise prohibited by applicable law or expressly exempted by HCC. The SBDP is a race and gender-neutral program, however HCC actively encourages the participation of minority and women-owned small businesses in the SBDP.
  2. The SBDP shall also apply to purchases less than $50,000 whereby HCC will maximize the use of certified small businesses by seeking quotes from certified firms to compete as prime vendors.
  3. HCC will establish an annual goal for small business participation. The initial overall annual goal of the SBDP will be set at thirty-five (35%) percent of the dollar amount of all SBDP-Eligible Procurement Contracts. However, individual Contract goals will vary based on subcontracting opportunities, availability of small businesses, and price competitiveness. The annual goal may change from year to year based on all relevant factors considered by HCC.
  4. To participate, small businesses must be certified by an agency or organization whose certification is recognized by HCC. Certification is based on the firm’s gross revenues or number of employees averaged over the past three years, inclusive of any affiliates as defined by 13 C.F.R. § 121.103, does not exceed the size standards as defined pursuant to Section 3 of the Small Business Act and 13 C.F.R. § 121.201.
  5. The SBDP has clear guidelines for counting small business participation. Safeguards are applied to prevent abuse.
  6. An approved application from a small business to participate in the SBDP is valid for a one-year period. Recertification is required after each year with evidence of continuing eligibility.
  7. SBDP-Certified Small Businesses may be graduated from participation in SBDP based on growth or change in status.

To read more, download the SBDP Policy and Procedures PDF.


HCC presents Small Biz Breakfast

Aug 18, 2016 at 9:00 AM, at Pinemont Center

Learn about the small business development program and how to do business with HCC.

Finding Public Sector Procurement Opportunities

Sep 8, 2016 at 9:00 AM, at HCC Southeast Learning Hub

Learn the essential steps to finding public sector procurement opportunities.

Breakfast and Beyond with HCC Small Business Development Program and Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses

Sep 14, 2016 at 9:00 AM, at HCC Alief-Hayes Campus Auditorium

Come discover the many ways your business can grow and succeed with the HCC Small Business Development Program and Procurement Operations Department.

trategies for Success Seminar with HCC Procurement Operations and Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses

Sep 22, 2016 at 11:30 AM, at HCC Northeast, Codwell Hall Building

Learn about the HCC procurement process, where to find current and upcoming procurement opportunities and how your business can participate in HCC’s small business development program.