HUBZone Overview:

The Historically Underserved Business Zones  (HUBZone) Program helps small businesses in urban and rural communities gain preferential access to federal procurement opportunities.  These preferences go to small businesses that obtain HUBZone certification. The program encourages economic development in historically underutilized business zones.

Eligibility for HUBZone Program:

To qualify for the program, a business (except tribally owned concerns) must meet the following
  • Must be a small business by SBA standards;
  • Must be owned and controlled at least 51% by U.S. citizens, or a Community Development Corporation, an agricultural cooperative, or an Indian tribe;
  • Principal office must be located within a “Historically Underutilized Business Zone,” which includes lands considered “Indian Country” and military facilities closed by the Base Realignment and Closure Act;
  • And at least 35% of its employees must reside in a HUBZone.

Benefits for HUBZone certified companies include:

  • Competitive and sole source contracting,
  • And 10% price evaluation preference in full and open contract competitions, as well as subcontracting opportunities. The federal government has a goal of awarding 3% of all dollars for federal prime and sub contracts to HUBZone certified small business concerns.

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

    A qualified census tract (as defined in section 42(d)(5)(C)(i)(I) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986);

    A qualified "non-metropolitan county" (as defined in section 143(k)(2)(B) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986) with a median household income of less than 80% of the state median household income or with an unemployment rate of not less than 140% of the statewide average, based on U.S. Department of Labor recent data; or Lands within the boundaries of federally recognized Indian reservations.

What do I need?  What documents do I need?  Where do I go for help?

Am I in a HubZone?  Find out here.

SBA Document Checklist
Application Guide from SBA
Sample Application

Typical Application Timeline


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