Small business workshop to focus on HUBZone advantages
Nov. 8, 2018
The Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) and the City of Bluefield will present a free HUBZone workshop November 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bluefield Transit Authority (3208 John Nash Blvd.). The workshop will explain how to apply the requirements of the HUBZone program to help small businesses receive their fair share of federal contracting opportunities.
The morning session will include an overview of HUBZones: what they are, where they are and how to become certified. The afternoon session will focus on where to find HUBZone contracting opportunities and how to navigate the application process.
George Murray, SBA deputy district director in West Virginia, will lead the workshop. Murray has been educating small business owners and operators about government contracting opportunities for more than a decade. A special guest will be Michelle Christian, Mid-Atlantic regional administrator for the SBA.
While West Virginia historically has had one of the lowest rates of HUBZone participation, certifications have more than doubled in the past 18 months, according to Murray. RCBI has worked with SBA staff and other partners to promote HUBZone participation through a series of statewide workshops and social media campaigns.
HUBZone (Historically Underutilized Business Zone) certification provides small businesses an advantage when bidding on federal government contracts. HUBZone-certified small businesses qualify for the program’s set-aside contracts and receive a 10 percent price evaluation preference when competing for open contracts.