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Historically Underutilized Zone Program (HUBZone Program)
The Historically Underutilized Business Zone Program or HUBZone Program was originally developed in an effort to stimulate economic development and job creation in urban and rural areas by providing federal contracting assistance to small businesses.
The HUBZone Program establishes preferences for award of federal contracts for businesses located within a Historically Underutilized Business Zone.
In general, small businesses may obtain HUBZone certification by employing staff who live within an established HUBZone and maintaining a principal office within a certified zone.
The SBA is responsible for:
To qualify for the program, a business must meet the following criteria:
Existing businesses that choose to qualified areas are eligible. To fulfill the requirement that 35% of HUBZone firm’s employees reside within a certified zone, employees must live in a primary residence within that area for at least 180 days or be a currently registered voter in that area.
For additional information regarding the HUBZone Program, please visit the SBA website: http://www.sba.gov/services/contractingopportunities/contracting/hubzone/index.html/