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HUB Zones

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

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

How to Apply
Apply for HUBZone certification at