Getting Qualified For Hub Zone Status – What You Need To Know

(WASHINGTON, DC)  Getting your business ‘qualified’ to become a ‘Hub Zone’ business is determined by your business location.  If you are not presently located in a ‘qualified’ hub zone area, you can obtain Hub Zone Designation by moving to a location that is within a qualified area.  If that is not possible, then you can rent, or purchase commercial space inside a qualified area.

The Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) Program provides federal contracting opportunities for small business concerns located in economically distressed communities in order to increase employment opportunities, stimulate capital investments in those areas, and empower communities through economic leveraging. HUBZone areas are determined by various census data. To qualify as a HUBZone, a business must meet the following criteria:

  • It must be a small business by SBA size standards;
  • Its principal office must be located within a HUBZone, which includes lands on federally recognized Indian reservations;
  • It must be owned and controlled by one or more U.S. citizens. Approved ownership can also be by a Community Development Corporation or Indian tribe; and
  • At least 35% of its employees must reside in a HUBZone.

The SBA must certify small businesses that want to claim HUBZone status. HUBZone businesses are eligible to receive sole-source or set-aside contracts, or receive a price preference up to 10% when competing for full and open competition procurements.

Now, you might not think this amounts to much.  But, consider that just a 3% contracting set-aside, or sole source contract that you would be entitled to if you are located in a qualified HUBZone, and the contract awards would more that pay for any investment you make in purchasing, renting, or hiring workers located in a HUBZone area.

The first step is to enter your address (or proposed business address in the HERE.

Your map results will look like the one featured here below for a premiere property located at 46 – 48 Martin Luther King Drive, Jersey City, NJ 07305.

46 MLK Drive

Example of Recent Search to Qualify An Address as HUBZone Qualified.

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