It’s Your Business – Episode #53
April 23, 2020
“It’s Your Business” show was developed to highlight the local small businesses who are currently participating in contracting and procurement opportunities at HCC.
The guest is Helen Callier, President, Permit Us Now
PermitUsNow Highlights Impact on Jurisdictions in Texas due to COVID-19
March 31, 2020
As a response to the changing working conditions in design and construction due to the COVID-19, Permit Us Now has created a blog article to help the design and construction industry to stay up-to-date of its impact on building permitting and inspection activities across the state of Texas and being expanded to other parts of the U.S. We will include a color coded map in the future to denote which jurisdictions are having the longest delays or the greatest impact.
In addition, we have created a page to show a running list of stories and announcements from jurisdictions on the affects of COVID-19 on building permitting and inspections.
Lastly, we will be writing articles weekly to share with the design and construction industry so check back often and bookmark this page for the latest updates.
The PermitUsNow Team Are Essential Workers During Wide-Spread Epidemic
March 29, 2020
Helen Callier, PermitUsNow President alerts industry that team members are deemed as essential workers during the current health crises and team members continue to pull building permits during the current health crises. Our business is open and is classified under the essential critical infrastructure necessary to continue operations under the 16 critical infrastructure sectors identified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security National Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). We fall under Article XI: Infrastructure, Development, Operation and Construction. See the attached bulletin.
Founder of Permit Us Now Interviewed on Houston Community College “It’s Your Business” TV Show
January 15, 2020
HOUSTON, Texas (January 15, 2020) – Helen Callier, Founder of Permit Us Now was featured on It’s Your Business TV show by Veronica Douglas, HCC Director of Small Business. This show is designed to showcase local small business success stories such as Permit Us Now that are flourishing and making an impact in the community in creating jobs, boosting the economy and assisting others (small businesses) in their aspirations.
Helen Callier and Veronica Douglas
Permit Us Now Featured as Small Business Success Story During the Houston Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders Annual (HAGGL) Luncheon
December 12, 2019
December 12, 2019 – (Houston, Texas) – The HAGGL Annual Luncheon highlights lending institutions that have gone over and above in making loans to small businesses during the year. In addition to certain lenders receiving awards, Houston Community College Business Plan Competition (BPC) was recognized for their continued support to helping small business succeed in the marketplace. Permit Us Now along with Twice Media Productions were the only two HCC BPC small business success stories featured during this annual luncheon.
Left to right: Helen Callier – PermitUsNow, Sandra Louvier – HCC BPC, Tiffany Williams – Twice Media
President of Permit Us Now Participates in Greater Houston Partnership Thought Leadership Series for Business Leaders
November 9, 2019
HOUSTON, Texas (November 8, 2019) – Helen Callier, President of PermitUsNow served as one of the participants in the Greater Houston Partnership’s Thought Leadership Luncheon Series. This week’s luncheon series featured Tilman Fertita, CEO of Landry’s Inc. highlighting key strategies from his book “Shut Up and Listen”.
HCCS Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Alumni with Dr. Kim Burroughs, Director and Liz Carreno, Outreach and Recruiting Manager
Permit Us Now Sponsors The Day of the Construction Worker Annual Event to Celebrate Harvey Rebuilding and Positive Contributions in Houston Area
September 17, 2019
“HOUSTON, Texas (September 17, 2019) – Permit Us Now served as one of the sponsors for this year’s “The Day of the Construction Worker” held at Minute Maid Park on August 24, 2019. This special day recognized the Greater Houston Construction Industry’s impact in Houston’s growth and for continuing the rebuilding of Houston’s Harvey Storm survivors. The celebration featured free food, music, games, entertainment, industry, safety, and health exhibits plus special appearances were made by Mayor Sylvester Turner, the Houston Airport System Director and large Primes.”
Permit Us Now Sponsors The Day of the Construction Worker Annual Event – Photo L – R – Billisha Hastings, Permit Us Now, Helen Callier, Permit Us Now, Mayor Sylvester Turner, and Michele Jungers, Crown Ridge
Permit Us Now Receives Top 25 Subcontractors of the Year Award
July 1, 2019
“HOUSTON, Texas (July 1, 2019) – Permit Us Now was selected as one of the Top 25 Subcontractors of the Year in 2019 during the SubContractors USA Awards Luncheon held on June 26, 2019. The annual event is geared towards small, minority, women, disadvantaged and veteran owned businesses being recognized for their excellence in industry and for making significant contributions in the state of Texas economy.”
Top 25 Subcontractors of the Year Award
PermitUsNow featured in H-E-B Grocery Commercial, 2019
January 11, 2019
PermitUsNow Partners – Helen Callier and Moruf Jimoh, AAIA were thrilled to have the opportunity to share how working on H-E-B projects across the state of Texas helps improve quality of life for Texans and those visiting Texas.
Permit Us Now Receives H-E-B Grocery Supplier Diversity Supplier of the Year Award
February 14, 2019
“HOUSTON, Texas (September 10, 2018) – Permit Us Now was selected as H-E-B’s Supplier Diversity Supplier of the Year. Helen Callier, president of Permit Us Now, will accept the Supplier Award during H-E-B’s Supplier Diversity Conference taking place September 13th in San Antonio, Texas. The annual event is geared towards small, minority, women-owned, disadvantaged and historically underutilized businesses.”
H-E-B Grocery Supplier Diversity Supplier of the Year Award
Helen Callier is still sought after by media on article written supporting the construction industry and residents along the Texas Gulf Coast after Hurricane Harvey
January 18, 2019
“From Rockport to Houston to the Beaumont, Port Arthur Triangle, thousands of residential, commercial and government buildings have been affected by Hurricane Harvey and require rebuilding. As a native of Houston, I, along with the Permit Us Now team, want to help our communities get back into operations faster, so we want to share with contractors, architects and project owners what we know to-date on obtaining city building permits…”
How to obtain city building permits to rebuild after hurricane harvey
Helen Callier interviewed by CNBC Nightly Business Report reviewing the impact of the United States Government shutdown on Bradlink LLC, Permit Us Now’s parent company
January 11, 2019
Helen Callier interviewed by CNBC Nightly Business Report reviewing the impact of the United States Government shutdown on Bradlink LLC, Permit Us Now’s parent company that is predominantly involved in government contracting for 15 years. Ms. Callier’s interview begins around the 5:34 minute mark.
Nightly Business Report, the weeks-long partial government shutdown is starting to create anxiety on Wall Street. Plus, the high cost of retail returns.
Kate Rogers, CNBC features Helen Callier, President of Bradlink LLC, the parent company of Permit Us Now, in business industry article
January 11, 2019
“As the U.S.government shutdown enters its third week, on the verge of becoming the longest in history, Main Street is getting creative to stay afloat. The partial closure is having ripple effects nationwide on companies that work with and rely on the federal government to do business…”
Small business owners like Helen Callier of Bradlink, LLC, say the government shutdown is impacting business. Callier is a part of the Small Business Administration’s 8(a) program, and can’t access resources during the partial closure.
Helen Callier Featured on The Topic on HCCTV
January 8, 2019
Permit Us Now President, Helen Callier, was recently interviewed by host Todd DuPlantis on the Topic TV Show in HCCTV. The interview appears on Houston Community College web sites and other media and is found here for viewing. Helen shares the value that Permit Us Now provides to the construction industry and how participating in HCCS Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business and subsequently, Business Plan Competition helped in developing our business growth plan.
Helen Callier, PermitUsNow, President Shares Building Permitting Outlook in SubContractors USA Newspaper
December 12, 2018
Article outlines key trends impacting permitting and helpful tips for contractors, Project Owners, and Architects to consider in pulling building permits in the year ahead.
“On December 3, 2018, I attended the first annual Asian | Turkish | Indo-American Chambers of Commerce Real Estate and Construction Summit in Houston, Texas. There were three industry panels that provided a treasure trove of industry insights and data along with two powerful keynote speakers including State of Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, Glenn Hager…”
Article presents the three industry trends and impacts on obtaining building permits in 2019
Helen Callier, PermitUsNow, President Writes Article Featured in SubContractors USA
November 16, 2018
Five Secrets Revealed on How a Good Offense Helps to Obtain a Building Permit Fast.
“With hundreds of billions of dollars and many more construction opportunities on the horizon for contractors, some jurisdictions are scrambling to handle the work load for plan reviews to issue building permits. And with recent hurricane-impacted areas along the Florida Gulf Coast and in the Carolinas, jurisdictions will become even more stretched…”
Article reveals the five secrets on how a good offense helps to obtain a building permit Fast
Helen Callier, PermitUsNow, Authors Article on Five Simple Tips to Drive Highway to Permitting Success
October 10, 2018
“I’ve met a few people this year that have struggled in one way or another in obtaining the necessary permits on highway construction projects. From forgetting to fully assess site conditions for Rock Quarry to having modular trailers that lacked State seal of approval to getting started later than planned with environmental permits, issues popped-up that stressed the start of construction. Five simple tips that help to remove blind spots and provide clarity in obtaining agency and jurisdiction permits for highway projects were covered…”
Article reveals five simple tips drive highway to permitting success
PermitUsNow President, Helen Callier, Article Featured in SubContractors USA
September 18, 2018
“Looking to get started with your construction project on time? The building permitting tips and insights below from Helen Callier, Permit Us Now, Contributing Writer will assist you in positioning for success…”
Article presents five ways to get your building permit faster
Bradlink Excited to Sponsor Houston Community College System Entrepreneurial Center Business Plan Competition Starting in 2017
Houston, Texas | August 2016. Bradlink team members were excited to compete in and graduate from Houston Community College System (HCCS) Business Plan Competition (BPC) in May of 2016. The BPC is led by Jack Barry, a successful businessman with over 40 years of proven experience including start-ups, mid-sized firms, and Fortune 500 businesses along with co-facilitator Richard Tyler, an international business consultant and speaker. Helen states, “while our business plan on expanding our building permitting services under the umbrella of PermitUsNow was not selected, we are the ultimate winner because the coaching received and insights gained were more valuable than the actual prize money.”
We are humbled to announce Bradlink is one of the sponsors of HCCS BPC in 2017 to assist other small businesses in shaping their entrepreneurial dreams and business plan.
Sandra Louvier, Director Center of Entrepreneurship NW, John (Jack) Barry, Business Consultant, Helen Callier, Bradlink President, Moruf Jimoh, Associate AIA, Bradlink Technical Permitting Manager