The HUBZone Program is designed to stimulate economic development and create jobs in urban and rural communities, also know as “Historically Underutilized Business Zones.” The program additionally provides contracting opportunities to small businesses in areas such as these as well as hires local team members to assist with economic development projects. *Click the Hubzone Map picture to the right to see if you’re located in a HUBzone area!
Among other things, the HUBzone certification allows small firms located in many urban or rural areas to qualify for sole-source and other types of federal contract benefits. The underlying purpose of the program is to encourage economic development and increase employment opportunities.
The HUBZone program is one of the Small Business Administration (SBA) programs, which is responsible for implementing and determining which businesses are eligible to receive HUBZone contracts. SBA maintains a listing of qualified HUBZone small businesses that federal agencies can use to locate vendors and also adjudicates protests of eligibility to receive HUBZone contracts. In addition, SBA is responsible for reporting to Congress on the program’s impact on employment and investment in HUBZone areas.