Office of Business Opportunity

OBO Press Release

Free 6-Week Course Offers Procurement Basics Training

January 7, 2021 -- Contractors looking to do business with the City of Houston, other governmental agencies and the private sector are invited to sign up for Procurement Basics for Contractors, a free 6-week course presented by the Office of Business Opportunity and Level 3 Corporation.

Classes will take place virtually from 1-2 p.m. every Tuesday from Jan. 12 to Feb. 16. Advanced registration is required, and completion of all modules is recommended to receive the full benefit of the program. Space is limited and registration closes on Jan. 11.

Each module will cover:

  • Effective Bid Opportunity Review Strategies
  • Determination of a Commercially Useful Function
  • Typical Contract Award Processes
  • Understanding Government Procurement Methods
  • Contractor Responsibility Determination
  • Post Award Best Practices

“Local businesses have requested assistance with navigating the City’s procurement processes, in particular, step-by-step assistance with submitting bids and proposals,” said OBO Director Marsha E. Murray. “This collaboration between OBO and Level 3 Corporation is just one of our responses to the needs of the City’s small business community. We would also like to emphasize that the entire program is at no cost to participants.”

Ervin Hughes, Jr., executive vice president of Level 3 Corporation, will serve as the course instructor. A native Houstonian, Hughes is also an award-winning commercial finance and business consultant. He co-hosted the Small Business Today Show on the Wall Street Radio Network.

“Businesses who have completed this training have increased their win percentages by up to 70 percent,” Hughes said. “In addition to helping you win bids, we will also focus on getting your business profitable.”

To register for the Procurement Basics for Contractors Course, go to To see a information session about the course on Facebook, click here.