"HUBZone Program (Historically Under-utilized Business Zones) "

What is HUBZone Program ?

The Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) program helps small businesses in urban and rural communities gain preferential access to federal procurement opportunities. 

How the HUBZone Program Works ?

HUBZone program fuels small business growth in historically underutilized business zones with a goal of awarding 3% of federal contract dollars to HUBZone-certified companies each year.

Who is Eligible for HUBZone Program ?

In order to qualify for the program, entities have to meet the SBA definition of a “small business” and have their headquarters in a “historically underutilized business zone”.


Benefits of HUBZone Program

HUBZone makes business eligible to compete for program’s set-aside contracts. HUBZone-certified businesses get 10% price evaluation preference in full & open contract competitions.

Goal of HUBZone Program

By funneling a portion of government purchases to such entities, the program aims to incentivize entrepreneurship & increase employment in places where jobs are harder to find.

Maintain HUBZone Certification

You’ll need to recertify for HUBZone once a year and examination will be required every 3 years. There is no limit to the length of time a business can participate as long as it continues to qualify.

Types of HUBZone Contracts

There are several types of contracts you can use like competitive HUBZone set-aside contract, sole-source HUBZone contract and full and open competition contract.

How to Apply for HUBZone Program ?


Companies requesting HUBZone certification must have an active System for Award Management (SAM) account with the US government.