Get Federal $s: Use Your HUBZone Location
You can get more federal contracts by having a business located in City of La Crosse, Melrose, Downtown Winona, Tomah and now Black River Falls and the rest of Jackson County. The Small Business Administration (SBA) designated these areas as HubZones (Historically Underutilized Business Zone). The SBA has a goal of increasing federal contractor subcontracting to HubZone Certified companies by 3% each year.
“Currently, many federal agencies and federal prime contractors are not meeting their HUBZone goals,” says the SBA, meaning they need more companies to become certified to get the federal contracts. “The government limits competition for certain contracts to businesses in historically underutilized business zones.”
The agency says HUBZone-certified businesses get a 10% price preference in full and open contract competitions.
Businesses cannot add a branch to this area and qualify. The primary office must be in the HUBZone, and at least 35% of employees must live in the HUBZone.
Take a look at the maps (that are changing July 2023, but not for our areas).
Don’t Miss the other programs available to help you from the SBA. Many have set aside contracts toward particular certified businesses:
- Small Disadvantaged Business (12% contracting dollars goal)
- Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract program (5% goal)
- Veteran contracting assistance programs (3% for service-disabled veteran-owned)
- 8(a) Business Development Program
- SBA Mentor-Protege program
- Joint Ventures
- 7(j) Management and Technical Assistance Program
- Natural Resource Sales Assistance program
See the all here: https://www.sba.gov/federal-contracting/contracting-assistance-programs