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Small businesses in Texas have a great opportunity by being a Historically Utilized Business (HUB) and it is free of charge.

January 30, 2017

State agencies and universities are always looking to work with businesses certified as HUBs.

The goal of this effort is to actively involve HUBs in the Texas procurement process and ensure they receive a fair share of state business.

Only certified HUBs are listed in the online Texas HUB Directory.  State agencies use the HUB Directory in conjunction with the Central 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.  For purchases of $5,000 or less, state entities can directly contact a business to buy goods and services.

The Texas HUB Directory is also searched by vendors looking for certified HUBs to include in their subcontracting plans for projects of $100,000 or more.  With this kind of exposure to the general public as well as other entities that have a supplier diversity program, and are searching for minority owned, women owned and service disabled veteran owned businesses.

To qualify to be a HUB certified small business, it has to be a for-profit entity and its principal place of business be in Texas.  It also has to be 51% owned by an Asian Pacific American, Black American, Hispanic American, Native American, American women of any ethnicity and or Service Disabled American, who reside in Texas and actively participate in the control, operations of management of the entity’s affairs.

Additionally, be sure you have the following information readily available to enter as part of the registration process:

  • An Employer Identification Number (EIN) issued by the IRS is required for registration
  • Your company business structure and ownership details
  • The list of purchasing class and item codes closest to the actual product or service which can be provided
  • The relevant Texas highway district(s) where your product or service are available/deliverable

If you do not meet the qualifications, any small business can be listed on the CMBL.  Being in this directory requires an annual fee of $70.

If you want assistance with this certification or any other contracting opportunities, the Angelo State University · Small Business Development Center would be happy to help with this process.  Give us a call or come by the Business Resource Center at 69 N. Chadbourne Street.

“Business Tips” was written by Mr. Paul Howard, Business Development Specialist and Certified Business Advisor III of Angelo State University’s Small Business Development Center.  For more information on the topic of this article or the services of the ASU · SBDC, contact him at