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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.
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There are four types of contract benefits that a HUBZone certified business can qualify for:
- A competitive HUBZone contract can be awarded if the Contracting Officer has a reasonable expectation that at least two qualified HUBZone small businesses will submit offers and that the contract can be awarded at a fair market price.
- A sole source HUBZone contract can be awarded if the Contracting Officer does not have a reasonable expectation that two or more qualified HUBZone small businesses will submit offers, determines that the qualified HUBZone small business is responsible, and determines that the contract can be awarded at a fair price. The government estimate cannot exceed $5 million for manufacturing purchases or $3 million for all other requirements.
- A full and open competition contract can be awarded with a price evaluation preference. The offer of the HUBZone small business will be considered lower than the offer of a non-HUBZone/non-small business, providing that the offer of the HUBZone small business is not more than 10 percent higher than that of the non-HUBZone business.
- A subcontract could be awarded by a large prime contractor. Federal rules require these contractors to include HUBZone contracting goals.
The process to apply for a HUBZone certification can be lengthy and time consuming. Our team can help you with the application process and help save you time and headaches. Contact us to learn more.
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