Feb 22, 2023 - 10:30 AM

USA: HubZone Program | What is it and how to get certified

The HUBZone program fuels small business growth in historically underutilized business zones with a goal of awarding at least three percent of federal contract dollars to HUBZone-certified companies each year.

The federal government limits competition for certain contracts to businesses in historically underutilized business zones. It also gives preferential consideration to those businesses in full and open competition.

Joining the HUBZone program makes your business eligible to compete for the program’s set-aside contracts. HUBZone-certified businesses also get a 10 percent price evaluation preference in full and open contract competitions.

HUBZone-certified businesses can still compete for contract awards under other socio-economic programs they qualify for.

Join us to learn about each of these socio-economic programs and determine which opportunities may be right for your business.

Date & Time

Wednesday, February 22, 2023, at 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM- Eastern Standard Time

Registration & Fees

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This meeting is Complimentary for Supplier members. For Business members, the fee is $15 and for Advocate members, Individual members, and non-members the fee is $35.

Guest Presenters

Nick Rajpara 
Economic Development Specialist
Washington Metropolitan Area District Office (WMADO)
Small Business Administration (SBA) 

Nirav “Nick” Rajpara is an Economic Development Specialist at the Washington Metropolitan Area District Office (WMADO). In this role, he collaborates with local SBA resource partners, including (public and private) economic development organizations and other stakeholders to develop, bolster and support informational initiatives that aid and assist small businesses and entrepreneurs across the Capital Region. In addition, he is the Program Manager for SBA’s Emerging Leaders Program (a CEO-level academy that guides small business leaders on how to scale and grow their operations). Nick also conducts site inspections for HUBZone-certified firms in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area. He holds a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) and a master’s degree in public policy (MPP) from Pepperdine University. Nick’s Bachelor of Science degree is from the University of California, Riverside.


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