HUBZone Certification

  • The HUBZone Empowerment Contracting program was enacted into law as part of the Small Business Reauthorization Act of 1997.

    HUBZone Certification

    The HUBZone Empowerment Contracting program falls under the auspices of the US Small Business Administration. The program encourages economic development in historically underutilized business zones, identified as “HUBZones,” through the establishment of preferences.

    SBA’s HUBZone program is in line with the efforts of both the administration and congress to promote economic development and employment growth in distressed areas by providing access to more federal contracting opportunities. A small business must meet all of the following criteria to qualify for the HUBZone program:

    • It must be located in a “Historically Underutilized Business Zone” or HUBZone
    • It must be owned and controlled by one or more US citizens
    • At least 35 percent of its employees must reside in a HUBZone

    Applying for HUBZone Certification

    A new log-in method requires any individual with authority to submit, update, and/or commit on behalf of the company to have a user ID and password registered in SBA’s General Login System (GLS) prior to starting the Hubzone application process. Before you get started, you must have:

    • An active up-to-date Dun and Bradstreet profile and DUNS number that represents the business for which you are seeking HUBZone Program certification, recertification, program examination, etc.
    • An active SAMs profile for each of the businesses location(s). A business is identified by its Employer Identification (EIN). Register in SAMs.
    • Each business location (DUNS Number) must have a primary North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) classification.

    To submit a HUBZone application, you must first create an SBA GLS profile. Follow these steps to set up a GLS profile and User ID:

    1. Establish or modify your SBA GLS user profile that identifies you to associate your SBA GLS user profile to one or more businesses for which you will be seeking or maintaining HUBZone certification.
    2. Establish or modify your SBA GLS user profile using your SBA GLS User ID of your choice, which must be between eight and 15 characters.
    3. Complete the information in the SBA GLS user profile and submit the profile.
    4. You’ll receive an email that provides you with a temporary SBA GLS user password. Use that password to log back in to GLS.

    Upon the successful completion of the GLS (including logging back in and changing your password), a HUBZone link will appear on the left side of your screen (within the GLS system). Click on that link to get started with the HUBZone process.

    Please review the HUBZone Application Guide so you’ll have gathered the required information before you start. You must complete the application in one session, as there is no opportunity to exit and come back to where you left off. Be sure to have everything ready to go, or you’ll have to start the application from the beginning.

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