Office of Business Opportunity

Partners with a Purpose

The Office of Business Opportunity produces various reports throughout the year to track the progress of the City’s S/MWPDBE program and the Hire Houston First program. In addition, special reports such as the Construction Industry Disparity Study Report and Recommendations will be posted on this page.

Awards Reports 
The OBO produces annual and bi-monthly Small, Minority and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Utilization Reports which reflect the dollars awarded to S/MWDBEs on City of Houston contracts and non-contract agreements. The Utilization Reports assists City of Houston departments which tracking the progress of the percentage of S/MWDBEs utilized on each of their contracts and non-contracts based on the goals set by City Council. S/MWDBE utilization is detailed by gender and ethnicity and broken down by department. 

Links below go to .pdf files, unless otherwise indicated.

Pay or Play Reports

OBO Program Updates 2013

FY2017 Awards Reports

FY2016 Awards Reports

FY2015 Awards Reports

FY2014 Awards Reports

FY2013 Awards Reports

FY 2012 Awards Reports

FY 2011 Awards Reports

2006 Disparity Study

City’s Construction Industry Disparity Study
The City of Houston commissioned National Economic Research Associates (NERA) to provide a disparity study that evaluates the awards and payments for the City’s construction contracts.  Disparity studies guide the development of affirmative action programs, such as the City’s small, minority, women and persons with disabilities business enterprise (S/MWPBE) program. The City conducts disparity studies periodically in reviewing and updating its MWBE policies.  The City intends to seek input from interested stakeholders in reviewing NERA’s disparity study.

View the Disparity Study Documents

The Disparity Study Working group has prepared a PowerPoint presentation regarding the implementation of recommendations provided by NERA’s Construction Industry Disparity Study.  Please note: the presentation is still a draft. Construction Services Disparity Study 2012: Implementation of Recommendations (.pdf)

Hire Houston First Reports
The Hire Houston First (HHF) program was implemented in October 2011 as defined by the Hire Houston First Ordinance, Chapter 15, Article XI.  The HHF Progress Report was developed to assist in tracking the implementation, effectiveness and results of the HHF program.