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HUB Certified

The Small Business Administration certified L&J Waste Recycling as a qualified HUBZone (Historically Underutilized Business Zone) business.  This certification permits L&J Waste Recycling to be eligible for HUBZone contracting and other related small business opportunities.

The HUBZone Empowerment Contracting Program stimulates economic development and creates jobs in urban and rural communities by providing Federal contracting preferences to small businesses.  These preferences go to small businesses that obtain HUBZone (Historically Underutilized Business Zone) certification in part by employing staff who live in a HUBZone.  The company must also maintain a "principal office" in one of these specially designated areas. The program resulted from provisions contained in the Small Business Reauthorization Act of 1997. The HUBZone Empowerment Contracting Program is administered by a staff in Washington, D.C. in cooperation with field staff located in SBA District Offices around the country.

Generally speaking, there are two levels of benefit. The first relates directly to Federal contracts, while the second involves specialized assistance. As of Oct. 1, 2000, all Federal buying agencies must abide by the HUBZone Program requirements and many of these contracts are posted on Fed Biz Opps.

Federal Contract Benefits

There are four types of HUBZone contract opportunities:

Competitive: Contracts can be set-aside for HUBZone competition when the contracting officer has a reasonable expectation that at least two qualified HUBZone small business concerns (SBCs) will submit offers and that the contract will be awarded at a fair market price.

Sole-source: HUBZone contracts can be awarded if the contracting officer determines that:

  • only one qualified HUBZone SBC is responsible to perform the contract,
  • two or more qualified HUBZone SBCs are not likely to submit offers and
  • the anticipated award price of the proposed contract, including options, will not exceed:

Full and open competitive contracts can be awarded with a price evaluation preference

Subcontracting: All subcontracting plans for large business Federal contractors must include a HUBZone subcontracting goal.

Other Specialized Assistance
  • Eligible HUBZone firms can qualify for higher SBA-guaranteed surety bonds on construction and service contract bids.
  • Firms in Federal Empowerment Zones and Enterprise Communities (EZ/EC) can also benefit from employer tax credits, tax-free facility bonds, and investment tax deductions.