Last year, the Office of Business Opportunity, in partnership with the University of Houston-Downtown, launch the Build Up Houston program. The 2015-2016 Build Up Houston class will start  October 6, 2015. Build Up Houston is a comprehensive, seven month program designed to increase the capacity and success of small businesses in the construction service industry with doing business in the City of Houston. Build Up Houston utilizes curriculum provided by Interise, a non-profit organization, focused on helping established small business owners take their companies to the next level for continual growth and success. Interise has an award-winning curriculum that was developed and refined by working hand-in-hand with small business owners and national business experts. Interise has established themselves as a proven leader in educating and training established business owners to grow their businesses.

Build Up Houston

Program Overview

Build Up Houston is designed to combine the best of classroom learning with real-world case studies, including the one most important to you: your own business. Construction industry experts, business peers, and instructors provide insights, strategies, motivation, and accountability. It’s an interactive format, where you get the tools, know-how, and confidence to take the next step. Build Up Houston will run from October 2015 until April 2016. During that time, you can expect to learn about:

  • Business Development Strategies
  • Strategic Planning
  • Estimating and Bidding
  • Finance and Financial Management
  • Bonding and Insurance
  • Marketing and Sales
  • Human Resources
  • Accessing Capital
  • Government Contracts
  • Project Management

Program Length: 7 Months

  • Total in-class time: 40 hours
  • Overall program time: 92 – 100+ hours
  • Total CEO Mentoring Group time: 12 hours
  • Class sessions: Tuesdays every other week, from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Class location: UHD College of Business, 320 North Main Street Houston, TX 77002

Congratulations to our graduates of the 2014-2015 Build Up Houston program

  • Roque Campos -- Onnea Equipment, LLC
  • Cathy French -- Gennoa French Enterprises Inc. DBA Lone Star Underground Utility Contractor
  • Luis Guerra -- Texas Pride Utilities, LLC
  • John C. Higgins -- Neutex Advanced Energy Group Inc.
  • Wanda Johnson -- CandCNET Associates Inc.
  • Alicia B. Jimerson -- Jimerson Underground Inc.
  • Carol MacNeil -- Genesis Cabling Solutions, LLC
  • Hilton Middleton -- MUI Services, LLC
  • Hemendra Patel -- Texas Concrete Enterprise Ready Mix Inc.
  • Victor Washington -- Washington & Sons AC and Heating, LLC

University of Houston - Downtown

The University of Houston – Downtown (UHD) is a publicly-supported, urban university located in Houston's central business district. Since opening its doors in 1974, UHD has grown in mission and service, and now offers baccalaureate degrees in 44 areas and seven master's degree programs. It is considered one of the most ethnically diverse liberal arts institutions in the southwest, a distinction that indicates the student body accurately reflects the Houston community's wealth of cultures, languages and nationalities. Visit for more information.


Interise is the premier organization for established small businesses interested in growth. Interise seeks to fill a gap in small business economic development by serving established small businesses in order to promote job creation, local wealth generation, and community building. More than 2,500 entrepreneurs across the country have completed Interise’s StreetWise ‘MBA’™ curriculum with extraordinary results. In 2013, graduates of the program grew their businesses by an average of 39% and created jobs at 5X the rate of the private sector as a whole. More information can be found at


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