Our Corporate commitment is not just to the "Zone", but to the people that live there. Street Legal believes these people are valuable resources that are capable, but not yet qualified to meet their full potential and successfully advance in the workplace. Street Legal believes these resources can be developed either directly though contracting opportunities or indirectly through the Street Legal Work Study Program.
What is the SBA HUBZone?
The United States Small Business Administration (SBA) Historically Underutilized Business Zone pro- gram has been institutionalized as a result of the Small Business Reauthorization Act of 1999 to stimulate economic development. The SBA creates jobs in both urban and rural communities, providing Federal contracting preferences to small businesses. These program preferences go to small businesses that obtain HUBZone certification in part by employing 35% of their staff who live in a HUBZone. The com- pany must also maintain their "principal office" in one of these specially designated areas. Street Legal Industries, Inc. (SLIND) is an East Tenn. based HUBZone firm.
SLIND was incorporated in the State of Tennessee on February 17, 2000. SLI Submitted its HUBZone certification application and became certified by the SBA on May 25, 2000. Following Certification, the SBA conducted a program com- pliance exam on August 2001 which resulted in confirmation of a positive HUB Zone determination.
Historically Underutilized Business Zone
A “HUBZone” is an area that is located 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 household income of less than 80 percent of the State median household income or with an unemployment rate of not less than 140 percent of the statewide average, based on US Department of Labor recent data; or lands within the boundaries of federally recognized Indian reservations.
Direct and Indirect Development
- Developed directly means recruitment of qualified professions from the HUBZone and placement on our contracts.
- Developed indirectly though the SLIND work/study program means, identifying talented (participants) at either the undergraduate or graduate level, com-pensating participants (resources) for furthering their education, exposing part-icipants during their time of study to the practical aspects of the workplace, and upon successful completion of the course of study, facilitation of placement of the participants into the workplace.
The HUBZone Empowerment Contracting program was enacted into law as part of the Small Business Reauthorization Act of 1997. The program falls under the auspices of the US Small Business Administration. The program encourages economic development in historically underutilized business zones - "HUBZones" - through the establishment of preferences. SBA's HUBZone program is in line with the efforts of both the Administration and Congress to promote economic development and employment growth in distressed areas by providing access to more Federal contracting opportunities.
A small business must meet all of the following criteria to qualify for the HUBZone program:
- located in a "historically underutilized business zone" or HUBZone
- owned and controlled by one or more US Citizens
- at least 35% of its employees must reside in a HUBZone
The Small Business Reauthorization Act of 1997 increases the overall government wide procurement goal for small business from 20% to 23%. The statute sets the goal for HUBZone contracts as follows: 2001 - 2%; 2002 - 2.5 %; 2003; and each year thereafter - 3%.
Affected Federal Agencies
As of October 1, 2000, all Federal agencies are subject to the requirements of the HUBZone Program.
Types of HUBZone Contracts
- A competitive HUBZone contract can be awarded if the contracting officer has a reasonable expectation that at least two qualified HUBZone small businesses will submit offers and that the contract can be awarded at a fair market price.
- A sole source HUBZone contract can be awarded if the contracting officer does not have a reasonable ex-pectation that two or more qualified HUBZone small businesses will submit offers, determines that the qualified HUBZone small business is responsible, and determines that the contract can be awarded at a fair price. The government estimate cannot exceed $5 million for manufacturing requirements or $3 million for all other requirements.
- A full and open competition contract can be awarded with a price evaluation preference. The offer of the HUBZone small business will be considered lower than the offer of a non-HUBZone / non-small business-providing that the offer of the HUBZone small business is not more than 10 percent higher.