Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZones)

The HUBZone program was created in 1998 to help small businesses in certain communities gain access to federal contracts. HUBZones are federally designated historically underutilized business zones. The federal government limits competition for certain contracts to HUBZone qualified businesses and it gives preferential consideration to those same businesses in full and open competition.

HUBZone businesses can still compete for contract awards under other qualifying socio-economic programs. Ex., 8(a) Certification, Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Certification, Veteran-Owned Small Business (BOSB), and Service-Disabled, Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) Certification.

To apply and qualify for HUBZone Certification, a business must:

  • Have its principal office in a HUBZone, see map,
  • Be a small business based on the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) for size standards, 
  • Be at least 51% owned and controlled by U.S. citizens, and
  • Employ at least 35% of its workforce from a HUBZone.

For more information, visit the U.S. Small Business Administration’s site at www.sba.gov/federal-contracting/contracting-assistance-programs/hubzone-program or contact:

  • Shakir Johnson, Business Retention Coordinator
    Phone: 757-597-2840