The HUBZone Empowerment Contracting program was enacted into law as part of the Small Business Reauthorization Act of 1997.
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:
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:
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:
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.
HUBZone Answer Desk: firstname.lastname@example.org