NETWORKING SERIES: A closer look at the Small Business Chittlin Circuit in Houston, Tx. May 1 thru 30

May 13, 2010 Update: “We are almost at the half-way point, view summaries and transcripts below! Remember, a summary comparison matrix will be provided at the end of the series with a recommendation of the best organizations to join as part of your Strategic Networking & Business Development plan.” – Rudy Sutherland, Small Business Expert – ALJUCAR & Co.

Note: ALJUCAR & Co. is the marketing name for ALJUCAR, LLC and its subsidiaries and affiliates. 2010 ALJUCAR, LLC. All rights reserved.

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NOTE: Transcripts for completed shows will follow this post

As a small business owner and/or advocate, you probably receive emails day-in and day-out inviting you to this function or that function – with the lure of helping you get contracts (or helping your constituents get contracts). In many cases, it appears these industries are doing better from the expansion of their market than the businesses they target to help.

A small business owner and advocate for more than 12 years myself, I have founded & developed The “Small Business Talk Show” communication platform “For Us, And By Us” to help save your and my precious time and resources– and it is FREE.

The “Small Business Talk Show” platform [right here @] has an ongoing commitment to minimize the burden of understanding the maze of services offered by “Disparity Consultants”, “SDB Certifiers” and “Small Business Development Organizations” which have become cottage industries as a result of the continued exclusion of small businesses from America’s most lucrative circles of contracting.

As a result, we are conducting a series of radio interviews that we are calling, “A closer look at the Small Business Chittlin’ Circuit”, with various organizations and government agencies to provide the inquiring small business owner with the maximum amount of information about these prospective support organizations at a minimum cost to their time and resources.

Beginning in May 2010, this series will start in the 3rd Largest city in the United States, Houston, Texas (Houston Live!: ) and expand to the National (The Small Business Talk Show: ) stage shortly thereafter. (listen in ONLINE at these links).

Part IHouston Government Sector – Departments & Divisions

Houston Mayor May 4, 2010 3:00 PM CST |Click to See Transcript

  • Annise D. Parker

May 7, 2010 2:00 PM CST – DOUBLE-HEADER | Click to See Transcript

  • M/WBE and Small Contractor Development Committee | Chairman, James Rodriguez, Vice-Chairman, C.O. “Brad” Bradford
  • Strategic Purchasing Division | Calvin Wells, Deputy Director

Public Works & EngineeringMay 11, 2010 2:00 PM CST Click to See Transcript

  • Tony Henshaw, Contract Compliance Manager

Houston Airport SystemMay 12, 2010 2:00 PM CST |Click to See Transcript

  • J. Goodwille Pierre, M.Ed, JD, Manager of Small Business and Contract Compliance

Affirmative Action and Contract Compliance May 18, 2010 2:00 PM CST |Click to See Transcript

  • Velma Laws, Director

Houston Metropolitan transit Authority May 22, 2010 2:30 PM CST | Click to See Transcript***30th EPISODE!***

  • Karen Hudson, Director of Small Business Compliance

Harris County Sheriff’s Office

  • Jose Jimenez, Jr., Director

Part IIHouston Private Sector fee-based organizations

Women’s Business Enterprise Alliance

  • Susan Repka, Executive Director

Houston Contractor’s Association

  • Jeff Nielsen, Executive Vice President

National Association of Minority Contractors

  • Tracey Hawthorne, Interim – Executive director

Women Contractors Association

  • Valerie Delafosse, Executive Director

Houston Minority Supplier Development Council May 6, 2010 3:00 PM CST | Download Organizational Profile below

  • Richard A. Huebner, President

May 27, 2010 3:00 PM CST

  • Texas Business Alliance

  • Sociedad Mutualista Obrera Mexicana (SMOM), “Laugh & Learn” Play Series

  • The All American Mandatory Solution Project (AAMSP), Council Member Jarvis Johnson City of Houston


After this series is completed, a comprehensive summary will be posted to this website for future reference.

I would like to invite you to listen in to this series which will hopefully help you to make sense of all the noise. If you are in Chicago or DC; we’ll be visiting you next!

– Rudy Sutherland

Serial Entrepreneur & Small Business Expert


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