Become HUB Zone Certified

The government limits competition for certain contracts to businesses in historically underutilized business zones (HUB Zones). It also gives preferential consideration to those businesses in full and open competition. Joining the HUB Zone program makes your business eligible to compete for the program’s set aside programs much like the 8(a) set aside program. HUB Zone-certified businesses also get a 10 percent price evaluation preference in full and open contract competitions. HUB Zone-certified businesses can still compete for contract awards under other socio-economic programs they qualify for. Before continuing, ensure your company is located in a HUB Zone by accessing this map: HUB Zone Map. Hit the back button to return to the Saafenet website.

To qualify for the HUB Zone program, your business must:

  • Be a small Business as defined by SBA size standards
  • Be at least 51 percent owned and controlled by U.S. citizens, a Community Development Corporation, an agricultural cooperative, a Native Hawaiian organization, or an Indian tribe
  • Have its principal office located in a HUB Zone
  • Have at least 35 percent of its employees live in a HUB Zone

To apply for HUB Zone Certification you must meet these criteria:

  1. Make sure you have a SAM.gov account.
  2. Make sure you have a General Login System account.
  3. Apply for HUBZone certification using the General Login System. Log in, select “Access” and then “HUBZone” before completing the prompts.
  4. Check your email for time-sensitive instructions to electronically verify your application within 10 business days.
  5. Submit any requested supporting documentation within 10 business days.
  6. Update your SAM.gov profile to indicate you are a HUBZone business after you get an email confirmation from the SBA.