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HUBZone Program

13 CFR 126

The HUBZone program was enacted into law as part of the Small Business Reauthorization Act of 1997. It encourages economic development in historically underutilized business zones - "HUBZones" - through the establishment of preferences. It provides federal contracting opportunities to qualified small businesses located in these distressed areas to help empower communities, create jobs, and attract private investment.


To qualify for the program, a business (except tribally-owned concerns) must meet the following criteria:

  • It must be a small business by SBA standards.
  • It must be owned and controlled at least 51% by U.S. citizens, or a Community Development Corporation, or an agricultural cooperative or an Indian tribe.
  • Its principal office must be located within a "Historically Underutilized Business Zone," which includes lands considered "Indian Country" and military facilities closed by the Base Realignment and Closure Act. A principal office is the location where the greatest number of employees at any one location are performing work, with the exception of the construction and service industries.
  • At least 35% of its employees must reside in a HUBZone. Reside means to live in a primary residence at a place for at lease 180 days, or as a currently registered voter, and with intent to live there indefinitely.

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