The HUBZone program gives federal contract preference to businesses in certain DC neighborhoods. Specific procurement preferences include:
- Set-Aside (competitive) HUBZone Contracts reduces the pool of competing proposals if at least two qualified HUBZone businesses are expected to submit offers and the contract is expected to be at a fair market price
- Sole Source HUBZone Contracts allows sole-sourcing on projects up to $5 million for manufacturing and $3 million for other industry types if it is expected that two or more HUBZone businesses will NOT submit offers
- Full and Open Competitive HUBZone Contracts gives price preference to bids from HUBZone businesses if their offer is not 10 percent higher in cost than those of the non-HUBZone bids
- Subcontracting HUBZone Contracts mandates that all subcontracting plans for large federal contractors include a HUBZone subcontracting goal
Businesses must have their principal offices located within a HUBZone, be classified as a Small Business by SBA standards, be owned by a U.S. citizen, and have at least 35% of employees reside in the HUBZone.
To see if your business is located in a HUBZone, enter your address on the map at incentives.dc.gov.
How to Apply
Apply for HUBZone certification at sba.gov/hubzone