State agencies and universities are constantly looking to work with businesses certified as a Historically Underutilized Business (HUB). The goal of this good-faith effort is to actively involve HUBs in the Texas procurement process and ensure they receive a fair share of state business.
Who qualifies to be a Historically Underutilized Business?
Of the many certifications that Lone Star College accepts, HUB is one of them.
A for-profit entity that has not exceeded the size standard prescribed by 34 TAC §20.294, and has its principal place of business in Texas, and
Is at least 51 percent owned by an Asian Pacific American, Black American, Hispanic American, Native American, American woman and/or Service Disabled Veteran, who reside in Texas and actively participate in the control, operations and management of the entity’s affairs.
What are the benefits of a HUB Certification?
HUB certification is free of charge and good for up to four years, provided that the business continues to meet the eligibility requirements.*
Only certified HUBs are listed in the online Texas HUB Directory. State agencies use the HUB Directory in conjunction with the Comptroller's Centralized Master Bidders List (CMBL) to solicit bids from certified HUBs for state purchasing and public works contracts. Prime contractors also use the HUB Directory to identify HUBs to whom they will send notification of their subcontracting opportunities.
Increased exposure to the general public as well as other entities that have a supplier diversity program, and are searching for minority-owned, woman-owned and service disabled veteran-owned businesses.
*Vendors may also receive HUB certification by way of a certification memorandum of agreement the Statewide HUB Program has entered into with other local governments or nonprofit organizations.
How to sign up to become a HUB?
View the Texas Comptroller website for instructions on registering as a Texas vendor. You will then follow the self-guided instructions on how to register as a Texas HUB.