HUB - Historically Underutilized Business
A Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) is a corporation, sole proprietorship, partnership or a joint venture formed for the purpose of making a profit. A business must be:
- is a for-profit entity that has not exceeded the size standards prescribed by 34 TAC §20.23, and has its principal place of business in Texas;
- at least 51% owned by an Asian Pacific American, Hispanic American, Native American, African American an/or American woman, or a Service-Disabled Veteran;
- Must be a U.S. citizen and Texas resident;
- The eligible owner must have proportionate interest and demonstrate active participation in the control, operations, and management of the entity’s affairs
Angelo State University (ASU) is required by Texas Government Code Section 2161.123 to have a strategic plan for increasing HUB vendor utilization. The purpose of the ASU HUB Program is to promote full and equal contracting opportunities for all businesses in the State of Texas, through race, ethnic, and general-neutral means in accordance with the State of Texas Disparity Study. Based on the Disparity Study and future fiscal year purchases of goods and services, ASU has developed HUB utilization goals in the following procurement categories:
- 2.53% for heavy construction other than building contracts
- 21.00% for all building construction, including general contractors and operative builders’ contracts
- 13.85% for all special trade construction
- 12.00% for professional services
- 6.42% for all other services, and
- 13.46% for commodities
In accordance with the Texas Government Code, Sections 2161.003, 2161.062(e), 2161.066 and 2161.181 and 34 Texas Administrative Codes 20.296 and 20.297, and the 2009 Texas Disparity Study, ASU, through support from its HUB Coordinator, shall make a good faith effort to utilize Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) vendors in contracts for construction; services, including professional and consulting services; and commodities contracts and shall design its own HUB program and invite HUB vendors to make marketing presentations.
In accordance with Texas Administrative Code Section 2161.065, Angelo State University (ASU) supports the Comptroller of Public Accounts HUB Mentor Protégé Program by fostering long‐term relationships between established HUB vendors and emerging minority‐ and women‐owned companies to facilitate their growth and development in their industry while increasing HUB vendor utilization at ASU and the State of Texas.
Program Scope and Objectives
Through the ASU FY2015 – FY2019 HUB Strategic Plan, ASU is committed to assisting vendors interested in the Mentor Protégé Program, which is mutually beneficial to both HUB vendors since the protégé can be used as a HUB subcontracting vendor when bidding on state contracts with estimated values greater than $100,000.
ASU’s Mentor Protégé Program is voluntary for both the mentor and the protégé, and while it does not guarantee that a protégé vendor is awarded a contract, the program does provide a foundation to building opportunities for HUBs to work together. The program also enhances ASU’s efforts to identify and respond to HUBs and other small businesses in need of developmental assistance to grow their business. ASU is committed to increasing its HUB utilization, fostering Mentor Protégé vendor relationships, and sponsoring activities to welcome HUBs and all other vendors on campus.
The Mentor Protégé Goals include:
- Assist in developing implementation plans;
- Encourage established HUB vendors to volunteer as mentors;
- Aid protégé HUB vendors with growing their business;
- Increase HUB vendor awareness and utilization on‐campus;
- Increase HUB vendor subcontracting opportunities, including construction
These goals shall aid Angelo State with its ability to receive qualified and responsive bids that provide the best value to ASU.
The ASU HUB Coordinator with assistance from the Buyer/Assistant HUB Coordinator are responsible for facilitating the program, participating in community outreach, and educating HUB vendors and small business owners about the Mentor Protégé Program. This includes assisting vendors with the Mentor Protégé Application process.
Mutual Benefits for Vendors
The HUB Mentor Protégé Program is mutually beneficial for both the mentor and the protégé vendors. The mentor can provide goodwill and insight to an emerging vendor that may potentially become a subcontractor. While the program does not have a financial incentive for participation, the mentor could gain insight into new industry strategies while guiding the protégé on their established business practices.
For the protégé, the program provides opportunity to learn established working principles of financial management, planning and development of projects, and innovative approaches to strengthening their customer base. The partnership between mentor and protégé may even extend their capability to compete for other State of Texas agency procurement needs in addition to Angelo State.
Program Eligibility Requirements
All businesses interested in becoming a Mentor or Protégé must do the following:
- Complete the application;
- Register with the State of Texas Central Master Bidders List (CMBL);
- Be in “good standing” with the State of Texas;
- Be in operation as a business for at least one year;
- Have the ability to provide developmental guidance as a mentor; or
- Have the ability to identify the type of guidance desired as a protégé.
The initial sponsorship by Angelo State University shall be for a period of two (2) years from the date the mentor protégé agreement is signed. The agreement must state that the participation by the Mentor/Protégé is voluntary. The agreement must include written documentation that participation in the program is neither a guarantee for a contract opportunity nor a promise of business.
For more information regarding the Mentor Protégé Program, please contact the ASU HUB Coordinator and/or visit the Angelo State University’s Purchasing Office website for more information on how to do business with ASU.
Angelo State University (ASU) is committed to providing procurement and contracting opportunities to Historically underutilized businesses (HUBs) and promotes compliance with state statutes and the Comptroller of Public Accounts (CPA) rules concerning HUBs as directed by the Texas Tech University System (TTUS) Board of Regents and the TTUS Historically Underutilized Business Plan. The ASU HUB Plan also demonstrates ASU’s commitment to promoting HUB vendors through outreach activities of its HUB Coordinator and maintaining compliance with Texas Government Code § 2161.123.
Compliance with the above objectives shall be documented in ASU’s Strategic Planning On-Line (SPOL) system. Assessments and progress reports on promoting utilization of HUBS shall be documented by the ASU HUB Coordinator.
- Commitment Statement. Angelo State will make a good faith effort to increase the award of goods, services, and construction contracts to HUBs in accordance with the Texas Procurement and Support Services (TPASS) adopted rules. ASU is committed to assisting HUBs with receiving a portion of the total contract value of all contracts awarded in a fiscal year. II.
- HUB Staffing. The Director of Purchasing shall also serve as the HUB Coordinator and shall have an assistant HUB Coordinator to support the ASU HUB Program and awareness of HUBs with on-campus departments. The Director of Purchasing/HUB Coordinator shall report to the Executive Director of Materials Management (Exec. Director) who in turn reports to the Vice President of Finance & Administration (VPFA). The VPFA is designated by the university president to review and approve HUB goals. Staffing needs to support the HUB Program shall be evaluated on an annual basis during the university’s budget process.
- HUB Responsibilities. The President of ASU will designate a HUB Coordinator who will be at least equal in position to the institution’s procurement director. The HUB Coordinator shall coordinate programs to recruit, identify, and certify HUBs, report any required information to the Texas Procurement and Support Services (TPASS) and match HUBs with appropriate ASU staff members in departments procuring goods and services. The HUB Coordinator is responsible for:
- Obtaining and utilizing the Centralized Masters Bidders List (CMBL) as the primary reference list for HUB vendors;
- The HUB Coordinator will utilize OP 54.02 as the basis for obtaining the HUB participation goals and developing methods to promote HUB participation;
- The HUB Coordinator will prepare, publicize, and distribute information on procurement procedures in a manner designed to encourage HUB vendors to participate in the institution’s acquisition of goods and services;
- Special attention will be given to ensure that purchase orders/contract specifications are written to encourage HUB participation;
- The HUB Coordinator will work closely with the Facilities Planning & Construction (FPC) Director to identify potential subcontracting opportunities in all contracts requiring a HUB subcontracting plan and seek HUB subcontracting on contracts that do not require a HUB subcontracting plan, whenever possible;
- The HUB Coordinator will forward information regarding certified HUB vendors and the commodities and services they provide to department office coordinators and financial managers for consideration when soliciting quotes and informal bids and postings to the electronic state business daily website;
- The HUB Coordinator will coordinate meetings and/or contact departments that have low HUB utilization on purchase, to notify them of doing business with future HUB vendors.
- Outreach Efforts & Goals to Promote HUBs. The HUB Coordinator will strive to participate in outreach efforts to interact with existing HUB vendors and identify potential HUB vendors while promoting the HUB Program on-campus at ASU. The HUB Coordinator will also promote HUBs through outreach efforts as follows:
- Attend Economic Opportunity Forums/Vendor Fairs for communicating ASU’s commitment to promoting HUBs and increasing its HUB vendor base;
- Notify the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to identify HUB vendors during published procurement solicitations;
- Collaborate with SBDC to identify vendors potentially qualified for the HUB Program and aid them with the HUB certification application process;
- Introduce HUB vendors to the ASU on-campus departments and encourage discussions of future procurement planning with HUBs;
- Partner with the ASU FPC Director to encourage contractors to use HUBS as partners and subcontractors by evaluating all construction solicitations;
- Inform HUB vendors on how to do business with Angelo State and train on-campus departments on how to do business with HUB vendors.
- Reporting Requirements. The HUB Coordinator will produce and provide reports on HUB utilization as prescribed by internal policy and the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts (CPA) HUB reporting requirements. The HUB Coordinator shall perform the following:
- Analyze past and pending purchases of all ASU departments and communicate suggestions for increased HUB participation to financial managers and area coordinators;
- Submit the quarterly, semi-annual, and annual HUB reports to the CPA;
- Consolidate monthly HUB reports and provide to the Executive Director of Materials Management;
- Accumulate and HUB progress assessment reports (PARS) for FPC and other contracted services.
The Purchasing Department is providing both a HUB Vendor list and a Vendor List for your convenience. The listing for HUB Vendors is only a portion of the HUB Vendors in the State of Texas. The Vendor listing is compiled of those vendors who have filled out a vendor application with ASU and have requested to be placed on our Vendor List, however these are not HUB vendors. To inquire as to whether a vendor has HUB vendor status that is not in our listing, please go to our links on the left under HUB Directory or CMBL List and HUB Search.