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:

  • Determining whether or not individual concerns are qualified HUBZone small business concerns, and therefore eligible to receive HUBZone contracts;

  • Maintaining a list of qualified HUBZone small business concerns for use by acquisition agencies in awarding contracts under the program; and

  • Adjudicating protests and appeals of eligibility to receive HUBZone contracts.

To qualify for the program, a business must meet the following criteria:

  • It must qualify as a small business by SBA size standards;

  • Its principal office must be located within a HUBZone, which includes lands on federally recognized Indian Reservations and covered by the phrase “Indian Country”;

  • It must be owned (at least 51%) by one or more U.S. Citizens, Community Development Corporation, an agricultural cooperative, and Indian Tribe; and

  • At least 35% of its employees must reside in a HUBZone.

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 by clicking here.