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Historically Underutilized Businesses


The Statewide Procurement Division (SPD) Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) program is a State of Texas initiative to increase the opportunities available to businesses owned by minorities and women in state procurement and contracting.
The TDA HUB Program Office ensures the agency’s good faith effort to include HUB businesses in its procurement efforts. This good faith effort involves evaluating and determining HUB Subcontracting opportunities, administration of the HUB mentor/protégé program, participating in marketing and outreach efforts for HUB participation, and HUB reporting to SPD.
HUB Qualifications
A HUB is a for-profit business legally recognized by the State of Texas and that is at least 51 percent owned by one or more of the following groups:
  • Black Americans
  • Hispanic Americans
  • Women
  • Asian Pacific Americans
  • Native Americans
  • Service-Disabled Veterans (at least 20% service disabled)
In addition, the business needs to meet the following:
HUB Goals
TDA has adopted the SPD Statewide HUB Goals. TDA 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:
  • 11.2%   Heavy Construction
  • 21.1%   Building Construction, including general contractor
  • 32.9%   Special Trade Construction
  • 23.7%   Professional Services contracts
  • 26.0%   Other Services contracts
  • 21.1%   Commodities contracts
HUB Advantages
  • SPD HUB certification is free of charge and good for up to four years, provided that the business continues to meet the eligibility requirements.
  • Only certified HUBs are listed in the online Texas HUB Directory.
  • State agencies use the HUB Directory in conjunction with the Comptroller's Centralized Master Bidders List (CMBL) to solicit bids from certified HUBs for state purchasing and contracts.
  • For Purchases of $10,000 or less, state entities can directly contact a business to buy goods and services.
  • For Purchases over $100,000 with a  HUB Subcontracting Plan (if applicable) require respondents/vendors to send notifications of their subcontracting opportunities.
  • Increased exposure to the public as well as other entities that have a supplier diversity program, and are searching for minority-owned, woman-owned, and service-disabled veteran-owned businesses.
  • Per TAC Rule §20.284, each state agency shall make a good faith effort to utilize HUBs in contracts for construction, services (including professional and consulting services) and commodities purchases.