STAFF REPORTTexas State sponsored a recent mentor-protégé agreement between Sullivan Contracting Services of Seguin and Allied Associates Commercial Floors as part of the Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB) Outreach Program.
The agreement, signed on Aug. 3, facilitates Sullivan Contracting Services developing a close working relationship with Allied Associates Commercial Floors, teaching and explaining the process of contracting as an HUB with Texas State.
“We do close to 90 percent of contract work ourselves, but we subcontract out certain jobs, such as flooring,” said Kelle Sullivan of Sullivan Contracting Services. “This will allow us to streamline the HUB paperwork process. This will make integration into HUB projects simpler and easier … Looking back, when we became a HUB vendor it would’ve been nice to have a mentor to learn from ourselves.”
The Texas legislature requires state agencies and higher educational institutions to make good faith efforts to assure that HUBs receive opportunities to compete for contracts. The mentor-protégé program is one way to ensure that HUBs learn the processes necessary to contract and subcontract with the State of Texas.
An HUB is a business that is at least 51 percent owned by an Asian Pacific American, Black American, Hispanic American, Native American and/or American woman. It is also an entity with its principal place of business in Texas, and will have an owner residing in Texas with a proportionate interest that actively participates in the control, operations and management of the entity’s affairs.
Robert Moerke, director of contract compliance at Texas State, said participating in the initiative will pay dividends for both businesses as well as the university.
“We attempt to locate and sponsor mentor-protégé relationships, and try to eliminate any problems in making those relationships work,” Moerke said. “Most of the time, they’re very successful. The key is that participation is voluntary. Not only are these companies benefitting directly in learning how to do business with Texas State, but they’ll benefit in doing business with other state agencies as well.”
Each state agency with a biennial appropriation that exceeds $10 million is required to implement a mentor protégé program. Participation in the program requires the protégé be State of Texas HUB certified and the mentor protégé agreement must be sponsored by a state agency.
For more information on HUBs, contact Texas Procurement and Support Services at www.window.state.tx.us/procurement/prog/hub/hub-forms, or contact Yolanda Strey, Texas State HUB specialist, at (512) 245-2523 or email her at HUB@txstate.edu.
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