HUBZone Certification Under the SBA

HUBZone Certification Under the SBA

If you are a prime contractor or a federal agency that is looking for a HUBZone-certified partner, you may have peace of mind knowing that Liuos Thinking Inc offers this certification. The mission of Liuos Thinking is to provide commercial and government clients with a comprehensive variety of cutting-edge services in the areas of logistics management, technology, engineering, and consulting.

As a small business that has been approved by the Small Business Administration as a HUBZone, we have collaborated with many federal agencies and prime contractors to achieve and exceed the objectives of various projects. We are happy to receive queries from all commercial businesses and federal agencies.

Some background information is provided for those of you who are not aware with the SBA HUBZone and the benefits it offers:

  • The Small Business Administration (SBA) oversees overseeing the Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) program. The program was initiated in 1997 as a component of the Small Business Reauthorization Act, and its primary objective is to promote economic growth and job opportunities in regions of the country that require assistance in these areas. The purpose of the Small Business Administration’s HUBZone program is to give these regions access to a greater number of contracting opportunities with the federal government.
  • One of the many functions of the program is to identify the companies that are eligible to obtain HUBZone contracts. Additionally, the program can supply federal agencies with a list of qualifying HUBZone small businesses, which makes it simpler for those agencies to locate SBA HUBZone-certified suppliers through the program.
  • The company must meet the size threshold established by the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) for a “small business”. This is a prerequisite for obtaining SBA HUBZone certification.
  • Have its primary office, which is where the majority of its workers are employed and which may or may not be the headquarters of the firm, situated in an area that has been designated as a HUBZone.
  • Have at least 35 percent of its entire workforce residing in an area that has been designated as a HUBZone.
  • Have at least 51 percent of its ownership and management under the control of residents of the United States. In addition, it is possible for an agricultural cooperative, an Indian tribe, or a community development company to own the bulk of the ownership.

19.1306 HUBZone sole-source awards.

(a) A contracting officer shall consider a contract award to a HUBZone small business concern on a sole-source basis (see 6.302-5(bX5) before considering a small business set-aside (see 19.203 and subpart 19.5), provided none of the exclusions at 19.1304 apply; and-

  1. The contracting officer does not have a reasonable expectation that offers would be received from two or more HUBZone small business concerns;
  2. The anticipaged price of the contract, including options will not exceed-
    1. $7 million for a requirement within the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes for manufacturing; or
    2. $4.5 million for a requirement within all other NAICS codes;
  3. The requirement is not currently being performed by an 8(a) participant under the provisions of subpart 19.8 or has been accepted as a requirement by SBA under subpart 19.8;
  4. The HUBZone small business concern has been determined to be a responsible contractor with respect to performance; and
  5. Award can be made at a fair and reasonable price.

(b) The SBA has the right to appeal the contracting officer’s decision not to make a HUBZone sole-source award (see 13 CFR 126.610).

Parent topic: Subpart 19.13 – Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) Program