February 20, 2012

In our last blog posting, we referenced HUBZones.  HUB stands for Historically Underutilized Business zones.  The program helps small businesses in urban and rural communities gain preferential access to federal procurement opportunities. These preferences go to small businesses that obtain HUBZone certification in part by employing staff who live in a HUBZone. The company must also maintain a “principal office” in one of these specially designated areas.

To find out whether you are located in a HUBZone, enter your address here:

To obtain HUBZone certification:  you must first qualify. To qualify for the program, a business (except tribally-owned concerns) must meet the following criteria:

  • It must be a small business by SBA standards.
  • It must be owned and controlled at least 51% by U.S. citizens, or a Community Development Corporation, or an agricultural cooperative or an Indian tribe.
  • Its principal office must be located within a “Historically Underutilized Business Zone,” which includes lands considered “Indian Country” and military facilities closed by the Base Realignment and Closure Act. A principal office is the location where the greatest number of employees at any one location are performing work, with the exception of the construction and service industries.
  • At least 35% of its employees must reside in a HUBZone. Reside means to live in a primary residence at a place for at lease 180 days, or as a currently registered voter, and with intent to live there indefinitely.

Applying for HUBZone Certification:

You can Apply for the HUBZone Certification Online

The login method to HUBZone has changed from using an SBA Customer ID and password to using the SBA General Login System (GLS). This new login method requires any individual with authority to submit, update and/or commit on behalf of the company to have a SBA GLS User ID and Password registered in SBA’s GLS system. You must have the following to login and apply for the application:

If you have any questions with this, call the Downtown Tucson Partnership, 520-837-6508 and we will gladly walk you through the process.

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