Historically Underutilized Business Program
The Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Program on The University of Texas Medical Branch was established to identify Historically Underutilized Businesses and encourage them to participate in the competitive bid process with the objective of increasing the number of contracts awarded to HUB vendors.
The information on this web site has been prepared to familiarize one with UTMB’s HUB Program. This information will help one better understand UTMB’s organization and provide one with the information necessary to make successful business transactions.
UTMB’s Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Program objectives are:
At least 51% ownership, including active participation and control by an Asian Pacific American, African American, Hispanic American, Native American or American Woman
Eligible Applicant must be a U.S. Citizen
Principal place of business must be located in the State of Texas
Applicant must be actively participating in the day to day operations of the business at a level to commensurate to ownership.*
* Absentee or titular ownership (owners who do not actively control the business) by the eligible owner(s) is not consistent with HUB eligibility standards.
HUB CERTIFICATION IS FREE OF CHARGE AND CAN BE RENEWED EVERY 4 YEARS
Bidders List, Application and Certification Process
To participate in UTMB’s HUB program one must complete and submit a HUB certification application to the Texas Building and Procurement Commission (TBPC).
Applications may be obtained by contacting TBPC’s HUB website: www.tbpc.state.tx.us/hub/index.html
In order to receive bids from State of Texas agencies, one must register for the Centralized Master Bidders’ List.
The Centralized Master Bidders List (CMBL) is a mailing list for vendors to receive bids based on the products or services which can be provided to the State of Texas. Manufactures, suppliers and other vendor wishing to furnish materials, equipment, supplies and services to the state should apply to be on the Centralized Master Bidders List to receive bidding opportunities.
Registration for the Centralized Master Bidders’ List is an effective tool for businesses to use to market their products and services to state agencies and institutions of higher education. To access the application to register for the (CMBL) go to http://www.tbpc.state.tx.us/cmbl/index.html
One may register online or print an application and submit it with a $50.00 registration fee.
Your business will be listed in the TBPC HUB Business Directory and will be distributed to more than 650 state agency purchasers throughout Texas, including the University of Texas System components.
The directory is also distributed to private industry purchasers to increase opportunities for minority and women-owned businesses.
UTMB will increase the participation of historically underutilized businesses in the purchasing process. This will be done by selecting bids or proposals submitted by those businesses whenever their bids or proposals are comparable to all other bids or proposals received by UTMB and whenever such a selection will not conflict with state or federal law.
To assist participation by minority and women owned businesses, the UTMB’s Logistics/Acquisition will:
Divide proposed procurements into reasonable lots in keeping with industry standards and competitive bid requirements.
Assess bond and insurance requirements and the designing of such requirements to reasonably permit more than one business to perform the work.
Ensure that specifications, terms and conditions for proposed procurements reflect UTMB’s actual requirements, are clearly stated, and do not impose any unreasonable or unnecessary requirements.
The 76th Legislation strengthened the HUB subcontracting requirements imposed upon state agencies, which flow down to vendors. UTMB’s purchasing professionals determine the probability for HUB subcontracting opportunities and identify their contracts that must include a HUB Subcontracting Plan for all orders deemed to be valued at approximately $100,00 or more.
Once a solicitation has been reviewed and determined to have subcontracting potential, vendors, both HUB and non-HUBS’s, must submit a valid HUB Plan with their bid, proposal, offer or an expression of interest, to be considered responsive. If the HUB Subcontracting Plan is not completed, the bid is considered non-responsive. At that time, the process ends for that vendor.
Details regarding the submission are listed within the first few pages of the HUB Plan. After the award of the contract, UTMB’s purchaser for the contract and the HUB Coordinator ensure compliance. (Texas Administrative Code, Section 111.14 and 111.16 (c,h,i) or the HUB Rules), www.sos.state.tx.us/tac/
Thursday, December 20, 2007