Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Program
What is a HUB?A HUB is defined as a business formed for the purpose of making a profit and is otherwise a legally-recognized business organization under the laws of the State of Texas in which at least 51 percent of the business is owned, operated, and controlled by one or more
- Black Americans - includes all persons having origins of Black racial groups of Africa
- Hispanic Americans - includes all person of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Central or South America, or other Spanish/Portuguese culture or origin, regardless of race
- Asian Pacific Americans - includes persons whose origins are from Japan, China, Taiwan, Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, the Philippines, Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Territories of the Pacific, or the Northern Marianas; and Subcontinent Asian Americans which includes persons who origins are from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, or Nepal
- Native Americans - includes persons who are American Indians, Eskimos, Aleuts or Native Hawaiians and
- American Women - includes women of any ethnicity, except those specified above
HUB Participation GoalsThe Texas Legislature requires all state agencies to make a good faith effort to assist HUBs in receiving a portion of the total contract value of all contracts that the agency expects to award in a fiscal year. The statewide HUB goals for the State of Texas are:
- 11.2% -- Construction
- 21.1% -- Building Construction
- 32.7% -- Special Trades
- 23.6% -- Professional Services
- 24.6% -- Other Services
- 21% -- Commodities
HUB CertificationIn pursuit of these goals, UT Dallas is committed to increasing opportunities for HUBs. Qualifying minority- and women-owned businesses are strongly encouraged to apply for certification as a HUB through the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts (CPA).
A business owner must complete a HUB Certification Application and submit it to the CPA to become a certified HUB vendor with the State of Texas. HUB certification remains effective for four years and is free of charge. Certified HUBs are included in the HUB directory, which is maintained by the CPA and accessed by state agencies searching for certified HUBs. Certification does not guarantee the award of contracts to HUB businesses, but it does increase their visibility within the state contract/procurement process.
For more information regarding the HUB program and certification, visit www.window.state.tx.us/procurement/prog/hub/ or call the CPA at (512) 463-5872 or toll free at (888) 863-5881.
UT Dallas HUB Program ContactPaul Watson, C.P.M., Director of Purchasing