The HUBZone Act of 1997 created the HUBZone program. The program provides federal contracting assistance for qualified small business concerns located in historically underutilized business zones, in an effort to increase employment opportunities, investment, and economic development. A business must be small, owned by a US citizen and have a principle office located in a HUBZone and at least 35 percent of the employees must reside in a HUBZone. Status as a qualified HUBZone small business concern is certified by the SBA.
The HUBZone program was created to provide Federal contracting assistance to qualified small business concerns located in historically underutilized business zones, in an effort to increase employment opportunities, investment, and economic development.
The Small Business Administration certifies HUBZone status; this is not a self certification program. Only SBA can certify this status in CCR.
HUBZone set asides: The rule of two applies for set-aside. If market research results in a reasonable exception of receiving offers from two or more HUBZone small business concerns and award will be made at a fair market price - HUBZone set-aside shall be utilized before a small business set-aside or full and open competition.
HUBZone sole source awards may be utilized if:
- Only one HUBZone small business can satisfy the requirement.
- The anticipated price (including options) does not exceed $6.5 million for manufacturing and $4.0 million for all others.
- The award can be made at a fair and reasonable price. Justification and Approval is required IAW 6.302-5.