Texas Tech to Host Regional Economic Opportunity Conference

Small businesses invited to one-day forum Sept. 30 at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center.

Economic Opportunity Conference Sept. 30, 2009

The seminar is a chance for small business vendors to network with state procurement officers and learn more about HUB certification.

Texas Tech University will host the sixth annual Regional Economic Opportunity Forum from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 30 at Lubbock Memorial Civic Center located at 1501 Mac Davis Lane in Lubbock.

The theme for the one-day forum is “Selling Texas One Region at a Time.” The summit will include discussion and education on a variety of topics of concern to small businesses including how to get Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) certification and how to do business with the state. Small-business vendors will have an opportunity to network with state procurement officers on how to bid on government contracts.

Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade will be the keynote speaker at the luncheon. She will discuss Texas and West Texas business climates as well as the role small businesses and entrepreneurs play in Texas’ continued growth. Gov. Rick Perry has been invited to attend.

Pre-registration deadline is Sept. 22 for the luncheon and for businesses, state and federal agencies wishing to set up an exhibit booth. There is no registration fee for state and federal agencies. The forum is sponsored by Texas Tech University, Office of the Governor, Economic Development & Tourism, and the University of Texas Permian Basin.

Forum exhibits and workshops are free to the public. A complimentary luncheon will be served.

Registration

To register for the luncheon or to obtain more information about the forum, contact: Lorenzo “Bubba” Sedeno, Texas Tech University manager of HUB operations, at (806) 742-4440, or Irene Montoya.