In accordance with the Texas Government Code, state agencies shall make a good faith effort to utilize Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUBs) in contracts for construction, services, including professional and consulting services, and commodity contracts.
To encourage and effectively promote the utilization of Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUBs) by all state agencies, and to promote full and equal business opportunities for all businesses in state contracting in accordance with the goals specified in the State of Texas Disparity Study.
- The State of Texas Government Code 2161
- State of Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Section III, the Historically Underutilized Business Program
- The State of Texas Disparity Study – 2009
- The State of Texas Senate Bill 178
The State of Texas HUB Program is administered and maintained by the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts through the Texas Procurement and Support Services (TPASS). The TPASS is responsible for:
- Reporting state agencies HUB utilization to the State legislature;
- Certifying eligible vendors who apply for HUB certification;
- Maintaining a list of HUB vendors for state agencies;
- Providing consulting services to state agencies and HUB coordinators; and
- Assisting state agencies with good faith effort requirements.
The Comptroller is authorized by Texas Government Code to promulgate rules governing both the responsibilities of agencies and vendors relative to HUB statutory provisions.
HUB Vendor Classification
To be classified as a HUB vendor, a business must be a corporation, sole proprietorship, partnership, or joint venture in which at least 51% of the business is owned, operated, and actively controlled/managed by a minority or woman. The State of Texas classifies such businesses as:
- Woman-Owned, Female – WO/F
- Hispanic-Owned, Male – HI/M
- Hispanic-Owned, Female – HI/F
- Black-Owned, Male – BL/M
- Black-Owned, Female – BL/F
- Asian-Owned, Male – AS/M
- Asian-Owned, Female – AS/F
- American Indian-Owned, Male – AI/M
- American Indian-Owned, Female – AI/F
- Service Disabled Veteran – SV
To be identified as a HUB vendor in the State of Texas, a qualified vendor must be HUB Certified with the State. It is the responsibility of the TPASS to certify qualified vendors.