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Small Business Certifications

Historically Underutilized Business (HUB)

A "Historically Underutilized Business"...

  • is at least 51% owned by an Asian Pacific American, Black American, Hispanic American, Native American and/or American woman, and/or Service-Disabled Veterans,
  • is a for-profit entity that has not exceeded the size standards prescribed by 34 TAC §20.23, and has its principal place of business in Texas, and has an owner residing in Texas with a proportionate interest that actively participates in the control, operations and management of the entity's affairs.
  • In accordance with 34 TAC §20.13, each state agency shall make a good faith effort to utilize HUBs in contracts for construction, services (including professional and consulting services) and commodities purchases.

Reference: Texas Statewide HUB Program

Small Business Concerns (SBC)

Small Business Concerns (SBC) refers to small businesses, small woman owned businesses, small HUB Zone businesses, veteran owned small businesses, service-disabled veteran owned businesses and small disadvantaged businesses, hereby referred to as Small Business Concerns, with respect to subcontracting and/or the purchase of materials and supplies in support of Federal Contracts and other federally supported projects.

References: United States Small Business Administration

Obtaining Certification

To obtain HUB certification, complete and submit an application by visiting the State of Texas HUB Program Website.

The following entities offer reciprocity with the State of Texas when you have their certification and meet State certification requirements:

To obtain Federal Certification, please visit the United States Small Business Administration Website. Once certification is obtained, contact the HFSB department for a procurement referral.  

For assistance with certifications, proposal review and procurement training, please contact the University of Houston Procurement Technical Assistance Center (UH PTAC).