Build Up Houston Program Overview

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BUSINESS EDUCATION FOR CONTRACTORS

The StreetWise 'MBA' curriculum was developed at Boston University, and provides business owners with the knowledge and know-how to take their business to the next level.

SUPPORTIVE BUSINESS
NETWORK

Once connected, you’ll have this revelation: “I don’t have to be alone.” You’ll be surrounded by CEOs, like you, who will become your trusted advisors.

ACCESS TO CONTRACTING OPPORTUNITIES

Prepare for opportunities with government and anchor institutions, and learn from experts in the field of both public and private lending.

2018 NATIONAL PROGRAM RESULTS

Based on 2017 Assessment Data, collected by Interise

  • 70% of alumni businesses increased or maintained their annual revenues, with an average annual revenue growth of 51%.
  • 80% of alumni businesses reported being profitable.
  • $863 million in government contracting secured by alumni businesses.
  • 63% of alumni CEOs stay connected to fellow participants, with 26% doing business with each other.
  • 70% of alumni businesses added or retained jobs.

BASIC ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • Applicant must be the owner or co-owner of business.
  • Business must be certified with the City of Houston (MWSBE, DBE, PDBE, ACDBE.
  • Business operating a minimum of three years.
  • Business has a minimum of four employees.
  • Business has a minimum of $250,000 annual revenue
  • Business must be in the construction industry

  • “Since participating in Build Up Houston, my work with the City of Houston and the State of Louisiana has increased.”

    “Build Up Houston gave me different perspectives on taking my business to the next level, thinking outside the box, and working with other companies to share ideas. Since participating in Build Up Houston, my work with the City of Houston and the State of Louisiana has increased.”

    Victor Washington, Houston ‘14
    Washington & Sons' A/C and Heating


  • "In a year’s time of starting the program, I have doubled my revenue and number of employees."

    "Since participating in Build Up Houston, I have worked on two City of Houston contracts and two projects with one of the general contractors that supported the program. In a year’s time of starting the program, I have doubled my revenue and number of employees. Build Up Houston has allowed me to do business in a more professional manner, taught me to lead my team, and have a stronger back office. I am also pursuing business with other Build Up Houston graduates.”

    Terry Sowells, Houston '15
    SCMU, Inc.


  • "Build Up Houston helped me better understand cash flow, setting goals and put me in contact with participants that have helped me grow."

    "Build Up Houston helped me better understand cash flow, setting goals and put me in contact with participants that have helped me grow. One participant and I are bidding projects together. I am now a distributor for another participant as I added a new product. Further, another participant has become a good mentor to me, providing me with a lot of contacts that have contributed to the success of my business. The program also impressed the importance of making personnel changes quickly rather than hoping for the best.”

    Carol MacNeil, Houston '14
    Genesis Cabling Solutions LLC


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