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Fort Bend ISD’s Small Business Enterprise Program to host quarterly workshop, Oct. 30 (9/12/2019)

FORT BEND ISD (September 12, 2019) – On Wednesday, October 30, Fort Bend ISD’s Small Business Enterprise Program will host a workshop on “Overcoming Small Business Obstacles and Upcoming 2018 Bond Projects”. The event will take place in the library, Room 111, of the FBISD Triplex Center (550 Julie Rivers Drive, Sugar Land, 77478), from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.


The meeting is open to contractors, subcontractors and other small business representatives who are interested in partnering with Fort Bend ISD and learning more about projects included in the 2018 Bond Program. Attendees will also learn more about construction and non-construction small business opportunities.


Topics to be addressed at the Oct. 30 workshop include:

  • The General Contractor/Subcontractor Overcoming Small Business Obstacles – Michelle Levi, President of Elite Image Tax & Notary Service
  • Small Business Nuggets Corner – Julie Irvin Hartman, Certified Proposal Manager

Upcoming 2018 Bond Projects

  • Kamila Andrzejak, FBISD Design & Construction

SBEP Certification Process

  • Monique Pettaway, Metro Transit Authority
  • Pedro Garcia, Port of Houston Authority
  • Will Norwood, City of Houston
  • Gaye Spears-Madison, U.S. Small Business Administration

Financial Aspects – Local Banks and Financial Institutions  

  • Beth Blankenship, Wells Fargo Bank
  • Anthony Lopez, LiftFund
  • Yongmei Wu, Chase Bank
  • Jimmie Jones, BB&T
  • Irene Paul, Woodforest Bank


  • General Contractor/Subcontractor
  • William Klineberg, Score
  • Laurence Rice, The Rice Business Report


Individuals interested in attending the workshop may register online. If you’re interested in purchasing a vendor exhibit booth, please complete and submit the SBEP Workshop Vendor Booth Form.


About the Small Business Enterprise Program (SBEP):

The FBISD Board of Trustees adopted the Small Business Enterprise Program. In Nov. 2018, Fort Bend ISD voters approved the 2018 Bond, a $992.6 million package that includes funding for the construction of new schools and classroom additions, safety and security enhancements, renovations to address maintenance and adequacy throughout the District, and transportation and technology needs. To learn more about the Small Business Enterprise Program, visit or contact Jeanette Boleware, FBISD Small Business Enterprise Coordinator, at (281) 327-7697 or the SBEP team at or (281) 327-7195.