By Bill Oliver
Commerce, TX –
There's at least 1,000 state agencies in Texas state government. Texas A&M University-Commerce is in the top 10 when it comes to buying goods and services from vendors on the state's historically underutilized business, or HUB, list.
Assistant Purchasing Director Travis Ball, who is the HUB coordinator, said one-third of purchases made by A&M-Commerce went to Texas-based businesses primarily owned by women and minorities.
Among state agencies spending a total of at least $5,000,000 each year, A&M-Commerce ranked eighth in the proportion of purchases made from HUB vendors. A&M-Commerce spent a total of $16,547,244.01. Of that total, A&M-Commerce bought
$5,584,973.32 from HUB vendors.
Six other members of the A&M System joined Commerce in the top 25.