The Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) is administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and was designed to stimulate economic development and create jobs in urban and rural communities by providing Federal contracting preferences to small businesses. The HUBZone applies to qualified small businesses (by SBA standards) located within the zone’s boundaries with at least 35% of their employees residing in a HUBZone. The City of Fresno’s HUBZone is defined by qualified census tracts.
To find out if your business is located in the HUBZone, or one of our other incentive zones, check our Incentive Zone Address Locator
For questions regarding the HUBZone, e-mail Kelly Vaughan Trevino
in the City of Fresno Downtown and Community Revitalization Division or call (559) 621-8426.
How does a Business Qualify?
- Must be a small business by SBA size standards.
- Principal office must by located within a HUBZone, which includes land on federally recognized Indian reservations.
- Must be owned and controlled by one or more U.S. citizens, Community Development Corporation or Indian Tribe.
- At least 35% of the employees must reside in a HUBZone.
There are Four Types of HUB Zone Contracts:
Competitive -- Contracts can be set aside for HUBZone competition when the contracting officer has a reasonable expectation that at least two qualified HUBZone small businesses will submit offers and that the contract will be awarded at fair market price.
Sole Source – can be awarded if the contracting officer determines that:
- Only one qualified HUBZone business is responsible to perform the contract;
- Two or more qualified HUBZone businesses are not likely to submit offers; and
- The anticipated award price of the proposed contract, including options, will not exceed $5 million (for manufacturing requirements) or $3 million (for all other requirements).
Full and Open – can be awarded with a price evaluation preference. The offer of the HUBZone small business will be considered lower than the offer of a non-HUBZone/non small business providing that the offer of the HUBZone small business is not more than 10 percent higher.
Subcontracting – all subcontracting plans for large business Federal contractors must include a HUBZone subcontracting goal.
Other Forms of Specialized Assistance:
Eligible HUBZone firms can qualify for higher SBA-guaranteed surety bonds on construction and service contract bids
Firms in Federal Empowerment Zones and Enterprise Communities (EZ/EC) can also benefit from employer tax credits, tax-free facility bonds, and investment tax deductions.
These are just some of the benefits of the Fresno HUBZone. For more information, please contact the City of Fresno Downtown and Community Revitalization Division at (559) 621-8350 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or your local U.S. Small Business Administration office.
HUBZone Map - in pdf format
Economic Development Department
2600 Fresno Street, Room 2156-02
Fresno, CA 93721