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  • Complete SBA HUBZone Services
  • Assessment of Employee HUBZone Certification Requirements
  • Legal counsel for HUBZone Status bid protests
  • Limitations on subcontract disputes
  • Litigation and Appeals
  • Teaming Agreements and Joint Ventures

HUBZone Certification Consultants & Attorney Services

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

  • HUBZone Sole Source matters
  • Meeting SBA HUBZone requirements
  • Help after becoming a certified HUBZone contractor
  • Teaming and subcontracting matters
  • Taking advantage of HUBZone advantages
  • HUBZone status bid protests
  • HUBZone Joint Venture help.
  • Federal small business and  HUBZone small business consulting 
  • HUBZone contracts and Set-Aside matters
  • HUBZone contract novations
  • SBA HUBZone Application Appeals and legal representation of HUBZone small business status 
  • HUB Zone qualifications for Teaming, joint ventures, and SBA affiliation.
  • SBA HUBZone Program consulting
  • Litigation and appeals (COFC and Federal Circuit)
  • Certificate of Competency and contractor responsibility matters.

For Professional Help and Navigation Through the SBA HUB Zone Program,  Call Watson & Associates, LLC today toll-free at 1-866-601-5518.

The Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone Program) is widely used by federal contracting agencies to gain preferential access to federal award set-asides and sole source contracts through the SBA. 

However, the SBA HUB Zone certification application and qualifications process take more analysis than simply filling out forms.

  • Bidding requirements for HUBZone contracts may have a slightly different twist than you realize. We can help.
  • Even if are fortunate enough to already have your HUBZone Status, it can be challenged when you receive a contract award.
  • Prompt turnaround times
  • Decades of government small business law experience.

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

  • If the information submitted on your SBA HUBZone application is false, there could be criminal penalties assessed if your company gets a HUBZone contract with the federal government.
  • Having one of our consultants guide you through the application process minimizes the chance of getting denied and can help to avoid the dangerous landmines that await you.
  • Our HUBZone lawyers help business owners to address criminal investigation and liability for alleged fraud in the HUBZone program.

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

SBA HUBZone Program Questions and Answers

What is a HUBZone?

HUBZones are essentially labeled ‘historically under-utilized business zones’. Small Businesses located in Qualified census tracts can participate in the SBA’s HUBZone program and take advantage of certain small business government contracting preferences.

Census tracks include Qualified non-metropolitan counties; Lands within the external boundaries of an Indian reservation; Qualified base closure areas and other statutory designations. The SBA makes the final determination as to whether your company meets the definition of a HUBZone. Like any other government program, there is a rigorous application process and scrutiny from the SBA. Having someone that understands the process and that can help to navigate through the certification process can be a great benefit.

Small Business HUB Zone Benefits

  • As a small business, you can take advantage of set aside contracts  where other non-certified companies could not
  • In full and open competitive bids, you can also get the benefit of a preference in pricing when certain conditions are met.
  • Another of the HUBZone benefits is being able to apply the varying employee standard depending on the type of industry.

Can you appeal to SBA OHA SBA decisions regarding HUB Zone status and qualifications?

13 CFR 134.102 does not give SBA OHA jurisdiction to hear over HUBZone status protests, nor does OHA have the authority to directly overturn a government contract award decision. See Size Appeal of Browning Construction Co., SBA No. SIZ-4526 (2002) (concluding that OHA’s jurisdiction “is limited and does not
include HUBZone protests or appeals from HUBZone application determinations.”)

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 the Principal Place of Business  Hub zone Requirements?

 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. Find out more about reaping the benefits of the HUBZone Program.

How Long Does it Take to Get HUBZone Certified?

The average amount of time to get HUBZone certified is about 90 days. The SBA reviews each case individually. Each case has different facts and differing legal issues.

HUBZone Requirements

INITIAL HUBZONE CERTIFICATION APPLICATION

 SBA Historically underutilized businesses must meet the statutory certified HUBZone requirements to benefit from HUBZone Program advantages.

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.

Help Filing SBA HUBZone Protests

If you are an interested party and are contemplating filing an SBA HUBZone requirements protest, we can help.  There are also other people that the file a HUBZone protest including the SBA and the contracting officer. The SBA and the contracting officer are not bound by any timelines to file a protest of the apparently successful offeror’s status as a qualified historically underutilized business zone (HUBZone) small business concern (see 13 CFR 126.800).

Find out more about the HUBZone Price Preference

New SBA Regulations Impacting HUBZone Certified Companies

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Contact Our SBA HUBZone Certification Consultants

Call us to take benefit from HUBZone advantages. If you are certified small business owners and have been accused of government procurement fraud under the historically underutilized business programs, need help meeting the SBA HUB Zone small business qualifications and employee SBA  HUBZone requirements, or need help getting more access to federal procurement opportunities, call Watson & Associates, LLC HUBZone Program Consulting and law firm to schedule a free consultation. Call toll-free at 1-866-601-5518.