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Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Program

In accordance with Texas Administrative Code §20.13, UTB will make a good faith effort to utilize Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUBs) in contracts for construction, services (including professional and consulting services) and commodity purchases.

A HUB is defined as:

  • a business enterprise formed for the purpose of making a profit,
  • in which at least 51 percent ownership of the business is by a woman and/or minority,
  • an entity with its principal place of business in Texas, and
  • has an owner residing in Texas with a proportionate interest that actively participates in the control, operations and management of the entity's affairs.

Vendors seeking certification as a HUB can apply online through the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts website. The benefits of HUB certification include:

  • increased exposure to state agencies and other entities
  • registration on the Comptroller’s Web-based HUB Directory

State agencies use the HUB Directory and Centralized Master Bidders List (CMBL) to solicit bids for state purchasing and public works contracts. Contractors also use the HUB Directory to identify HUBs for subcontracting opportunities.

Other laws, rules and regulations regarding the HUB program are available on the Resources section of this procedure.

For additional information, contact the Purchasing Office at 956-882-6553-8219.

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