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City of Hanford Selected for U.S. Small Business Administration HUBZone Training

Only California City Receiving Intensive Government Contracting Support from SBA
Release Date: 
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Release Number: 
Dawn Golik (559) 487-5791, ext. 2705

FRESNO – The U.S. Small Business Administration announced today that Hanford, California has been selected as one of only a handful of communities across the country to host “Destination HUB” HUBZone training for small businesses.

The federal Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) program, administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), helps small businesses in communities that traditionally do not receive a large amount of federal contracting dollars gain preferential access to federal procurement opportunities. While a significant portion of Kings County is located in a HUBZone, not a single business in the county currently is HUBZone certified.

“The goal of this event is to give Valley small businesses intensive technical assistance to learn how HUBZone certification can help them grow their business with contracting,” said Carlos G. Mendoza, Fresno SBA District Director.  “The Federal government has a goal to award 3% of all prime Federal contracts to HUBZone certified businesses.  HUBZone certification is a way for Valley small businesses to better compete for Federal contracting dollars.”

On Wednesday, August 26 from 8:30 am - 1:00 pm at the Hanford Civic Auditorium, the SBA and local partners including the Kings County EDC, Valley Small Business Development Corporation, and the City of Hanford invite small businesses across the San Joaquin Valley to learn how HUBZone Certification can help grow their companies. The SBA’s National HUBZone Director will be providing the training, and event will also include the opportunity for business owners to meet with contracting officials from the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Naval Air Station Lemoore, and the General Services Administration.

This training will show small business owners how to prepare a successful HUBZone application, obtain HUBZone certification, and use this designation to market their business to Federal contracting officials.  The training is free and includes a continental breakfast.  To register, businesses can visit the Fresno SBA website