HUBZone Procurement and Local Government Participation
by minoritytechcouncil, Window Shopper
- Created: August 12, 2012, 5:43 pm
After some research it seems that our local government officials including those working in Economic Development have not made the connection between HUBZones and Jobs. I would like to present this as a discussion and perhaps, if the comments merit, share some of the comments with the local government officials in our districts. The basic conversation is can local public officials do more to promote the existing HUBZone Certified companies located in their regions. The Council has over 300 minority technology companies located nationwide and we are engaging local officials to see if they consider the HUBZone program part of their economic development strategy. I’ve been told that the HUBZone program has close to a $3Billion shortfall. This could potentially represent over 200,000 jobs so it seems our elected officials in those areas hardest hit by our past economic downturn would lobby for an increase in contracting in their local identified HUBZones. It seems they would seek out HUBZone companies and develop strategies to ensure those small businesses get business. So here is my question. For those community members who are in fact current HUBZone Certified have you been approached by your local government for teaming or to promote your company. And for others including subject matter expert experts and those giving technical assistance to HUBZone Certified companies what is your experience on Local Government and the HUBZone program?
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