Historically Underutilized Business Program


PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Program at the University of Texas Medial 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 suppliers.

 


OBJECTIVES

UTMB’s Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Program objectives are:

Identify American minority and women-owned businesses.
Encourage participation in the competitive bid process.
Promote successful business development.
Make an impact on the economy.

 


ELIGIBILITY

In accordance with Texas Administrative Code §20.13, each state agency shall make a good faith effort to utilize HUBs in contracts for construction, services (including professional and consulting services) and commodities purchases. 

In order to be considered a HUB supplier in the State of Texas:

A "Historically Underutilized Business" is an entity with its principal place of business in Texas, and is at least 51% owned by an Asian Pacific American, Black American, Hispanic American, Native American and/or American woman who reside in Texas and have a proportionate interest and demonstrate active participation in the control, operations and management of the entity's affairs.

 


CERTIFICATION PROCESS

Vendors seeking certification as a HUB are required to submit a completed HUB certification application and supporting documentation, affirming under penalty of perjury that their business qualifies as a HUB.

Applications maybe obtained by going to the Texas Procurement and Support Services Website at www.window.state.tx.us/procurement/prog/hub/hub-certification/

 


BENEFITS OF CERTIFICATION

HUB certification is free of charge and is valid for a period of 4 years, provided that business continues to meet the eligibility requirements.

Businesses are registered on the commission's web-based HUB Directory. State agencies use the HUB Directory in conjunction with the commission's Centralized Master Bidders List (CMBL) to solicit bids from certified HUBs for state purchasing and public works contracts. Prime contractors also use the HUB Directory to identify HUBs to whom they will send notification of their subcontracting opportunities.

Business is exposed to the general public, as well as, other entities that have a supplier diversity program and are searching for minority and woman-owned businesses.

 


HUB SUBCONTRACTING

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 $100,000 or more.

Once a solicitation has been reviewed and determined to have subcontracting potential, vendors both HUB and non-HUB’s, must submit a valid HUB Plan with their bid, proposal, offer or an expressed 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 20.14 and 20.16 (c, h, i) or the HUB Rules), www.sos.state.tx.us/tac/

 

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Revised Monday, March 29, 2010