As a contracting officer, it is important for you to understand how to apply the requirements of the HUBZone Program to help certified HUBZone small businesses receive their fair share of contracting opportunities.
To review the basics of the program’s requirements, visit the following links:
Types of HUBZone Contracts
As the contracting officer, you will be responsible for determining what type of HUBZone contracting opportunity to conduct.
- A competitive HUBZone set-aside contract can be awarded if the contracting officer has a reasonable expectation that at least two responsible HUBZone small businesses will submit offers and that the resulting contract can be awarded at a fair market price.
- A sole source HUBZone contract can be awarded if the contracting officer does not have a reasonable expectation that two or more qualified HUBZone small businesses will submit offers, determines that the qualified HUBZone small business is responsible, and determines that the contract can be awarded at a fair price. The government estimate cannot exceed $5.5 million for manufacturing requirements or $3.5 million for all other requirements.
- A full and open competition contract can be awarded with a price evaluation preference. The offer of the HUBZone small business will be considered lower than the offer of a non-HUBZone/non-small business-providing that the offer of the HUBZone small business is not more than 10 percent higher.
The HUBZone office offers eligibility assistance on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. EST. Please call 1-888-858-2144 Access code 3061773# to this interactive helpline forum where HUBZone staff will present a specific eligibility topic followed by a general question and answer session. For a firm seeking specific status of its application or answers about the supporting documentation requested, it is best to E-mail the SBA HUBZone Business Opportunity Specialist working on the application because that person can provide the necessary individual assistance.