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Small Business Administration HUBZone (Historically Underutilized Business Zone)

Administered by the United States Small Business Administration, the purpose of the HubZone Empowerment Contracting Program is to stimulate economic development and create jobs in urban and rural communities by providing Federal contract preferences to small businesses.

What is a HUBZone?

A HUBZone is an area that is situated in one or more of the following:

    • A qualified census tract (as defined in section 42(d)(5)(C)(i)(I) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986)
    • A qualified “non-metropolitan county” (as defined in section 143(k)(2)(B) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986) with a median income of less than 80% of the State median household income or with an unemployment rate of not less than 140% of the statewide average, based on U.S. Department of Labor recent data
    • Lands within the boundaries of federally recognized Indian reservations

These are the 12 qualified HUBZone census tracts within the City of Orlando: 0145.02, 0146.01, 0121.00, 0117.01, 0117.02, 0119.01, 0115.00, 0114.00, 0104.00, 0105.00, 0106.00, 0101.00

Click here to view U.S. Census Bureau census tract map

In order to qualify for the HUBZone program, a small business:

    • Must have its principal office located in a historically underutilized business zone or HUBZone, including lands on federally recognized Indian reservations
    • Must be 51% owned by a US citizen(s) and have additional approved ownerships, including Community Development

Corporations, Indian Tribes and agricultural cooperatives:

    • Must be a small business by SBA size standards
    • At least 35% of employees must reside in a HUBZone

For more information contact 407.246.2821 or visit http://www.sba.gov/hubzone.

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