Learn what the requirements are to maintain eligibility for the federal contracting assistance program for businesses in historically underutilized business zones, also known as HUBZone. Learn more about HUBZone: https://www.sba.gov/hubzone
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in the HUBZone Program
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SBA’s HUBZone program fuels small business growth in Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZones)
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with a goal of awarding at least 3 percent of federal contract dollars to HUBZone-certified
companies each year.
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That’s about $15 billion dollars!
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In FY2020, SBA rolled out comprehensive changes to the HUBZone program that strengthen recertification requirements and simplify contract verification.
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The new HUBZone regulations require all certified HUBZone firms to recertify annually that they remain in compliance with the program’s requirements.
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This needs to be done within 30 days of their certification anniversary date.
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For example, if the date of a firm’s HUBZone certification was May 15, their anniversary date for subsequent years would be May 15
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and they would have to submit their recertification every year between April 15 and June 15.
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Another benefit of the changes: Contracting officers no longer have to verify a firm’s HUBZone eligibility at the time of award—only at the time of the offer—making it easier for HUBZone small businesses and contracting officers.
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And the firm will be generally considered a HUBZone small business throughout the life of a contract if it was certified at the time of the initial contract offer.
We will walk you through this process so you can complete your individual contributor questionnaire easily.
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Plus, firms are no longer required to report to SBA throughout the year if they have a change in their eligibility status
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unless they are involved in a merger or acquisition or if they fail to attempt to maintain the employee HUBZone residency requirement while performing on a HUBZone contract.
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So, how do you recertify and maintain your eligibility in the HUBZone program?
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First, you will receive a recertification notification 30 days prior to your firm’s certification anniversary date.
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All notifications from the HUBZone program will be sent to the email address listed on the firm’s DSBS profile.
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Remember to check your spam filter to ensure you are receiving all SBA emails!
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Keep in mind that SBA’s automated notification system will not send a notification more than 30 calendar days prior to the anniversary of a firm’s HUBZone certification, so you can’t recertify before then.
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But don’t fall through the cracks!
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If you don’t receive a recertification email within this timeframe, be sure to email the HUBZone Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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What do I need to do?
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Once you receive notification via email, an authorized officer of the firm must complete and submit the recertification form in the General Login System (GLS).
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If a firm fails to recertify within the required time frame, SBA will propose the firm for decertification.
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Follow these steps to ensure you’re prepared to recertify!
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Step 1: Locate the anniversary date of the firm’s HUBZone certification.
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The date of a firm’s HUBZone certification can be found in the firm’s certification letter.
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Step 2: Verify that the firm will meet all HUBZone eligibility requirements as of the anniversary date of its certification.
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Step 3: Verify that the firm’s information is current in SBA’s DSBS database, including the business and email address.
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Step 4: Make sure you can log in to your GLS account. Contact email@example.com if you need help.
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Check out the recertification fact sheet at www.sba.gov/hubzone for more tips.
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Reach out in advance to the SBA for eligibility questions and application help.
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Email the HUBZone Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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All SBA programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.
Visit the SBA website at SBA.gov/HUBZone for additional information.