Office of Business Opportunity

Hire Houston First Application Process Now Totally Online

In order to streamline the process of applying for HIRE HOUSTON FIRST designation with the City of Houston, as of January 1, 2018 the process is entirely online. The City of Houston spends billions of dollars to maintain and improve the City’s infrastructure, and provide services for the public. HIRE HOUSTON FIRST grants the City the ability to give preference to local companies and local workers, as long as their pricing is competitive. The Office of Business Opportunity (OBO) administers the Hire Houston First program.

To apply for HIRE HOUSTON FIRST designation as either a City Business (CB- inside the City of Houston limits), or Local Business (LB- outside the city limits but inside the 10 county surrounding area), go to or call 832-393-0951 for application assistance.