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Event Details

“Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together”

You are invited to participate in GROW 2012! – an EPA Region 6 small business procurement outreach workshop.

GROW 2012! will showcase a range of potential contracting opportunities and increase awareness of how to do business with the EPA and other federal, state and local entities.

GROW 2012! will attract several important representatives from EPA and other federal, state and local agencies who will discuss strategies for procurement and the requirements necessary to do business with their organizations.



8:00 – 9:00 Check IN **
Port Arthur Small Business Showcase
9:00 – 9:25 Opening Remarks
9:25 – 10:15 Business Growth 101 Panel
10:15-10:45 Gain Access to Capital
10:45 – 11:00 Break
11:00 – 12:00 Ready, Willing and Able to Market
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch***
Special Session on Federal Sources Sought Responses
1:00 – 3:45 Federal, State, Local Contracting Opportunities
3:45 – 4:00 Closing Remarks


* Quote by James Cash Penney

**Seating is limited for this event. Secure your spot by registering early.

***Box lunches will be available for purchase on-site from The Party Connection (743 Procter Street). Please indicate your preferences during registration. CASH ONLY.

Representatives from SBA Small Business Loans, ACCION Texas and People Fund have been confirmed for the “Gain Access to Capital” Session at 10:15 am.

In the afternoon, representatives from federal, state and local entities will provide information on the primary procurement and contracting functions of their organizations, the requirements to do business with them and potential procurement opportunities.



Army Corps of Engineers
Environmental Protection Agency  
General Services Administration
US Coast Guard
US Postal Service
Lamar State College
TX Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)
TX Comptroller’s Office
TX Department of Criminal Justice
TX Water Development Board
University of Texas
City of Beaumont
City of Port Arthur
Jefferson County
CH2M Hill
EA Engineering
NRG Energy
Weston Solutions




GROW 2012! will be hosted at the Carl A. Parker Multipurpose Center:

Carl A. Parker Multipurpose Center
Lamar State College – Port Arthur
1800 Lakeshore Drive
Port Arthur, TX 77640


There are a number of hotels in Port Arthur near the Multipurpose Center.  Contact information for the Holiday Inn, Hampton Inn and Best Inn & Suites follows. Use the map below to gauge proximity to the Lamar State College Campus.

Best Inn & Suites
7440 Memorial Boulevard
Port Arthur, TX 77642
(409) 722-1034

Hampton Inn
7660 Memorial Boulevard
Port Arthur, TX 77642
(409) 722-6999

Holiday Inn
2929 Jimmy Johnson Boulevard
Port Arthur, TX 77642
(409) 724-5000

View GROW 2012! Logistics in a larger map


GROW 2012!

Deloris "Bobbie" Prince, Port Arthur Mayor

Although she retired after nearly 37 years in the private sector, Deloris “Bobbie” Prince is not tired.  She was elected Mayor in 2007 after serving on Port Arthur’s City Council for three years.

She has worked tirelessly serving on many boards and councils and supporting numerous initiatives to improve the lives of residents in Port Arthur. She is known for championing the “One Block at a Time” neighborhood revitalization Program and was a proud recipient of the “2005 Ambassador of the Year Award” from the Greater Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce as well as the “Pioneering Woman Award” in 2008.

GROW 2012!

Dr. Jeanette L. Brown, Environmental Protection Agency

Director for the Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) -  Dr. Brown is responsible for ensuring that small, disadvantaged, and women-owned firms are provided an equitable opportunity to receive a “fair share” of sub-agreements and contracts.  OSBP develops policies and procedures to aid minority and small women-owned entities doing business with EPA.  Additionally, OSBP is responsible for internal training programs to enhance the capabilities of socioeconomic firms in becoming more competitive and viable in the EPA procurement arena. Dr. Brown will provide Opening Remarks at GROW 2012!

GROW 2012!

Sam Coleman, Environmental Protection Agency

Deputy Regional Administrator. Samuel Coleman brings decades of experience and leadership. He guided EPA’s response to Hurricane Katrina as the agency’s senior federal official in New Orleans, leading EPA’s emergency response and recovery missions. For these efforts, Sam was awarded a Meritorious Presidential Rank Award in 2009.

Sam has provided extraordinary leadership in cleaning up contaminated sites, from massive, complex efforts such as Tar Creek in Picher, Oklahoma, which holds millions of cubic yards of hazardous mining waste, as well as well as dozens of brownfields redevelopment sites across Region 6. By working with local, state, and tribal partners to clean up hazardous waste, Sam and his teams have improved the quality of life and brought economic development to communities throughout Region 6.

GROW 2012!

Floyd Batiste, Port Arthur Economic Development Corporation

Chief Executive Officer. Floyd Batiste has climbed through the ranks throughout his career. He began in 1988 as a Career Counselor at the Southeast Texas Workforce Development Board and is now CEO of the PAEDC. He focused much of his career on managing customer service, both on the business and client side. He has extensive experience in P&L, forecasting, performance management, process improvement and client relations, but above all else, he is naturally a people-person.  Always, without fail, he has utilized proper structure, direction and timely reinforcements to successfully turn around a number of campaigns in triage. He has a true and actualized understanding of the concerns of both front-line and director-level executives and has used that understanding to impressively serve all of his employers.  At GROW 2012!, Mr. Batiste will provide Opening Remarks and contribute to the Business Growth 101 panel.

GROW 2012!

Ira McNeil, Workforce Solutions

Business Solutions Consultant – Mr. McNeil provides HR consulting services to assist businesses in expansion, employee retention, and layoff aversion. As a consultant, Mr. McNeil works closely with area Chambers of Commerce and Economic Development entities providing customized Labor Market Information such as labor and skills availability, wage surveys and workforce projections to encourage businesses interested in relocating to the Southeast Texas area. He also facilitates business access to services and incentives such as; Work Opportunity Tax Credits (WOTC), Texas Back to Work (TBTW) incentives, On-The-Job Training and skills for small business incumbent worker training.  Mr. McNeil will participate in the Business Growth 101 panel.

GROW 2012!

Mark Hall, Texas Water Development Board

Director of Project Engineering & Review. The Texas Water Development Board provides funding to Cities, Districts, and other political subdivisions in Texas to enable these communities to improve and construct their water and wastewater infrastructure.  Mr. Hall is responsible for the engineering and environmental aspects of project funding statewide for these projects. He has been the Director of the Project Engineering and Review Division at the Texas Water Development Board since 2006.

GROW 2012!

Valerie Coleman, Small Business Administration

Procurement Center Representative & Commercial Market Representative Ms. Coleman works with various government agencies to ensure the largest possible percentage of contract support to small businesses. She also reviews large businesses to ensure that they are meeting their goals working with small businesses.  At GROW 2012! her presentation Ready Willing and Able to Market – Federal will help you understand the basics of doing business with the federal government  - required registrations, how to find federal opportunities and whom to market to.

GROW 2012!

Rachel Snell, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

HUB Marketing CoordinatorMs. Snell provides information to minority and women business owners about how to become Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUBs) and how to best market to state agencies and universities. In Ready, Willing, and Able to Market – State,  she will help you understand the basics of doing business with state government – the procurement cycle, how to find state opportunities and how to identify which state entities spend in which industry.

LaVida Barnes, General Services Administration

Business Specialist. LaVida has over 29 years of government experience with the General Service Administration (GSA).  In her current position with the Office of Small Business Utilization in Fort Worth TX, she counsels small, minority, woman owned, HUBZone, and Veteran owned vendors that are seeking information about how to secure contracts with the agency. LaVida provides assistance to individuals and groups about Federal contracting opportunities, and advises the Small Business Community on how to market to Federal agencies.

GROW 2012!

Laura Cagle, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

HUB Program Director. Ms. Cagle is a Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) program veteran and has been involved in the HUB program, in different capacities, since its 1993 implementation.  She will provide information on the HUB program and on contracting opportunities available through the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.  Ms. Cagle also provides good, solid information on how to structure your marketing plan to outreach to state government to identify opportunities relevant to your company’s products and services.

GROW 2012!

Arthur McDonald, University of Texas at Austin

HUB and Small Business Director. Arthur has been employed by the State of Texas for the past 28 years and has served in various capacities ranging from Equal Employment Officer, Risk Manager, Director of Personnel, Director of Purchasing and Coordinator/Director of the Historically Underutilized Business/Small Business Program.  Since November 1999, he has been employed by The University of Texas at Austin as the Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Coordinator/Director & the Small Business Plan Administrator.

Shawna Tubbs, City of Port Arthur

Patrick Bardwell, City of Beaumont

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