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National HUB Program Guidelines

A HUB, Historically Underutilized Businesses, is a Minority or Women-Owned Business Enterprise as defined below.

Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) — a business entity that is owned and controlled by one or more members of one or more minority groups.

Minority — a person who is a citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States and who is either:

Black/African American — a person having origins in any of the black African racial groups not of Hispanic origin).

Latin-American — a person of Puerto Rican, Mexican, Cuban, Central or South American culture or origin, regardless of race.

Asian American and Pacific Rim Islander — a person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, the Indian subcontinent, or the Pacific islands.

Native American or Alaskan Native — persons having origins in any of the original peoples of North America and maintaining identifiable tribal affiliations through membership and participation or community identification in an Indian tribal entity or a native entity within the state of Alaska recognized by the federal government and listed as such in the Federal Register. Such affiliation shall be evidenced by a valid identification card or other writing issued by the entity for the purpose of confirming affiliation.

Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) —a business entity that is owned and controlled by one or more women.

Small Business Enterprises

Qualifying guidelines, set forth by the United States Small Business Administration, for businesses Forms Industry to qualify for SBE status, Small Business Enterprises, they are to employ no more than 100 employees for business forms distributors, and for government contracting purposes, no more than 500. For Manufacturers, the guideline is set at no more than 500 employees.

Small Disadvantaged Businesses

Qualifications for SDB Certification are similar to those for the 8(a) Business Development Program. A small business must be at least 51% owned and controlled by a socially and economically disadvantaged individual or individuals. African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Pacific Americans, Subcontinent Asian Americans, and Native Americans are presumed to qualify.

Veteran Business Enterprises

Veteran - owned small business concern is a small business concern not less than 51% of which is owned by one or more veterans or, in the case of any publicly owned business, not less than 51% of the stock of which is owned by one or more veterans; and the management and daily business operations of which are controlled by one or more veterans.

HUB Zones

The HUBZone Empowerment Contracting Program was created by the United States Small Business Administration to stimulate economic development and create jobs in urban and rural communities by providing Federal contracting preferences to small businesses. A business is able to qualify as a HUBZone Concern if:

  • It is small,
  • It is located in an "historically underutilized business zone" (HUBZone)
  • It is owned and controlled by one or more U.S. Citizens, and
  • At least 35% of its employees reside in a HUBZone.

Areas are qualified by either Income, Unemployment Rate, or both.

A "HUBZone" is an area that is located in one or more of the following:

  • A qualified census tract
  • A qualified "non-metropolitan county" that is: not located in a metropolitan statistical area --in which the median household income is less than 80 percent of the non-metropolitan State median household income, or
  • that based on the most recent data available from the Secretary of Labor, has an unemployment rate that is not less than 140 percent of the statewide average unemployment rate for the State in which the county is located;
  • Lands within the external boundaries of an Indian reservation.

National HUB Program Guidelines
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