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SBA HUBZone Certification Lawyers & HUBZone Program Application ConsultantsThe Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone Program) is widely used by federal contracting agencies to award set-asides and sole source contracts through the SBA. However, the SBA HUB Zone certification application process takes more analysis than simply filling out forms.

When you become certified, then you still have to make sure that your consistently meet the legal requirements. Other small businesses also misunderstand the bidding requirements for HUBZone companies and sometimes mix up the requirements for normal annual SBA HUBZone requirements.

  • If the information submitted on your HUBZone application is false, there could be criminal penalties assessed if your company gets a HUBZone contract with the federal government.
  • Having a Historically Underutilized Business consultant to guide you through the application process and to provide legal insight after getting certified is essential to avoid criminal and civil liability.

You can find a lawyer at Watson & Associates, LLC, our small business lawyers and government contracts attorneys understand the dangerous and costly landmines that can get companies in trouble. In addition to consulting on the SBA HUB Zone certification application process, our attorneys and consultants also offer help with the various nuances that companies face after getting certified. This includes challenges to a company’s HUBZone status.

SBA HUBZone Certification Application Services

With law offices located in Washington, DC and in Colorado, Watson & Associates’ government contract lawyers help clients to get HUBZone certified and provide post-certification HUBZone qualifications legal and consulting services that include:

  • HUBZone Sole Source matters
  • Meeting SBA HUBZone requirements
  • Help after becoming a certified HUBZone contractor

For small business legal advice about HUBZone contracts or to schedule a FREE CONSULTATION with our experienced HUBZone Certification attorneys, call Watson & Associates, LLC today toll-free at 1-866-601-5518.

(Historically Underutilized Business Zone) Program Questions and Answers

Does my business violate the Ostensible Subcontractor Rule As a Pass-Through Only?  Your small business firm violates ostensible subcontractor rule if your only contribution to a government contract is your HUBZone status and the contract is essentially a pass through. See Size Appeal of C.E. Garbutt Construction Co., SBA No. SIZ-5083

How Does the SBA Determine Who is an Employee? When the SBA makes a determination as to whether you have the requisite employees under the statute, it will look at the “[t]he totality of the circumstances, including factors relevant for tax purposes, and will determine whether persons are employees of a concern” under 13 CFR 126.103.  

How Does the SBA Determine the Principal Place of Business Requirement The Small Business Act regulations require that, with the exception of certain specified entities, qualified SBA HUBZone small business concerns have a principal office located in a HUBZone.  See 15 USC 632(p)(5){A)(i)(I)(aa); 13 CFR 126.103. Principal office means the location where the greatest number of the concern’s employees at any one location performs their work. However, for those concerns whose ‘primary industry’ (see 13 C.F.R. 121.201) is service or construction (13 C.F.R 121.201), the determination of principal office excludes the concern’s employees who perform the majority of their work at job site locations to fulfill specific contractual obligations.

SBA HUBZone Requirements


 SBA Historically underutilized businesses must meet the statutory certified HUBZone qualifications to take advantage of business opportunities.

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..

Bid protests and HUBZone certification application qualifications and Set Aside bid protest litigation

Showing that your company meets the SBA HUBZone 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.


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 SBA HUB Zone small business attorneys apply our vast experience to help you minimize the impact.

Small Business Help Appealing SBA HUBZone application determinations: 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.


 Another costly mistake made by small businesses if failing to meet the bidding requirements of 13 CFR 126.601 (c) at the various bidding stages. SBA HUBZone certified companies must still maintain their status when bidding on new federal contracts. This is has been a consistent dispute that results in litigation and bid protests.

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If you are certified HUBZone small business owners and have been accused of government procurement fraud under the historically underutilized business programs, need help meeting the SBA HUBZone certification application qualifications and employee HUBZone requirements, call Watson & Associates, LLC small business consulting firm to schedule a free consultation. Call toll-free at 1-866-601-5518.