Readiness Training Program for

Historically Underutilized Businesses

Funnel Two, Summer 2023
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Learn How To:

Grow your business

Enhance your capacity

Advance in concepts and techniques

Find contracts in private and public sectors

RTP for HUBs Two-Part Training Program

The Travis County Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Program and the University of Texas at Austin conduct a two-part readiness training program for HUBs. Funnel One training is for established firms that want to enhance capacity and seek contracting or business opportunities.  Funnel Two training is for more advanced minority-owned and women-owned enterprises and small businesses.

Funnel Two

This program is designed for well-qualified minority and women-owned businesses that are seeking to increase their capacity to win and execute successfully contracts with local, state, and federal agencies in the Austin region. There is no cost for participating small businesses. The training will be comprised of multiple main sessions and workshops described below, as well as an opportunity to access personalized consulting assistance from a business advisor and/or UT-Austin business students. Presenters at the main sessions and workshops share information, insights, advice, and best practices on each topic.

The ideal applicant will have years of experience, at least five employees, and annual revenue surpassing $500,000. Applicants should be located in the five- county Austin MSA or have existing contracts with governments in the region. Funnel Two training begins in early summer 2023. Please read the FAQ for additional details before submitting an application.

Thank you for your interest in Funnel Two. The application period is no longer open. Future training will be announced on the website in due course. For further information about applying, please send an email to:

RTP Team


Readiness Training Program Testimonials

Funnel Two, Cohort Two

Class Sessions Spring-Summer 2023

All sessions will be on Tuesdays, from 4:15 to 5:45 pm, and are virtual via Zoom.

Session 1: June 6th

Welcoming Remarks

Introduction and Recognition of Sponsors (Travis County, Austin Independent
School District, Capital Metro, and City of Austin)

HUB Company Self-Introductions

Session 2: June 20th

Marketing and Sales Strategies, Sales Channels, and Techniques | Cheryl A. Brown, Director of the North San Diego Small Business Development Center, MiraCosta College, and Greg Pogue, Deputy Director, IC2 Institute, UT-Austin

Session 3 : June 27th

Human Resources | Deirdre Pattillo, University of Texas at San Antonio SBDC Center for Government Contracting

Session 4: July 11th

Accessing Capital | Jim Nolen, McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin and John S. Butler, UT-Austin and Hidden Star

Session 5: August 15th

Strategies for Owner-Operated Businesses to Compete with Larger Companies | Ian Bidot, McCombs Schools of Business, The University of Texas at Austin and Rachel Gray, Miller-Gray; Hopeton Hay, UT System; David Negrete, Negrete & Kolar Architects; Greg Pogue, UT-Austin

Workshops 2023

Workshops will be held on Thursdays from 4:15 to 5:45, via zoom

Workshop 1: June 15th

Discussion of Current Business Challenges and Identification of Resources, Selection of Topic for Main Session 5

Workshop 2: July 12th

Current and near-term bid and contracting opportunities with Travis County, Austin Independent School District, the City of Austin, and UT-Austin

Workshop 3: August 10th

Responding to Purchasing Solicitations and Preparing Your Proposal | Cheryl A. Brown, Executive Director, North San Diego Small Business Development Center

Construction Bond Workshops

Construction Bond Workshop 1: July 27th

Overview of the Bonding Process | Presenter Luke Ortega Luper, SWMBE Bonding Capacity Growth Program, and Resource Person Jim Swindle, Alamo Surety Bonds

Construction Bond Workshop 2: August 3rd

The Bond Application Process | Presenter Jim Swindle, Alamo Surety Bonds, and Resource Person Luke Ortega Luper, SWMBE Bonding Capacity Growth Program

Readiness Training Program: Previous Program Materials

The following link provides all previous session information, participant information, presenters and video training:

RTP for HUBs Previous Session Information

This training program is made possible by major financial support from the Travis County Purchasing Office, with supplemental funding from the Austin Independent School District HUB Program, the City of Austin and Small and Minority Business Resources Department, and the University of Texas at Austin.

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