AUSTIN — The 14th Annual Purchasing and HUB Connection, a networking forum for Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUBs), will be presented by the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) and the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 8. The free forum will be held at the TRS headquarters, located at 1000 Red River St. in Austin.

A HUB is defined as:

  • a business which is at least 51 percent owned by one or more persons who are members of specific groups such as women of any ethnicity, Texas vendors whose origins represent various minority ethnic populations, and service-disabled veterans;
  • a for-profit entity that has not exceeded the size standards prescribed by the Texas Administrative Code and has its principal place of business in Texas; and
  • a business which has an owner residing in Texas with a proportionate interest that actively participates in the control, operations and management of the entity's affairs.

TRS and TWC will provide a brief panel discussion of their purchasing needs and contracting opportunities for HUBs for the rest of the fiscal year. Representatives from other state agencies also will be present to discuss their contracting opportunities. A networking session will allow vendors to meet with purchasing staff, key agency decision makers and potential partners and subcontractors.

For registration information, email or contact:

John Dobrich
TRS Purchasing and Contracts
Manager/HUB Coordinator

Glenn Smith
TWC Director of Procurement and HUB Services

TRS delivers retirement and related benefits that have been authorized by the Texas Legislature and manages an approximately $124 billion trust fund established to finance member benefits. More than 1.3 million public education employees, higher education employees and retirees participate in the system. For additional details on TRS, visit


About the Texas Workforce Commission

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is a state agency dedicated to helping Texas employers, workers and communities prosper economically. For details on TWC and the services it offers in coordination with its network of local workforce development boards, call 512-463-8942 or visit