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Small Business Development

If you own a small business, the chance to grow your business is always your foremost goal. As one of the nation’s busiest ports, the Port of Houston generates nearly $7 billion in business activity annually. Becoming a registered small business with the Port of Houston Authority opens a door for the small business in a myriad of ways. Follow the steps below to begin your enrollment.

First, register in the Vendor Information System, the procurement data base for the Port of Houston authority.  All vendors wishing to do business with the Port Authority must register.

Second, your application packet needs to include certification from one of our partners: 

Third, complete the application for the Small Business Development Program. By completing this application and signing it, you are attesting that your firm is a small business and net worth of the owner meets the current net worth as defined by Federal Code.

Documentation can be faxed to 713-670-2498 or scanned and emailed to smallbusiness@poha.com.

As a part of the Small Business Development Program, small businesses can take advantage of opportunities such as the Guiding Protégés to Success (GPS) program. The program aims to help small businesses become more self-sustaining by fostering long-term relationships between contractors (mentors) and Port Authority certified small businesses (protégés) as well as those businesses registered with other partnering agencies. By enrolling in Port University, certified small businesses can learn how to do business with the port while making valuable contacts in various port departments.

You can learn more about the other benefits of the Small Business Development Program by reading our brochure.

Registered small businesses can log into the Port of Houston Authority Vendor Information System Small Business Database here.

Find a Small Business Development Program vendor in our data base. The listing of small businesses can be exported in excel worksheet for your use. 

Small Business Development Policy & Procedures.

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The Port of Houston Authority

111 East Loop North
Houston, Texas USA 77029
Phone: 713-670-2400

P.O. Box 2562
Houston, Texas USA 77252-2562

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