TIKO HAUSMAN, CITY COUNCIL AT LARGE POSITION 4 CANDIDATE AND SMALL BUSINESS ADVISOR, COMMENTS ON HOUSTON MWBE PROGRAM

TIKO HAUSMAN, CITY COUNCIL AT LARGE POSITION 4 CANDIDATE AND SMALL BUSINESS ADVISOR, COMMENTS ON HOUSTON MWBE PROGRAM

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TIKO HAUSMAN, CITY COUNCIL AT LARGE POSITION 4 CANDIDATE AND SMALL BUSINESS ADVISOR, COMMENTS ON HOUSTON MWBE PROGRAM

 

HOUSTON, August 23, 2019 – Successful entrepreneur and business consultant, Tiko Hausman, recommends transparency and impartialness for improving processes for determining how minority and women-owned businesses gain access to the City’s projects and grants.

“Contrary to the views of some recent vocal critics, MWBE program does not give or promise contracts to businesses.  The RFP process is where accountability, transparency, and fairness must be fostered,” Hausman said. “Attacking the City’s MWBE program is misleading.  The focus should be on improving the management and implementation, so the program does what it is intended to do—create economic opportunities for City of Houston minority and women-owned businesses.”

Hausman further commented, “The MWBE program is worth keeping and making successful.  Diversity is Houston’s strength and is what makes our city competitive globally.  Any issues that arise from the RFP process should be addressed by the appointment of a fair and independent purchasing agent, not connected to political elections or partisan procedures.  I would propose that such a purchasing agent be fiducially responsible for determining contracts, eliminating even the appearance of cronyism at City Hall.  I am campaigning to give all companies seeking to do business with the City of Houston a chance to succeed.  I believe the current system favors existing and dominating firms over small and start-up businesses. The MWBE program has provided access to opportunities and fosters business resilience for minority-owned and women-owned small businesses; the MWBE program is worth keeping and making successful. We can do better.”

Tiko Hausman, candidate for Houston City Council at-Large Position 4, is an acclaimed community builder and advocate for small, women, and minority-owned businesses.  She was named a Rising Star by the League of Women Voters and recipient of the Greater Houston Business Procurement Forum Strategic Partner Award. Tiko4Houston.com

 

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