What are the requirement for the HUB, DBE and SBA programs?
What individuals classify as socially and economically disadvantaged?
As defined by the State of Texas, “socially and economically disadvantaged” individuals or groups include African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Asian-Pacific and Subcontinent Asian Americans, and women. Other individuals can also qualify as socially and economically disadvantaged on a case-by-case basis.
What businesses classify as being socially and economically disadvantaged?
To be considered for this program, the owner or at least one of the owners must classify as socially and economically disadvantaged, own at least a 51% interest of the business and also control the management and daily business operations. The State of Texas classifies such businesses as:
- Woman-Owned, Female
- Hispanic-Owned, Male
- Hispanic-Owned, Female
- Black-Owned, Male
- Black-Owned, Female
- Asian-Owned, Male
- Asian-Owned, Female
- American Indian-Owned, Male
- American Indian-Owned, Female
Why should I certify my business?
Although it is not mandatory for a small and/or minority business to be certified in order to be selected for work, it is to the
benefit of a small and/or minority business owner to certify their business in these programs.
Many government agencies require that some percentage of the procurements be set aside for small and/or minority businesses.
Certification in these programs helps to increase the opportunity for small and/or minority businesses to successfully compete
for government contracts.
While certification alone does not guarantee the selection of a business, certification through these statewide programs will
increase your businesses exposure to prime contractors, the general public, and other entities who have supplier diversity
programs and are searching for small, minority, and woman-owned businesses for contracting purposes.