Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Program

TWC Purchasing Mission

TWC seeks to purchase goods and services from Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB) whenever possible. TWC primarily obtains vendors from the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts (CPA) Texas Procurement and Support Services (TPASS) department Centralized Master Bidders List (CMBL).

To learn how to get on the CMBL and the requirements to become HUB certified, see State Purchasing: How to Register as a Texas Vendor on the CPA website.

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HUB Definition and Goals

A HUB is defined as a profit-making corporation, sole proprietorship, partnership, or joint venture in which at least 51 percent of the shares or stock or other equitable securities are owned by one or more persons who are Texas residents and members of the following groups:

  • Black American - includes all persons having origins of Black racial groups of Africa
  • Hispanic American - includes all persons of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Central or South American, or other Spanish/Portuguese culture or origin, regardless of race
  • Asian Pacific American - includes persons whose origins are from Japan, China, Taiwan, Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, the Philippines, Samoa, Guam, the U. S. Territories of the Pacific, or the Northern Marianas; and Subcontinent Asian Americans which includes persons whose origins are from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, or Nepal
  • Native American - includes persons who are American Indians, Eskimos, Aleuts, or Native Hawaiians
  • Women - includes women of any ethnicity, except those specified above

The Texas Legislature requires state agencies to make a good faith effort to give HUBs part of the total contract value of all contracts. The Texas Workforce Commission has adopted the State's expenditure goals as its own, as shown below (only contract types primarily used at TWC are listed):

  • 32.7 percent for all special trade construction contracts
  • 23.6 percent for professional services contracts
  • 24.6 percent for all other services contracts
  • 21.0 percent for commodities contracts

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TWC's HUB Program

TWC's HUB Program seeks to provide quality service and results to agency users while meeting legislative HUB contract goals. TWC is committed to promoting equal opportunities in the procurement process. TWC's HUB program assists customers with the following:

  • Information about HUB opportunities
  • Sponsoring and participating in forums, seminars and conferences
  • Access to bid information

Economic opportunity forums provide HUB participants a chance to network with representatives of TWC and other government entities to obtain information about available and upcoming bid opportunities. The forums identify, educate and assist to certify HUB businesses selling goods and services that TWC frequently purchases. These forums offer minority and women-owned small businesses an inside perspective to the procurement and bid process, and information for preparing and submitting bids. To learn more, see TWC Purchasing.

You also can contact the TWC HUB coordinator with specific questions:

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HUB Reporting

The reporting process is a critical element of the state HUB Program administered by TPASS Division of the Comptroller of Public Accounts. TPASS prepares reports of HUB activity twice each year, in September and March. Those reports identify total expenditures for all agencies and the amount and percentage of HUB participation for each agency. State agencies are able to supplement this with subcontracting information.

A vendor must be certified during the reporting period to be included in the final agency spending report.

To learn more, see the State Purchasing: HUB Reporting on the CPA website

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Legislative Authority

Texas Government Code 2161 requires state agencies to make a good faith effort to meet HUB goals for all purchases.

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Contact Information