HUBZone

If your business is located in the Immokalee HUBZone, you may find that you are in a good position to compete for federal contracts.

 

What is a HUBZone?

A HUBZone is a federally recognized “Historically Underutilized Business Zone” in an economically distressed community. Congress established the HUBZone Empowerment Contracting Program to create jobs and attract private investment. Small firms located in a HUBZone and participating in the program can receive competitive advantages in winning federal contracts.

How Does the HUBZone Program Work?

As a small business located in the HUBZone, you can apply to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for inclusion on the list of businesses eligible for HUBZone contracts. Federal agencies consult the HUBZone list to find businesses that can meet their needs. Congress mandates that three percent (3%) of all federal contracting dollars be awarded to HUBZone firms each year.

What are the Qualification Requirements?

A small business must meet all of the following criteria to qualify for the HUBZone program:

 

  • The company must be owned and controlled by one or more U.S. Citizens
  • At least 35% of company employees must reside in a HUB Zone.
  • The company itself must be located in a HUBZone.

 

In Immokalee the HUBZone includes census tracts 0112.04, 0112.05, 0113.00, and 0114.00 located in the Immokalee Urban Designated Area.

To determine whether your business and employees are located within the HUBZone, enter your company address in the locator box on this SBA page: http://map.sba.gov/hubzone/maps/

How Can My Business Become HUBZone Certified?

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Florida Gulf Coast University’s Procurement Technical Assistance Center Program (PTAC) is charged with helping Florida small businesses interested in applying for HUBZone certification. You’re your business is certified, they can help you compete for contracts with the Department of Defense and other federal agencies. They can also help with contracting with state/local government agencies and participating prime contractors.
The Small Business Development Center’s assistance is provided free of charge to any Florida firm. For assistance, Immokalee HUBZone-eligible businesses should contact:
Daniel Telep, Jr.
Florida Gulf Coast University / Small Business Development Center
E-mail: dtelep@fgcu.edu
239-745-3708

 

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