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Disruptive Mobile App Helps Houston Nonprofit Connect with Small Businesses

GPC 2014“This new app is a game changer for small businesses looking to connect with decision-makers,” says Raynese Edwards, Houston-based Business Strategist. Today, Government Procurement Connections, Inc. (GPC), a Houston-based nonprofit agency hosted its inaugural State of Procurement event at Houston Community College’s Southeast campus’ Learning HUB. Hundreds of small business owners attended the event to learn more about multi billion dollar government contracting opportunities.

“Last year, the Federal government spent $500 billion dollars on products and services and 23 percent was awarded to minority, veteran and woman-owned prime contractors and sub-contractors,” stated Valerie Coleman, Procurement Center Representative for the United States Small Business Administration. But, most innovative small businesses continue to find the government procurement process to be daunting and confusing. There’s a disconnect between agency purchasing managers looking to purchase products and services and the vast number of viable vendors ready and able to sell products and services to them. This year, GPC subscribed to a new mobile technology which was created by a woman-owned firm to solve that very problem. Integrality and a team of engineers designed a niche mobile engagement app called meap3, Mobile Engagement Application for Procurement and Purchasing Professionals. “As a woman-owned small business, I know the challenges that exist in making a connection with decision-makers and selling your capabilities to win new business. I wanted to create a product that removes the barriers and creates an instant way to engage and connect with procurement professionals,” shared Cynthia Nevels, meap3 designer and Senior Partner with Integrality, LLC.

20140417-155050.jpgThe meap3 app empowers users and enables them to register to connect with agency presenters real-time, to engage with agencies, share their capabilities, to view active RFPs and RFQs and share data with their social network. Over 300 attendees were introduced to the new mobile app with overwhelming buzz and excitement. Users can download the iOS or Android app for free via their smart phone or wireless notebook online at meap3.com. Premier Wireless sponsored a $250 gift card giveaway to registered users. The campaign ends April 30, 2014. Talk is Houston Independent School District is interested in integrating the new technology into their procurement outreach program. Disruptive technology and social enterprises are coming together to solve everyday business challenges – that’s innovation at its best.

11/20/13 – Houston Becoming a Hot Bed for Technology Innovation

Greater Houston Partnership and TechStreet Houston Team Up to Host Technology Conference

TechStreet HoustonThe City of Houston has teamed up with TechStreet Houston to offer a full-day conference with onsite workshops, tech expos and a Mayor Roundtable.  It is a non-traditional meetup on steroids with over 2,000 attendees expected. TechStreet Houston takes place Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in the heart of downtown Houston, Texas.

“Houston is fast becoming a true hot bed of innovation and technological breakthroughs, especially in energy, life sciences and healthcare.  These breakthroughs will attract jobs, investment and talent to our region now and into the future,” states Greater Houston Partnership President & CEO Bob Harvey.

Innovators, developers, and tech leaders are coming together to learn, share, showcase and promote their creative ideas, expertise, and technologies.  The conference is free of charge and open to the general public. To learn more visit www.techstreethouston.com.

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