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HAS Office of Business Opportunity

The HAS Office of Business Opportunity exists to promote the utilization of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) in Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) financially-assisted contracts, the utilization of Minority and Women, Small (SBE) and Persons with Disabilities Business Enterprises (MW/S/PDBEs) in City of Houston funded contracts, to improve access to HAS contract and procurement opportunities for MW/PDBE and non-MW/PDBE and SBE companies and to ensure compliance with local and federal mandates.

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There are many business opportunities within the Houston Airport System (HAS), including construction, facility maintenance, professional services, airport concessions, advertising and car rentals. These opportunities are awarded to companies through a Request for Qualifications (RFQ), Request for Proposal (RFP), or competitive bid process.

Proposed Goal for the Participation of DBE in Department of Transportation Funded Contracts

The Program:

  » Provides contracting opportunity information to SBEs / MWBEs / DBEs / PDBEs / SBEs.

  » Serves as an advocate for MW/S/PDBEs and supports policies and activities to maximize their participation in Airport contracts.

  » Assists Prime Contractors with identifying certified MWBEs / DBEs / PDBEs / SBEs to participate on contracts as subcontractors and concessionaires.

  » Educates MWBEs / DBEs / PDBEs /SBEs on how to access HAS contracting opportunities.

  » Monitors MWBE / DBE utilization on contracts with participation goals.


Ensures that wage standards are met on all construction projects with Federal and City funding.


Hosts small business and minority forums for networking.

  » Provides information and referral services to SBEs / MWBEs / DBEs / PDBEs / SBEs

The Houston Airport System’s Office of Business Opportunity is committed to creating a level playing field on which DBEs and MW/S/PDBEs can participate in an environment that removes barriers, ensures non-discrimination, and provides the tools necessary to compete successfully within the Houston Airport System and the marketplace outside the DBE and MW/S/PDBE Program.

The programs and services of the HAS Office of Business Opportunities are directed to:

  Minority/Women Business Enterprises (MWBEs)
MWBE firms are eligible to participate on City funded contracts with MWBE goals.

Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs)
Certified DBE firms are eligible to participate on federally funded airports contracts with DBE goals. DBE certification is also recognized statewide on US Department of Transportation aviation, highway and transit contracts.

Persons with Disabilities Business Enterprises (PDBEs)
PDBE firms are eligible to participate on City funded contracts with MWBE goals.

Small Business Enterprises (SBEs)
SBEs have a shorter formal certification process through the Office of Business Opportunity. The Houston Airport System supports SBE participation in City funded airport contracts with SBE goals.

Obtain Your Certification

To participate in this program, you must be certified by the City of Houston Mayor's Office of Business Opportunity.

For more information, attend the free pre-certification workshop every Thursday at 2:00 p.m., 611 Walker, 7th Floor.

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