Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Program

We strongly encourage Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) and Minority and Women Business Enterprise (MWBE) vendors to compete for all DIR procurement opportunities.

Mission Statement

Our HUB program has a dual role of increasing HUB participation through DIR Internal Procurement and all DIR Contracts by:

  • Promoting full and equal opportunities for all vendors in state contracting
  • Encouraging and assisting HUBs in acquiring CPA HUB Certification
  • Increasing awareness of HUB opportunities through education, communication, training, and innovative outreach efforts

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DIR Policy on Utilization of HUBs

DIR has adopted the Statewide HUB Program rules as its own. DIR is committed to promoting full and equal business opportunities for all businesses in state contracting in accordance with the goals specified in the State of Texas Disparity Study:

  • 32.9% for Special Trade Construction   
  • 23.7% for professional services contracts   
  • 26.0% for all other services contracts   
  • 21.1% for commodities contracts

DIR and its contractors shall make a good faith effort to meet or exceed these goals and assist HUBs in receiving a portion of the total contract value of all contracts that DIR expects to award in a fiscal year.   

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HUB Certification

To be eligible for HUB certification, a business must:

  • Operate principally in Texas
  • Be owned by a US citizen, or a Service Disabled Veteran as defined by 38 U.S.C. Sections 101(2) and 101(16), and Texas resident with proportionate interest and actively involved in control, operations, and management
  • Be owned by a US citizen who is at least 51 percent Asian Pacific American, Black American, Hispanic American, Native American, American woman, or a Service Disabled Veteran as defined by 38 U.S.C. Sections 101(2) and 101(16) 

For additional HUB Program definitions, see: 34 Texas Administrative Code, Part 1, Chapter 20, Subchapter B, §20.11 Definitions, and Texas Government Code §2161.001 Definitions. 

HUB certification is free.  Details and application forms are available from the Comptroller of Public Accounts' Texas Procurement and Support Services Division (TPASS). Once certified, the business will be included in the HUB directory, which provides exposure to all Solicitation opportunities with state agencies and universities.

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HUB Subcontracting Plan (HSP)

Each state agency (including institutions of higher education) that considers entering into a contract with an expected value of $100,000 or more (including renewals and amendments) shall, before the agency issues Solicitations or other applicable expressions of interest, determine whether subcontracting opportunities are probable under the contract.

If subcontracting opportunities are probable, each state agency's invitation for bids or other purchase Solicitation documents for construction, professional services, other services, and commodities with an expected value of $100,000 or more, shall state that probability and require a HUB Subcontracting Plan (HSP). Per TPASS policy, the HSP form cannot be altered.  Reference TGC§2161.251, TAC Rules §20.13 and §20.14.

NOTE:

  • Bidder(s): 
    • Must utilize and comply with the HSP in the RFO.
  • Prime Vendor(s):
    • Shall identify all subcontracting opportunities in their Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Subcontracting Plan (HSP) available at https://www.comptroller.texas.gov/purchasing/docs/hub-forms/hub-sbcont-plan-allfms.pdf (no alterations to form). Reference GC §2161.252 and TAC RULE §20.14.
    • Is able to identify Order Fulfillers (resellers) (reference Appendix A) to sell only the products/services awarded under the Prime Vendor's contract number (reference Appendix C, if applicable).
    • Amending HSP: If at any time during the term of the contract, the selected respondent desires to make changes to the approved HUB subcontracting plan, proposed changes must be received for prior review and approval by DIR before changes will be effective under the contract.
    • Documentation Compliance: Prime Vendors shall maintain business records documenting compliance with the HUB subcontracting plan and shall submit a PAR report to the contracting agency monthly, in the format required by the comptroller, includes all subcontractors (HUBs and Non-HUBs) and self-performing. The compliance report submission shall be required as a condition for payment. (The PAR is available at https://www.window.state.tx.us/procurement/prog/hub/hub-forms/progressassessmentrpt.xls). Reference GC§2161.253 and TAC Rule §20.14 and §20.16. 

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HUB Talk Series

Learn how the Statewide HUB program plans to help small businesses in this webinar series of HUB related topics. Guest speakers assist in sharing informational announcements, business development tips and provide answers to questions to help HUBs. 

Links to resources below will appear once available. 

HUB Talk Series #1 with CPA & DIR: Marketing Tips for Success in the HUB Program
April 15, 2020 @ 10 AM
Webinar RecordingPresentation Slidedeck (PDF 1.2 MB) | Q&A (PDF 251 KB)

HUB Talk Series #2 with CPA & DIR: Partners in Procurement & HUB
April 29, 2020 @ 10 AM
Webinar Recording | Presentation Slidedeck (PDF 2.5 MB)

HUB Talk Series #3 with CPA & DIR: HUB Certifications & Regional Resources
May 13, 2020 @ 10 AM
Webinar Recording | Presentation Slidedeck (PDF 2.6 MB)

HUB Talk Series #4: Minority Trade Organizations
May 27, 2020 @ 10 AM
Webinar Recording | Presentation Slidedeck (PDF 4.2 MB)

HUB Talk Series #5: Construction Opportunities Part I
June 10, 2020 @ 10 AM
Webinar Recording | Presentation Slidedeck (PDF 2.2 MB)

Mastering the Centralized Master Bidder's List (CMBL) Webinar
June 17, 2020 @ 10 AM
Webinar Recording | Presentation Slidedeck (PDF 4.6 MB)

HUB Talk Series #6Construction Opportunities Part II
June 24, 2020 @ 10 AM
Webinar Recording | Presentation Slidedeck (PDF 5.1 MB)

Spot Bid Fair Portal Training
July 14, 2020 @ 10 AM
Webinar Recording | Presentation Slidedeck (PDF 1.2 MB)

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Economic Opportunity Forums (EOFs)

Economic Opportunity Forums (EOFs) provide numerous opportunities to disseminate and share information about public and private sector procurement, as well as increase networking opportunities with small, minority, disabled service-veteran,  and women-owned businesses.

DIR sponsors business forums in which HUB and MWBE vendors are invited by state agencies to deliver technical and business presentations demonstrating their capability to do business with the agency. 

As required in TAC Rule §20.27, all HUB events can be found on the Economic Opportunity Forums (EOF) calendar. 

For additional procurement opportunities, visit the B​​id Portal ​on the data.texas.gov site below.  Please be sure to contact the submitting agency to ensure the accuracy of the bid document postings.

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HUB Reporting

The Statewide HUB Program documents expenditures made by state agencies and institutions of higher education annually and semi-annually in its HUB Report. These reports can enable vendors to:

  • Determine if their business participation can help agencies meet or exceed agency-set HUB goals   
  • See where agencies purchase their products and services, both by geographic area and type of business, and   
  • Contact agencies’ HUB coordinators or purchasing departments, both to introduce their businesses and to learn more about each agency’s procurement process

The DIR customer shall ensure they are purchasing products/services within the current contract's terms and conditions.  It is the customer responsibility to ensure they are following the respective agency's policy and procedures and any other Appendices or other requirements – including HUB subcontracting plan (HSP) contract compliance and obtaining Progress Assessment Reports (PARs) from the prime vendor for reporting HUB subcontracting payments in accordance with TPASS requirements. 

For more information, please visit the HUB Reporting page on the TPASS website.

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Mentor/Protégé Program

DIR has implemented a Mentor Protégé program that fosters relationships between prime vendors and HUBs.

For complete program details and a list of participants, visit the HUB Mentor Protégé Program on the TPASS website. 

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Additional HUB Resources

HUB Program Contacts