A "Historically Underutilized Business"...
- is at least 51% owned by an Asian Pacific American, Black American, Hispanic American, Native American and/or American woman,
- is a for-profit entity that has not exceeded the size standards prescribed by 34 TAC §20.23, and has its principal place of business in Texas, and
- has an owner residing in Texas with a proportionate interest that actively participates in the control, operations and management of the entity's affairs.
The statewide HUB Program facilitates the use of HUBs in state procurement and provides information on the state's procurement process to minority and woman- owned businesses.
In accordance with 34 TAC §20.13, each state agency shall make a good faith effort to utilize HUBs in contracts for construction, services (including professional and consulting services) and commodities purchases.
Vendors seeking certification as a HUB are required to submit a completed HUB certification application and supporting documentation to the statewide HUB Program, affirming under penalty of perjury that their business qualifies as a HUB*.
Benefits of HUB Certification
- HUB certification is free of charge.
- Certification is valid for 4 years, provided that business continues to meet the eligibility requirements*.
- Business is registered on the Comptroller’s Web-based HUB Directory. State agencies use the HUB Directory in conjunction with the Comptroller’s Centralized Master Bidders List (CMBL) to solicit bids from certified HUBs for state purchasing and public works contracts. Prime contractors also use the HUB Directory to identify HUBs to whom they will send notification of their subcontracting opportunities.
- Increased exposure to the general public, as well as, other entities who have a supplier diversity program and are searching for minority and woman-owned businesses.
Rachel Snell, Marketing Coordinator for Statewide HUB Program
Joining Rachel, Karen Gross, Manager, Supplier Diversity Programs, UTMB Health, will also be on hand to answer specific questions regarding higher education procedures.
*includes light lunch