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 June 1, 1999

Hub Zone: Frequently asked questions

Q. What is the HUBZone Empowerment Contracting Program?

The HUBZone Empowerment Contracting Program, which is included in the Small Business Reauthorization Act of 1997, stimulates economic development and create jobs in urban and rural communities by providing contracting preferences to small businesses that are located in a HUBZone and that hire employees who live in a HUBZone.

Q. How does a firm qualify for this program?

In order to qualify for the program, a firm must be located within a designated HUBZone area. Metropolitan areas can qualify based upon census tract criteria. Non-metropolitan counties must meet a specific income or unemployment test. Lands within the boundaries of an Indian reservation also qualify. Further requirements are that the firm must be a small business that is owned and controlled by U.S. citizens and that at least 35 percent of its employees are HUBZone residents.

Q. Specifically what benefits will small businesses receive under this program?

Small business firms will have the opportunity to negotiate sole source contracts and participate in restricted competition limited to HUBZone firms. Also, small businesses located in HUBZone areas will be allowed a 10 percent price evaluation preference in full and open competition.

Q. What type of contracts will be available under the Program?

All types of contracts normally authorized under the Federal Acquisition Regulation will be available.

Q. How can a firm’s eligibility as a HUBZone participant be challenged?

The specific process for challenging a firm’s eligibility as a HUBZone participant is detailed in the SBA’s operating regulations. These regulations allow an interested party to challenge the veracity of a certification made or information provided to the SBA. The SBA will have final authority in this regard.

Source: Small Business Administration

Q. What is the HUBZone Empowerment Contracting Program?

The HUBZone Empowerment Contracting Program, which is included in the Small Business Reauthorization Act of 1997, stimulates economic development and create jobs in urban and rural communities by providing contracting preferences to small businesses that are located in a HUBZone and that hire employees who live in a HUBZone.

Q. How does a firm qualify for this program?

In order to qualify for the program, a firm must be located within a designated HUBZone area. Metropolitan areas…

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