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The Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) was introduced into law through the Small 13 CFR 126 SBA HUBZone Certification & Joint Venture LawyerBusiness Reauthorization Act of 1977. The SBA has strict oversight over the program through congressional authority. For a small business to become HUBZone certified, it has to meet certain legal requirements and must submit a credible HUBZone application to the SBA.

One of the clear HUBZone advantages and benefits is that your business can get preferential treatment in government procurement such as reducing competition to competitive HUBZone contracts and receiving HUBZone sole source awards. Also, when a government contracting agency solicits a procurement under full and open competition, you can receive a 10% price evaluation.

Although a lucrative program for HUBZone owned small businesses, 40% of SBA HUBZone applications are denied for failure to meet the statutory requirements. After getting SBA HUBZone certified others have a hard time meeting the Federal HUBZone requirements when bidding on federal contracts. There are mandatory rules that must be met. If you are considering applying for your HUBZone status, received an adverse decision from the SBA or are involved in some level of HUBZone investigation, the SBA HUBZone attorneys at Watson & Associates, LLC can help.

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SBA HUBZone Certification Attorney Services

With law offices located in Washington, DC and in Colorado, Watson & Associates’ government contract lawyers help clients to navigate through the various nuances associated with the SBA’s HUBZone certification and business development program including:

  • HUBZone Sole Source matters
  • Meeting HUBZone requirements
  • Appeals representation of HUBZone small business status
  • Teaming, joint ventures and SBA affiliation.
  • SBA HUBZone application consulting
  • SBA OHA appeals
  • HUBZone appeals to the federal circuit court.
  • Certificate of Competency and contractor responsibility matters.

To schedule a free consultation with our experienced SBA Programs attorneys and consultants, call Watson & Associates, LLC today toll-free at 1-866-601-5518.

HUBZone Qualifications and Business Development Requirements — Initial SBA HUBZone Application

Small business must meet the statutory HUBZone qualifications. Your initial SBA HUBZone application must show that (1)you are a small business under the SBA size standards; (2) the company must be owned and controlled at least 51% by U.S. citizens, or a Community Development Corporation, an agricultural cooperative, or an Indian tribe; (3) 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; and (4) At least 35% of its employees must reside in a HUBZone.

Small Business HUBZone Certification Compliance: After becoming HUBZone certified, companies still have to comply with SBA compliance regulations even with business development. This includes 13 CFR 126.6 and FAR HUBZone certification qualifications and requirements. Companies run into legal problems because there is a continuing obligation to meet the statutory HUBZone requirements. A common example of where small contractors get into trouble is not meet the 35 % employee residency requirements

After HUBZOne Certified: HUBZone Joint Venture Arrangements, HUBZone Sole Source and Teaming Relationships

When applying for HUBZone sole source or government procurements, bidders must develop a strategic approach either through teaming agreements or through HUBZone joint venture arrangement. Our attorneys can provide legal advice and guidance from beginning to end.

A HUBZone small business may enter into a joint venture agreement with one or more other small businesses, or with an approved mentor authorized by 13 CFR 125.9. The joint venture itself need not be certified as a qualified HUBZone small business. 8a certified companies, with an approved mentor authorized by 13 CFR 124 can also enter into a JV arrangement.

Bid protests and HUBZone qualifications and status bid protest litigation. Showing that your company meets the SBA HUBZone application requirements under 13 CFR 126.6 can be a daunting process when your competition challenges the status of your company. Whether there is a traditional protest at the Government Accountability Office or SBA protest, Watson & Associates’ law firm can help either as an intervenor or protestor.

SBA HUBZone procurement fraud matters: Small businesses sometimes are exposed to various levels of procurement fraud. As a result, they can face either jail time or even suspension and debarment. Where situations arise, our HUBZone attorneys apply our vast experience to help you minimize the impact.

Appealing SBA HUBZone certification determination: When the SBA makes an adverse decision regarding your HUBZone certification status, certificate of competency decisions or other rulings that negatively impact your business’ bottom line, our law firm can analyze your case for appeal to the SBA’s Associate Administrator, Office of Government Contracting and Business Development. Do not make the mistake of filing an appeal with SBA OHA. See . 13 CFR 126.805(a).OHA has no jurisdiction to hear this type of appeal.

Meeting the qualifications at the bidding stages: Another costly mistake made by small businesses if failing to meet the requirements of 13 CFR 126.601 (c) at the various bidding stages. Your company “must be a qualified HUBZone [small business] both at the time of its initial offer and at the time of [the] award in order to be eligible for a HUBZone contract.” This means that you must also meet the 35% residency requirement both on the date of the offer and at the time of the award.

Requirements for HUBZone Certified Employees

At least 35% of the cooperative’s HUBZone employees must reside in a HUBZone. When determining the required percentage of employees that reside in a HUBZone, if the percentage results in a fraction, round up to the nearest whole number.

HUBZone qualifications Contract Performance. The concern must represent, as provided in the application, that it will “attempt to maintain” (see 13 CFR 126.103) having 35% of its employees reside in a HUBZone during the performance of any HUBZone contract it receives

Nationwide SBA HUBZone Application Services

Watson’s SBA HUBZone application lawyers represent federal contractors in all states regarding litigation and trial matters. We intervene for federal small businesses and large DoD contractors in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Washington, DC, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Cities in which our Washington DC government contract HUBZone certification lawyers and consultants include Anchorage, AK; Atlanta, GA; Austin, TX; Chicago, IL; Colorado Springs, CO; Dallas, TX; Denver, Colorado; Indianapolis, IN; Las Vegas, NV; Los Angeles, CA; Miami, FL; Philadelphia, PA; San Antonio, TX; San Diego, CA; San Francisco, CA; San Jose, CA; Santa Clara, CA; and Tampa, FL.

Contact an SBA HUBZone Certification Attorney Today

If you are a HUBZone small business and have been accused of government procurement fraud, need help meeting the SBA HUBZone application requirements and employees, or seeking to appeal an adverse certification decision, call Watson & Associates, LLC  to schedule a free consultation. Call toll-free at 1-866-601-5518.