Author: David Black

Greater Houston Business Procurement Forum 09122017

Greater Houston Business Procurement Forum Date:  Tuesday, September 12, 2017 Time:   8:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Location: Houston Community College Southwest 5601 W. Loop South, 1st Floor  Auditorium Houston, Texas  77081 Admission: $5.00 Cash at the door Register Harris County Purchasing Department Presenter: Damon Harris, Assistant Purchasing Agent Presenting: Key projects to be undertaken by Harris County Purchasing Department Projects: • NRG Park Astrodome Renovations • Harris County Toll Bridge Expansion • And others… Harris County Flood Control District Presenter:   Jeff Lindner, Director Hydrologic Operations Division/Meteorologist Presenting: Updates Topics: Houston Area’s ever-changing weather patterns affects Houston’s Infrastructure Overall relief efforts related to Hurricane Harvey Almeda-Genoa Constructors Presenter:   Maria Rios, DBE Representative Prime Contractors: Pulice Construction, Inc. Roy Jorgenson & Associates MICA Corporation Presenting: Drive288 Updates and Opportunities Projects: $815 million Toll Road Expansion Project on TX288 12% DBE goal for $97.8 million All trades are needed ExxonMobil Global Services Company Presenter:   Kevin Bowser, Global sustainable Procurement/Supplier Diversity Presenting: Updates on potential business opportunities Women’s Business Enterprise Alliance (WBEA) WBEA Golf Classic Raise Scholarship funds for Women Owned Business   Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Presenter:   FEMA Representative Presenting: Disaster Relief Update Topics: Funding for businesses and individuals Review Programs related to Disaster Relief Discuss procurement opportunities within FEMA locally U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Presenter:   Tim Jeffcoat, Director of the Houston District Office Presenting: SBA response to Hurricane...

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White Coat Ceremony – UTMB Galveston 

The UTMB Galveston “White Coat” ceremony. When do medical students become indemnified as doctors? Their legal status changes at the completion of the “White Coat Ceremony”.  This is the ceremony at which 1st year medical students get their first white medical coats identitifying them as doctors.  What can be said about the ceremony in which I was aloud to participate is that it is a celebration of the students and their families for getting to this point. My Niece was one of those participating in this event today at UTMB Galveston.  Over 230 students of all races and genders...

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Prevention:  The Key to Protect Yourself and Your Business in a Cyber Attack

​Friday, May 12, 2017 was possibly the largest ransomware cyber-attack to ever take place.  The attack involves a downloaded application delivered by e-mail. Once someone in the organization opens the email encryption of your hard drive(s) and data occurs, so you no longer able to get to the data.  They will then notify you on how to contact them and pay the ransom, thus ransomware.  There is no known recovery once the hard drives and data is encrypted.  Paying the ransom only guarantees that you will have given a criminal and/or terrorist funds.  Even if the code they give...

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